Monday, October 12, 2015

Snook at Amelia Island?

We couldn't have asked for a prettier day for fishing today...sunny skies, just a slight breeze, and temperatures in the high 60's to begin the day. I had met Marie George and her adult kids Claire and Colin down at the Sawpit Creek boat ramp at daybreak and we headed north to the Horsehead area to fish the last of an incoming tide. We were only a few casts into fishing with float rigs and live shrimp when Claire put a hungry Seatrout in the boat to "knock the skunk off". We continued to fish a flooded marsh line, first one stretch, then the other and although we had a few small bites, we
had no takers. But these anglers were not to be deterred and as we pulled up to our second spot in Christopher Creek, Claire had a good hookup and after a nice battle, landed a feisty Redfish on a jig and shrimp combo. Then after Marie had made and excellent cast to a grass patch, she too hooked up, FISH ON! She played the fish perfectly and landed another feisty Red. Colin got on the board, getting  a hookup on his jig and shrimp and as the fish came to the boat I saw that it was not a Redfish, but surely a Seatrout. He battled the fish patiently and when we netted it I saw that it was a
wayward Snook! This is only the second Snook I've had put in the boat in 10 years, both caught about the same time of the year. I noted that the water temperature was 74 degrees. We continued to fish the area then ran back to Seymore's Pointe, fished some rocks with the float rigs and when the Mangrove Snapper turned on, all three anglers were pitting their skills against the sneaky fish. But they came out fairly well, putting about a dozen in the boat  before we called it a day, another great one to be fishing here at Amelia Island, Florida.

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