Friday, October 3, 2014

First Cast Redfish

We had a beautiful morning today with slightly overcast skies and just a slight breeze.  I had met Greg and Julie Gerken down at the Big Talbot Island Park boat ramp on an outgoing tide.  We headed up the Amelia River and into Jackstaff to fish a still flooded oyster bank with jigs an mud minnows.  I think it was Julie's first cast, a good one up to the marsh grass, and she had a hookup!  That's a great way to start a fishing trip.  She worked the fish in patiently and landed a nice feisty Redfish.  We worked the bank slowly and a
little later Greg got on the board when a hungry Seatrout tapped his jig and Greg hooked him up!  There was tons of bait in the creek but we didn't have near as many good bites as I had expected.  We then decided to make the long run to Broward Island and this did the trick.  We fished the deep water for just a short while then the anglers began to get hookups.  They landed a good handful of Seatrout, Redfish and then Julie put two nice Flounder in the boat to round out her personal Amelia Island Back Country Slam.  We worked the area thoroughly, getting more Trout and Reds, then made a quick run back to Bubblegum Reef to fish the last 15 minutes of the trip.  Julie had made a cast out deep and was working it back slowly when, BOOM! FISH ON!  We could tell right off this was a bigger fish as it was having nothing of being reeled in. But Julie kept the pressure on as the big fish dove deep went form starboard side to port side.  She patiently played the fish and we soon netted a nice 21" Slot sized Redfish!  Now that's the we to wrap up an Amelia Island fishing trip!

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