Really tough conditions this year in the Del Brown. Wind and clouds made visibility extremely difficult and the rain just made it downright nasty. Despite the difficulties, Ivar Bolander fished hard and was rewarded with a permit good enough to take first runner-up. Only three fish were caught in the 3-day fly-fishing event based out of the Hurricane Hole Marina in Key West Florida. Thanks to Loren Rea for doing such a great job as tournament director and congratulations to Capt Justin Rea and Greg Vincent on catching to permit to take the grand championship.
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Bahamian Angler Wins Del Brown Permit Tournament KEY WEST, Florida Keys — Greg Vincent of Grand Bahama Island, Bahamas, caught and released two permit, measuring a total of 56.75 inches, to win the 2013 Del Brown Permit Tournament that ended July 17.
The tournament honors the late angling legend Brown, who caught more than 500 permit during his lifetime.
Vincent earned the title of grand champion angler fishing with Captain Justin Rea of Sugarloaf Key, Fla. Rea was named the tournament’s grand champion guide.
Vincent also released the tournament’s largest permit and won the award for the most bonefish releases with four.
Ivar Bolander of Santa Rosa, Calif., was named the 2013 first runner-up. He caught and released a permit measuring 16.5 inches while fishing with Captain Steve Friedman of Islamorada, Fla.
Jim Knowles of Round Hill, Va., was first runner-up for bonefish releases. Guided by Captain Peter Heydon of Key West, he tied Vincent’s tally with four but placed second based on the time of the final release.
Anglers on 12 boats fished the tournament named for Brown. The internationally acclaimed angler died in 2003.
Event proceeds benefit the Jon Ain Memorial Fund at the Bonefish & Tarpon Trust. An avid permit angler, Ain died in late November 2012.