Saturday, March 12, 2016

First Cast Big Trout

After a slow morning yesterday I was hoping we'd have better luck this morning. I met Tim Carson and his fiancĂ© Jeanne down at the Atlantic Seafood dock early and we made our first run up to Tiger Island to fish a tide that had been incoming for almost two hours. Tim made his first cast back to an old palm stump and before we could get Jeanne out, BOOM! Tim had a fish on! He played the big fish patiently and after a good battle landed a nice 22" Seatrout - the biggest of the year on the Anglers Mark - putting Tim squarely in
the lead of the Bragging Rights Tournament (scroll down right side of this report for standings). From then on the two anglers had good action for almost two hours. Jeanne put a small but feisty Black "puppy" Drum in the boat then both anglers picked up a couple of feisty Redfish. Then Jeanne hooked up and landed a nice keeper sized Seatrout of her own, this one measuring at 18", and rounded out her very own Amelia Island Back Country Slam, and putting her in 2nd place of the Bragging Rights Tournament! We had a good handful of fish as we worked the island but when it slowed we moved to the outside of Tiger and fished some flooded oyster beds. We had no bites there so we ran back through Tiger Basin and over to Bell River to fish the tide as it swept in over some oysters. Again, no bites. Our last stop was over near Rayonier and even though we again had no more bites, we counted it as another great day to be fishing Amelia Island, Florida  - especially the first two hours!

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