Thursday, June 29, 2017

Saving The Best For Last

We both agreed that it was an ideal day for fishing the backwaters of Amelia Island. I had met Jim Metternich down at the Sawpit Creek boat ramp this morning and as we headed out we had overcast skies, just a slight breeze, a baitwell full of live shrimp and mud minnows, and a good tide to fish.

We headed up the Nassau River and made our first stop at Twin Creeks, starting with a float rig and live shrimp. And although we had a few nibbles, we had no real takers, and with the oysters
already showing, we switched to jigs for the rest of the day. Jim was making excellent casts, working the marsh run outs methodically and eventually he hooked up with a hard fighting Jack Crevalle. As we bounced down the river, fishing run outs, he later put a feisty Redfish in the boat.

We hit a couple of spots along the Nassau then ran down to Broward Island. Perfect conditions. And although Jim put a good handful of fun-to-catch Mangrove Snapper in the boat, the Redfish
that he caught didn't have a whole lot of size to them.

We decided to make a run and pulled up to an exposed shell bed. The boat was sitting in 5' of water as we worked along the bank and with just minutes to go in the trip, BOOM! Jim had a nice fish on. He played it perfectly and after a good battle landed a 22" Slot sized Redfish. Alright!  After pictures and release (all fish were released today), Jim made another toss or two to the bank and BOOM! Another big fish on! He worked this fish patiently to the boat and landed another 22" Slot sized Red, this one with 9 spots!  It would have placed second in the Amelia Island Guides Association Redfish Spot Tournament. Now that's the way to wrap up a great day of fishing here at Amelia Island, Florida.

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