Monday, October 13, 2014

Walk Off Grand Slam

I kicked off the week fishing with Dan Tillotson, meeting him at the Atlantic Seafood dock, just behind the Hampton Inn and Suites in downtown Fernandina Beach, Florida.  We left the dock at daybreak and headed up to fish Tiger Island on the first of an incoming tide with jigs and shrimp and mud minnows.  It took a little while for the bite to turn on but eventually it did and Dan broke the ice by landing a nice keeper size Black Drum.  Shortly after that he put a small handful of
"feisty" Redfish in the boat and then landed two Flounder to round out an Amelia Island Back Country Slam.  Then he had a somewhat stronger hookup and this one wanted to pull some drag!  Dan played the bigger fish patiently and after a good battle that surged deep a couple of times, landed a Slot sized 21" Redfish!  We fished the area completely and landed a couple more of the smaller Reds, then pulled up and ran to fish a large creek in Jolley River.  We began to get bites but they were of the baitstealing variety so we made a final run around to Bell River to fish a flooded bank with float rigs. Here we picked up a couple more of the feisty Redfish then we had a really strong hookup and FISH ON!  This fish ripped the drag also and bulled deep then went from one end of the boat to the other.  Dan stayed with him and applied some gentle pressure until the big fish was wore out and we netted another Slot 23" Redfish!  The last fish of the day took a live shrimp up near the marsh and as it neared the boat I saw that it was a golden colored Speckled Seatrout, about 18" in length, a keeper size, and once landed made it an Amelia Island Back Country "Grand Slam"!  With that, we called it a day, another great one to be fishing Amelia Island waters!

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