Saturday, April 29, 2017

Against The Wind

We had a really nice morning today when I met Rob and Shannon Holbrook and their daughter Ginny up at the north end boat ramp. The tide had only been coming in for an hour so we made the short run around to Tiger Island and set up, tossing jigs and live shrimp to the shore line. As we fished we could see the wind picking up and blowing by the island. These anglers were making excellent casts to the  pockets and it was young Ginny who "knocked the skunk off" with the first catch of the day, a feisty Black "puppy"
Drum.  Minutes later Rob had a thump the minute his bait hit bottom and he worked in a keeper sized Flounder. Although the conditions were right, the bite was slow so we ran out and around and up into Jolley River and fished the incoming tide at large creek inlet. We had a few nibbles, but no takers then as we worked around a point Ginny had her float disappear and she hooked it up perfectly, landing a hungry Seatrout. We fished further up the Jolley, had a nibble or two, then ran around to Bell River and fished some docks. Again, just nibbles. Our final stop was back towards Fernandina on the Bell and one of Rob's first casts produced another Seatrout. After leaving Tiger Island most of the trip was spent dealing with the wind. It was fishable but the wind made things difficult. These anglers were up to the task and made the best of it and we counted it as another great day to be fishing here at Amelia Island, Florida.

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