Thursday, May 19, 2016

Picked Up a Few Reds

I fished this morning with Tandy Morton and his buddy Tommy, meeting them out at the Amelia Island Yacht Basin and then heading south and into Jackstaff to fish a large marsh runout on the first of an outgoing tide with float rigs and live shrimp. The two anglers had a small bite here and there but no takers so we eased along the marsh grass, pitching as we went. Tandy said he saw a big wake, tossed his bait and had a really strong hookup, FISH ON! And just seconds later, Tommy had a hookup, too. Then Tommy's came off, but he quickly  baited while Tandy was fighting his fish and went back to the marsh grass and had another hookup! We had a double. Tandy patiently landed his fish, a nice 25" Redfish then Tommy put his in the boat, another Slot sized 20" Red. We finished that bank, fished another, found a big Stingray and a Bonnethead Shark, then ran through Horsehead and to Seymore's Pointe. I wanted to see if the Mangrove Snapper were still here, and sure enough, they were. The two anglers landed a handful of them, but they're still only about 8-9" long, too little to keep. We fished some docks after that, had no real bites, then crossed and eased along and old oyster bed. Tommy got hot when he put a keeper sized Trout in the boat, a big Jack Crevalle, and a big Ladyfish. Tandy got in on the action when he went to a float rig and caught one more Slot Redfish. After picking up a small Black "puppy" Drum, some bad weather moved in so we ran north and counted it a another great day to be fishing here at Amelia Island, Florida.

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