Friday, September 14, 2012

All of a Sudden

Jack Reynolds had arranged an Amelia Island fishing trip this morning for he and his son and after two days of getting drenched and a forecast of 40% chance of rain, I was sure that today would be more of the same!  I met Jack and Brett at the Atlantic Seafood dock at 7am this morning and we headed up to Jolley River with a baitwell full of live shrimp and Cocahoe (mud) minnows on the last of an incoming tide.  The wind was already blowing over 10mph and was expected to get up to about 16mph, and I think it did.  This made it difficult for the anglers but they persevered and caught a good variety of fish.  They'd pick up a nice Trout here, and a nice Trout at the next stop, but the bite never seemed to take off.  Every once in a while they'd reel in a fat Grey Snapper but they were just a little undersized.  We ran around to the front of Tiger Island and Jack hooked up and caught a nice sized Flounder.  We fished behind Tiger and again, they picked up some Snapper, but then, all of a sudden,  Brett's rod bent and his reel drag ripped, FISH ON!  He couldn't have played the fish any  better and after a good battle, we netted a 29 1/2" oversized Redfish, putting him in 2nd place in the Anglers Mark Bragging Rights Tournament, redfish category (see right column for standings)!  We snapped some pictures and released the big guy to swim off and have a better day.  Continuing to fish behind Tiger, Jack again caught Flounder, but this one had some size about him.  Jack patiently worked the fish to the boat and we netted a Flounder of keeper size.  We fished some Lanceford Creek docks, had some nibbles, then wrapped up the day at Rayonier warehouse.  Jack was working the stern of the boat and had a strong hookup and a long battle on his hands.  He worked the fish up and I netted a very nice 14" Black Drum. With that, we called it a day, another great one to be out on Amelia Island waters!

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