Monday, July 3, 2017

Shark Fights at Amelia Island

The Jensen boys didn't get enough Saturday so they went again today! I met Dean Jensen and his two sons Elijah and Tyler at the Fernandina Beach City marina and we headed north to make our first stop outside of Tiger Island with plans to fish float rigs and live shrimp on a fairly high tide, going out. The three anglers got bites right off, but they were nibblers. After being treated to a manatee sighting, we moved on and up the coast.

We found a really nice marsh drainage and fished it with jigs and shrimp but I don't think we had a single bite. We then ran around  and into the Jolley River and went back to the float rigs. We finally picked up a couple of feisty Redfish.

Our next stop was back at the mouth of Jolley, fishing "Jensen Bank" and this did the trick. Elijah and his dad picked up a couple of the Redfish, Elijah put a hard fighting Jack Crevalle in the boat, then he added to that with a 24" Bonnethead Shark catch - a nice fight. Tyler was feeling a bit left out so when his older brother hooked up big, he handed it off to Tyler and the battle began!

It was a big shark- ripping the drag as it headed to deeper waters, but Tyler was up to the challenge and stayed with him. He worked the big fish to the surface a couple of times - it looked five foot long to me - but then it would run and take line with it. Finally, after a long fight, we got the big shark to the boat and broke him off - boy what a battle!

This must have woken Tyler up because from then on he was catching fish! Elijah matched him fish for fish and they both caught a bunch. We hit a couple of more spots, the bite dwindled to nothing, then we called it a day, another great one to be fishing here at Amelia Island, Florida.

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