Monday, May 2, 2016

We Got a Slam

I was back in the saddle today after a long Shrimp Festival weekend and had the pleasure of fishing with Jeff and Lori Anderson who I met down at the Big Talbot Island Park boat ramp on the first of an outgoing tide. We made the run up the intercoastal and dipped into Jackstaff to fish some still exposed oysters with mud minnows. Jeff was on the bow tossing a jig and Lori took the stern using a float rig. We eased along the bank and I think it was the first marsh runout when Jeff had a subtle bite - he tightened his line, waited,
and set the hook - FISH ON! I guessed what it was and after Jeff patiently played it to the boat my guess was confirmed, a nice keeper sized Flounder. And skunk off the boat! We fished one stretch, jumped over and fished a grassy point and after a few casts Jeff had another hookup, this one a fat keeper sized Seatrout. We made the run through Horsehead, set up current from a dock and began to toss jigs back to the pilings. Again, Jeff had the lucky rod and he hooked up and landed a feisty Redfish to round out his personal Amelia Island Back Country Slam. Lori was making excellent casts and getting a bite here and there but It just was not meant to be her day in the "fish catching" category. We fished Bubblegum Reef, Broward Island and another spot or two - had some good bites, but no takers, then we headed in, counting it as another great day to be fishing Amelia Island waters.

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