Saturday, July 9, 2016

Wow! Fish Catching Day!

I fished north yesterday but went back to the south today, meeting John Ellington and his two sons Trey and Jason down at the Big Talbot Island Park boat ramp. I had a baitwell slam full of live shrimp and mud minnows-about 11 dozen total-and we ran up and into the Nassau River with plans to fish the very last of an outgoing tide. The oysters were exposed, the current was running slow, the sun was just up and.....from the start these anglers were busy catching fish! They caught small flounder, keeper sized flounder, small Trout, keeper sized Trout, small Redfish, and a feisty Black
Drum (making it a "Amelia Island Back Country Grande Slam"). John tangles with a Shark for a few minutes then Jason put a hard fighting Jack Crevalle in the boat then Trey hooked up with another big fish and finally, we had a nice Slot Redfish. They caught more Jacks, more Reds, more Trout, with a few of them being of keeper size, and more Flounder with a keeper sized one now and then. We blew through all 11 dozen shrimp with most of them being used on fish caught! Boy what a way to start the day. With just a few baits left we found a small pool and tossed out a minnow trap then eased
down the bank to continue fishing...and BOOM! Big Fish ON!  Trey put another Slot Redfish in the boat then they had another strong hookup. Jason was on the rod this time and he had to play this big fish patiently. After a good battle he landed a big 28" oversized Redfish, boy what a fish! While he was battling his fish John caught a released a just undersized one, too. We retrieved our bait trap and with another couple of dozen minnows, we were back in business. We fished the oysters for awhile longer, picked up another couple of fish, then hit some docks at Seymore's Pointe. After picking up one small Snapper we crossed over and fished some now submerged oysters. Trey added one more keeper Flounder before we called it a day, another great one to be fishing here at Amelia Island, Florida.

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