KEY WEST, Florida Keys — Tony Nobregas of Islamorada, Fla., caught and released two permit on fly, measuring a total of 44.5 inches, to win the 2012 Del Brown Permit Tournament that ended July 18 off Key West.
The annual tournament honors the late angling legend Brown, who caught and released more than 500 permit on fly prior to his death in 2003.
Nobregas garnered grand champion honors while fishing with Captain Rob Fordyce of Islamorada. Fordyce was named grand champion guide.
“Tony is a passionate angler,” said Fordyce, who fished the tournament for the first time. “He loves it so much that he’s driven and focused when he’s fishing.”
Nobregas also caught the tournament’s largest permit, measuring 28.5 inches.
Mike Ward of Helena, Mt., was named the 2012 runner-up grand champion.
He caught and released a permit measuring 19 inches while fishing with Captain Don Gable of Key West.
Event proceeds benefit the Bonefish & Tarpon Trust.