Annual Permit Tourney

Our annual Permit Tournament held each spring has raised over $20,000 in donations for BTT’s Jon Ain Memorial Fund. Our tournament is a laid back and super fun competition that is supported by numerous fly fishing industry sponsors including Patagonia, Hatch, Country Pleasures, Temple Fork Outfitters, Howler Brothers, Fishpond, Costa, Winston, Yeti, Drake Magazine, and many more. Six two-man teams compete in four competitive permit fishing days during the week, and an individual “biggest fish” category is in play all six days. Proceeds from the tournament and donations will benefit the Jon Ain Memorial Fund for the Bonefish Tarpon Trust as well as the schoolchildren of Punta Allen.

All participants and winners will earn sweet gifts donated by our sponsors, and the winners of the permit tournament also win a gratis trip back to the Palometa Club to defend their title the following season.

The 6th annual Permit Tourney is being held again, February 23 – March 2, 2018!

Check our the past tournament reports to learn more and see some beautiful images and video.

Past Champions

2017 

Biggest Permit Category

  • Angler: Schuyler Marshall (29.4 Pounds)
  • Guide Team: Jorge & Jonathan

Most Points Team Category Champions

  • Angler Team: Will Stephens & Tanner Catalani
  • Guide Team: Jorge & Jonathan

Most Points Category Runner Ups

  • Angler Team: Mike Gifford & Darren Soice
  • Guide Team: Gerardo & Yfet

Casting Competition

  • 1st Place: Christian
  • Runner Up: Charly

2016 

Biggest Permit Category

  • Angler: Schuyler Marshall (29.4 Pounds)
  • Guide Team: Jorge & Jonathan

Most Points Team Category Champions

  • Angler Team: Mike Gifford & David Leake (1135 Points)
  • Guide Team: Gerardo & Julio (891 Points)

Most Points Category Runner Ups

  • Angler Team: Brendan Bannigan & Tab Bannigan (574 Points)
  • Guide Team: Alonso & Fili (872 Points)

Casting Competition

  • 1st Place: Rodolfo
  • Runner Up: Justin Miller

Good Guy Award (Selected by his peers): Bill Shaughnessy

2015 

Biggest Permit Category

  • Angler: Mike Thompson (22 Pounds)
  • Guide Team: Korreano and Tony

Most Points Team Category Champions

  • Angler Team:  Mike Gifford & David Leake
  • Guide Team:  Big Julio & Sammy

Most Points Category Runner Ups

  • Angler Team:  Mike Thompson & Mark Harbaugh
  • Guide Team:  Carlos and Julio “Nino”

2014

Team Competition: Mike Thompson / Mark Harbaugh
Guide Competition: Gerrardo / Julio
Biggest Fish: Mike Thompson
Biggest Fish Guide Team: Gerrardo / Julio

2013

Team Competition: David Coleman / David Leake
Guide Competition: Julio & Luis
Biggest Fish: Ken Ferderer (with a 48 pounder!)
Biggest Fish Guide Team: Alonso & Sammy

Repeat guest, Ken Ferderer, ran away with the 2013 Biggest Fish category with this 48 pounder guided by Alonso & Sammy