John Ain, Doug Kilpatrick Win March Merkin Permit Tournament

March 17, 2008 By: Marshall Cutchin

Jon Ain and guide Captain Doug Kilpatrick made only a single cast to a permit on day one of the March Merkin Invitational Permit Tournament last week. But by day three (Friday) they had caught the two largest permit as well as tying second place finishers Warren Hinrichs and guide Kris Suplee for the highest number of fish caught (three). Third place went to Michael O’Brien and guide Mark Phillips. 25 boats fished the three-day tournament, which was marked by coolish weather, with many guides competing as anglers in one of the few flats tournaments that allows guides to fish.
All profits from the charity event went to the Don Hawley Foundation and Bonefish and Tarpon Unlimited . At the event Bonefish and Tarpon Unlimited also announced that The March Merkin had been chosen as their first partner tournament. Further information and pictures of the event are available on