Friday, August 18, 2017

Jack Invasion

What a great way to wrap a week up fishing with friends and neighbors Mark and Nilda Laurint and their son, Brent, visiting home from New York!  We  met down at the Big Talbot Island Park boat ramp and headed up the Nassau River, making the long run around to Pumpkin Hill to fish the first of an outgoing tide.  I had float rigs ready but I also had one topwater rig ready to go, too. The trio began fishing the marsh line and within a short minute, they were getting bites.

Nilda was the first to get on the board when her float disappeared - she was ready and quickly lifted the rod tip and set the circle hook.
She patiently worked it to the boat and landed a nice keeper sized Seatrout (all fish were released today). We worked along the bank and our presentations began to get attacked by hard fighting Jack Crevalle. Brent put a couple in the boat, Nilda added a couple, then Mark got in on the action. One of Brent's was on the topwater lure out in front of the boat. That's a great thrill to see a big fish nail that lure!

After a neat show of dolphin soaring out of the water behind the
boat, we headed back down the Nassau and worked some oyster  banks with minnows and jigs. Nilda had retired her rod to take in the beauty of the ecosystem but Mark and Brent worked the bank thoroughly.  They each added a handful of feisty Redfish to the catch, a couple of Trout, and Mark rounded out his Slam with a Flounder catch. They also tangled with Ladyfish and landed a few Mangrove Snapper.

We bounced down the Nassau, hitting spots, and added a few more fish until they just wouldn't bite anymore. And with that, we called it a day, another great one to be fishing here at Amelia Island, Florida.

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Early Morning Top Water Action

We started todays trip low in bait - just what had left over from yesterday, but my guests, brothers Chris and Britt Daniel, also brought along a couple of rods, rigged with top water lures. We made the long run up the Nassau River (with a short pit stop to throw out a minnow trap) and made our way around to Pumpkin Hill with a plan to fish an a tide that had started out an hour or so ago.

Chris was tossing  a top water and Britt tossed one of my float rigs with a minnow and I think it was Britt's first cast and BOOM! Keeper sized Seatrout on!. We made another few pitches, picked up another Trout or two, then began to work the bank. They changed rods and when something big rolled up on bait behind us, Chris cast directly from bow, over the boat and behing the stern and BOOM! His lure was engulfed. He played it patiently and soon landed a hard fighting Jack Crevalle. The picked up another Trout on the lure, found a feisty Red or two, then we ran back down the Nassau River to fish Spanish Drop.

We had for bait: left over mud minnows, some finger mullet that we had cast for, and some barely-alive miniature Pogey's and I think all three put a fish in the boat. Working some now exposed oysters, the two brothers caught a few more Trout and Reds, a couple of small Mangrove Snapper, a keeper sized Flounder, and a Catfish. At our last stop they picked one more Trout letting their jig and finger mullet fall through the water column, and with that, we called it a day, another great one to be fishing here at Amelia Island, Florida.

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

A Bite On Every Cast

You just can't beat these beautiful days for fishing here at Amelia Island! I met Paul Amos and his girlfriend Laura down at the Sawpit Creek boat ramp and we headed up the Amelia River to make our first stop in at Jackstaff Creek. The tide had been going out for a couple of hours so we started off with jigs and mud minnows, tossing up current. In just a short time Laura had a hookup and landed a keeper sized Seatrout to "knock the skunk off" the boat! All fish caught today were released.

We worked up the bank and both Paul and Laura began to put fish in the boat. They landed a handful of Trout, a good handful of feisty Redfish, another keeper sized Trout by Paul, a Ladyfish, and a bunch of.....Bluecrab! The last few days they've been really aggressive and latch on to the minnow and hold on all the way into the boat! We have to pull them off forcibly.  Paul also caught a Flounder to round out his Amelia Island Back Country Slam.

We ran around to the Nassau River and down to the Spanish Drop area and again began fishing upcurrent. We were getting good bites and putting a whole bunch of fish in the boat. At one pointe Paul commented that he was getting a bite or a fish on almost every cast! More Reds and Trout and Mangrove Snapper and Jack Crevalle.

Our last stop was up the river, just past Bubblegum Reef. Although the bite had slowed, they put a couple of more Trout in the boat. Paul had at least two fish that ripped some serious drag before throwing the hook - it'll be another day when we catch those! And with that, we called it a day, another great one to be fishing here at Amelia Island, Florida.

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Big Slot Redfish Highlights Day

I'm becoming a regular down at the Big Talbot Island Park boat launch! Today I met Michael Boone and two local anglers Rick and Don who all had agreed to "share" a trip, and it worked out great! We met at 7am and made our way up the intercoastal to dip in and begin fishing along the bank of Jackstaff, tossing jigs and mud minnows. It was somewhat of a slow start but when the fish began to bite, all three anglers began to put fish in the boat.

The bow seemed to be the hot spot and Don started it off, catching a  few feisty Redfish and a couple of Trout. He then put a good sized keeper Trout in the boat. Rick fought and landed a big Catfish, then all three were landing fish. We fished the bank slowly caught a few small Trout, then Michael added a multi-spotted Redfish. Throughout the day the anglers tangles with high flying Ladyfish. Multiple Blue Crab were landed! Hah! 
We ran through Horsehead and down to Spanish Drop and fished the exposed oysters during the last hour or so of a falling tide. Again, feisty Redfish, Trout and then Don put a nice 18" Flounder in the boat. We had lost count of how many of the feisty Reds we'd caught when Don had  strong bite and his drag ripped. I knew it was big when it stayed up near the bank and rolled once - a big Redfish! Don played it perfectly and after a long and patient battle, landed a big 24.5" Slot Redfish. Now that's a nice fish!

We bounced up to a runout, caught a few more reds and Trout, then finished off up near Bubblegum Reef before we called it a day, another great one to be fishing here at Amelia Island, Florida

Monday, August 14, 2017

Hot Finish

Back to work today after a short day off! I met Richard Heinsohn and his brother-in-law Chris out at the Goffinsville Park boat ramp this morning and we made the quick run down to Broward Island to fish the last of an outgoing tide. We had a bait well full of mud minnows and an arsenal of jig rods. These two anglers started right off making excellent casts to the downed logs and it wasn't long before they had put a hungry Seatrout in the boat.

They added a feisty Redfish or two then Chris had a strange bump,
a heavy line, and a hookup. He patiently reeled in a keeper sized Flounder.  Although the island was looking "right", the bite just wasn't happening so we headed back down the river.

Our next stop was at Spanish Drop and here things began to pick up. The tide was still going out and Richard and Chris put Reds, Trout, Catfish and a hard fighting Jack Crevalle, - landed by Richard -in the boat. We worked that bank for a while, then moved up 500 yards and fished a marsh run-out, and repeated with multiple catches of fish. One of the Trout landed by Chris was right at 18" - a nice fish. All fish caught today were released.

When the tide stalled we made the short run up to Bubblgum Reef, fished it briefly with no luck, then bounced over to Seymour's Pointe to fish a couple of docks. We picked up a couple of Mangrove Snapper but not much else. The sun was getting up and it was getting "warm" but we had one last stop to make down at Pumpkin Hill.

Although the oyster we're still almost fully exposed, we switched to float rigs and tossed them up current. Again, a few Mangroves, but not much more until we set up on the shallower side of a grass point. Then things got hot. Both Richard and Chris began to catch Reds and Trout. The trick was to get the bait 4-6' from the bank and let it naturally drift along with the current, and BOOM! Fish On! What a great way to wrap up a day of fishing here at Amelia Island, Florida

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Wrapping Up a Trout Kind Of Week

I finished my week today, again fishing out of the Big Talbot Island Park boat ramp where I met Mike Brown and his father-in-law Dwight early this morning. Again, it was a beautiful day, clear skies with just a slight breeze and slick water as we ran up the intercoastal and dipped into Jackstaff to begin fishing the last of an outgoing tide with jigs and mud minnows.

The two anglers were making excellent casts right off and as we worked the bank they picked up a high flying Ladyfish, a fairly big Catfish and a hungry Seatrout. We then ran through

Horsehead and around to the Nassau River to set up alongside an oyster lined bank. The "fish catching" picked up a tad as they landed a couple of feisty Redfish, a couple of Trout, then Dwight put two hard fighting Jack Crevalle in the boat. Just as we were about to head further south he had a strange "bump" and a hookup that felt heavy. Sure enough, after patiently reeling it to the boat, Dwight landed a nice keeper sized Flounder.

We ran down to Pumpkin Hill, squeezed in between two other boats, and worked another bank, this time with float rigs and minnows. We had a couple of Mangrove Snapper catches before we moved around to a shoreline that we had to ourselves and this did the trick. Mike was drifting his float along the marsh grass and release the bail so he had a natural drift and as it got back a ways, BOOM! Fish On! The fish thrashed out of the water - a big Trout! Mike kept the pressure on and after expertly working it to the boat, he landed a big 21.75" Seatrout!  He picked up another 18" Trout, a 16" Trout and then Dwight completed the catch with another keeper sized fish. Mike put a handful of Reds in the boat, too. And with that, we called it a day, another great one to be fishing here at Amelia Island, Florida.

Friday, August 11, 2017

Follow The Rainbow

I had another great day of fishing today, this time with David Cleveland and his son Carter. I had met them down at the Big Talbot Island Park boat ramp early, then we headed up the Nassau River and made a quick stop at an oyster shell lined bank, turned the bow into the current, and began tossing jigs and live shrimp. It didn't take long before young Carter "knocked the skunk" off. He hooked up and landed a hungry Seatrout.

This angling duo had a good streak of "fish catching", landing feisty Redfish, a Flounder, more Trout, a Ladyfish, and a Jack Crevalle. At one time Carter had a big, drag ripping fish on but it was too much for the tackle and broke off - that's fishing!

We eased up the river to a marsh runout and fished it thoroughly. In addition to a good handful of feisty Redfish, Carter hooked up with something big while fishing out deeper. He played it patiently and
perfectly, from bow and back to stern, then landed a big 18" Seatrout, boy what a fish!

There was some big rain clouds here and there and off to the south we saw a nice rainbow and coincidently, that was where we heading next!  We made the run down to Pumpkin Hill, set up along the now flooded grass line, and began tossing float rigs. The catching was fast and furious! David put a nice 17" Trout in the boat, added another keeper sized fish, then Carter landed a keeper sized Sandtrout. We fished until we ran out of bait, then headed in, counting it as another great day to be fishing here at Amelia Island, Florida

Thursday, August 10, 2017

If You Like Trout

Boy, pretty day today! I met Bob Blalock down at the Sawpit Creek boat ramp and we made the long run on slick water down to Broward Island to take advantage of the first of an incoming tide. The bait shop was out of mud minnows but they live shrimp and I had also tossed a cast net for some nice finger mullet. Bob started right off making excellent casts to the downed logs and although we had a nibble or two, we had no takers other than a couple of small Mangrove Snapper. We began to ease up the bank, tossing jigs to the shoreline, and Bob did find a couple of feisty Redfish to put in the boat.

We dropped back down the Nassau River and went in to Pumpkin Hill and this did the trick. We had switched to float rigs and shrimp and I think Bob's first cast had his float disappear, missed him! But this didn't deter Bob and within a cast or two he was hooked up with a big fish which he played perfectly, soon landing a nice 19" Seatrout. From then on we enjoyed a good flurry of fish catching. We put a couple of handful of Trout in the boat with four more being of keeper size. We also landed three Sandtrout one of which was of keeper size.

Moving back down the Nassau, we made a stop at Seymore's Pointe and tossed dead shrimp under the float for Mangroves but they weren't home. Our last stop was at Twin Creeks and Bob did have one solid hookup, a good battle with a nice fish that ripped the drag and took him under the boat,and, FISH OFF! Hah! But we'd had a pretty good stretch of fish catching so we called it a day, another great one to be fishing here at Amelia Island, Florida

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Trout Catch Picks Up

I was back down south today, meeting Ashley Gorley, his two sons Caleb and Kyler and granddad Glenn down at the Sawpit Creek boat ramp. We headed straight up the Nassau River and boy was the water slick! Our first stop was at a point with a stretch of oyster shell lined bank and the anglers began tossing jigs with mud minnows and finger mullet up current. Glenn "knocked the skunk off" when he landed a hungry Seatrout then Ashley hooked up with something big that made is drag sing. Ashley went around the boat,
form stern to bow and back to stern, played it perfectly, and after a good battle, landed a big 'ole Catfish. And shortly after that he had another good fight and landed a nice sized Jack Crevalle.  The anglers had some good bites, some fish were brought right to the boat but came off, so we had some action.

Our next stop was down at Pumpkin Hill and with the tide up and still coming in, we switched to float rigs, and this did the trick. All
four fishermen began to get bites. Kyler reeled in a couple of Seatrout, one which was of keeper size, then Grandad put a couple of keeper sized Trout in the boat. Caleb got in on the action and caught the only Redfish of the day and he also landed a rare Sandtrout. We caught a good handful of "almost legal" fish before we moved on to fish some rocks and docks back at Seymore's Pointe.

We had a few nibbles at the first spot then before leaving Kyler put a keeper sized Croaker in the boat to round out another great day to be fishing here at Amelia Island, Florida.

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

A Fish At Every Spot

After a couple of days off I was back to fishing today when I met Tim Johnson and his friend Ken up at the Dee Dee Bartels Park boat ramp early this morning. We had clear skies, a slight  breeze and smooth "sailing" up to our first spot, just outside of Tiger Island with plans to fish an incoming tide with jigs and mud minnows. These two anglers were making perfect casts right off and a after a while, Tim hand a hookup and landed a hungry Seatrout.

We bounced around to the Jolley River, switched to float rigs  with minnow as bait, and eased along the flooded marsh grass. Finger mullet were getting popped here and there and we had a few bites, but then Tim put a keeper sized Flounder in the boat (all fish were released today). Tim also added a small but feisty Mangrove Snapper. Somewhere along here they added a feisty Redfish to the catch.

We ran further the river to Snook Creek and again fished a marsh line and here they put a hungry Seatrout in the boat. And again, no more bites. We made a the long run back to Tiger and through the basin and around to Bell River and set up to fish the very last of an incoming tide. Ken put a keeper sized Flounder in the boat, and Boom, that was it.

Our final stop was back around on the outside of Tiger and this was the most productive. The tide had started out and they caught a couple of small Seatrout, a few feisty Redfish, a Needlefish, and a Ladyfish. Although most of the morning had been slow, we had a good flurry at the end, and counted it as another great way to be fishing here at Amelia Island, Florida.