Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Big and Bigger

John Allen and his family were making their annual visit to Amelia Island and made a point to get in an Amelia Island back country fishing trip on The Anglers Mark.  John and his son Andrew along with their friend, Gage,  met me at the Atlantic Seafood dock, downtown Fernandina Beach, at 7am, and we headed up the river to make our first stop outside of Tiger Island.  We had live mud-minnows and just a few live shrimp and with the tide high and going out, the anglers were tossing float rigs over some flooded oyster beds.  And got no real bites.  However, after making a second run up to the Jolley River, John was positioned in the stern of the boat and was fishing the bank  with intent, and it paid off because his float soon went under and his rod bent from a big fish, FISH ON!  He patiently played the big Red and after a good battle, we netted a nice 23" Redfish.  We continued to troll along the bank and both Andrew and Gage picked up some hungry Seatrout then Gage had a good hookup and boy was this fish big!  He worked the fish to the boat after a long battle and after netting and pictures, we found the Big Red to measure 26 7/8"!    Andrew later landed some keeper sized Trout to round out the trio's Amelia Island Back Country Slam and with that, we called it a morning.  We met later that afternoon down at the Talbot Island State Park ramp and this time they included John's nephew, Jacob.   There were thunderstorms to our west, so we made quick stop at the Longpointe docks then made a run up to Bubblegum Reef, but had no real bites at either spot.  The storms moved off so we ran down to Broward Island and though the fishing was slow, Andrew did find a hungry Trout.  We slipped in to Christopher Creek and the fishing (and catching) heated up.  Andrew had the hot rod today and boated three nice keeper sized trout while the others picked up some smaller ones.  I was a little surprised that we didn't catch any Red's here, but the Trout were fun to catch.  After another stop or two, we headed in with the sun going down, counting it as another great day to be out on Amelia Island waters!

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