Friday, June 14, 2013
Great Gift from California
Bill Crews received a gift certificate to fish on The Anglers Mark from his daughter who arranged it all the way from California. He brought along his dad, Willie Crews, and met me at the Atlantic Seafood dock this morning as the sun came up. There was a nice breeze blowing and some cloud cover which made perfect conditions for some Amelia Island back country fishing. After my usual safety orientation we headed north towards Cumberland Island and then eased in behind Tiger Island to fish the first of an incoming tide. Things started slow, but we did get some bites from the pesky Croaker then we had a nice hookup and Willie
landed a keeper sized Seatrout. Bill picked up a couple of Trout as we fished the downed logs and we also caught a hungry Puppy Drum. We made a run up to the Jolley River and fished the still exposed oyster beds. We continued to get the Croaker, but then Bill had a strong hookup and landed a hard fighting Redfish. The anglers picked up a nice Jack Crevalle then Bill again had a strong bite, but this time the fish fought back! It bent Bill's rod double and his drag began to sing, FISH ON! He played the fish from bow to stern and half way back as the fish made deep runs, often going under the boat and back. After some patient fish fighting we eventually landed an oversized 29" Redfish! Bill said that it was the "biggest fish I've ever caught"! That's what I want to hear! This fish place Bill in 2nd place in my Anglers Mark 2013 Bragging Rights Tournament - Redfish category (scroll down right side of this report for standings) We continued to fish and then Willie had a good hookup and good fight. He landed a nice 19" Seatrout that we added to the box. We made one more stop on the way back in and Willie had some good bites on a float rig and picked up a couple of more Seatrout to wrap the fishing trip up. We headed in, counting it as another great day to be out on Amelia Island waters!