Tuesday, July 29, 2014
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!
Monday, July 28, 2014
up with something big! It ran kinda like a shark but it didn't. It fought kinda like a big Redfish, but it didn't. The big fish took Julian from stern, up the port side, around the bow, back to the stern and back to the bow. But Julian kept the pressure on and fought the fish to the surface when we saw and netted a big Jack Crevalle - the biggest of the year on The Anglers Mark! Now that's the way to "knock the skunk" off a boat! We continued to fish and both Tate and Bennettelanded couple of feisty Redfish. Trey tanlged with a high flying Ladyfish, then we moved around to Seymore's Pointe
and had a good time trying to outsmart some Mangrove Snapper. All of the anglers had put fish in the boat except Trey but he kept on trying and his perseverance paid off! He got the hang of it and put a couple of the fish in the boat. The wind was playing havoc with my boatmanship so we made a run to Christopher Creek to fish the last of the incoming tide. As we trolled the creek bank we were treated to a big Manatee coming up behind the boat and checking us out! It took a few minutes but the anglers began to get bites and caught a few more Snapper on the float rigs but Julian had stuck with the jig and picked up three hungry Flounder, two which were of keeper size. We fished all our bait so with that, we called it a day, another great one to be fishing Amelia Island waters!
Saturday, July 26, 2014
I had brothers Eric and Brent Courtney on the Anglers Mark this morning, along with their friends Alexandria and Jamie, with plans to fish the Horsehead area with a couple of hours of an incoming tide. We had met at the Big Talbot Island Park boat ramp and headed up the Amelia River and into Jackstaff, setting up just off the marsh grass in range of the anglers float rigs and live finger mullet. We had only been fishing just a short while when Brent hooked up and landed a nice keeper sized Seatrout. I soon found out that the brothers had a friendly wager going as to who would
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