Friday, July 25, 2014
I needed to shake things up today so when I met Hunter Moore, his brother Heath and their friend Alex down at the Fernandina Harbor Marina, we headed up the Bell River to fish a spot that I had never fished before. I had passed it on the way back from a previous fishing trip and thought it's be a good spot to try on a high and incoming tide. Once the guys got the float rigs unlimbered we baited up with live mud minnows and tossed them out to some grass clumps. I believe it was Alex's first cast when he had a hookup! He worked the fish patiently to the boat and we netted a nice Seatrout. For about an hour we worked the area and the anglers had bites constantly both Hunter and Heath landed keeper sized Seatrout and all of them had some that were just shy of the 15" mark. We hit one more spot in the Bell, made a pit stop for some more bait, then headed up to Jolley River. We picked up a few feisty Redfish before making one last stop back at Tiger Island. Hunter had the hot hand here and put two more Redfish in the boat while Alex added a Flounder to round out the trio's Amelia Island Back Country Slam. With that, we called it a day, another great one to be fishing Amelia Island waters!
Yesterday morning I was able to get out on the water with Mike Polcari for a couple of hours of fishing. We made our first stop just on the outside of Tiger Island on the very first of an outgoing tide. Mike's first cast netted a nice Seatrout! He was tossing a live mud minnow under a float rig , got a bite here and there, and landed two more hungry Seatrout. We made a run up to fish the Jolley Bank, this time fishing minnows on a jig, and Mike picked up a couple of feisty Redfish. We then returned to the dock and picked up Mike's wife Susan and did a tour of the north end of Amelia Island. We cruised Old Town Fernandina, Burbank Net Shop, Fort Clinch, and Cumberland Island (and saw a few wild horses). We eased up into Beach Creek and were treated to a variety of bird sightings including Egret, Blue Heron and Rosette Spoonbills. After swinging by Tiger Island we called it a day, another great one to be out on Amelia Island waters!
Wednesday, July 23, 2014
Seatrout. We moved around to a creek inlet and Logan picked up a feisty Redfish. We caught a couple of those then headed over to the Jolley River and again had some decent bites. Sal got on the board with a hungry Bluefish then we moved back to the mouth of the river and began a slow troll of the marsh grass and now exposed oysters. Almost immediately the anglers began to get bites. They landed a couple of small Redfish then Sal had a strong hookup and this was a bigger fish, FISH ON! He played the fish patiently and after a good battle landed a nice Slot Redfish! Shortly after that Sal
put a keeper sized Flounder in the boat to round out the group's Amelia Island Back Country Slam. Kasen was staying neck-and-neck in the fish count total as we had a good bite for a while there. We made one final stop around at the expose logs of Tiger and here Sal put one more Slot Redfish in the boat. With that, we called it a day, another great one to be fishing Amelia Island waters!
Tuesday, July 22, 2014
We had another beautiful morning today when I met Katie and Derrick McDaniel and Derrick's mom Reba down at the Fernandina Beach Harbor Marina for an Amelia Island Back Country fishing trip. We had a baitwell full of mud minnows and we headed up river to fish the outside of Tiger Island on a high and outgoing tide. It didn't take long to begin getting bites and Derrick was quick to land a feisty Redfish, then another. Reba got in on the action when she caught a hungry Seatrout. The anglers had a good many small bites before we pulled the trolling motor up and headed up to fish a
Monday, July 21, 2014
Both Ron and Sam landed some slashing Bluefish and then Ron put a very nice Seatrout in the boat. We picked up a couple of more Redfish then moved back to fish Jolley Bank. The conditions were almost perfect with the oysters beginning to show on the falling tide, very little wind, and slightly overcast. But the fish weren't cooperating! Luckily Sam was able to bail us out with a hard fighting Jack Crevalle. We made our next stop around at the MOA. Here, Ron had a good bite but no takers then Sam reeled in a feisty Redfish. Dark clouds were forming and heading our way so we ran back to fish the small jetties at Fort Clinch. But we had only been there a short time when we realized the rain storm was going to hit us so we ran for shelter and made it just in time to wrap up another great day of fishing here at Amelia Island!
Saturday, July 19, 2014
I wrapped my week up this morning fishing with Bob and Tom Owensby who brought along their wives Anne and Betty Lane, for moral support, cheering squad, fly swatters, and all around good luck! We ran up to Eagans Creek to fish the dock pilings with just a couple of hours of outgoing tide left. The anglers were tossing mud minnows on jigs up to the dock pilings and even though it took a little longer than I expected for the bite to turn on, turn on it did! Tom knocked the "skunk" off the boat with his first fish, a nice Slot Sized Redfish! From then on the two fishermen picked up a fish
Friday, July 18, 2014
back into the pilings and break themselves off! But young Chris was up to the challenge and when he had a strong hookup he worked the big fish out and then patiently played it until he landed a nice Slot Redfish! The two other anglers joined in and we caught fish for a good 2 hours - Redfish and some small Seatrout. Many of the Reds were undersized but both Greg and Chris worked through them and were able to put a few more Slot Sized fish in the boat. When the bite slowed we made a run up to the Jolley River and here Kent's rod heated up. He was working the back of the boat and landed a good handful of feisty Redfish, a nice Seatrout, and a keeper sized Flounder to get his Amelia Island Back Country Slam. Both Greg and Chris picked up fish too. It was a good stretch of water with plenty of bites but not too many in the keeper size. We made one last stop at Tiger Island before heading in, counting it as another great day to be fishing Amelia Island waters!
Thursday, July 17, 2014
TFO rod and Shimano Stradic 1000 reel. The fish put up a good fight but Steve was up to it and landed a nice Slot Redfish. We continued to fish the area and the bite picked up as the tide really began to come in. The anglers landed a few small but feisty Redfish, tangled with some high flying Ladyfish, outsmarted a few Croaker, and then put a keeper sized Flounder in the boat. We made a run around to Tiger Island and fished the downed logs with not a whole lot of action. But we worked the area thoroughly and began to get a bite here and there. Tom had a couple of just slightly undersized Reds, Steve picked up another in the Slot and just as we were about to leave Steve felt something walking off with his minnow. He even pointed it out to Tom and I and as he tightened his line and set the hook, he had the fish! But the fish must have had a big ego because it didn't seem to believe it was "caught"! Steve worked the fish patiently and when it came to the surface, he said, "It's a Flounder", and then "IT'S BIG!" It wasn't until we got it in the boat that the big 26.5" Flounder realized that it had been caught and began to go wild. This fish put's Steve firmly in first place in the 2014 Anglers Mark Bragging Rights Tournament - Flounder Category (scroll down right side of this report for standings) and is the biggest Flounder to date ever caught on the Anglers Mark! Now that's the way to wrap up a fishing trip here at Amelia Island, Florida!
Tuesday, July 15, 2014
tide was still going out. I think it was Jim's first cast up to the bank and BOOM! FISH ON! This was a big fish! It ran deep a couple of times and I was standing next to Jim watching the spool starting to show under the line! We took a chance and tightened the drag just a bit and Jim worked it closer and closer to the boat. It ran deep a couple of more times but Jim finally subdued the beast and we netted a nice 26.5" "tournament" Redfish! Boy what a fish! We continued to fish the bank and Hunter landed a keeper sized Flounder, a feisty 9-spot Redfish and a couple of hungry Seatrout to claim his own Amelia Island Back Country Slam. Jim made it a "Grande Slam" when he put a hard fighting Black "puppy" Drum in the boat. They each picked up a couple of small Redfish then we made a run back to Seymore's Pointe and set up along the rocks to fish with float rigs and live shrimp. It took a few minutes but when the Snapper turned on, boy did they turn on! The two anglers landed one after another and after an hour of fishing had their limit of Snapper up to 16". With that, we called it a day, another great one to be fishing Amelia Island waters!