Jon Ain, whose love of permit fishing and obsession with catching as many as he could on fly marked him as one of the true aficionados of the sport, died yesterday of complications from cancer, which he had been battling for several months.
Jon–whose professional life was spent as a physician and diagnostic radiologist–was the organizer and tournament director of the popular March Merkin tournament in Key West. He was also a member of the board of Bonefish and Tarpon Trust.
Jon’s love of permit fishing was infectious. He once told me: “I simply cannot get enough.” A lot of us understand that feeling, and Jon will be sorely missed among the fraternity of permit fanatics.