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Fly-angler and fishing show host Diana Rudolph lands near-record permit as cameras roll

November 12, 2009 | 10:49 am

DianaPermit2 Diana Rudolph, co-host for the TV fishing show "Breaking the Surface," almost broke her own world record by catching a permit estimated to be just shy of 25 pounds on 12-pound tippet line.

Rudolph was fly-fishing in the flats off Abaco Island in the Bahamas when she hooked the beautiful permit, one of the most sought-after game fish by fly anglers. “I knew it was very close to my current record, but I let the fish go to live another day,” Rudolph said in a post on The Sportsman Channel website. A crew was in tow filming for an upcoming episode.

It ought to be an entertaining show as Rudolph also completed a grand slam, catching permit, tarpon and bonefish during the same trip.

“Having a camera there filming your every move adds a level of excitement to how we fish,” said Rudolph, referring to the other co-host, conventional angler Kim Bain-Moore. “I hope people can learn from how we fish and see the highs and lows of what we do to help make them more successful when they are on the water.”

Rudolph's record permit, a 24-pound specimen, was caught off Key West, Fla., in 2004.

-- Pete Thomas

Photo: Diana Rudolph displays permit caught recently in the Bahamas. Credit: The Sportsman Channel