Sunday, December 6, 2015

Two Trips Canceled Due to High Winds But Third is the Charm

With winds blowing at steady at 22mph and with gusts to 30mph, I had to cancel both Friday and Saturday's fishing trips.  This morning's wind was forecast at 14mph increasing to about 17 through the day so it was right on the borderline as to whether we wanted to be fishing. But fishing we did and I'm glad of it! I met Bill Lavery and his buddy Joe down at the City marina and we made our first run up Lanceford Creek thinking we'd be out of the wind to fish float rigs and live shrimp on a high and outgoing tide. Even though we were still pushed around by the wind, the fish were
biting. I think it was Joe's first or second cast and he had a hookup, a nice hungry Seatrout.  From then on it was fish catching time! Both he and Bill caught fish, Seatrout, one after the other with a couple of them being of keeper size. We fished one dock before the left the area but had no real bites. The wind had worked around from North to coming from the North East so we found a land mass to get behind and this did the trick. The anglers started by catching feisty Redfish, barely undersized, and they occasionally picked up a Seatrout. We moved around somewhat and really got into some fish, picking up another couple of keeper sized fish with Bill landing the biggest. Joe put a small Black "puppy" Drum to round out an Amelia Island Back Country Slam, then made it a "grande" Slam when he caught a handful of Flounder, the biggest being about 16".  Then he had a strong hookup and, FISH ON! This fish seemed to come from nowhere and it was BIG! Joe played the fish patiently and after a good battle, landed a "Tournament" Slot Redfish which measured in at 26.5" - boy what a fish! And shortly after that he put another 25.5" Red in the boat. They added a few more fish then we called it a day, another great one to be fishing Amelia Island waters.

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