Tuesday, June 30, 2015

High Tide Redfish

We had a nice breezy morning today, fishing with Jim and Tawee Langston, starting our day fishing the last hour or so of an incoming tide. We had met at the Atlantic Seafood dock and headed up to fish outside of Tiger Island with float rigs baited with live shrimp and mud minnows. The two anglers had bites right off and it didn't take long for them to begin to pick up hungry Seatrout. There wasn't a whole lot of size to them but that made it challenging to hook them up and I'd say it was an even "draw" with Jim and Tawee landing a handful and the Trout stealing a good number of baits! We ran
around and up into the Jolley River and found a bank to fish with oysters flooded underneath. Jim and Tawee were making great presentations, getting a few bites, then it paid off when Tawee had a strong hookup, FISH ON! She played the fish patiently as it made some strong runs, most of them up near the grass and over the oysters, but Tawee kept the pressure on and soon landed a nice 22" Slot sized Redfish. Now that's a nice fish! Then Jim got in on the action and landed two of his own feisty Redfish, and then Tawee put another Slot Red in the boat. We worked the length of the bank then made one final run around to Bell River and fished a dock, switching to jigs and shrimp. Jim made it pay off when he had a strong bite. This fish was pulling hard and staying deep but Jim applied the pressure and worked the fish out from the dock and landed another Slot Redfish, a great way to wrap up another day of fishing here at Amelia Island, Florida.

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