Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Black Drum Make and Appearance

We had an outstandingly beautiful morning today to fish a low and incoming tide. I had picked Terry and Bonnie Hancock up at the Oyster Bay dock and we then returned north to fish Tiger Island with jigs and live shrimp as the tide stalled and came back in. On the first cast, BOOM, FISH ON! Bonnie reeled it in, a nice feisty Redfish. That's a great way to start a fishing trip! From then on it was working through the "baitstealers" with the shrimp. Every once in a while one of the two anglers would hookup and reel in another
feisty Red then Bonnie had a good hookup and this fish stayed deep. After a good battle she landed a nice keeper sized Black "puppy" Drum. We continued to fish out some "freshly dead" shrimp I had then ran back to the bait shop to pick up a few dozen mud minnows. Back at Tiger we had a few more Reds then Terry put another keeper sized Black Drum in the boat, this one on a minnow. Our next stop was up at the Jolley River and with the oysters covered on the incoming tide, we switched to float rigs. Bonnie landed a hungry Seatrout which rounded out the anglers Amelia Island Back Country Slam of Redfish, Black Drum, and Trout then they began to get bite after bite and landed a good 15-20 Trout. It didn't matter whether they used minnows or live shrimp. About every 5-6 fish they landed (up to 14"), they got a "keeper" sized one with the biggest being 17".  There were also some nice Bluefish caught in there, too. It was a great way to wrap up a beautiful day to be out on Amelia Island waters.

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