Friday, August 21, 2015

Her First Redfish

I fished with Andrew Malen and his friend Katie, meeting down at the Atlantic Seafood dock bright and early this morning. It was clear skies and we had just enough breeze to make it a nice morning for fishing here at Amelia Island. We eased through the no-wake zone and ran up Lanceford Creek to fish some docks on the very last of an outgoing tide, tossing jigs and mud minnows to the base of the pilings. But it just wasn't to be, I'm not sure if we had any real bites at all. We then ran around to fish Tiger Island's deep
waters and this made a difference. Working the bank, we'd get a bite every now and then and it was just a matter of time. Sure enough, Katie had a strong bite and the big fish bent the rod and ripped some drag, FISH ON! She played the fish patiently and soon landed a nice Slot Redfish, her first ever. We continued to fish the area, picked up a couple of smaller Reds then ran up to Jolley River to fish some still exposed oysters. The anglers picked up a small Sea Bass, a Small Grouper. a few Ladyfish and then Andrew added a fat Seatrout. We toured Cumberland Island and saw wild horses, crossed over and viewed Fort Clinch from the water and made one last stop at Old Town Fernandina before heading in, counting it as another great day to be fishing here at Amelia Island, Florida.

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