Sunday, May 19, 2013

Big Trout Come on Strong

It's amazing how the weather can change from morning to afternoon. 
Yesterday morning's trip was beautifulwith very little wind but the afternoon threw a challenge at the Thompson family anglers - Jerry and Karen and their son Steve.  Although it was a beautiful afternoon the wind  had picked up and the tide was high with water still up in the grass and still rising a little.  But these optimistic anglers were glad to be out on the water and fishing as a family and that outstanding attitude paid off in the end.  We fished outside of Tiger Island with lived shrimp under float rigs and although there wasn't much biting,
Steve did pick up an fat and still hungry Seatrout.  At our next stop, on further around the island, again not much biting, tough to cast with the wind, but Jerry hooked up with a keeper sized Trout.  We then made  run up to the Jolley River and fished a run out as the tide started out and again found one loan Seatrout.   We moved up into Snook Creek and fished the bottom with jigs and had a few nibbles with no real bites then we made the run back to the backside of Tiger Island with the tide dropping and the logs exposed.  Karen had been feeling left out but she
persevered and worked her jig and shrimp combo slowly on the bottom and FISH ON!  Boy what a strong hookup!  She played the fish patiently and we soon netted a nice 20 1/2" Seatrout!  This fish put her in 3rd place in my Anglers Mark 2013 Bragging Rights Tournament - Trout category (scroll down right side of this report for standings).  This started things off because the fish bite turned on.  These anglers figured it out and they all began to fish their jigs slowly on the bottom in the deep water and began to land Trout after Trout. Jerry was fishing out the stern of the boat and landed a number of fish and Karen put a couple more 17-19" fish in the boat.  Then she hooked up and put a nice keeper sized Flounder in the boat.  Steve got back in the action and caught another 19" Seatrout.  I've always noticed that those anglers who persevere, remain optimistic and have good attitudes tend to have the better fishing trips and this family proved the point!  With a great day of fishing behind us, we called it a day,another great one to be out on Amelia Island waters!

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