Friday, April 8, 2016

Persistence Kept The Skunk Off

We had a beautiful day to fish yesterday evening -sunshine, balmy temperatures, but a bit breezy. I had met Adam Castelucci and his two sons Andrew and Alex, down at the Atlantic Seafood dock and we headed up Bell River to fish an outgoing tide. I had two of the anglers drifting deep slip float rigs and one of them tossing jig - all fishing with live shrimp- and although we had few bites, we had no takers. We buzzed around to fish the Jolley River and boy was it a low tide. I don't think I've seen it that low. We fished some seriously exposed oysters and again, a few bites, but no takers. Our next stop was around at Tiger Island, but the tide was down so low we couldn't get through the entrance. We made a short stop at Eagans Creek then ran back to the marina to pick up Adam's wife, Angie. Waiting for the tide to turn and come back in, we did a tour of Old Towne, the Pogy Plant, Fort Clinch and Cumberland Island then we crossed over to fish the backside of Tiger. The conditions were actually pretty good as the island was blocking a now Southerly wind. In just a short while Andrew had a strong hookup and FISH ON! Boy this was a big fish!  Andrew was doing everything right, keeping the pressure on, but...FISH OFF! It had thrown the hook!  That happens.  So I'm thinking, "here we go". We fished up and down and up and down but only had a nibble here and there until finally a hookup. Young Alex fought the fish in and landed a nice, fat Speckled Seatrout to knock the skunk off!  Whoooeee!  Although it was a slow day of fish catching it was still a great day to get out with your family and spend some  time on the Amelia Island waters fishing.

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