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Kowalski permit

Mitch Kowalski hoists an 18-pound Key West permit taken on a banner day on the flats.

photo courtesy Mitch Kowalski

Helena, Montana-based guide Mitch Kowalski headed to Key West for some spring saltwater action last week and filed this report:


We had a good day of permit fishing on Thursday. I landed this 18-pound fish, and my friend Will landed a 15-pounder. He also fed another fish but didn’t get tight on it. We had 16 shots at perms that day off of Key West.

I hooked the only permit I cast to on Friday morning but came unbuttoned 50 yards into the backing. West wind all day Friday and not many fish on the flats.

It’s amazing what a difference a day can make, huh? I wouldn’t feel too bad for Mitch, though; at least they found a good tarpon, as well.

Kowalski tarpon

Kowalski also caught this sweet little tarpon on the same trip.

photo courtesy Mitch Kowalski

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