Day 3 of the 2012 March Merkin yielded no permit on fly. The day started out with rain showers, lots of clouds and wind. We did get a few hours of sun on the oceanside to the west of Key West, unfortunately it was filled with acres and acres of nothing. We saw/scared a total of four permit on day 3, three of which three were together and not a shot. We also watched an airboat come from Key West burned down the flats, with very little water from the tower flats to Boca Grande Key and back. I heard the guy went between a few flats skiffs poling. This has got to stop.
In total 10 permit were taken on fly in this year's March Merkin by seven anglers. Greg Smith guided by Scott Collins won the tournament with four permit. Three permit were caught on day 1. Seven permit were caught on day 2, including three by Greg Smith. Day 2 was the best day of weather and fishing. Zero permit were caught on day 3.