Friday, August 18, 2017

Jack Invasion

What a great way to wrap a week up fishing with friends and neighbors Mark and Nilda Laurint and their son, Brent, visiting home from New York!  We  met down at the Big Talbot Island Park boat ramp and headed up the Nassau River, making the long run around to Pumpkin Hill to fish the first of an outgoing tide.  I had float rigs ready but I also had one topwater rig ready to go, too. The trio began fishing the marsh line and within a short minute, they were getting bites.

Nilda was the first to get on the board when her float disappeared - she was ready and quickly lifted the rod tip and set the circle hook.
She patiently worked it to the boat and landed a nice keeper sized Seatrout (all fish were released today). We worked along the bank and our presentations began to get attacked by hard fighting Jack Crevalle. Brent put a couple in the boat, Nilda added a couple, then Mark got in on the action. One of Brent's was on the topwater lure out in front of the boat. That's a great thrill to see a big fish nail that lure!

After a neat show of dolphin soaring out of the water behind the
boat, we headed back down the Nassau and worked some oyster  banks with minnows and jigs. Nilda had retired her rod to take in the beauty of the ecosystem but Mark and Brent worked the bank thoroughly.  They each added a handful of feisty Redfish to the catch, a couple of Trout, and Mark rounded out his Slam with a Flounder catch. They also tangled with Ladyfish and landed a few Mangrove Snapper.

We bounced down the Nassau, hitting spots, and added a few more fish until they just wouldn't bite anymore. And with that, we called it a day, another great one to be fishing here at Amelia Island, Florida.

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Early Morning Top Water Action

We started todays trip low in bait - just what had left over from yesterday, but my guests, brothers Chris and Britt Daniel, also brought along a couple of rods, rigged with top water lures. We made the long run up the Nassau River (with a short pit stop to throw out a minnow trap) and made our way around to Pumpkin Hill with a plan to fish an a tide that had started out an hour or so ago.

Chris was tossing  a top water and Britt tossed one of my float rigs with a minnow and I think it was Britt's first cast and BOOM! Keeper sized Seatrout on!. We made another few pitches, picked up another Trout or two, then began to work the bank. They changed rods and when something big rolled up on bait behind us, Chris cast directly from bow, over the boat and behing the stern and BOOM! His lure was engulfed. He played it patiently and soon landed a hard fighting Jack Crevalle. The picked up another Trout on the lure, found a feisty Red or two, then we ran back down the Nassau River to fish Spanish Drop.

We had for bait: left over mud minnows, some finger mullet that we had cast for, and some barely-alive miniature Pogey's and I think all three put a fish in the boat. Working some now exposed oysters, the two brothers caught a few more Trout and Reds, a couple of small Mangrove Snapper, a keeper sized Flounder, and a Catfish. At our last stop they picked one more Trout letting their jig and finger mullet fall through the water column, and with that, we called it a day, another great one to be fishing here at Amelia Island, Florida.

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

A Bite On Every Cast

You just can't beat these beautiful days for fishing here at Amelia Island! I met Paul Amos and his girlfriend Laura down at the Sawpit Creek boat ramp and we headed up the Amelia River to make our first stop in at Jackstaff Creek. The tide had been going out for a couple of hours so we started off with jigs and mud minnows, tossing up current. In just a short time Laura had a hookup and landed a keeper sized Seatrout to "knock the skunk off" the boat! All fish caught today were released.

We worked up the bank and both Paul and Laura began to put fish in the boat. They landed a handful of Trout, a good handful of feisty Redfish, another keeper sized Trout by Paul, a Ladyfish, and a bunch of.....Bluecrab! The last few days they've been really aggressive and latch on to the minnow and hold on all the way into the boat! We have to pull them off forcibly.  Paul also caught a Flounder to round out his Amelia Island Back Country Slam.

We ran around to the Nassau River and down to the Spanish Drop area and again began fishing upcurrent. We were getting good bites and putting a whole bunch of fish in the boat. At one pointe Paul commented that he was getting a bite or a fish on almost every cast! More Reds and Trout and Mangrove Snapper and Jack Crevalle.

Our last stop was up the river, just past Bubblegum Reef. Although the bite had slowed, they put a couple of more Trout in the boat. Paul had at least two fish that ripped some serious drag before throwing the hook - it'll be another day when we catch those! And with that, we called it a day, another great one to be fishing here at Amelia Island, Florida.

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Big Slot Redfish Highlights Day

I'm becoming a regular down at the Big Talbot Island Park boat launch! Today I met Michael Boone and two local anglers Rick and Don who all had agreed to "share" a trip, and it worked out great! We met at 7am and made our way up the intercoastal to dip in and begin fishing along the bank of Jackstaff, tossing jigs and mud minnows. It was somewhat of a slow start but when the fish began to bite, all three anglers began to put fish in the boat.

The bow seemed to be the hot spot and Don started it off, catching a  few feisty Redfish and a couple of Trout. He then put a good sized keeper Trout in the boat. Rick fought and landed a big Catfish, then all three were landing fish. We fished the bank slowly caught a few small Trout, then Michael added a multi-spotted Redfish. Throughout the day the anglers tangles with high flying Ladyfish. Multiple Blue Crab were landed! Hah! 
We ran through Horsehead and down to Spanish Drop and fished the exposed oysters during the last hour or so of a falling tide. Again, feisty Redfish, Trout and then Don put a nice 18" Flounder in the boat. We had lost count of how many of the feisty Reds we'd caught when Don had  strong bite and his drag ripped. I knew it was big when it stayed up near the bank and rolled once - a big Redfish! Don played it perfectly and after a long and patient battle, landed a big 24.5" Slot Redfish. Now that's a nice fish!

We bounced up to a runout, caught a few more reds and Trout, then finished off up near Bubblegum Reef before we called it a day, another great one to be fishing here at Amelia Island, Florida

Monday, August 14, 2017

Hot Finish

Back to work today after a short day off! I met Richard Heinsohn and his brother-in-law Chris out at the Goffinsville Park boat ramp this morning and we made the quick run down to Broward Island to fish the last of an outgoing tide. We had a bait well full of mud minnows and an arsenal of jig rods. These two anglers started right off making excellent casts to the downed logs and it wasn't long before they had put a hungry Seatrout in the boat.

They added a feisty Redfish or two then Chris had a strange bump,
a heavy line, and a hookup. He patiently reeled in a keeper sized Flounder.  Although the island was looking "right", the bite just wasn't happening so we headed back down the river.

Our next stop was at Spanish Drop and here things began to pick up. The tide was still going out and Richard and Chris put Reds, Trout, Catfish and a hard fighting Jack Crevalle, - landed by Richard -in the boat. We worked that bank for a while, then moved up 500 yards and fished a marsh run-out, and repeated with multiple catches of fish. One of the Trout landed by Chris was right at 18" - a nice fish. All fish caught today were released.

When the tide stalled we made the short run up to Bubblgum Reef, fished it briefly with no luck, then bounced over to Seymour's Pointe to fish a couple of docks. We picked up a couple of Mangrove Snapper but not much else. The sun was getting up and it was getting "warm" but we had one last stop to make down at Pumpkin Hill.

Although the oyster we're still almost fully exposed, we switched to float rigs and tossed them up current. Again, a few Mangroves, but not much more until we set up on the shallower side of a grass point. Then things got hot. Both Richard and Chris began to catch Reds and Trout. The trick was to get the bait 4-6' from the bank and let it naturally drift along with the current, and BOOM! Fish On! What a great way to wrap up a day of fishing here at Amelia Island, Florida

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Wrapping Up a Trout Kind Of Week

I finished my week today, again fishing out of the Big Talbot Island Park boat ramp where I met Mike Brown and his father-in-law Dwight early this morning. Again, it was a beautiful day, clear skies with just a slight breeze and slick water as we ran up the intercoastal and dipped into Jackstaff to begin fishing the last of an outgoing tide with jigs and mud minnows.

The two anglers were making excellent casts right off and as we worked the bank they picked up a high flying Ladyfish, a fairly big Catfish and a hungry Seatrout. We then ran through

Horsehead and around to the Nassau River to set up alongside an oyster lined bank. The "fish catching" picked up a tad as they landed a couple of feisty Redfish, a couple of Trout, then Dwight put two hard fighting Jack Crevalle in the boat. Just as we were about to head further south he had a strange "bump" and a hookup that felt heavy. Sure enough, after patiently reeling it to the boat, Dwight landed a nice keeper sized Flounder.

We ran down to Pumpkin Hill, squeezed in between two other boats, and worked another bank, this time with float rigs and minnows. We had a couple of Mangrove Snapper catches before we moved around to a shoreline that we had to ourselves and this did the trick. Mike was drifting his float along the marsh grass and release the bail so he had a natural drift and as it got back a ways, BOOM! Fish On! The fish thrashed out of the water - a big Trout! Mike kept the pressure on and after expertly working it to the boat, he landed a big 21.75" Seatrout!  He picked up another 18" Trout, a 16" Trout and then Dwight completed the catch with another keeper sized fish. Mike put a handful of Reds in the boat, too. And with that, we called it a day, another great one to be fishing here at Amelia Island, Florida.

Friday, August 11, 2017

Follow The Rainbow

I had another great day of fishing today, this time with David Cleveland and his son Carter. I had met them down at the Big Talbot Island Park boat ramp early, then we headed up the Nassau River and made a quick stop at an oyster shell lined bank, turned the bow into the current, and began tossing jigs and live shrimp. It didn't take long before young Carter "knocked the skunk" off. He hooked up and landed a hungry Seatrout.

This angling duo had a good streak of "fish catching", landing feisty Redfish, a Flounder, more Trout, a Ladyfish, and a Jack Crevalle. At one time Carter had a big, drag ripping fish on but it was too much for the tackle and broke off - that's fishing!

We eased up the river to a marsh runout and fished it thoroughly. In addition to a good handful of feisty Redfish, Carter hooked up with something big while fishing out deeper. He played it patiently and
perfectly, from bow and back to stern, then landed a big 18" Seatrout, boy what a fish!

There was some big rain clouds here and there and off to the south we saw a nice rainbow and coincidently, that was where we heading next!  We made the run down to Pumpkin Hill, set up along the now flooded grass line, and began tossing float rigs. The catching was fast and furious! David put a nice 17" Trout in the boat, added another keeper sized fish, then Carter landed a keeper sized Sandtrout. We fished until we ran out of bait, then headed in, counting it as another great day to be fishing here at Amelia Island, Florida

Thursday, August 10, 2017

If You Like Trout

Boy, pretty day today! I met Bob Blalock down at the Sawpit Creek boat ramp and we made the long run on slick water down to Broward Island to take advantage of the first of an incoming tide. The bait shop was out of mud minnows but they live shrimp and I had also tossed a cast net for some nice finger mullet. Bob started right off making excellent casts to the downed logs and although we had a nibble or two, we had no takers other than a couple of small Mangrove Snapper. We began to ease up the bank, tossing jigs to the shoreline, and Bob did find a couple of feisty Redfish to put in the boat.

We dropped back down the Nassau River and went in to Pumpkin Hill and this did the trick. We had switched to float rigs and shrimp and I think Bob's first cast had his float disappear, missed him! But this didn't deter Bob and within a cast or two he was hooked up with a big fish which he played perfectly, soon landing a nice 19" Seatrout. From then on we enjoyed a good flurry of fish catching. We put a couple of handful of Trout in the boat with four more being of keeper size. We also landed three Sandtrout one of which was of keeper size.

Moving back down the Nassau, we made a stop at Seymore's Pointe and tossed dead shrimp under the float for Mangroves but they weren't home. Our last stop was at Twin Creeks and Bob did have one solid hookup, a good battle with a nice fish that ripped the drag and took him under the boat,and, FISH OFF! Hah! But we'd had a pretty good stretch of fish catching so we called it a day, another great one to be fishing here at Amelia Island, Florida

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Trout Catch Picks Up

I was back down south today, meeting Ashley Gorley, his two sons Caleb and Kyler and granddad Glenn down at the Sawpit Creek boat ramp. We headed straight up the Nassau River and boy was the water slick! Our first stop was at a point with a stretch of oyster shell lined bank and the anglers began tossing jigs with mud minnows and finger mullet up current. Glenn "knocked the skunk off" when he landed a hungry Seatrout then Ashley hooked up with something big that made is drag sing. Ashley went around the boat,
form stern to bow and back to stern, played it perfectly, and after a good battle, landed a big 'ole Catfish. And shortly after that he had another good fight and landed a nice sized Jack Crevalle.  The anglers had some good bites, some fish were brought right to the boat but came off, so we had some action.

Our next stop was down at Pumpkin Hill and with the tide up and still coming in, we switched to float rigs, and this did the trick. All
four fishermen began to get bites. Kyler reeled in a couple of Seatrout, one which was of keeper size, then Grandad put a couple of keeper sized Trout in the boat. Caleb got in on the action and caught the only Redfish of the day and he also landed a rare Sandtrout. We caught a good handful of "almost legal" fish before we moved on to fish some rocks and docks back at Seymore's Pointe.

We had a few nibbles at the first spot then before leaving Kyler put a keeper sized Croaker in the boat to round out another great day to be fishing here at Amelia Island, Florida.

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

A Fish At Every Spot

After a couple of days off I was back to fishing today when I met Tim Johnson and his friend Ken up at the Dee Dee Bartels Park boat ramp early this morning. We had clear skies, a slight  breeze and smooth "sailing" up to our first spot, just outside of Tiger Island with plans to fish an incoming tide with jigs and mud minnows. These two anglers were making perfect casts right off and a after a while, Tim hand a hookup and landed a hungry Seatrout.

We bounced around to the Jolley River, switched to float rigs  with minnow as bait, and eased along the flooded marsh grass. Finger mullet were getting popped here and there and we had a few bites, but then Tim put a keeper sized Flounder in the boat (all fish were released today). Tim also added a small but feisty Mangrove Snapper. Somewhere along here they added a feisty Redfish to the catch.

We ran further the river to Snook Creek and again fished a marsh line and here they put a hungry Seatrout in the boat. And again, no more bites. We made a the long run back to Tiger and through the basin and around to Bell River and set up to fish the very last of an incoming tide. Ken put a keeper sized Flounder in the boat, and Boom, that was it.

Our final stop was back around on the outside of Tiger and this was the most productive. The tide had started out and they caught a couple of small Seatrout, a few feisty Redfish, a Needlefish, and a Ladyfish. Although most of the morning had been slow, we had a good flurry at the end, and counted it as another great way to be fishing here at Amelia Island, Florida.

Saturday, August 5, 2017

Big Trout To Start

For August, it's not a bad fishing trip when you have overcast skies and just a slight breeze and only one little sprinkle throughout the day. That's what we had yesterday when I fished with Mike Houston, his daughter Catherine, and his son-in-law Max when I met them down at the Sawpit Creek boat ramp. We made the quick run up to Jackstaff and into a smaller creek to set up at an outflow and the very first of an outgoing tide.

I think it was the first real cast with a mud minnow under a float that garnered a hungry Seatrout, one that Mike expertly reeled in. And that was it!  We worked the bank slowly with the float rigs, had a nibble here and there, then crossed over to fish the mouth of Jackstaff, sticking with the floats for a while. When the produced nothing, we switched Max to a jig and minnow and BOOM! Big Fish On!  He played it patiently - we were all guessing big Redfish - but when he brought it to the surface we saw that it was Big
Trout!  He worked it slowly to the net and landed a nice 22" Seatrout. Boy what a fish! 

All three anglers went to jigs and began to catch fish. Both Mike and Catherine put feisty Redfish in the boat, Mike added a couple, and they tangled with some high flying Ladyfish. We had a good flurry of catching fish. Our next stop was around and down at Spanish Drop in the Nassau River where we again picked up some feisty Redfish.

We hit Seymore's Pointe, landed some really nice Mangrove Snapper (12"-14",  then wrapped things up at some docks where we picked up a couple of more Snapper. And with that, we called it a day, another great one to be fishing here at Amelia Island, Florida.

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Every Other Cast

The wind finally died down today and I felt like we'd have a pretty good day of fishing...and it turned out we did. I met Jason and Alicia Ash down at the Big Talbot Island Park boat ramp for a "couples day out" of fishing (thank you grandparents!). We headed up the intercoastal and made our first stop at the mouth of Jackstaff and began fishing float rigs with live shrimp up near the grass. I thought for sure these anglers would be catching fish in no time, but, no real bites, other than a hard fighting Bonnethead Shark.   I switched Jason to a Jig and alternated shrimp and mud minnows
and he began to put fish in the boat. Feisty Redfish, a Black "puppy" Drum, a Jack Crevalle, and a Ladyfish. We switched Alicia to the jig and she promptly caught a really nice Mangrove Snapper. Then she put another one in the boat.

We crossed over the creek, fished the sides of a submerged sandbar, and landed two hungry Seatrout, caught on the bottom with jig and shrimp.

After running through Horsehead and down the Nassau River to Spanish Drop, we set up along side an shell bed that was just beginning to show. While Alicia took a break, Jason worked from the bow and put small but feisty Redfish after Redfish  in the boat. It seemed like he had a hookup every other cast. Then, after baiting up with a minnow and making an excellent cast to the shoreline, BOOM! Fish on!  The minute it hit the water. Jason commented that he didn't think it was very big, but I could hear the drag ripping and his rod was bent - I felt sure it was a big fish. And when it settled in, Jason agreed with me!  This fish took him from the bow to the stern and from starboard to port as it dug deep to get away, but Jason kept the pressure on and after a good, long battle, landed a big 24.5" Slot sized Redfish. Now that's a nice fish!

We hit another outlet along the Nassau, caught few more smaller Reds, fished some rocks and docks at Seymore's Pointe, then called it day, another great one to be fishing here at Amelia Island, Florida

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Another Windy Day But We Caught Fish

Those NE winds kept on blowing today, but we had a plan and it worked! I met Doug Russell, his son Doug, and his grandson Ben down at the Sawpit Creek boat ramp this morning and we made our way up to the mouth of Jackstaff to fish an outgoing tide with mud minnows. Granddad and dad fished forward with jigs while Ben tossed a float rig out the back. Ben struck first with a hookup and catch of a keeper sized Seatrout!  I believe he added another couple of feisty Redfish then his dad put one into the boat.

We worked the bank, picking up a fish here and there. When we crossed the creek to a submerged sandbar Ben got hot, picking up a couple of Seatrout as he tossed his jig/minnow out deep then let it bounce across the bottom with the current.

After running through Horsehead we made a brief stop at some docks at Seymore's Pointe, fished some pilings, caught a small Jack
Crevalle, had a few good bites, but no takers. We then ran down the Nassau River and set up outside some shell banks. The anglers caught a few feisty Redfish before we moved on up the river, fishing run-outs here and there.

Doug Sr. battled a big Jack Crevalle and landed it while his son and grandson hooked up with a double of Redfish before Doug Sr. wrapped things up with a keeper sized Flounder. Although it has been windy the last two days, we've been able to get in behind the marsh grass and have some successful fishing here at Amelia Island, Florida.

Monday, July 31, 2017

Shelter From The Wind

When I looked at the weather forecast last night it called for 13-15mph winds today. When I left the bait shop and checked, the winds were already up to 17mph. Ouch. I met John Conlon and his two sons Josh and Zach down at the Big Talbot Island Park boat ramp and we went fishing anyway, with a plan to try and fish areas out of the NE wind.

We first crossed over to the Longpointe docks and pitched jigs and minnows up to the pilings on an outgoing tide. The anglers were
making excellent casts, but we had no bites. I thought we'd "bite the bullet" so we ran up the Amelia River and dipped in to Jackstaff and it turned out that my fears were unwarranted.  The marsh grass was blocking the wind somewhat and we were able to ease along the grass line. Josh got hot early, catching a hard fighting Jack Crevalle, then a feisty Redfish, then a Ladyfish.  Zach got on the board when he boated a Croaker then another Redfish. We had a nice Flounder to the boat but par-for-the course - it threw the hook right at the boat!

We ran through Horsehead and around to the Nassau River and set up to fish some shell beds. Josh and Zach had a "double" hookup, landing a Flounder and Redfish respectively.  John got on the board when he got hot, catching a keeper sized Flounder and a feisty Redfish. The anglers added a couple of more Reds then we ran back to some docks at Seymore's Pointe, where we had no real bites.

Staying out of the wind, our last stop was at the rusted old barge along the Nassau River and here Zach wrappeg things up by putting a couple of Mangrove Snapper in the boat, one of which was keeper size. And with that, we called it a day, another great one to be fishing here at Amelia Island, Florida.

Saturday, July 29, 2017

Who'da Thought a Black Drum?

I wrapped my week up fishing today with the Maloff family - Seth and Valeria and their two kids Talia and Asher, meeting them at the Altantic Seafood dock with plans to fish the very last of an outgoing tide. We ran up to Tiger and after a brief orientation, tossed out the first jig and live shrimp and BOOM! Asher had a fish on!  He worked it to the boat and after a valiant battle, landed a nice keeper sized Black "puppy" Drum. I haven't seen one of those in months! After getting some pics and tossing him back (all fish were released today), we got all four anglers fishing and we caught fish for a good hour.

Talia reeled in the biggest fish of the day, a feisty Redfish and all the anglers mixed it up with Mangrove Snapper and saltwater Perch. Seth picked up a nice Red with six spots, Valerie added another Mangrove, then Asher put a fairly nice size Mangrove in the boat.  The bite eventually slowed so we ran up to the Jolly River to fish the "bank".
The wind had picked up (forecasted to get up to 11mph today - kinda aggravating), but it did keep the heat off. We worked the bank slowly, had a bunch of nibbles, but no real bites. Our next stop was up into Snook Creek, hoping for a shark, but again, nibbles but no bites. We made one last run around to Bell River and the land mass blocked the wind, making it very easy to fish the dock pilings.

Within a few short minutes both Asher and Talia had found a "hot spot" and caught Mangrove Snapper one after the other. Seth was patiently fishing forward and he too landed fish, nice feisty Redfish. Catching fish at the last stop made for a great way to wrap up a day of fishing here at Amelia Island, Florida.

Friday, July 28, 2017

Flounder Top's The Board

It's kinda hard to decide whether to highlight the huge Flounder we caught today, or the three Slot Redfish that were also caught. I had met Heather Floyd, Josh and Larry, up at the north end boat ramp and with a baitwell full of mud minnows and just a slight breeze blowing, we made the quick run around to Tiger with plans to fish the very first of the incoming tide.

The three anglers were making excellent casts and we were quick to get bites - they all caught a small but feisty Redfish or two, then
Larry put small Flounder in the boat. We continued to hit the pockets then Josh had a strange bite and a hookup. Typical of a Flounder, we could tell he had a fish but it was like a dead weight, with just a little bit of pull, until it got close to the surface and went wild. But Josh was up to the task and patiently worked it to the boat, a Big 22.5" Flounder, the biggest on my boat this year, and big enough for Josh to corner first place in the Anglers Mark 2017 Bragging Rights Tournament -Flounder Category (scroll down the right side of this report for standings). Man what a fish!

Our next stop was up at the Jolley "bank" and as we worked along, the anglers picked up a few small Reds, then as we reached the end of our troll, Larry had  a good bite and, FISH ON! This was a big fish, ripping drag and digging deep, but Larry fought it expertly and soon landed a big 23.25" Slot Redfish! Another nice fish!

We ran further up the Jolley and around to the MOA, fished it until the oysters were covered, then dropped back to fish Snook Creek. As we worked along they caught another couple of Reds, Josh added a small Grouper, then it looked like Heather was going to finish things off when she landed a hungry Seatrout and a Jack Crevalle. But nope, Larry wasn't finished. Tossing float rig and minnow up to the marsh grass garnered him another, even bigger, 23.75" Slot Red. And as we drifted back along the grass, he had another hookup! Another 22" Slot Redfish. Now that's the way to wrap up another great day of fishing here at Amelia Island, Florida.

Thursday, July 27, 2017

A Couple of Slot Reds

It was muggy this morning but luckily the cloudy skies blocked the sun and we had some pleasant fishing. I met Claiburn Hartigan and his friend Chuck down at the Big Talbot Island Park boat ramp early and we made a short run up the Nassau River on slick water to make our first stop at some exposed oyster beds. Bait was moving and fish were popping and the two anglers picked up a couple of small but feisty Redfish and a Catfish.

We moved further up the river and again fished some oysters as the tide began to move in. Chuck tangled with another Catfish then Claiburn hooked up and landed a nice keeper sized Trout. Chuck had a good fish on that gave him quite a battle - a Jack Crevalle.  After crossing the river to fish some docks, we pitched to the pilings with jigs and minnows and caught a few small Mangrove Snapper, then a keeper sized one. Then Claiburn had a strong bite and we knew when the drag ripped that this was a good
fish. He played it patiently and soon landed a 19.25" Slot sized Redfish.

The tide had been coming in for a while so we ran down to Broward Island and fished the logs. I was a tad bit disappointed on the catch which was Chuck hauling in small Mangrove Snapper one after the other. But as we moved down the island we did pick up one good fish when Chuck hooked up and a expertly landed another 20.5" Slot Redfish.

Our next stop was up at Pumpkin Hill and again, more Mangroves. They did find a couple of feisty Reds and a high flying Ladyfish. After one more stop back at Twin Creeks on the Nassau, we called it a day, another great one to be fishing here at Amelia Island, Florida.

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Big Amelia Island Summertime Trout

I fished the south end today, and again we had just a tad bit of breeze. When I met Bill Lavery and his buddy Joe down at the Sawpit Creek boat ramp we made the long ride to Broward Island to try and catch the first of the incoming tide - and we got there just as it had stalled.  The two anglers began tossing jigs and minnows and shrimp to the pockets and I think first cast we got a bite - a hungry Mangrove Snapper.

They worked the area thoroughly and after Bill had decided to work
his bait deeper, BOOM! He had a good bite. This was a nice fish, ripping some drag, but Bill kept the pressure on and after a good battle landed a big 19.5" Seatrout! We picked up a few small but feisty Redfish, then Joe had a strange bite on the bow. He worked it patiently to the surface and sure enough it was a nice keeper sized Flounder and typically - a thrash- and fish OFF! Ouch! But Joe continued to work the bank and hooked up again and this time he landed a nice 17" Flounder. We caught a few more fish - small Reds, small Mangroves, then we eased down the bank and set up to toss our jigs up current and let them bounce down the river bottom. The two anglers were getting bites, then Bill had another hookup - another big fish. He played it perfectly and landed an even bigger Seatrout, this one measuring in at 22.5", a fish that put's Bill tied for second in the Anglers Mark 2017 Bragging Rights Tournament -Seatrout Category (scroll down the right side of this report for standings).

We made our next stop at the mouth of Pumpkin Hill, picked up one or two small Trout, one or two small Mangrove's then continued on back down the Nassau. After making one stop to tangle with some high flying Ladyfish, we made a stop back at some docks at Seymore's Pointe. Joe put one keeper sized Mangrove Snapper in the boat.  After hitting Twin Creeks briefly (and having a big fish break us off once), we headed in, counting it as another great day to be fishing here at Amelia Island, Florida.

Monday, July 24, 2017

One Stop Makes The Trip

Back to "work" today after a day off! I met Brant Kelch, his friend Mary and his daughter Kara down at the Big Talbot Island Park boat ramp early this morning and we headed out under some ominous skies - dark and heavy with rain sheets showing to the south of us. But as we started fishing we could see a rainbow between two storms and they passed us one to the north and one to the east, leaving us with just a brisk breeze to fish some flooding oyster beds on the Nassau River on an incoming tide.
The three anglers were tossing jigs with minnows AND live shrimp, the first time I've used them in over a month, but we had no real bites at the first stop. We then ran up to fish some docks at Seymore's Pointe and sure enough, we found some Mangrove Snapper. Mary got things started when she put a nice keeper sized fish in the boat. Both Kara and Brant hooked up and landed fish. We fished the other side of the same dock, fished one more dock, then headed further up the river.
Our next stop was up Pumpkin Hill. We had switched to float rigs and even though the conditions looked good, we were having to toss our rigs directly into the wind, making it very difficult to keep our bait up near the grass line. So we worked our way around a point, got the wind to our backs and BOOM! This did the trick. Mary caught a hungry Seatrout, then Kara put a nice keeper sized one in the boat. Mary followed that up with another keeper Trout and then they added another hard fighting Mangrove Snapper, then another keeper sized Trout. We had a few more good bites, one that ripped some drag but threw the hook, then we made one more run back to Seymore's.

Fishing a dock the trio tangled with Mangrove Snapper, putting two large ones in the boat along with a couple of puny ones. It had taken the whole trip but these anglers had worked up a nice mess of fish! And with that, we called it a day, another great one to be fishing here at Amelia Island, Florida.

Saturday, July 22, 2017

One Heck of A Hot Spot

I was lucky to be included today in a "group" fishing trip set up by Capt. Scott Thompson and I had Zach and Elizabeth Powell and their friend Dale on my boat to do some Amelia Island Back Country Fishing. We had a high and still incoming tide so we left the City marina and headed up Bell River to set up alongside some flooded oysters. All three anglers were making excellent casts and although we had a few nibbles, we had no real bites.

So we ran through the marsh around to the outside of Tiger and the
fish "catching" turned out to be on fire!  They began to hookup with Seatrout after Seatrout then picked up some feisty Redfish then a couple of Jack Crevalle. It was almost non-stop action for a good hour. When it slowed we eased across a creek and BOOM!  Elizabeth picked up the biggest Trout of the day. 


We could see a bunch of feeding activity behind us on a pointe of grass so we dropped back and the bite got hotter. We had a number
of "double" hook ups and  a couple of "triple" hookups.  Dale was at the stern and drifting his float "to Cumberland" and he was picking up Jacks and Trout. Zach was making pinpoint shots to the point and found a Flounder hole, picking up four in a row, and then Elizabeth followed him in and got one, too.  We let the boat drift back and all three anglers were able to fish beyond the pointe and the catching got even hotter. They landed Trout, Redfish, Flounder, a big Bluefish, Jack Crevalle, and a handful of Spanish Mackerel and had a high flying Ladyfish to the boat. It was crazy.

The feeding frenzy eventually slowed so we made a quick run up to the Jolley River, fished the "bank" and the highlight was when a huge Tarpon lunged at Dale's minnow right at the boat -startling us all! And with that, we called it a day, another great one to be fishing here at Amelia Island, Florida.