SHEEPSHEAD! And a permit(not on fly)

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    SHEEPSHEAD! And a permit(not on fly)

    Friend told me about a spot where he has been catching nice permit, so I went for as couple hours after school. After catching one 5-10 pounder on a silly willy, I busted out the fly rod, and started throwing a brown , sparkly fly that looked a bit like a large sand flea. I tried to let it get to the bottom and work it real slow back to the boat. I was throwing up to the edge of the mangroves where it was about 4 feet deep and stripping it back to where
    It was about 10 feet deep. I saw something that looked like. A massive sheepie sitting under a mangrove, so I landed my fly on its head and it ended up being about 5 medium to nice sized ones. They all swarmed my fly and I hooked up after one strip. We had to head out shortly after, but I am very curious if my method would have tricked one of those permit. I did see one school of three permit cruising along the mangroves averaging about 10 pounds, but I was being a fool and didn't get a chance to throw to them. Either way, it was cool to see some decent permit inshore in Sarasota.Click image for larger version. 

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    Very cool!

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    Cool ! I believe Mr. Permit would have been all over it.
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    Beyond cool.

    I mean, for REAL!

    I have spent (literally) thousands of dollars going down to the Keys and trying for a permit on the flats. Probably 5 trips, no permit. I have caught them on wrecks with gear. I would never have dreamed of getting one on the flats in Sarasota ... but I might now. I'm glad you took the photo, because NO ONE would believe you otherwise.

    Nice work.

    For that matter, sheepshead are tough as hell top get on the fly, too!

    You are kid, now, officially my hero.
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    That's awesome man. The permit would have been fun for sure.
    Fly fishing isn't just a hobby, it's a passion.

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    Sunflower, I hope you can get one! There are a few right now

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    Dude, really nice.


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    Very cool, that's a good size Sheep. Both are on my list of still to catch on fly fish.


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    There goes SRQ.

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