Linville scored 230 points to become the tournament’s grand champion angler, a title awarded for catching the most inches of the wily sport fish while fly-fishing on the flats.
On the first fishing day Linville released a 31.75-inch permit, recognized as the tournament’s largest, followed on the third and final day with a fish measuring 25.75 inches.
His guide was Captain John O’Hearn of Key West, who was named guide to the grand champion.
The tournament’s first runner-up angler was Scott Harkins of Steamboat Springs, Colorado. Guided by Montana’s Captain Kris Suplee, Harkins released a 29-inch fish that earned him 116 points.
Clint Packo of Littleton, Colorado, was named second runner-up angler for releasing a 24.75-inch permit worth 99 points. Packo’s guide was Captain Simon Becker of Cudjoe Key, Florida.
Twenty-four teams of permit enthusiasts fished the tournament. Proceeds benefit the Lower Keys Guides Association and the Bonefish & Tarpon Trust, which helps conserve and restore bonefish, tarpon and permit fisheries and habitats in the Western Hemisphere.