Monday, July 18, 2016

Forehand and Backhand

We kicked off the week fishing down at the south end where I met Eddie and Marci Simpson and their daughter, Jolea early this morning. Our first run was up  the intercoastal and into Jackstaff where we found some flooded marsh grass with an hour and half of a tide still coming in. I had all three anglers on float rigs and live shrimp  and as the began to fish they got a few bites. It wasn't long before we had a hookup and Jolea reeled in a feisty Redfish to "knock the skunk" off the boat. We worked the marsh grass for a
while, crossed a creek and fished another bank, this time with jigs and minnows, then we ran around to fish some docks at Seymore's Pointe. This got some action going! Both Eddie and Jolea were getting bites and hooking up with sneaky Mangrove Snapper and on occasion they'd reel in a keeper sized one(all fish were release today). Marci was providing support baiting hooks and keeping the anglers in the game. Jolea was making excellent casts with her forehand toss and then she began to make backcasts that rivaled her dad's! We were catching fish when we left this spot to find a better variety and headed down to Twin Creeks. Jolea fished a float rig, her outfit of choice, and Eddie fished a jig at the stern and both caught fish. Jolea picked up a hungry Seatrout and while she was reeling it in Eddie had a strong hookup and patiently played a feisty Redfish - a double catch.  They picked up another Redfish or two then we moved down to Spanish Drop where Eddie rounded out an Amelia Island Back Country Slam when he had a weird bite, hooked up, and landed a keeper sized Flounder. We made one more stop back at Seymore's Pointe then headed in, counting it as another great day to be fishing here at Amelia Island, Florida

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