Tuesday, September 16, 2014

These Ladies Can Fish

I fished this morning with Lisa Duke and her visiting childhood friends Mary and Jan.  We had met at the Atlantic Seafood dock with the tide going out with a couple of hours to go so we headed up to fish the Tiger Island logs with jigs and live shrimp and mud minnows.  We hadn't been fishing long when Jan picked up a hungry Croaker then a feisty Redfish to "knock the skunk off" the boat!  We fished the island south then north and all three anglers put Redfish in the boat.  Then Lisa had a strong hookup, and...
FISH ON!  This fish was pulling drag and we could tell right of that it was bigger.  But Lisa played the fish patiently and after a good battle, landed a nice 20" Slot Redfish! We continued to fish the island and the trio put a Seatrout and a Sheepshead in the boat to round out an Amelia Island Back Country Slam of Redfish, Seatrout and Sheepeshead.  Then Mary had a strong hookup but here line went slack and we thought she'd lost it but then all of a sudden a huge Ladyfish came out of the water right at the boat!  There was a lot of yelling (screaming) going on but I stood fast and netted the high flying fish!  As it hit the deck both Lisa and Jan yelled, "Fish on!" and they too had fish!  They both fought their fish expertly and soon Lisa put a keeper size Flounder (a Grande Slam)  in the boat and Jan landed another Redfish.  When the bite slowed we made our way to Jolley Bank and fished the first of an incoming tide.  Here the anglers stayed pretty busy catching  Redfish, Seatrout, Croaker, Catfish, and Perch while tangling again and again with Ladyfish.  We ran out of bait just as we were ready to wrap up so we called it a day, another great one to be fishing Amelia Island waters!

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