I hear cooler weather is coming in this weekend but today we had mild temperatures with a somewhat overcast sky and only a slight breeze, just enough to keep the bugs off and make for a great day of fishing! I had picked up Pamela Linker and her husband Richard down at the City marina and we headed over to Eagans Creek to fish some dock pilings on the first of an incoming tide. I had live shrimp and mud minnows in the well and both seemed to do good. I think it was Pamela's first cast and after she had a "bump, bump,
bump", she set the hook and landed a nice keeper sized Seatrout. Well whoever said that catching a fish on the first cast was bad luck, was wrong. Because from then until about an hour and a half later, these two anglers were putting fish in the boat. They worked one dock up and down, from shallow to deep, and caught a good dozen feisty Redfish with a Slot sized one also. Richard was picking his spots and picked up another keeper sized Trout along with a handful of smaller ones. He also put two hard fighting Black "puppy" Drum in the boat to round out an Amelia Island Back Country Slam. When the tide got up over the oysters the bite slowed so we picked up and made the long run around to the Jolley River with plans to toss float rigs to the now flooded oysters. Bad move. This produced no fish. Ouch. But we move on around to the outside of Tiger, picked up a couple of small Trout, then Pamela put another keeper Trout in the boat. We moved around to the Tiger logs and the duo added a small Trout, a small Mangrove Snapper, a nice Croaker, and small Flounder to the count. The Flounder gave them a "Grande Slam"! Our last stop was over in Bell River and again, a couple of more Trout. Although Hurricane Matthew messed the fishing up here at Amelia Island, the bite is picking up and making for some great fishing trips.