Monday, December 26, 2016

Rain Can't Stop Us

Most folks were off today and many of us went fishing! Today I met Gregg and Dannie Fitzgerald and their sister Mali down at the Big Talbot Island Park boat ramp under some foggy skies. We ran up the Intercoastal and dipped into Jackstaff and on into a smaller creek to fish a large marsh run out on the first of an outgoing tide. After the long holiday weekend, the bait shop was out of live shrimp but we had a bait well full of lively mud minnows to bait our float rigs with. It wasn't long before the three anglers began to
get significant bites and then Dannie had a nice hookup and landed a nice hungry Seatarout. They then added another Seatrout and a Bluefish or two. We bounced over to Jackstaff's Bank, eased along the shoreline, switched to jigs and minnows, and here Mali put a Trout in the boat, picked up on the bottom. We next ran through Jackstaff, down the Nassau River to Spanish Drop area and fished a couple of oyster lined banks (even though they were still covered). But alas, no real bites. And It was here we began to get rained on. Ouch. But these anglers were up for some fishing, good weather or
not, so we bounced back up to some docks at Seymore's Pointe and pitched to some pilings. We landed nice feisty Redfish and Gregg got on the board with another Trout. We worked both sides of the dock and on the other side picked up another Redfish and a Blue.
Our final stop was down at Broward Island, running through the rain. The tide was getting down and after picking one more Trout and losing a really big one in the logs, we called it a day, another great one (albeit wet) to be fishing here at Amelia Island, Florida.

4 comments:

Mali Arquee said...

What an awesome day! Ain't no rain can keep us from adventurin'! Thank you Lawrence for an awesome post-Christmas excursion. I haven't been fishing since I was a kid and this was not only a great 'refresher,' but I learned so much about technique and different rigs. But the icing on the cake was some good ol' QUALITY time with family. Gregg and Dannie were visiting all the way from Wyoming - needless to say, we don't have the opportunity to see each other too often; so enjoying this little adventure with them was the perfect memory-making experience.

You were awesome! Thank you for teaching me 'the ropes' and encouraging me to try and try again. You are a great coach and captain - and I really appreciate your blog-post, too, as I was so focused on the challenge at hand, I didn't do a very good job of documenting. It's really cool that we can log on here to revisit such a bright, shiny day in our personal history. Ain't no rain can keep us down!

Thanks again - looking forward to booking another excursion in the future. You rock! \m/

Mali Arquee said...

What an awesome day! Ain't no rain can keep us from adventurin'! Thank you Lawrence for an awesome post-Christmas excursion. I haven't been fishing since I was a kid and this was not only a great 'refresher,' but I learned so much about technique and different rigs. But the icing on the cake was some good ol' QUALITY time with family. Gregg and Dannie were visiting all the way from Wyoming - needless to say, we don't have the opportunity to see each other too often; so enjoying this little adventure with them was the perfect memory-making experience.

You were awesome! Thank you for teaching me 'the ropes' and encouraging me to try and try again. You are a great coach and captain - and I really appreciate your blog-post, too, as I was so focused on the challenge at hand, I didn't do a very good job of documenting. It's really cool that we can log on here to revisit such a bright, shiny day in our personal history. Ain't no rain can keep us down!

Thanks again - looking forward to booking another excursion in the future. You rock! \m/

Mali Arquee said...

What an awesome day! Ain't no rain can keep us from adventurin'! Thank you Lawrence for an awesome post-Christmas excursion. I haven't been fishing since I was a kid and this was not only a great 'refresher,' but I learned so much about technique and different rigs. But the icing on the cake was some good ol' QUALITY time with family. Gregg and Dannie were visiting all the way from Wyoming - needless to say, we don't have the opportunity to see each other too often; so enjoying this little adventure with them was the perfect memory-making experience.

You were awesome! Thank you for teaching me 'the ropes' and encouraging me to try and try again. You are a great coach and captain - and I really appreciate your blog-post, too, as I was so focused on the challenge at hand, I didn't do a very good job of documenting. It's really cool that we can log on here to revisit such a bright, shiny day in our personal history. Ain't no rain can keep us down!

Thanks again - looking forward to booking another excursion in the future. You rock! \m/

Greg Fitzgerald said...

What a day, I was vary proud of the girls hanging in there through the wet and cold and never giving up on the fishing. thanks to your encouragement, positive attitude and patients. I have chartered many times in the past and truly believe this to be the most enjoyable fishing trips I have had. Thanks Lowrence, I will be back and you can be guaranteed ill be looking you up.