Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Big Trout Then Big Redfish

Another great day to be fishing here at Amelia Island, Florida! This morning I met Chris and Melanie Sorah and his dad Ken down at the Sawpit Creek boat ramp at the very bottom of an outgoing tide. We ran up the Amelia River and tucked in to Jackstaff to fish an exposed bank with mud minnows an live shrimp. We actually worked the bank up and back and picked up a good handful of small but feisty Redfish.

We then made the long run down to Broward Island with plans to
fish the first of an incoming tide. At first we had to fight off some pesky 6" Mangrove Snapper. But then we picked up Redfish that was a tad bit bigger then Chris had a good, strong bite and, FISH ON! He played the big fish patiently, drag ripping, and after a good battle landed a big 21.5" Seatrout, boy what a fish! Then he put another keeper sized Trout in the boat.

We were just about to leave the area when his dad, Ken, hooked up. This was a big, big fish! We could hear it laughing at our light tackle. But Ken would have the last laugh. He kept the pressure on, took his time, and after a long, long fight, landed an oversized 31" Redfish! Check out that size 1000 reel in the video below! Note how that trolling motor plays a big part in landing this mighty fish! This fish garners Ken 2nd place in the Anglers Mark 2017 Bragging Rights Tournament-Redfish Category (scroll down the right side of this report for standings).

We made a stop at Pumpkin Hill where Chris put a keeper sized Flounder in the boat to round out his personal Amelia Island Back Country Slam. Melanie had already put a few Redfish and Trout in the boat and added a Croaker to her variety.  After one more brief stop, we headed in, counting it as another great day to be fishing here at Amelia Island, Florida.

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