Wednesday, July 4, 2012
4th of July Redfish Bonanza
Chris Collins of the Macon, Georgia area had set up a Amelia Island back country fishing trip for his son Cameron and his son-in-law Dave Sauer this morning, so we met at the Fernandina Beach Marina and headed up to the Jolley River to fish the last couple of hours of an incoming tide. The live shrimp have been scarce in the bait shops so we were once again using mud minnows under the float rigs. The tide had covered the oysters as we started a troll of the bank and it wasn't long at all before Cameron picked up a nice Trout then Dave had a hookup that doubled the rod over and ripped the line out, FISH ON! He played the fish perfectly and after a protracted battle, landed a huge, over-the-Slot Redfish that measured 28 1/4", putting him in first place in The Anglers Mark Bragging Rights Tournament, Redfish category! I can't remember the last time that I stayed at one spot the entire fishing trip - I don't think I ever have. But today was the day and the fish were hungry. Cameron picked up a Slot Red then both anglers yelled FISH ON! and we had a double battle going on that soon produced two more Slot Reds! Dave picked up a 19" Flounder and found another keeper Flounder later on. All told, the anglers had five Slot Reds in the boat, not counting the oversized one that Dave released. We were still looking for that keeper Trout to round out the Amelia Island Back Country Slam when Cameron hooked up, his rod bent, and drag ripped. It was a big fish and we all thought that here's number six Slot Red but when Cameron got him to the net we realized that it was a large 20" Seatrout! We picked up a few more smaller trout, then called it a day, another great one to be out on Amelia Island waters!