March 21st: The past week has seen fantastic permit fishing action on the Club beach. A school of permit, ranging in size from small 2-pounders to bigger fish well over 20lbs, has been feeding among the rocks at the end of the beach for about an hour each tide. First spotted by your blogger while fishing for bonefish, with no crab flies to hand, the highly-prized permits were rolling and tailing spectacularly in their attempts to extract urchins from the rocky crevices just a few feet from the beach. The first angler to actually beach one was Tim Courville from the US (pictured above), who tempted one of the smaller fish with a large crab fly. The school of fish was then subjected to a multi-angler assault for several evenings in a row, before Ken McMillan finally hooked a really big one of around 20lbs, played it out after a series of massive runs and then, while waiting for his pal Alan Boyd to get the camera, saw the hook break as the fish lay wallowing in the surf and it finally headed away in slow-motion. Bah! But Alan himself then hooked and landed another smaller one of perhaps 4lbs (pictured below). The following day saw Club manager Sandy Walker stuck into another big one of 18-20lbs. Almost beached after a brutal fight on a 9-weight rod, the fish attracted the attention of a large blacktip shark. With Luke Chester-Master trying to beat off the shark with his rod butt while standing in the surf (an interesting strategy), Sandy’s hopes were high of ending his Delphi Club career on a piscatorial high. But the shark made a final lunge for the permit and removed its entire tail section, to the horror of the assembled onlookers. Bah again! It was christened the “work permit” in view of the effort expended. Then this morning Luke himself managed to land another of the smaller ones, perhaps weighing about 4lbs. At some point these fish are going to wise up and head for other feeding grounds. Until they do, we will continue to thrash the sea into a foam in our desperate efforts to beach the holy grail – a fish of more than 20lbs, with photo-evidence.