Like I mentioned in my previous report, I had a slow week and took advantage of boat repairs and fixing tackle. I had a few hours to burn yesterday and I had a great incoming tide in the afternoon so I decided to go look for some permit. I was fishing alone and permit fishing is not something that is easy to do when you don’t have someone to pole you around and set you up for the right shot.
What you want to do is set up on the edge of one of your favorite permit banks and wait for them to come to you. I do this regardless when I’m with customers, but the difference is when I’m poling I can position the boat in different angles and work the bank better. Alone you’re sitting in one spot and hope the permit get close enough to you in order to make the right presentation.
Since I was fishing alone I decided to cast live crabs at them instead of fly fishing. I always like to have two rods ready, one with a shrimp or a small buck tail jig and another rod with a crab. You never know what you’re going to encounter so being ready is the key. Within minutes of staking out the boat and getting my rods ready, hear come a group of big yellow Jacks swimming off the edge of the flat. I casted my shrimp in front of the school and I was on instantly. A few other schools came by and I caught several up to 12 lbs. As I was releasing one of the yellow Jacks a group of permit were working there way up the edge nice and slow. This gave me plenty of time to grab the crab rod and make a cast at the lead fish. The permit ate the crab and it was game on! This is where it can get tricky permit fishing alone. The fish took me straight into the channel and burning off line really fast. I always make sure to have a quick release to my push pole in case I have to chase the fish down, this way you leave your pole behind and you can always come back for it. After about 10 minutes I had a nice 18 lbs permit too the boat. I took some photos which are not easy to do when you’re fishing alone, but I managed to take a few that came out pretty good.
I have some days still open in October so give me a call and let me put you on some great sport fishing Miami Biscayne Bay has to offer.