10 foot is too long and tiring plus the leverage from the fish if you’re lucky enough to catch, too great, 8’ to 8’-6” #6-#8 +short head floating lines, some people use one piece rods for strength. The water is generally shallow.I'm going to have to do Jamiaca one day, what tackle do you use? 10foot 8wt , floating ,sinking line ?
I hate to say this but you are rather exaggerating. The world record for a permit is 60lbs. They are also extremely shy fish and do not like people. It was probably something else maybe a shark.My Wife had a weird experience one day out there, she was enjoying the Sun in the sea, laid on a foam lounger in about four feet of water, when a large Permit of 70/80 pounds maybe more, decided it would enjoy the shade under her lounger, it followed underneath her and she dare not get off, it would be 3 feet or more in length and nearly as deep. I had to go and frighten it off, but it wasn’t so keen to leave its shady spot!
No it wasn’t a shark, Permit can grow big, but are more difficult to catch and land as they get bigger, I was close enough to touch it. They are known to grow to 100lbs Blue silver, yellow belly and vent, large eyes 3 foot long, two foot deep. Flattened compressed body shape. Opposite to a shark- Nothing like a shark some get tame following the stingrays in to the feeding stations- a local attraction. Wouldn’t like to say exact weight, but it was big.I hate to say this but you are rather exaggerating. The world record for a permit is 60lbs. They are also extremely shy fish and do not like people. It was probably something else maybe a shark.
Ok thanks for that it sounds interesting.Western tip- Negril, west end Booby Cay etc, just up the the Coast a bit from Rick’s Cafe and round towards Mobay, The resorts we go on can arrange trips and have their own sport boats, most of the fishing is for big game off the sport boats though. I think there’s a guiding outfit on the outskirts of Mobay that does charters, if you do a bit of digging. It’s not as popular in Jamaica as other islands for some reason.
I can assure you that that is not a big hands photo. I could not lift the fish out of the water its head is actually resting on the bottom.35-40 ish but difficult when fish are held forward like that.
Yes it was caught on an 11wt Orvis T3 fly rod. The fish took maybe 150 yards of backing from a Tibor Gulfstream reel.Did you get that on a fly rod? I bet that took some line off the reel. Weight???........50lb??
The kid at the time was well over 50. You are of course correct, there is no way that I would subject a fish to that today.That is some fish. For two reasons it's obvious it was a few years ago. First the kid holding the fish and second I guess that kid wouldn't hold a fish like that today.