Tuesday, July 26, 2011
The Anglers Mark at a flooded shell bed. The anglers tossed live shrimp under floats and immediately began to get bites and soon boated a nice Bluefish, a neat Needlefish, a small Jack, and a whole host of other bait stealers! We ran on up to the Jolly River and anchored in a creek runout and again found a great deal of bait stealers, so we eased out to the mouth of the creek and WHAM! Bill had a good bite and caught a feisty Redfish. The move proved to be the ticket because the whole family joined in catching Redfish, a couple of Trout, and Bill added a Flounder to round out the Amelia Island Backcountry Slam. A number of Croaker were caught, too. We eventually moved around to Tiger Island where the Steinauer family added a couple of more Croakers and another Redfish. With that, we called it a day, another great one to be on the water!
Monday, July 25, 2011
The Anglers Mark. Our first stop was at Leon's Drop with the tide going out and the oysters not showing yet - perfect tide for the spot, but no bites. We headed around through Jackstaff and fished the bank and Clay did pick up a feisty Redfish with a live shrimp under float. We crossed the creek where Sam had a good battle with a Bonnethead Shark, but the Shark won and move on! Our next stop was at Bubblegum Reef and this time we broke out some bait casting bottom rigs. Cassidy had a rod bending, drag ripping hookup and, FISH ON! She and I battle the fish briefly then Sam jumped in and took over for a long battle which he won this time, and he brought to the boat a huge Stingray for pictures. That must have gotten things going because Sam started having good hookups on a jig/shrimp combos. He had a good strong bite, and played the fish perfectly, then handed the rod off to Clay who brought in a slot sized Redfish. Then Sam hooked up with another and this time handed it off to Cassidy, who brought in an even bigger slot Redfish. Sam was on a roll because he eventually boated a "Smorgasbord" of fish including a Sheepshead, Sea Bass, and Black Drum. Molly joined in and expertly reeled in the Sea Bass. Cassidy added one more Stingray to the mix. The sun was up and it was time to head in, so we called it a day, another great one to be on the water!
The Anglers Mark. We left the boat ramp and the City's Fernandina Harbor Marina this morning around 7am and headed up Lanceford Creek to fish the docks on an incoming tide. The oysters were almost covered, so we tossed a live shrimp under float up near the dock pilings. The anglers had few bites so we headed up to Jolley River; the oysters were now covered and the jig/shrimp combo wasn't working too well. We headed further up the river and anchored in a large creek and it wasn't long before Parker had a strong bite and his drag began to rip out, FISH ON! He had Crawford help him out and the two fought the fish perfectly, bringing it to the boat and wearing it out so that I could scoop him up with the catch net, but as soon as I began to drag this large Bonnethead up the net collapsed! I grabbed at the fish and the line broke. OUCH! But it was a great fight and provided some much needed excitement! We were in the right spot because it wasn't long before Bill had a nice shark on. He too played it perfectly and this time we grabbed the Shark and tossed him in the boat for pictures and release. We caught a couple more shark and had a good mess of Croaker to go with them. The wind had picked up and was really blowing and after a couple of brief stops we called it a day, another great one to be out on the water!
The Anglers Mark. We left the Atlantic Seafood boat ramp at the City Marina and headed up river to fish the outside of Tiger Island. We began a troll along the flooded beach where bait was getting popped and Ethan tossed a topwater lure, "walking the dog" expertly. I was throwing a smaller popping lure and we both had numerous hits but no takers. We anchored up at a grassy area and tossed out live shrimp under floats and it wasn't long before both young men were catching fish. We boated a number of Redfish to 17", Ethan added a couple of Trout, and of course, the summer time ever present Bluefish. Our next stop was at the docks of Lanceford where we had a few bites and picked up a nice Flounder, completing early the Amelia Island Inshore Slam! We ran up to Jolley Bank and fished the now exposed oysters and Ethan worked the bank with a jig/Gulp Shrimp and again caught a couple of Redfish, just under sized. At out last stop, the current was running out of a large creek and we had a good hard bite up near the oysters and FISH ON! Vincent cranked the reel, I held the Rod, Grandad took pictures, and Ethan netted the Big fish for a team effort in boating a nice 22" Slot Redfish for dinner tonight! After that, we headed in, counting it as another great day to be on the water!
Jason Carr set up an
backcountry fishing trip with his father-in-law Tommy and his brother-in-law Dave on The Anglers Mark this morning. We got an early start, leaving the City of Fernandina Beach marina a little before 7am and headed up to the Jolley River to "Sues Spot" where the guys began to warm up with the jig/live shrimp combo. It didn't take long before all of them were getting bites along the exposed oyster beds and we soon began to net feisty Redfish. We move on up to "Snook Creek" and again the anglers found Redfish and a couple of fat Seatrout, along with a few Rock Bass. The tide turned and started back in so we ran back to the mouth of Jolley and fished the oyster banks and again their were Reds to be caught. We all spotted a Bonnethead Shark cruising the edge and Tommy made a perfect cast in front of the fish, waited patiently and hooked 'em up! FISH ON! He had a good battle on his hands with drag ripping out on occasion, but these anglers were after Redfish so we contemplated breaking the shark off when all of a sudden the fish rolled and we then knew that it was a slot Redfish that had beaten the Shark to the bait! Tommy played the fish perfectly and we soon netted the big Red. We made another stop at Amelia Island where Jason found his on hole of Redfish, boating three in a row on the live shrimp, one of which was right at the slot. The temperatures had warmed and after one more stop we called it a day, another great one to be on the water Tiger Island
Local resident Andy Herrin had worked non-stop at his job since last Christmas and when he finally got 4 days off he "got away from it all" and went fishing, with his two sons,
and Kyler. We left the Atlantic Seafood dock early this morning and pointed The Anglers Mark up to the Colton with a couple hours left of a falling tide. The oyster banks were well exposed and the anglers wasted no time, hooking up to some feisty Redfish in between hungry Croaker. At our second stop Andy added a Seatrout and not long after completed his Amelia Island Inshore Slam by pulling in a Flounder. Both Jolley River and Kyler added Redfish, and of course, the pesky Croaker. When the tide changed we headed to the mouth of Jolley to fish the oyster lined bank and again found Croaker and other "baitstealers". We had a good flurry of bites when Kyler had a strong bite. He played the fish perfectly and we soon netted a keeper sized Trout. Then it was Andy's turn with a rod bending fish - his turned out to be strong pulling Black Drum, adding to his Slam and then he hit a home run when he had another strong bite, a good battle, and we netted a nice Slot sized 21" Redfish. Colton got in on the action with the biggest fish - a 3' Bonnethead Shark - and fought it like a pro until he decided to break it off. We hit a couple of more spots, saw some manatee, and then headed in, counting it as another great day to be on the water! Colton
Wednesday, July 13, 2011
Tuesday, July 5, 2011
The Anglers Mark. We left the Sawpit Creek boat ramp at 7am this morning and headed up the Nassau River to catch the last few minutes of an outgoing tide. We picked an oyster outcrop and dropped the trolling motor to quietly ease along, both anglers pitching 1/8 oz jigs with live shrimp. They each had some bites then John had a hard bite and then the fight was on! Then off! The Redfish threw the hook! At the next outcrop of oysters John had an even harder bite and this time he expertly fought the Redfish for a minute or so and...fish OFF! The line broke. OUCH! But John was not to be deterred. We fished the docks at Seymore's Pointe and as the tide started in, headed for Broward Island where bait was being busted on the south end of the island. After trolling just a minute or two both anglers commented that they were getting bites, then John hooked up and brought in a nice Seatrout. Shortly after he had another strong bite and this time everything held and he got his Redfish! Anthony joined in on the action, getting a subtle bite, then his line felt heavy and he set the hook on a nice keeper sized Flounder. John added a Flounder to complete his Amelia Island Inshore Slam then Anthony upped the ante by hooking up and bringing to the net an even bigger Flounder. All of these fish were mixed in with a number of hungry Croaker! We ran to Jackstaff and fished the now flooded oysters, but the fish had decided to take a break so we called it a day, another great one to be on the water!
Monday, July 4, 2011
The Anglers Mark and this time they brought Scott's wife and Palmer's mother, Jacquelyn. Palmer was an old pro with the boat and new where all the hatches, life vests, and bait wells were and was eager to point them out to his mom. The tide had been coming in for about an hour as we left the Atlantic Seafood dock and headed up to the Jolley River. We anchored at a small runout and tossed shrimp on jigs to the still exposed oysters. The anglers warmed up by catching a couple of hungry Croaker. We moved on up into Jolley and I was able to cast net a few dozen perfectly sized finger mullet. This did the trick and soon everyone was getting bites. Scott and Palmer caught Blues and Croaker while Jacquelyn had some good hookups and fought to the net a couple of nice Seatrout. Once, her line tightened and the drag began to rip out, FISH ON! She fought the fish for a while but it must have gotten across an oyster bed because it broke off after a few minute battle, OUCH! We eventually moved down to Tiger Island, saw a few Sea Turtles surfacing and caught a few more Croaker, Blues and Trout. We moved to the front of Tiger and Jacquelyn again had a brief battle with an unwilling large fish, again getting broke off. But she persevered and as we trolled the beach where hundreds of mullet were milling, Jacquelyn had another good bite and she cranked in a nice 17" Redfish. With that, we called it a day, another great one to be on the water!