Wednesday, June 29, 2016

One Shrimp One Shark

We fished the south end today, meeting at 7am down at the Sawpit Creek boat ramp. I had the pleasure of fishing again with Shawn Boggs and his son Jackson. We made the initial run up the Nassau River and made a stop at a marsh grass outcrop with some old oyster beds along side. We only had a few live shrimp and a couple of mud minnows but Jackson made the most of his first shrimp. After only one or two casts he had a strong hookup and FISH ON! This was a big fish and was ripping the drag as it ran like a freight train. But Jackson was up to the task and kept the pressure on as the
fish took him from the bow to the stern and back and forth across. We estimated it was a 10 minute battle and Jackson won it, landing a nice 4' Bonnethead Shark!  We went back to the same spot and shortly afterwards Jackson landed a hungry Flounder. He put a couple more smaller fish in the boat before we picked up and found a small creek to drop a minnow trap in. We fished the docks of Seymore's, landed a small handful of small Mangrove Snapper, then went back and got our trap which was loaded with mud minnows. Our next stop was around at Jackstaff but we had no bites there. We came back to the Nassau River side, fished some now exposed oysters, had a good strong hookup that eventually threw that hook and then made a stop at Bubblegum Reef where Shawn finally got on the board with a small Mangrove Snapper. We went back to the docks and Shawn got on a roll when he landed a nice keeper sized Flounder (and I picked one up too!) then we wrapped the day up with a "double" hookup of some nice 12" Snapper. We really had to work for fish today but we caught some and with being out on the water, that's what counts!

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