Tuesday, January 29, 2013
I had the pleasure of doing a eco-photo tour today with a nice couple from the Atlanta area who were visiting Amelia Island for their annual winter trip. We toured Old Town, Fort Clinch, and the south end of Cumberland Island where one of the wild horses appeared "on que" as we cruised the sea shore. We eased up into Beach Creek and I dropped the trolling motor to quitely motor along the driftwood strewn bank - what a peaceful day! We also crossed over to the Tiger Island's and made our way up into Tiger Basin to wrap up another great day to be out on Amelia Island waters!
Thursday, January 24, 2013
They all have something in common, especially now that the owner of Waterwheel Cigar, Conrad Centeno, is carrying my flasks in his shop! This fine cigar store is located on the south end of Amelia Island at 5047 First Coast Highway and has an excellent selection of fine cigars, accessories and gifts. I found the ambiance of the store to be very relaxing and the lounge area with leather chairs to be inviting. Stop in and see Conrad the next time you're visiting Amelia Island or Fernandina Beach and let him help you select a cigar (or two!) to enjoy during your visit. Or, just click here to visit the Waterwheel Cigar online store!
Monday, January 21, 2013
Gary Loomis Tactical Series 6'6" Medium spinning rod. I've put my Shimano Stradic 1000's on these loaded with 10lb braid, tipped with a 14lb flourocarbon leader tied to a 1/4oz jig. The rod is light and keeps you in touch with the bottom and any slight bump from a fish and it has the backbone to work in even oversized Redfish. For the float rigs I've got the new Gary Loomis Signature Series 7' Medium Heavy spinning rod. On this rod I have the Shimano Stradic 2500 loaded with 15lb braid, a Cajun Thunder float, then a 3' piece of 14lb flourocarbon leader and circle hook. This rod has the strenght to make those longer casts into the wind with the float rig and gives you immediate hookup when that float goes under! I'll also be using these whenever I want to toss topwater lures or use a Trout rig setup. Here's a message from Gary Loomis about the rods:
TFO Gary Loomis Tactical 6'6" rod by hooking up and reeling in a nice Redfish. Eventually we made run to Broward Island but the wind and wave action made it too aggravating to fish so we made our way back to the shelter of Christopher Creek where we picked up one more Redfish and a few more bites. With that, we called it a day, another great one to be out fishing Amelia Island, Florida waters!
Wednesday, January 9, 2013
Beau Outfitters located at 3564 St. Johns Avenue which is in the historic shopping district of Avondale in Jacksonville. Co-Owner Chase O'Steen felt like my hand crafted leather covered flasks would be a great fit with the quality apparel and accessories that he stocks. If you're in the area, plan to stop in at Beau Outfitters in Avondale and browse the aisles! I also have flasks at the two upscale Amelia Liquor stores on Amelia Island. One is located on Sadler in the Publix shopping center and the other is located on the south end in the Harris Teeter shopping center.
Tuesday, January 1, 2013
Brian Corbett and his family were visiting Amelia Island, Florida for the New Year holiday and so he scheduled a light tackle fishing trip with his two sons Conner and Kiernan and his nephew, Knox. We meet up at the Sawpit Creek boat ramp at Big Talbot Island park yesterday morning and headed up the Nassau River in The Anglers Mark with the tide having already turned and coming in for about 3 hours. The back country water temperature was 53 degrees when we made our first stop and began to fish live shrimp under floats and live shrimp and mud minnows on 1/4 oz jigs. Almost immediately Kiernan hooked up and had a feisty Redfish on. The other anglers joined in and had hookup after hookup of hungry Redfish and Seatrout. Knox landed a 9-spot Redfish and Brian hooked up with a Sheepshead to round out an Amelia Island back country slam, of sorts. When we made a move to deeper water Conner added a keeper sized Trout to the cooler then he "called his fish", putting on a fat Cocahoe minnow and tossing it deep to the rocky shoreline. BOOM! FISH ON! This Redfish wasn't a rat, for sure! He played the fish perfectly and after a long battler with two or three drag ripping runs, he landed a nice, 28 1/4" oversized Redfish! We snapped some pictures, measured the beast, then sent him on his way to be caught another day! We hit Bugglegum Reef at dead high tide and had very little action then move on around to Jackstaff and up into a shallow creek. The anglers again had some hot action, catching a good handful of Trout then a whole mess of hungry Blues. Moving out into deeper water they got back into the trout and wrapped up the day catching fish down to the very last shrimp! With that, we called it a day, another great one to be out on Amelia Island waters!