Sunday, June 25, 2017

What's Better? A Slot Red or a Weakfish Catch?

I had the pleasure of fishing yesterday afternoon with George Youmans, his son Gus and Gus's friend Mary, meeting them down at the south end boat ramp shortly after noon. We had  a smorgasbord of bait - live shrimp, mud minnows, finger mullet and some huge frozen shrimp when we started fishing in the Nassau River on an outgoing tide.

It was Mary who "knocked the skunk" off the boat, rather early, when she hooked up and landed a feisty Redfish. George followed
that up with another Red that was just a tad bit undersized. Of course, it went back to grow a little bit! In fact, all fish caught today were released. We continued to work the bank and then Gus had a strong hookup. We could tell this was a bigger fish by the way it ripped the drag. Gus kept the pressure on and after a good battle landed a nice 22" Slot sized Redfish.

We then ran around to Pumpkin Hill and fished some exposed oysters. Both Mary and George put some hard fighting Jack
Crevalle in the boat and George landed another feisty Redfish. We made a brief stop down at Broward Island where Gus caught another Red, then we wrapped things up fishing back at the Horsehead area.

We had worked along an exposed oyster bank a good stretch, all the way up to Bubblegum Reef. George fished the inside of the reef while Gus and Mary fished the outside. Gus had a bump, set the hook and when the fish came to the surface we all thought "Seatrout" - but no, it was a Weakfish/Sandtrout/Yellowmouth Trout! That's cool!  What a great way to wrap up another day of fishing here at Amelia Island, Florida.

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