Saturday, July 15, 2017

The Fat Lady Sang

I was able to trailer my trailer boat today after getting my trailer repaired at Allens Pro Trailer Service out in Yulee. They did a great job and it was great to get back to my routine! I met Dennis Brown and his two sons Jeb and Sam up at the Dee Dee Bartels Park and boat ramp and we headed out early, running to the Tiger logs to fish the last 30 minutes of an outgoing tide.  These guys can fish!  I think the only jig we lost was one that I threw over a stump. They were tossing jigs and mud minnows and
although the catching wasn't on fire, they did pick up a good handful of small but feisty Redfish. Sam started it off, picking up two fish right away. Jeb landed a couple and once in a while their dad added a fish.  They were keeping an informal score and for most of the day, Jeb held "first place" in the quantity of catch, Sam was in a close second, and dad anchored the rear.

When the tide changed we ran up to the Jolley River and fished the
"bank" and again, the catching wasn't on fire but we caught fish. They added a couple of Jack Crevalle, a handful of small Mangrove Snapper, then all three put some keeper sized Flounder in the boat. Jeb added a fourth Flounder before we left.

Our next stop was up at the MOA and right off they began to catch fish. We had some big bites - Dennis put two big Catfish in the boat and Sam added another big one. We landed a small Sea Bass somewhere in there, a couple of hungry Trout, and another Red or two.  We bounced around to Snook Creek. Dennis and Jeb switched to float rigs while Sam stayed with the jig and it looked like the two young anglers were going to take the "big fish" catch of the day with Sam's big Catfish and a big Ladyfish that Jeb landed. But whoa was them. The Fat Lady was warming up when Dennis's float disappeared and, BOOM! Big Fish On! The Fat Lady began to sing.  You can always tell when it's a big Redfish when it tries to stay up near the oysters, rolls a time or two, then digs deep, ripping drag. Dennis kept the pressure on and slowly worked it to the boat, and after a good battle, landed a nice 24" Slot Redfish. Now that's the way to wrap up a great day of fishing here at Amelia Island, Florida.

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