Friday, June 5, 2015

Flounder Getting a Tad Bigger

We had a beautiful morning today when I fished with the Nickel family - Eric and Ali and their young angler, Tanner. We met down at the Sawpit Creek boat ramp and headed up the Amelia River to fish Jackstaff Creek on the first of an incoming tide. The fish bite was kinda slow but every once in a while we'd have a good bite - first what I thought may have been a Shark, then another that seemed to be a Redfish. Then Eric knocked the skunk off when he landed a nice Seatrout. Ali tangled with a high flying Ladyfish before we made the run around to fish a dock at Seymore's Pointe.
We worked the pilings pretty good with jigs and dead shrimp and minnows then picked up and ran to "pirate island" and here things heated up. We had a strong hookup and young Tanner was on the rod quick then his dad jumped in to help. The fought the fish patiently and soon landed a slightly undersized Redfish. Then both Ali and Eric had hookups - we had a double! Ali got her fish to the boat and just before I netted a nice Sheepshead, it through the hook, OUCH! But Eric still had his own and it was big. He eventually landed a nice 18" Flounder that puts him in First Place in the Anglers Mark 2015 Bragging Rights Tournament-Flounder Category (scroll down right side of this report for standings).Shortly after that the Eric landed another keeper sized  Flounder and then young Tanner reeled in a small Flounder of his own. We made our last stop back at Seymore's Pointe and did battle with some small Mangrove Snapper and Ali's perseverance paid off when she put one in the boat! With that, we called it a day, another great one to be fishing Amelia Island waters.

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