Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Afternoon Fishing Produces a Variety

I did an afternoon trip today, fishing out of the Fernandina Beach Harbor Marina. I had met Marty and Lois Peltzer after noon and we headed up to Tiger Island to fish the last hour or so of an outgoing tide.  We were tossing jigs and minnows and after just a short while Marty hooked up with a nice fish, played it perfectly, and landed a nice keeper sized Flounder.  Shortly after that we had another strong hookup and it fought bigger than it's size!  Lois reeled it in and when we netted it we saw that it was a small Grouper!  That's a first in a long while! We continued to fish the island and Marty landed a feisty Redfish then a hungry Seatrout to round out his personal Amelia Island Back Country Slam of Redfish, Seatrout and Flounder.  We then made a run around to Jolley River and fished the "bank" with jigs as the tide started back in.  There was tons of bait and we saw a big Bonnethead Shark cruising the oysters but it would have none of what we were offering.  We picked up another keeper sized Flounder and another Trout then ran further up the river to fish Snook Creek.  Although we had a few nibbles we had no real bites other than tangling with a high flying Ladyfish - the "poor mans Tarpon".  After cruising Cumberland Island to see some wild horses, we made one last stop outside of Tiger Island. Marty put one more Seatrout in the boat and we had another Ladyfish to wrap the day up,  another great one to be fishing Amelia Island waters!

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