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!

Monday, July 28, 2014

Big Jack

I kicked the week off fishing with Tate Taylor and his three sons Julian, Bennett, and Trey.  We met at the Big Talbot Island Park boat ramp and headed up the Amelia River and into the Horsehead to fish a tide that was coming in and already covering the oysters.  I had two of the anglers forward tossing jigs and two on the back tossing float rigs, both with mud minnows as bait.  It took a while but every once in a while one of the quartet would remark that they had a bite, then it finally happened, FISH ON!  Julian had hooked
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

Neck and Neck

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
catch the most fish and who would catch the biggest.  Brent jumped out in the lead, landing another Seatrout and a high flying Ladyfish.  Then Eric picked up a hard fighting Jack Crevalle and a Seatrout.  Alexandria also put a Jack in the boat.  We made a run around to fish Seymore's Pointe and here the action became fast a furious.  All four anglers were getting bites and they finally figured out the hook set and began to reel in fat Mangrove Snapper.  The two guys were calling out their count when Eric had a strong bite and a big Ladyfish came flying out of the water.  Eric kept the
pressure on and after a good acrobatic battle, landed the largest fish of the day.  But Brent kept catching fish and even though he and Eric stayed neck and neck in the fish count,  Brent came out on top with just a couple of more fish than Eric.  Alexandria picked up a couple of the Snapper and Jamie persevered and landed what had to have been the best fish of the day!   We made a run to Broward Island, fished some jigs for a while with no real bites, then headed in, counting it as another great day to be fishing Amelia Island waters!

Friday, July 25, 2014

Change Up

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!

Hard Fishing Nets a Big Flounder

I did a double yesterday, getting out on the water in the afternoon with John Greco.  We ran straight up to the Jolley River to fish an incoming tide and right off John hooked up with a feisty Redfish.  I was thinking, "all right, here we go!"  But we fished and fished, had a few bites, but no takers so we ran back to fish the logs of Tiger Island.  We fished the pockets between the logs from one end of the island to the other, had a few nibbles, but no real takers, until after about an hour of fishing we had a weird bite and a hookup!  John worked the fish patiently up from the bottom and when it surfaced we saw that  it was a nice big 21" Flounder!  this fish puts John in 2nd place in The Anglers Mark 2014 Bragging Rights Tournament-Flounder Category(scroll down right side of this report for standings).  We then made a run around to Lanceford Creek to fish some dock pilings.  We picked up another small Flounder.  We fished some flooded oysters further up the creek then again ran around to fish the outside of Tiger.  Although it was some tough fishing both John and I agreed that it was a beautiful afternoon and a lot better than sitting behind a desk! With that, we counted it as another great day to be fishing Amelia Island waters!

Fish'n and a Tour

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

Slot Redfish Make the Day

You may have noticed in the Reports that we've been catching fish the last few days but haven't been getting any "big" ones!  But today turned the tide on that subject!  I met Sal Digenario, his daughter Kasen and his nephew Logan down at the Atlantic Seafood dock this morning and we headed up river to fish the outside of Tiger Island with float rigs and mud minnows on a high and outgoing tide.  As it has been, it wasn't long before the anglers were getting bites.  Kasen led the charge and landed a nice hungry
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

Variety of Fish

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
large runout in the Jolley River.  Again we had a bunch of bites that cut the minnows in half (probably Blues) then the anglers tangled with a couple of high flying Ladyfish.  Derrick had the hot hand for the day and landed a couple of more feisty Redfish.  We moved down to fish Jolley Bank and Reba caught a nice keeper sized Whiting out deep, on a minnow!  We caught some more bait then headed around to fish some docks in Bell River.  Reba had a strong hookup that began to rip line out with no stopping in mind.  I got the boat turned around and headed in its direction but the big fish just kept on going and spooled the reel...and popped off!  We speculated that it was probably a big shark, but who knows?  With that, we called it a day, another great day to be out on Amelia Island waters!

Monday, July 21, 2014

Strong Start to the Week

We started the week off with a strong start in the "fish catching category".  I was fishing with Ron Cerniglia and his son, Sam, again after having met down at the Atlantic Seafood dock here on Amelia Island.  We headed all the way up to fish a large outflow on the first of an outgoing tide with live minnows under float rigs.   I think the first cast we got a good bite and for about an hour and a half the anglers would catch a fish here and there.  Ron got things going with a feisty Redfish or two then Sam picked one up too. 
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

One Minnow One Slam

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
here and there - a lot of smaller Reds but a few in the Slot, three total, and a handful of hungry Seatrout.  The docks kept them busy and when the tide hit bottom we pulled up and ran around to fish the banks of Jolley River.  As I thought, we had a some good bites and both Tom and Bob landed umpteen fish.  The two had put 3 keeper sized Flounder in the boat to round out an Amelia Island Back Country Slam for each of them but then Bob landed a Redfish, then a Trout, then a Flounder, all on one minnow to initiate a new category:  The One Minnow Slam!  But it wasn't all about Bob!  We had a great time on the water, landing some quality fish, and wrapped up a great day of fishing here at Amelia Island, Florida.