Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Banner Day of Fish Catching

I had the pleasure of fishing again with Daniel and Donna Moore and their two kids Ansley and Landon who met me down at the Big Talbot Island Park boat ramp this morning. The tide had just begun to come back in so we headed up the Nassau River and found a dock to fish at Seymore's Pointe.  I think it was the first "demo" cast and BOOM, BIG FISH ON! I still had the rod in hand and as it ran through the pilings I felt the line rubbing, then it locked up tight. We tried to give it some slack but it wouldn't budge and eventually
broke off. We were all a little down but it wasn't but minutes later the anglers were having to fight fish fast and furious, one after the other. Both Ansley and Landon and Daniel boated a good handful of keeper sized Black "puppy" Drum and then they began to hookup with fat 14" keeper sized Mangrove Snapper. There were a couple of times when we had two fish on at the same time. Donna was getting it all in with her camera and once in a while was called to action to help land a fish. After about an hour and a half of fish caching the bite slowed so we made the run down to Broward Island. The bite was slower here but the family added a keeper sized Seatrout, then a keeper sized Flounder, then a nice Slot sized 24" Redfish to round out an Amelia Island Back Country "Grande" Slam of Black Drum, Seatrout, Flounder and Red Drum! Our next stop was back at Seymore's Pointe and this fish catching just got better. All four anglers were catching keeper sized Mangrove Snapper until we got down to the last few shrimp- so we started breaking them in half - and still caught fish. We couldn't even guess how many fish we caught today, but we knew it was a banner day of fishing here at Amelia Island, Florida. All fish were released except the Slot Red which would not revive so it went home with the Captain and contributed to a fine meal!

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