Friday, May 19, 2017

A Little Bit of Everything at Amelia Island

The typical summer catch continued to today with multiple species caught: Flounder, Jack Crevalle, an Eel!, Seatrout, and Mangrove Snapper. I had met Phil and Susan Raymond down at the Sawpit Creek boat ramp early this morning and we made a quick run up the intercoastal to dip into Jackstaff with plans to fish the first bank on an outgoing tide. The mud minnows that I had saved from yesterday had all died overnight but I had some live shrimp to use.

We began fishing the bank, tossing to the exposed oysters and in just minutes Phil had a hookup. It was a strange bite and sure enough, after he worked it patiently to the boat, he landed a nice keeper sized Flounder (all fish were released today). We continued to work the bank and after Phil snagged some shell - we got the jig to come loose - and when we reeled it in there was a small eel attached to the hook!

We crossed over the creek and fished a sandbar and here Phil picked up a couple of Seatrout in quick succession. Susan got on the board when she successfully battled a hard fighting Jack Crevalle.

We ran through Jackstaff and made a quick stop at one dock and within minutes the duo were catching keeper sized Mangrove Snapper.  Landed a few, added a small Flounder, then we ran down to Broward Island. We were drifting with the current, tossing our jigs up to the bank and letting the current carry it down and Susan had a strong bite. She played it patiently to the boat and landed a big 18" Seatrout. Phil added one or two, Susan added another, then we made one last stop back at some exposed oysters at Nassau River.

Phil picked up a brilliantly blue Blue Crab and another Jack Crevalle and after playing hide and seek with a couple of Bonnethead Sharks, we called it a day, another great one to be fishing here at Amelia Island, Florida.

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