Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Finding the Honey Hole

Dan Amsinger was visiting Amelia Island and scheduled a back country fishing trip with me this morning on The Anglers Mark.  We met at Sawpit Creek boat ramp on Big Talbot Island and headed up the intracoastal to fish the Horsehead area on the last of an outgoing tide.  Tossing live shrimp on a jig, Dan had a nibble on his first bite and picked up a Seatrout on his second shrimp, not a bad way to start out the morning!  We eased along the bank and Dan was making excellent casts to the oysters and picked up a handful of Seatrout and a few feisty Redfish. He also had a couple of Ladyfish, a Snapper and a even stray Cat-fish. We made a short stop at Bubblegum Reef, this time tossing mud minnows and picked up a nice Snapper.  The tide had been coming in for a while so I headed to Broward Island to fish the logs and stumps.  Dan was pitching his bait to the shoreline and caught a few more small, but feisty Redfish, a nice Sheepshead and a hard fighting Puppy Drum, all in one area.  Casting to the same spot, he had a hard bite and,  FISH ON!  You always know it's a bigger fish when the rod bends, the drag rips out and the fish doesn't want to come to the boat!  Dan worked the fish perfectly and after a few deep runs, he brought to the net a nice Slot Redfish.  We worked the Honey Hole thouroughly, picked up a couple of more Trout, then Dan had another strong hookup, FISH ON, and I had a good hookup - we got a DOUBLE!  Dan played his fish to the boat, which turned out to be a nice keeper sized Sheepshead, then I grabbed the net and he worked the other fish in, another Slot Red.  After catching another Seatrout or two, we headed in, counting it as another great day to be out on Amelia Island waters!

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