The end of February marks one of the peak times of the year to target permit on the flats. As history has it permit go offshore to spawn the April but each year it seems to be earlier. The last week in February can be a tough weather time with small windows of opportunity for epic permit fishing. As we roll into the first half of March it’s time to concentrate on permit fishing as we lead up to the March Merkin Permit Tournament March 14-17. The best conditions I would wish for would be a breeze 10-15, good tide and clear skies. Permit will chow down and plump up before their sabbatical in the offshore waters.
Fly fishing for permit is exceptional. The fish are feeding hard and puffing mud. They travel in smaller schools or by themselves and there are some BIG permit in our waters in February and March so be on the look out for Permitzilla.
But, if there are a few warm days where the wind is very calm it could be the perfect time for some early season tarpon fishing. April through June is the main migration time but falling outside that time either earlier or later in the season is also good. The crowds are lighter come the end of June too, leaving less pressure for our fishery.
If you are looking for some days this spring I have a few openings – a few days in May just became available and some in the later part of June.
Stay tuned for more in our next report on permit season.