Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Shark Frenzy

I fished this morning with Jim Jeffers and his wife Becky who brought along their niece Hannah. We met at the City marina and headed north with clear skies and almost no breeze. Our first stop was on the outside of Tiger Island and I had the anglers tossing float rigs with live shrimp over flooded oyster beds on the last couple of hours of an incoming tide. It didn't take long before the trio began to get bites and soon Jim knocked the skunk off when he landed a hungry Seatrout. We had a good flurry of Trout catches with both Jim and Hannah reeling in a few each. Then Becky had a
good bite and a good battle which she soon won, landing a hard fighting Blue Fish. We fished the area a while longer then ran up to fish Jolley "bank", easing along the shore line tossing the float rigs. But the fish weren't home and we had no real bites. We ran further up into Jolley and into a large creek where we tossed the anchor into the marsh grass and began fishing the bottom with jigs and shrimp. Within minutes the angles were into Bonnethead Sharks! Jim was on the port side of the stern and was getting a bite almost every cast. The light 14# test just wasn't doing the job so I switched one of the float rigs to a jig setup, tied on a 17#lb leader, and this did the trick. After a good battle Jim patiently landed a nice Shark. We had a few more hookups then Becky put her Shark in the boat. In between both Hannah and Jim caught a couple of Black "puppy" Drum, then Hannah wrapped the trip up when she too landed a Shark. With that, we called it a day, another great one to be fishing Amelia Island waters!

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

We love Amelia Island and have been several times before but our decision to go on this fishing trip was the highlight of our whole trip! We always have a hard time coming up with one specific thing we liked the best but this was definitely our favorite part!!!!! We had soooooooo much fun and between the perfect weather, perfect guide, and catching the sharks it just could not have been a better day. Captain Piper was awesome and very very helpful and patient with Hannah and before long you would think she had been fishing since birth!! She had so much fun I dont even think she complained once about anything and at age 10 that's a rare and welcome occasion. I would highly recommend this trip and guide to anyone at all and will be repeating this experience as soon as possible!!!