Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Pre Fishing Amelia Island

Bill Godek and his fiance Rachel had everything set up for their wedding, including a fishing trip today, just one day before they say their vows.  The couple were staying at the historic Fairbanks House which is just a few blocks from the Fernandina Harbor Marina.  I met Bill and Rachel early this morning even though we had overcast skies and forecasted rain.  But these two anglers were not to be deterred by a little rain! We headed out of the marina, pointed north, and ran up to Tiger Island to fish the logs with the tide having been coming in for about 2 1/2 hours.  Fishing with live shrimp on a jig, both Bill and Rachel began to catch fish.  Bill hooked ip early with a feisty Redfish and Rachel landed a Seatrout.  Then they both landed a few more Redfish.  We had the usual baitstealers - Snapper and even some rather large Pinfish.  Our next stop was up at Jolley River and with the water completely covering the oysters and up in the marsh grass, we switched to float rigs with about a 3 foot leader.  The wind had picked up a little bit and the anglers were casting into the wind. They got a few nibbles here and there and peresevered to pick up a few more hungry Seatrout, with Bill landing the largest of the day.  We rean further up into Jolley to "Snook Creek", fished it with jigs, but had no real bites.  Then we made a long run around to Lanceford Creek and fished a flooded grass patch to get another Trout or two, then made our last stop at Soap Creek where we picked up a couple of baitstealers and then  feisty Black "puppy" Drum to round out an Amelia Island Back Country Slam, and another great day to be out on Amelia Island waters!

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