Tuesday, May 5, 2015

One by One

I fished this afternoon with Lou and Kathy Gauci who were visiting Amelia Island to celebrate their anniversary, and what a great way to do it, fishing the back waters of Amelia Island! Although we were buffeted by strong winds the entire day, these two anglers made the best of it and put fish in the boat. We made a run around to Bell River, fished one dock with a slip float rig, had no bites, then moved up to another and switched to jigs and shrimp.  The bite was slow but Lou finally had a hookup and landed a keeper sized Sheepshead. A while later he had a strong hookup and we knew that
this was a bigger fish when it ripped the drag out. But Lou fought it patiently and after a good battle landed a  nice Slot Redfish. We hit one more dock and even though we were getting some bites, we had no more takers so we ran into the wind and around to Tiger Island, and this really helped as the wind was partially blocked. The bite was still slow but Lou and Kathy's persistence paid off as they boated a Black "puppy" Drum to tally an Amelia Island Back Country Slam of Sheepshead, Redfish, and Black Drum, but then they added a Seatrout to make it a "grande" Slam. One Croaker, a Bluefish, and a couple of more Trout rounded out the catch. As the day neared an end, Kathy had a good hookup, FISH ON! Then FISH OFF! Ouch! But she went right back to the same spot with a cast and FISH ON! She played the fish perfectly and landed her first ever Redfish. With that, we called it a day, another great one to be fishing here at Amelia Island, Florida.

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