Monday, April 28, 2014
Another beautiful day greeted us this morning down at the City marina when I met Rachel Longcrier, Marcus, Patrick and Ashley for a day of Amelia Island back country fishing. We headed up to the Jolley River to fish the very first of an outgoing tide using live shrimp and minnows under a float rig. We had only been fishing short while when Rachel had a hookup and landed a nice hungry Seatrout. But just after that Patrick too had a hookup and his was a nice 18" Trout of legal size. We continued to fish Jolley Bank, had a few nibbles, but no takers so we headed further up the river. The water was draining out of the marsh and at the outflows were where the anglers were getting bites. Ashley got in on the action and landed a nice Seatrout. All the anglers were making good casts to the marsh line but Patrick's happened to be at the right spot at the right time. When his float disappeared and the rod bent double we knew he had a big fish, FISH ON! He played the big fish patiently as it made deep run after deep run but Patrick kept the pressure on and after a good battle landed a 26.75" "Tournament Redfish" - it'd have been a great one to enter into a Redfish Tournament! Boy what a fish! We continued to fish the area and later Patrick put another keeper sized Trout in the boat, caught on a jig and minnow fished deep. We made a last run to Tiger Island logs where both Patrick and Marcus had good hookups then Ashley hooked up and landed a hungry Flounder to round out the anglers Amelia Island Back Country Slam of Redfish, Seatrout and Flounder. With that, we called it a day, another great one to be out on Amelia Island waters.
Sunday, April 27, 2014
Repeat customer Charles Butler was home from Afghanistan and treated his two sons -Trey and Trenton - to a morning of Amelia Island back country fishing today and he couldn't have picked a better day. We went a little later due to an early high tide and headed up to Jolley River to fish an flooded oyster bank. Although the conditions were perfect, the anglers had no real bites. We ran further up the river and this did the trick. We hadn't been fishing long when Charles tossed his live shrimp under a float up to a marsh run out and the float disappeared! He played the feisty fish perfectly and landed a nice Redfish. Shortly after that he put a hungry Seatrout in the boat. Then he had a bite and had his shrimp robbed but then Trey had a good bite. This fish bent his rod over and made the drag on the reel sing, FISH ON! He worked the fish patiently to the boat and eventually landed a nice Slot 25.5" Redfish! The same scenario happened shortly after that with Charles getting a nibble, then Trey hooking up with a nice fish! He landed another Slot Red, this one 18.25" and we let the FWC officer measure this one as he had just pulled up as we were landing the fish! He was legal! Trenton got in on the action and caught another feisty Redfish. The anglers picked up a couple of more fish then we made a run to Bell River where Charles put a handsized Sheepshead in the boat and Trenton landed a Croaker. Then we headed in, counting it as another great day to be out on Amelia Island waters!
Friday, April 25, 2014
I fished this morning with Keith McFadden and his friend Tammy, meeting them down at the Big Talbot Island Park boat ramp early this morning. There was a little bit more breeze than I expected but it did keep the gnats (no-see-ums) off of us when we made our first stop up Jackstaff. The duo were tossing live shrimp under floats and had a few nibbles then Keith landed a keeper sized Whiting. But when Tammy's float began to bob we thought it'd be another Whiting or maybe a Trout. But it finally went under and when she tightened down on her line we realized it was a BIG fish! FISH ON! She fought the fish around the boat, from starboard to port and back again. I was thinking Redfish but it never boiled up and stayed deep. Tammy worked the fish patiently and after a good battle we saw that it was 3 1/2' Bonnethead Shark. After landing the beast and getting pictures we tossed it back to be caught another day. We fished Jackstaff Bank where Keith landed not one, but two keeper sized Flounder and a Seatrout. We made a run around to Nassau River to fish the Twin Creeks but had no real bites then we ran up to Broward Island. Boy, the wind had picked up out of the South and with the current running even harder it made the fishing tough. But these anglers were game and managed to pull two Redfish and a Sheepshead out of the logs, rounding out their Amelia Island Back Country Grand Slam of Flounder, Seatrout, Redfish and Sheepshead. But they weren't done! We made one last stop at some docks at Seymore's Pointe and Keith added to the pot by hooking up and landing a feisty Black Drum. I guess that made it a "Super Grand Slam"! With that, we called it a day, another great one to be out on Amelia Island waters!
Thursday, April 24, 2014
We hadn't been fishing but a few minutes when Ryans float disappeared and he had a hookup! Ryan worked the fish in to the net -a nice Seatrout. Later he added another one and also had a feisty Redfish. Justin got in on the action when his bait was taken and he hooked up with a hard fighting fish. He and his dad patiently played the fish and landed keeper sized Black "puppy" Drum (all fish caught today were returned to the water to be caught another day). We moved around to the MOA spot and again Ryan caught a Seatrout. Their dad Randy was working with both boys and had them making excellent casts. We made our last stop at Tiger Island. Ryan had been catching most of the Seatrout and Justin turned out to be "the Redfish Kid" -landing a couple of more feisty Redfish garnering his own personal Amelia Island Back Country Slam of Seatrout, Redfish and Drum. Ryan put a hungry Sheepshead in the boat and got his Slam of Redfish, Seatrout and Sheepshead. With that, we called it a day, another great one to be out on Amelia Island waters!
Wednesday, April 23, 2014
We had a beautiful morning down at the Big Talbot Island boat ramp when I met Lisa Cooper and her son Brendan for a day of Amelia Island back country fishing. We headed up the Amelia River then cut in to Jackstaff to fish the still flooded oysters with live shrimp under a float. It was about he first or second cast when Lisa's float disappeared and FISH ON! But no, FISH OFF! But Brendan went in right afterwards and his float disappeard too! This time he had a good hookup and after playing the fish patiently, landed an nice keeper sized Flounder! We continued to fish the area and both anglers landed hungry Seatrout. Our next stop was at the Twin Creeks in Nassau River and although it looked promising, we had no real bites. We then fished a still flooded Bubblegum Reef and had a few bites but no real takers. Our next stop was the logs of Broward Island. The current was really rushing out due to a SW wind but these anglers persevered. Brendan was really working the bank and when he got the hang of the bite, hooked up and landed a sneaky Sheepshead to garner his Amelia Island Back Country Slam. But he wasn't finished! We fished and fished the downed logs and although we were getting nibbles we just weren't getting fish. As we were about to leave Brendan made a final cast to the bank and as he slowly worked it back, BAM! FISH ON! And boy was it a fish. He patiently worked the fish even as it made a run deep then got back in the current to it's advantage. When it came to the surface we all saw that it was a Big Redfish! Brendan slowly worked it in and eventually landed the oversized 29.5" Redfish! That's the way to wrap up an Amelia Island back country fishing trip!
I had another group of guys yesterday afternoon and they too were taking a break from business. We headed up to fish the flooded oyster beds outside of Tiger Island. Jeff knocked the skunk off by landing a hungry Bluefish then Jason followed it up -putting a couple of more Blues in the boat and a Seatrout. Then Chris found a feisty Redfish up near the grass and brought it to the boat. We made a run up to Jolley River and BOOM, BOOM! Both Chris and Jason put fat keeper sized Seatrout in the boat, fishing live shrimp under floats. We ran further up the river, had a tussle with a Gar fish, and picked up a another Trout. Our last stop was back at Tiger Island logs and here things really heated up as the tide had dropped. Both Jeff and Steve got in on the action, landing Sheepshead of keeper size and Steve also put a nice feisty Redfish in the boat. Chris and Jason found some hungry keeper Sized Seatrout on the bottom to wrap up a beautiful late afternoon of fishing in the back waters of Amelia Island.
I had arranged four boats to take a group taking a break from business yesterday morning. I had Josh, Jim, John and Ken on my boat to do some light tackle, back country fishing. We hit the logs of Tiger Island where Ken got the "skunk off the boat" by landing a hungry Seatrout. Our next stop was Jolley Bank and here things heated up somewhat. Jim hooked up and landed a nice multi-spot Redfish then Josh had a strong bite that ripped some drag out - FISH ON! This fish put a good fight but Josh was up to the task and patiently worked the fish to the boat. When it surfaced we all saw that it was a large Black "puppy" Drum that was about to leave the "puppy" stage! We continued to fish the area, made a run to Bell River, and here John's patience and perseverance paid off when he put the final fish in the boat, a nice Seatrout. With that, we called it a day, another great one to be out on Amelia Island waters!
Monday, April 21, 2014
I had the pleasure of fishing with Scott Carter and his two sons Sammy and Benny again this year. We met down at the Big Talbot Island Park boat ramp and although the weather forecast called for 10-12 winds it looked to be an ideal day for fishing Amelia Island back waters! We ran up the Nassau River, stopped at Twin Creeks and fished the bottom with jigs and shrimp. Both Benny and Sammy got on the board, landing a feisty Jack Crevalle and a nice Flounder, respectively. We ran around to Jackstaff to fish and although not much was biting, a lone Spanish Mackerel took Scott's bait! We made a run to Broward Island and fished the last of the outgoing tide. Here things really heated up with the anglers landing Redfish, Seatrout, Sheepshead and Black "puppy" Drum making it a "Super Grand Slam" of a day! The sun had come out and it had turned out to be another great day to be fishing Amelia Island's back waters!
Sunday, April 20, 2014
I fished again yesterday afternoon with the Keeley family -Don and Crystal and their two kids Ryan and Lauren. Although the skies had been cloudy all day there was a growing build up of dark clouds to our west. We ran up the Amelia River, eased into Jackstaff, and began to fish the first of an outgoing tide. Young Ryan got the "skunk off the boat" by landing a nice fat Seatrout. His mother Crystal soon added another one. After fishing a stretch of flooded oysters we ran around to fish the Twin Creeks in Nassau River. Here things heated up with all the anglers getting in on the action. Lauren had the most species, catching a Seatrout, Blue Fish, Jack Crevalle, and Perch. Don added a few Seatrout to the mix. But the storm had come closer and there was rumblings of lighting so we headed back to the ramp, and boy am I glad wew did! Sitting in my truck I soon found there was hail falling along with the heavy rain. After the rain, we got back on the water but it looked like chocolate milk it was so muddy - and no fish were biting. But the earlier part of the trip had been successful so we called it a day, another great one to be out on Amelia Island waters!
What a stormy week! After days of canceled trips due to wind and rain, I was able to get out on the water yesterday with Phillip Bechter and his son Marc. We met down at the Big Talbot Island Park boat ramp early and headed up the Nassau River to fish the first of an incoming tide. I think we were a little late getting to Bubblegum Reef 'cause we had no real bites on our jig and shrimp combo. But we made a run upriver to Broward Island and sure enough the tide was still going out! Phillip and Marc began to work the bottom with their jigs and soon began to get fish - feisty Redfsh and hungry Seatrout. Then Phillip had a hookup that bent his rod a little more than the others and this fish had a little more fight in him. After patiently playing the fish, Phillip landed a nice Slot 19.5" Redfish. We continued to fish the area and were joined by a pair of majestic Bald Eagles who watched our every cast! Phillip found a Sheepshead "honey hole" while Mark worked a likely spot, pulling a couple of Seatrout out and then a nice 14.5" Flounder that move him into first place in the Anglers Mark 2014 Bragging Rights Tournament -Flounder Category. Scroll down right side of this report for standings. They added one Black "puppy" Drum to give them 5 species of game fish -Redfish, Seatrout, Flounder, Sheepshead and Drum - an Amelia Island Back Country "Super" Slam! With that, we called it a day, another great one to be out on Amelia Island waters!
Sunday, April 13, 2014
I had the pleasure of fishing again with Mike Kaiser and his daughter Kathryn today who drove up from the Jacksonville area this morning. We had timed the trip to coincide with the high and outgoing tide. Our first run was all the way up to the Jolley River and this paid off. The two anglers hadn't been fishing but a few minutes when they began to hookup with Seatrout! Both anglers put keeper sized fish in the boat although all fish were put back to be caught another day. When Kathryn's rod bent over and drag began to rip out I knew she had a nice fish, FISH ON! She played the fish patiently and we eventually netted a nice fat 19.5" Seatrout! This fish move her into 3rd place in the Anglers Mark 2014 Bragging Rights Tournament-Trout Category! The two also put a good handful of feisty Redfish in the boat. We fished Snook Creek for a while then ran back to Jolley Bank and although the bite wasn't as good as earlier, they picked up a couple of Trout and a Redfish. Our last stop was at Tiger Island. Both Mike and Kathryn were fishing hard and patiently and it paid off. Every once in a while they'd land a Redfish or a Seatrout, then both of them put Sheepshead in the boat to round out their Amelia Island Backcountry Slam! As the tide began to hit bottom the bite slowed so we called it a day, another great one to be out on Amelia Island waters!
Saturday, April 12, 2014
Friday, April 11, 2014
Boy what a beautiful day we had today! Mark DePrimo and I fished early, leaving the dock at 7:30am and heading up to fish the outside of Tiger Island. Mark was tossing a popping bug with an 8w fly rod and making good casts up to the marsh grass over flooded oysters. But we had no takers so we moved around, tried it again, and still had no takers. We made a stop behing Tiger Island, switched to shrimp on a jig, and soon Mark was hauling in a nice keeper sized Sheepshead- his first- and after pictures we released him. Shortly after, Mark hooked up deep and landed a neat Weakfish! But the fish weren't biting as much as weeks past so we made a run to the Jolley River to fish the oyster bars and here things heated it up. Mark was now tossing a float rig with live shrimp and had a good battle with an 18" Slot Redfish. He then caught a Seatrout to round out his Amelia Island Back Country "Grand" Slam of Sheepshead, Weakfish, Redfish and Seatrout! We worked the bank and Mark landed a few more Redfish and a few more Seatrout. We couldn't have ordered up a better day - another great one fishing Amelia Island waters!
Thursday, April 10, 2014
The local bait shop got a fresh batch of live local shrimp and the seemed like the size of lobsters! I normally like a medium size shrimp for fishing with jigs but when a big one is all you have, then you go with it! I met Wes Matheney at the Atlantic Seafood dock this morning under cloudless skies and only a slight breeze. I've fished with Wes a couple of times before and he and I both were expecting a good fishing trip. We headed north to fish Tiger Island as the tide dropped and we weren't disappointed. The first couple of casts produced Trout with one or two in the keeper sized range - a great way to start a trip! We worked
Wednesday, April 9, 2014
The storm passed through yesterday leaving today full of sunshine. I had met Pete and Jane Woodward down at the City marina to fish the Amelia Island back waters celebrating their 25th wedding anniversary. There was somewhat of a westerly breeze so I figured we could get in a protected area and at least get in some fish catching early. We headed up to Lanceford Creek to get behind the land mass and it was like fishing on a still lake. It wasn't long before the anglers started catching fish, landing Seatrout with two being of keeper size and a good handful of feisty Redfish. They put a few Sheepshead in the boat, with two being of keeper size, and noted their Amelia Island Back Country Slam of Seatrout, Redfish and Sheepshead. But they also landed a small Black "puppy" Drum to make it a Grand Slam! We eventually made a run to Tiger Island and although we were in the wind, we almost immediatley began to pick up fish. They again had feisty Redfish, hungry Seatrout and Sheepshead. Then Pete had a strong hookup and after a good battle, landed the biggest Seatrout of the year, a 21" fat beauty! Jane wasn't going to be outdone and caught a 18" Black Drum and as we were about to wrap up, she too had a strong hookup, down deep on the bottom. She worked the fish patiently and after good battle landed THE biggest Seatrout of the year, a 23" hoss! These two Trout put Jane and Pete in first and 2nd place of the Anglers Mark 2014 Bragging Rights Tournament-Seatrout Category! Scroll down the right side of this report for standings. And with that, we called it a day! Another great one to be out on Amelia Island waters!
Monday, April 7, 2014
I fished this morning with Michael Noxon and his two sons Max and Jack. We met down at the Sawpit Creek boat ramp at 7:30am and headed up to the Horsehead area to fish a falling tide with jigs and shrimp. The first stretch of flooded oysters that we fished produced one fat Seatrout that Michael landed, the second spot produced none, so we headed over to Broward Island knowing that the logs would be exposed. We weren't there long before we began to get hookups. Young Jack did an excellent job reeling in a feisty Redfish to start things off then all three anglers began to catch fish. We had a good handful of feisty Redfish and hungry Seatrout, then Michael landed a Sheepshead to get their Amelia Island Back Country Slam. Max hooked up with a fish that ripped drag out and after a good battle landed a nice 19" Slot Redfish! Michael reeled in a keeper sized Sheepshead and Jack put another feisty Redfish in the boat. Michael made it a "Grand Slam" by outsmarting a Flounder, the 3rd caught in the last week. Our last stop was back at Seymore's Pointe and Jack wrapped things up by catching a Seatrout on a float rig. With that, we called it a day, another great one to be out on Amelia Island waters!
Sunday, April 6, 2014
I fished this afternoon with Paul Ricciardelli and his two sons Mike and Mathew, with the trip being set up by Paul's wife Elizabeth. We headed out but the wind had picked up from this morning and made the first stop tough to fish our float rigs and live shrimp. After no bites we moved around to behind Tiger Island and here things heated up. Young Mike started things off right, hooking up with a big fish, FISH ON! He worked it patiently and after the fish had taken him from bow to stern, landed a nice Slot Redfish measuring 22"! The other anglers got in on the action as Paul landed a few Seatrout, one after the other and Mathew found some feisty Redfish to bring to the boat. We moved up and down the island and as Mike fished deep he hooked up with bigger Trout, this one measuring 18.5" which puts him in first place in the Anglers Mark 2014 Bragging Rights Tournament-Trout Category! They caught more Trout, a Black Drum, and a Sheepshead to also record an Amelia Island Back Country "grand slam". We hit a couple of more spots but the NE wind eventually blew us off the water. However, we counted it as another great day to be out on Amelia Island waters!
Jorge Noguera set up a last minute fishing trip here at Amelia Island while visiting his father, Jorge Sr. so we meet at the Atlantic Seafood dock this morning under cloudy skies but with almost no wind. We headed up Lanceford Creek to fish some dock pilings and after only a few casts Jorge hooked up with a Big fish, FISH ON! He played the big fish perfectly and patiently and after an extended battle that went around the boat a couple of times, landed a nice Slot Redfish measuring 25.5"! What a way to start the day. We picked up a couple of Seatrout, some smaller Reds, and then two hard pulling 19" Black "puppy" Drum. When the bite slowed we made a run around to Tiger Island and here Jorge Sr. got on the board with a beautiful copper colored 22" Slot Red. The duo added another keeper sized Drum and a 16" keeper sized Sheepshead in addition to a good handful of smaller Reds, Seatrout and Sheepshead. It was a great day to be out on Amelia Island waters fishing with a father and son fishing team!
Saturday, April 5, 2014
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Friday, April 4, 2014
Blake and Karin Flood treated their daughters to their first fishing trip this afternoon, meeting me down at the Big Talbot Island Park boat ramp. The wind had picked up and I was a little apprehensive about it but these anglers were game! We made a run up the Amelia River and fished a few creek run outs in Jackstaff. Young Claire got the "skunk off the boat" by landing a hungry Bluefish, then Karin and Blake followed it up with Seatrout catches. We ran around to Nassau River to fish the Twin Creeks but had no bites, got out of the wind at Seymore's Pointe for a while, then headed over to Broward Island after the tide had gotten down. Here things immediately picked up. Young Abigail landed her first fish caught ever - a feisty Redfish and then Karin had a strong bite. Her rod bent over and the drag ripped out, FISH ON! She fought the fish patiently and after a good battle, landed a big 25.75" Slot Sized Redfish, her first Redfish ever! The anglers continued to fish and picked up more Seatrout and Redfish with Blake getting both and then adding the second Flounder of the year, to round out his personal Amelia Island Back Country Slam. Everyone caught fish and as we headed in, the wind had subsided, and we counted it as another great day to be out on Amelia Island waters!
I got to fish with Brent Malcom again today and this time he brought his teenage daughter Katie for the fishing trip. We changed up the locale and met down at the Big Talbot Island Park ramp, which had them driving down from Elizabeth Pointe Lodge, to fish the very first of an incoming tide. It was a beautiful morning as we headed up the Nassau River to fish some structure with live shrimp on a jig. I was expecting Redfish and when Brent hooked up and the drag sang I thought for sure it was a big Red. Brent played the fish perfectly, slowly working it out and after a good battle landed a nice keeper sized Sheepshead. Katie hooked up and landed a keeper sized Whiting then Brent pulled in an even bigger Sheepshead. We made a run to Broward Island and boy things heated up. The anglers landed Seatrout (some of keeper size) and Redfish to round out an Amelia Island Back Country Slam and then they added a Black "puppy" Drum to make it a "Grand Slam"! We hit Jackstaff on the way back and picked up a Seatrout then headed in, counting it another great day to be out on Amelia Island waters!
Thursday, April 3, 2014
I was able to get down to the south end of the island this morning, meeting Brian, Claire and Robin Lucko at Sawpit Creek in Big Talbot Island Park. We headed up the Nassau River to fish the first of an incoming tide with jigs and live shrimp. We had fished for a pretty good while and had no real bites when Brian felt a "bump" then another - and he set the hook, FISH ON! Boy this was a big fish! He played the big fish perfectly and patiently but this big boy had been around the block a few times. He kept heading for structure but Robin pulled him away. The fish made one last push for freedom and found it's way into the structure, locking the line down and "bap", fish off! Ouch. But Robin's dad Brian went to the same spot (my buddies do that) and in short order hooked up again with a big fish. It was almost the same battle with the big fish bulling to structure and again, snagging itself. But this time Brian opened the bale, gave it some slack, and the fish swam out! FISH ON! Again. Brian worked the fish patiently and eventually we landed a Big 31.5" Redfish that put Brian into 3rd place in The Anglers Mark 2014 Bragging Rights Tournament -Redfish Category! Scroll down right side of this report for standings. The fish bite turned off almost immediately with all the commotion so we made a run to Broward Island which turned out to be a good plan. For a while the anglers got bite after bite, landing hungry Seatrout, feisty Redfish, and Sheepshead. Claire had a good bite and when her rod bent and drag sang I knew this was a bigger fish. She fought the fish out into deeper water and after a good battle we landed a Slot size Redfish! We made one last stop and here Robin got in on the big fish, landing a Slot sized Red to wrap up another great day to be out on Amelia Island waters!
Wednesday, April 2, 2014
I fished this afternoon with Brent Malcolm and his son Willie out of the Atlantic Seafood launch. We headed up Lanceford Creek to fish some dock pilings on the outgoing tide. We hadn't been fishing long (his third cast) when Willie hooked up and played a nice Seatrout to the net! Brent followed that up with a flurry of fish catching, landing three nice Redfish one after the other. When the bite slowed we made a run around to Bell River to fish some more docks and again, Willie started it off by catching another Seatrout. From then on we caught a good mess of fish - a handful of Seatrout and a big handful of Sheepshead which gave the anglers an Amelia Island Back Country Slam for the day. Willie also added a fat Catfish! We fished Jolley River oyster beds and although the tide was right, the weather was right, we had no real bites. But it was a great day to be out on the water and we had some good catches for the day!
We couldn't have asked for a prettier morning today, clear skies, very little breeze and mild temperatures. I had met Joe Price and his daughters Mary Ann and Ginny at the Atlantic Seafood dock early and we had headed north to fish the first of an incoming tide. We started with jigs and shrimp and it wasn't long before Mary Ann had landed a nice keeper sized Seatrout. We continued to fish and then Ginny had a good battle with a feisty Redfish which she landed. We eventually fished some flooded oyster beds where both Ginny and Joe landed Bluefish. At out last fishing spot Joe had a hookup and put the very first Flounder of the year in the boat - a 14" fish, putting him in first place of The Anglers Mark 2014 Bragging Rights Tournament - Flounder Category! (scroll down right side of this report for standings) This also gave the anglers an Amelia Island Back Country Slam for the trip. After a drive by of Cumberland Island to see some wild horses and Ft. Clinch, we headed in, counting it as another great day to be out on Amelia Island waters!