Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Fishing With The Dogs

We had another beautiful day today when I met Rick Cardinal and his son Zach down at the City marina. They brought along their two dogs for the ride and boy were they well behaved! We ran up to Tiger Island to fish the first of an incoming tide with jigs and live shrimp and just like yesterday, first cast, BOOM, Fish on! Zach patiently worked it to the boat and landed a nice keeper sized Seatrout! We fished the island up and down and the two anglers added a couple of Black "puppy" Drum then Rick had a strong bite that ripped his drag. He worked the feisty fish away from the logs
and soon landed a 9 spot Red Drum. They picked up another Trout or two then we ran around to fish Jolley River and the "bank", easing along the still exposed oyster beds, still tossing the jigs and shrimp Although both anglers were making excellent casts, we had no real bites so we continued on around to the Bell River to fish some docks. Tossing along side a floating dock we had a strange bite -Zach fought it patiently as it tried to go under the boat -and kept the pressure on, letting the rod to the work. After a good battle, he landed a big Stingray - not great to eat but fun to catch! We
worked up the dock and with Rick fishing out of the bow, Zach took the stern and that turned out to be the best choice. He found his own "honey hole" and began to hookup Trout on the bottom. A couple of them were of keeper size and a few were toss backs. The dogs were having a good time checking all of the fish out, and even the bait, but we called it a day - another great one to be fishing here at Amelia Island, Florida.

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