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Photos: Big Pete Meets Big Jack

Written by: Pete Kutzer


It wasn’t the permit he’d been looking for, but Pete will settle for a hard-charging jack.
Photo by Dave Yoder

My good friend Capt. Dave Yoder and I just spent a week fishing in the toughest tournament in the Keys: the March Merkin permit tournament out of Key West. After dealing with the frustrations with. . .

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Photos of the Day: A Keys Super Slam from the SUP


Written by: Phil Monahan

This sweet bonefish ate a heavy permit fly the second it hit the water.
Photo courtesy Chris Lewis

Chris Lewis of the Skinny Water Culture blog sent in these great photos from a spur-of-the-moment trip to the Florida Keys with this friend, Alex. They were after bonefish, but they found a whole. . .

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Video: Stu Apte, Big Tarpon, and the Citrus Queen


Written by: Phil Monahan

Here’s a wonderful piece of archival footage featuring famous Florida Keys angler Stu Apte casting for big tarpon with a fiberglass rod. But he’s not in it just for the sport; no, he’s also trying to win the admiration of the Florida Citrus Queen, who is sporting a swell swimsuit. Check out the “rod stiffener” Apte threads into the butt section of his rod for more power. He lands two beauties here, but the editor has spliced in some shots of a real monster fish, as well.

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Classic Video: Casting for Tarpon with a Glass Fly Rod


Written by: Phil Monahan

I recently ran across this marvelous piece of archival film from the International Game Fish Association, which shows casting champion Bill True and guide Jim Brewer chasing tarpon in the Florida Keys sometime in the 1960s(?). It’s a great piece of history, and it will give you a sense of how much easier we have it now, when compared to the sport’s. . .

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