Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Hot Fishing Picks Up at Amelia Island

We're into our summer weather pattern - warm and muggy in the morning and today we had overcast skies with expected thunderstorms later in the day.  I met father and son angling duo Josh and Noah Thompson down at the Sawpit Creek boat ramp and after a brief safety orientation, we ran up the Nassau River and all the way around to Broward Island.

When we got there the tide was still going out so we set up to fish at the mouth of large marsh run out. Noah was first in the water and within a cast or two he was first on the board, hooking up out deep with a hungry Seatrout. His dad got his jig and live shrimp into the water and he quickly caught a high flying Ladyfish. Then, we had a big "bump", a hookup and, FISH ON! Noah was on the rod and this seven-year-old-going-on-eight played the big fish expertly, taking his time and soon landing a big 20.5" Flounder - the biggest of the year. Noah had snatched first place in the Anglers Mark 2017 Bragging Rights Tournament - Flounder Category! (scroll down right side of this report for standings)

We continued to fish this one spot and continued to catch fish. A small (small) Redfish, another couple of Flounder, and a fat Seatrout. We dropped back to fish some logs and BOOM! Fish on. Fish Off. Ouch. But we hung with it and a cast or two later Josh put a nice Slot sized Redfish in the boat.

We hit a few spots along Broward then ran back to Pumpkin Hill and no longer had we begun to fish when Noah landed his "poor man's Tarpon" - a Ladyfish. Josh added a Jack Crevalle then Noah found a beat up Slot Redfish to add to the catch. Our last stop was back at the Horsehead, fishing some structure, and the two anglers finished up playing cat and mouse with Mangrove Snapper. I think it was an even match! With that, we called it a day, another great one to be fishing here at Amelia Island, Florida.

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