Monday, August 18, 2014

I Dropped the Ball

We had a beautiful morning today as I launched The Anglers Mark down at the Sawpit Creek boat ramp.  Michael Allen, his dad John, and their friend Chuck met me at the ramp and we headed up the Amelia River and into Jackstaff to fish an outgoing tide with jigs and mud minnows. I took a little while to get rolling but we eventually began to get some bites.  Chuck first tangled with a couple of Ladyfish then landed a feisty Redfish.  Michael followed that up with a couple of Redfish, too, then landed a couple of Seatrout.   We ran around to the Nassau River, fished Twin Creeks,
had no real bites then hit Bubblegum Reef.  The anglers picked up a couple of Croakers then we fished some docks at Seymore's Pointe.  Michael boated a keeper sized Snapper then we made the run to Broward Island.  This did the trick!  We were only there for a few minutes when Chuck caught another small Redfish.  Then I thought I heard Michael yell, "Fish ON" but after I grabbed the net and looked at the water it was Chuck fighting a fish!  When mentioned that I thought Michael had the fish, he said, "I do have one!"  We had a double and I didn't even know it! So I went around the console to net Michael's Flounder but before I could get there, Fish OFF!  It was a nice, keeper sized Flounder, too!   But Chuck had worked his fish patiently to the boat and we soon netted a nice 20" Slot Redfish!  Shortly after that, though, Michael had another hookup and we got that Flounder in the boat to round out an Amelia Island Back Country Slam of Redfish, Seatrout, and Flounder.  We fished the area for jut a little while longer then headed in, counting it as another great day to be fishing Amelia Island waters!

Thursday, August 7, 2014

AIBC Slam

I fished out of the south end today, launching from the Big Talbot Island Park boat ramp.  I had met Todd Billmire and his son Seth, their friends Trip and Andrew, for an Amelia Island back country fishing trip.  We headed up to fish Jackstaff Creek on the very first of an outgoing tide.  The anglers were tossing mud minnows under float rigs as I eased along the flooded marsh grass.  Todd was fishing out of the stern of the boat and knocked the "skunk" off by
landing a nice feisty Redfish.  The anglers were getting a bite here and there but no real takers so we switched to jigs and minnows and made another pass.  It wasn't long before Todd, again fishing out of the stern, picked up a nice keeper sized Flounder.  A little while later his son Seth landed a hungry Seatrout to round out a Billmire Amelia Island Back Country Slam of Redfish, Flounder and Seatrout.    We made a run around to Seymore's Pointe, had some bites on the float rigs but the current was making it tough to fish so we jumped over to Twin Creeks to fish.  Again, some bites, but no takers.  Our final stop was at Broward Island and in just a short while Trip was on the board with a keeper sized Snapper.  The anglers picked up another Redfish or two then we called it a day, another great one to be fishing Amelia Island Waters.

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Catchin Fish Right Out of the Gate

Boy what a pretty morning!  I met Barb van Beyrer and her two kids Baylee and Cooper down at the Atlantic Seafood dock to fish the Amelia Island back waters on a high and falling tide.  We made our initial run up to Jolley River to fish a large creek outflow and almost immediately did the anglers begin to get bites!  Cooper put the first fish in the boat, a high flying Ladyfish and from then on all three anglers were catching fish.  They had a good handful of feisty Redfish, a Blue Fish, a couple of Ladyfish and Croaker.  Then, as Barb was reeling her float rig in, BOOM!  A nice fish took her mud
minnow and this time she new she had a good sized fish.  She worked the fish patiently to the boat and landed a fat keeper sized Seatrout!  We continued to fish the area, had a lull, then found a marsh outflow and the Redfish bite picked up.  After landing another handful we made a run back to fish Jolley Bank.   Baylee got her line out first and it paid off.  As she was reeling it in she had a hookup and landed a keeper sized Flounder to round out the trio's Amelia Island Back Country Slam!  We fished the whole bank, had some good bites, found another Redfish or two, then Cooper
wrapped the day up by catching a couple of hungry Seatrout.  With that, we called it a day, another great one to be fishing Amelia Island waters!

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

The Tourney Champ

We went south today, fishing out of Big Talbot Island Park with plans to hit the Horsehead area on an outgoing tide.  I met Keith Yeager and his son Reece early and we headed north with cloudy skies and just a light wind.  The first bank we fished proved to be stubborn for the first 50 yards, producing no real bites.  But these two anglers were patient and soon to pick up fish.  After Keith landed a small but feisty 2-spot Redfish we decided to have an informal "Redfish Spot Tournament".  We found that the Reds were
holding at oyster humps and creek mouths and the two anglers landed a good handful of them.  Then Keith had a good hookup and boated a nice keepers sized Seatrout.  Young Reece caught his share of Reds but when he put a 4-spotter in the boat he took a commanding lead in the "Spot Tournament".  Keith landed a keeper sized Flounder then we ran around to Seymore's Pointe to fish the last of an outgoing tide.  I was expecting the Mangrove Snapper and they caught a couple, but when Keith's drag began to rip on a good fish, we had our doubts that it was a that big of a Snapper!  Sure
enough, after a patient battle, Keith landed a nice 20" Slot Redfish!  We then ran up to Broward Island where we picked up a couple of more Redfish and Reece reeled in another keeper sized Seatrout.   Our last stop was at Bubblegum Reef and again Reece found a Redfish.  With that we called it a day, proclaiming Reece the winner of the Redfish Spot Tournament with his 4-spotter!  It was another great day to be fishing Amelia Island waters!

Monday, August 4, 2014

Nothing Big But Catching Fish

I started the week off this morning fishing with Robert Smurthwaite and his wife Marcie, along with Robert's brother, Richard.  We met down at the Atlantic Seafood dock at 7am and headed up to fish the Jolley River on the first of an incoming tide with mud minnows and jigs.  It's always cool when your demo cast catches a fish and that's what happened, a nice feisty Redfish!  We fished the oyster lined bank and the anglers traded turns catching small but feisty and fun to catch Redfish.  Richard caught a fish that turned out to be a  hungry Seatrout and as he worked it to the boat another bigger fish attacked it!  He had both on for a short while, landed the trout, which was scarred up, then released it hopefully to have a better day!  Darcie landed a hard fighting Jack Crevalle then we move on up the river to fish a large creek mouth.  We had a few good  bites but when we found a drainage area through some oysters they really began to catch the "rat" Reds.  We hit the MOA, picked up some finger mullet for bait, then ran back to fish the Tiger Logs.  The anglers had a few good bites, caught another couple of Redfish, then we headed in, counting it as another great day to be fishing Amelia Island waters!

Friday, August 1, 2014

New Technique

Brent Laurint treated his girlfriend Molly to a morning out fishing the back waters of Amelia Island today. We met down at the Big Talbot Island Park boat ramp and ran up the Nassau River to fish Broward Island on an incoming tide with mud minnows on jigs and light tackle spinning gear.  Molly was a little rusty with her casting but picked it very quickly and was soon tossing to the bank like a pro.  However, on one cast her braided line floated over a small tree branch with her bait landing on the other side.  When she pulled it
off, she yelled, "FISH ON"!  Brent and I didn't believe it at first but sure enough she had a fish!  She played the fish perfectly and landed the first fish of the day, a feisty Redfish!  Brent followed that up with one of his own.  That formed a pattern with Molly catching a fish, then Brent, then Molly, then Brent.  The two anglers put 7-8 of the Redfish in the boat before we pulled up and ran back up the river to fish Seymore's Pointe. The Snapper weren't on fire like they have been but they were there and just as difficult to catch. But Brent was up to the challenge and landed a couple of real nice ones.  Molly also landed one of them.  We made a run through Horsehead, fished a flooded marsh bank, and Molly caught the last fish of the day, a hard fighting Jack Crevalle.  With that, we called it a day, another great one to be fishing Amelia Island waters.

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Flounder King

We had a beautiful morning again today - I commented that the river was like a lake it was so calm. I had met Steve and Debbie Kraman along with their son Seth down at the Atlantic Seafood dock and we made the run up to Jolley River to fish the first of an incoming tide with jigs and minnows.  We had only been fishing just a short while when Steve hooked up and landed a feisty Redfish.  Now that's the way to start a fishing trip!  From then on all three anglers were getting bites and hookups but it was Seth who was putting keeper sized fish in the boat.  He landed not one, but
two, nice 16" keeper sized Flounder and had a smaller one, too, which earned him the name, Flounder King.   Steve on the other hand was working on his Amelia Island Back Country Slam, catching a Seatrout to go along with the Reds that he had caught.   He also landed a really big Sail Cat(fish).  Debbie seemed to be adept at catching the Seatrout.  We worked the area for a good while, even switching to float rigs as the tide got up and put a few more fish in the boat.  We moved around to the mouth of Tiger and here Steve made it a Slam when he landed a keeper sized Flounder.  We picked up a couple of more Reds, another Seatrout, then headed around behind Tiger where Seth put one more Flounder in the boat. With that, we called it a day, another great one to be out on Amelia Island waters!

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Late Afternoon Fishing

 I also fished this afternoon, getting out on the water with Robert Ballard and his son Zack.  We made a run up to the Jolley river to fish a stretch of exposed oysters on an outgoing tide.  Both Robert and Zach had a handful of fun to catch feisty Redfish, caught on mud minnows under a float and then on a jig.  Zach also had a good battle with a 2' Shark that he played perfectly but when he got it to the boat the shark was having none of getting landed and broke itself off.  We ran further up Jolley to Snook Creek, had no real bites, then moved on around to the MOA.  There was tons of bait
and fish busting it and we finally got a couple of Redfish to eat.  Both Robert and Zach tangled with high flying Ladyfish then we made a run to Tiger Island.  Here, Robert landed the biggest Redfish of the day but Zach again had a big "something" on!  He fought it perfectly, it ran deep, he kept the pressure on, but the hook pulled, darn it!  We continued to fish the area, caught a few more feisty Redfish, then called it an afternoon, another great one to be out on Amelia Island waters!

Big Trout Makes The Morning

I fished this morning with Rodney and Jodie Harris and their daughter Natalie, leaving out of the Fernandina Beach Harbor Marina at 7am and heading north to fish Tiger Island.  We weren't getting a whole lot of action until Jodie had a good strong hookup and landed a very nice 17" Seatrout.  We continued to fish the area, had another hookup, and Natalie reeled in a keeper sized Flounder and then Rodney put a hard fighting Stingray in the boat.  Our next stop was up at Jolley River, fishing an incoming tide with the
oysters already covered.  We had great weather and a good tide but didn't get many real bites until Natalie's float disappeared and she had a hookup, FISH ON!  We saw a big tail thrash and boy what a fish!  Natalie kept the pressure on and after a good battle, landed a big 21 3/4" Seatrout!  We fished that spot thoroughly and Rodney landed a good handful of hungry Seatrout.  We fished further up the Jolley, hit the outside of Tiger Island, then headed in, counting it as another great day to be fishing Amelia Island waters!

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Rally Caps


Mike Maron was back on Amelia Island along with his family and set up an Amelia Island Back Country The Anglers Mark this morning.  We did a "split" 3/4 day trip, taking along his daughter Libby and his son Troy for the first leg of the day.  We fished some docks at Lanceford Creek but had no real bites then made a stop outside of Tiger Island to fish some flooded oyster beds.   Our next stop was the logs of Tiger Island and luckily Troy put on his "rally cap".  After just a few minutes of fishing Mike had a good strong hookup and while he was fighting the fish, Libby
hooked up too!  We had a double!  Mike had to fight his fish patiently and after a good battle, landed a 20" Slot Redfish!  Libby landed her fish too, a hungry Seatrout.  We continued to fish the area and the anglers caught a few more feisty but smaller Redfish then we moved on over to Bell River where Libby caught a nice Seatrout and feisty Redfish.  We that, we called it a morning, somewhat slow, but still a great day to be out on Amelia Island waters!
fishing trip on

We switched anglers back at the dock, this time taking on Mike's oldest daughter Haylea and her friend Amelia with plans to fish the last of an incoming tide.  After picking up a little more bait, we ran over to the outside of Tiger Island to fish some flooded oyster beds.  Amelia caught a Pinfish and Haylea reeled in a hungry Blue Fish but things weren't looking too good.  Mike and I made an "executive" decision to make a little longer run down south so away we went, and it paid off.  We made
it down to Seymore's Pointe in about 20 minutes, tossed some live shrimp and mud minnows under floats, and began catching fish!  They were Mangrove Snapper, with keeper fish anywhere between 10" and 16" and were fun to catch.  It was non stop action for about 1 1/2 hours on a high and outgoing tide and we fished until the bait well was empty, save a token few minnows.  With that, we called it day, another great one to be fishing Amelia Island waters!