Friday, July 27, 2012
One Slot Two Slot
We coudn't have asked for a prettier morning today with clear skies and a slight breeze blowing. Ken Grinstead and his adult son Matt met me at the Atlantic Seafood dock at the City Marina at 7am this morning and we pointed The Anglers Mark up the Lanceford Creek to fish some of the dock pilings. The tide still had a couple of hours to completely hit bottom so we tossed some live mud minnows on jigs up to the pilings an fished them back slowly. Just when I thought that maybe the fish were not going to show, Matt's rod bent over and his drag ripped out, FISH ON! We were close to the pilings and Matt worked the big fish in quickly and we soon saw that it was a perfect, in the slot, 24" Redfish! The anglers continued to fish with both Matt and Ken hooking up with small, but feisty Redfish. Then Ken had a fish on, but this one acted like dead weight with little pull thrown in and sure enough, it turned out to be a keeper sized Flounder. The bite slowed so we headed up to the Jolley River and fished the very last of the outgoing tide at a creek runout. Both anglers again had fiesty Refish, then they picked up some Seatrout to round out their Amelia Island Back Country Slam. When the tide changed, we found one more oyster bank to fish and again, the anglers caught Redfish and Trout. One time they both hooked up with a "double" hauled in Redfish. As we neared the end of our first pass, Ken had a strong hookup - this Redfish was bigger than most, and after a battle where he played the fish perfectly, we landed another nice Slot Redfish. We made one more pass, picking up a few more fish, then called it day, another great one to be out on Amelia Island waters!