Friday, June 9, 2017

Almost Too Big For My Light Tackle

We had three days of down time with the rain but got back to it today with beautiful weather. I met Allen Richardson and his grandkids Anna Claire and Walker down at the Big Talbot Island Park boat ramp and we made a short run up the Nassau River, stopping at Twin Creeks to fish a high and incoming tide. Although we had few nibbles on our live shrimp and  minnows, we had no takers so I let us drift with the current for a bit. Anna Claire had a strong bite, a good fight, and soon landed a high flying Ladyfish.

We hit Seymores Pointe at the very last of the incoming tide and had no bites so we continued on to Pumpkin Hill and eased along the bank tossing float rigs. Walker got on the board when he landed keeper sized Seatrout then Anna Claire hooked up and landed a hard fighting Jack Crevalle. We rounded a pointe, drifted with the slow current and Anna Claire had something take her bait and run, and keep going, spooling her to breaking pointe, now that was a good bite!  Then, just minutes later, Walker had a good bite. His drag begin to rip as the line came off. This time I was able to get the boat turned and chase the big fish to relieve some pressure. It was good, long battle on my light tackle, sized 2500 Shimano Stadics, but Walker was up to the task and after fighting the fish to exhaustion, we landed a big, BIG Bonnethead Shark. Boy what a fish!

Our next stop was over at Christopher Creek. We had just starting casting with jigs and shrimp when Allen made a cast and he said the minute it his bottom, BOOM! Fish On! He turned the hard work over to Anna Claire and she patiently worked in a nice 20" Slot Redfish. We worked the bank thoroughly, had no more real bites, made one stop at the mouth of Jackstaff  to pick up one more Jack, then called it a day, another great one to be fishing here at Amelia Island, Florida.

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