Saturday, January 19, 2019

Competing With The Dolphin

We got a good trip in today before the front came thru. I had met Bubba and Kim Curry, their son Matt an his friend Cole down at the Sawpit Creek boat ramp early and we headed up the Nassau River, all the way to Christopher Creek with plans to fish the high tide before it started out. All four anglers were pitching jigs and live shrimp to some dock pilings and rocks. We fished it pretty good but I don't think we had a real bite the whole stretch.

We came out and ran down to Seymore's Pointe and set  up between some docks and boy, this did the trick. Both Kim and Bubba were fishing off they stern and they began to get Seatrout one after the other. Then Matt and Cole, up on the bow, began to catch Trout, too. Every once in a awhile one of the anglers would put a keeper sized Trout in the boat. Then, as the tide got down a bit, they began to catch keeper sized Black "puppy" Drum. We move up and down the bank and caught fish until a big Dolphin moved in and began to crash the bank. It was like someone threw a light switch and the bite ended!

After running thru Horsehead over to the mouth of Jackstaff, we worked an marsh lined bank to no avail, then fished a sandy point, and again, no fish. We came back thru Horsehead and again fished some docks at Seymore's and picked up a couple  of more Trout before we called it a day, another great one to be fishing here at Amelia Island, Florida.

Friday, January 18, 2019

The Lucky Penny

When I stopped to get ice early this morning I found a penny, heads up, in the parking lot and I thought, "I hope this bodes well for the fishing today".  I met William Redfield and his Uncle Cliff out at the Goffinsville Park boat ramp and we skipped around to Christopher Creek - the tide had just started out and I figured we had at least an hour that we could fish before we needed to get out of there.  We worked along some docks and although it took awhile, William finally found a bite, a hookup and a nice feisty Redfish. We worked it for a while and added a couple of more Reds and a couple of Trout.

After we came out we ran down to Seymore's Pointe and fished some marsh grass on the outgoing tide. Things really picked  up - both anglers began to catch one Seatrout after another, drifting live shrimp under floats and then they landed a Red or two. William put a couple of keeper sized Trout in the boat then Cliff stepped up strong when he hooked up, battled patiently, and landed a Slot sized 21' Redfish. He followed that up with a  keeper sized Black "puppy" Drum.

We fished a couple of spots at Spanish Drop but had no real bites so we cruised down to Broward Island and worked some logs with jigs and shrimp and found a couple of more Redfish. 

The fishing was really good the first two hours of the falling tide, but after that, not so much. But it was a beautiful day to be out on the water so we counted it as another great one to be fishing here at Amelia Island, Florida

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Cold and Windy But The Fish Were Biting

Someone forcast that the sun would come out today, and it did, but just for about 30 minutes! I had met Mark Laurint and his long time friend Rick up at the Dee Dee Bartels Park boat ramp and with a west wind predicted, we headed over to Lanceford Creek to fish some dock pilings and be out of the wind. I think it was the 2nd cast when we had a bite, a hookup, and Mark reeled in a small but feisty Black "puppy" Drum. The two anglers went back to the same area and Rick hooked up, had his drag rip a few times, then he worked a keeper sized 18" Black Drum to the boat. Skunk off! We fished the same dock for a while and had a few feisty Redfish then Mark put
a Slot sized one in the boat.

When things slowed we moved down a ways and really got into some Redfish. Most were undersized but we ended up getting two more Slot fish. We picked up a couple of Seatrout, one of which was keeper size, then we made a run.

Our next stop was over at Tiger Island fishing the first of an incoming tide - a great time to be there.We pitched between the logs with jigs and live shrimp and had a bunch of nibbles but no takers until Mark landed another feisty Redfish. Then both anglers began to fish deeper and further from the bank and began to hookup small but fun to catch Seatrout.  We also had our first Salt Marsh Mink sighting of the year! The sun came out briefly and warmed things up nicely before disappearing behind the clouds, but we called another great day to be fishing here at Amelia Island, Florida.

Tuesday, January 8, 2019

Trout Name of The Game

I had the pleasure of fishing with George and Margaret Isaacson again today, meeting them up at the Dee Dee Bartels Park boat ramp mid morning with plans to fish the first of an outgoing tide. Boy what a beautiful day it was to be out on the water! We made the run over to Lanceford Creek and set up along a marsh line to fish float rigs with live shrimp. We had only been fishing for a few minutes when George's float disappeared - he set the hook and, Fish On! George worked it to the boat and net and landed an fat 17" keeper sized Seatrout. (All fish caught today were released). And just minutes later,
Margaret hooked and landed a Trout of her own.  We then fished a grassy island but had no takers we moved around to Soap Creek and fished a nice marsh runout. On this stretch the two anglers picked up a handful of Trout.

After making the long run back and up the Bell River, we fished some dock pilings with jigs and shrimp and artificial. Although we didn't get any fish on the grub, Margaret found a sneaky Sheepshead which she outsmarted and landed.  Our next stop was over in the Jolley River and I think it was George's first cast and he had a Trout. We had some good bites quick, landed another Trout, then the bite was over as quick as it started. After one more stop at the mouth of Jolley we called it a day, another great one to be fishing here at Amelia Island, Florida.

Saturday, January 5, 2019

Recipe of the Month: Cajun Kalaches

This recipe is from Sam and Cody Carroll. We made this to take as our contribution to the annual neighborhood Christmas party. The went over good!

1 lb smoked sausage links
1 8oz can crescent rolls
1/2 jalepeno, seed and ribs removed, minced
1/2 cup plus 3 Tablespoons grated Gruyere cheese
2 tablespoons melted butter
Everything seasoning ( recipe follows)
Creole Honey Mustard (recipe follows)

2 Tablespoons poppy seed
2 Tablespoons Kosher salt
2 Tabelspoons sesame seed
1 1/2 Tablespoons dried minced garlic
1 1/2 Tablespoons dried minced onion

1/2 cup honey
1/2 cup Creole Mustard

Heat a grill for cooking over medium/high heat.

Grill sausages for about 8 minutes until nice grill marks appear. Let cool, then slice into 2" size slices.

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Line a sheet pan with parchment paper.

1.      Roll out the crescent dough and cut each triangle in half. Sprinkle the widest edge of the triangle with a bit of jalapeño, about 2 teaspoons of cheese and the grilled sausage. Roll up and place on the prepared sheet tray. Repeat with the remaining dough, jalapeño, cheese and sausages.

1.      Brush the outsides of the kalaches with the melted butter and sprinkle with everything seasoning. Bake until the cheese is melted and the dough is golden brown, about 12 minutes. Serve with Creole honey mustard.

Wednesday, January 2, 2019

First Fishing Trip of 2019

Today was my first trip of the new year and I met David Petty and his daughter Jenna down at the Sawpit Creek boat ramp early this morning. We made the run up the intercoastal and dipped into Jackstaff  with plans to fish a large marsh runout with live shrimp under floats on the first of an outgoing tide. The two anglers got a few bites then David hooked up and landed a hungry Seatrout.

We eased across the creek and fished a good stretch of shoreline, tossing the floats up current and letting them drift naturally along the bank. Although we had a few bites, we had not takers so we ran thru Horsehead and fished some docks at Seymore's Pointe. Here, David had gotten his float just off the marsh grass and he noted that his float slowly went under and, Fish On! David played it perfectly and soon landed a feisty Redfish. After Jenna landed a pesky "baitstealer" we headed down to Spanish Drop.

David put a keeper sized Slot Redfish in the boat and when we switched to jigs Jenna landed a nice keeper sized Flounder, then she added  Trout catch to her total.  We fished Broward island for a good while but even though the conditions were excellent, we had not takers. After a brief stop at Pumpkin Hill where David jigged up another Seatrout, we called it a day, another great one to be fishing here at Amelia Island, Florida.

Friday, December 28, 2018

Good Variety of Catch

Boy the temperatures sure have gotten higher the last two days here at Amelia Island!  I had met Clint Davis, his daughter Lindsey and her friend Nathan down at the Sawpit Creek boat ramp and with only a slight breeze and clear skies, we made the run up the intercoastal to dip into Jackstaff and begin fishing with jigs and live shrimp. We worked the bank slowly and it was Lindsey who "knocked the skunk off" when she landed a hungry Seatrout. Although we had some nibbles here and there, that was the extent of our fish catch along that stretch!

We ran thru Horsehead and around to some docks at Seymore's Pointe and here Nathan got on the board when he hooked up and landed a hard fighting Black "puppy" Drum.  Then Clint felt a bump on the bottom, set the hook, and reeled in a keeper sized Seatrout.

Our next stop was down at Broward Island, fishing the very, very last of the outgoing tide. We had no real bites until the tide turned back in, then we caught a couple of Trout and had a nice Sheepshead to the boat. We fished north and south then made the run back to Seymores.

Here, things heated up a bit, drifting float rigs along the marsh grass and both Nathan and Lindsey put Trout in the boat, with one of them being keeper size.  Our final stop was down at Spanish Drop and now the wind had picked up and was blowing. But we found a good ambush point and both Lindsey and Nathan caught some feisty Redfish. Clint added a Trout then Lindsey wrapped things up with another Trout catch. When we totaled up the fish we realized we'd caught a good handful and counted it as another great day of fishing here at Amelia Island, Florida.

Thursday, December 27, 2018

Fish On Fire

I've had a busy last couple of days! Coming back from Christmas, I went with the Blalock Fishing Team yesterday morning. The wind was up but we were able to find places to fish. Both William and Dara had some good Trout and Redfish catches early at the logs of Tiger Island, fishing live shrimp on the bottom with the tide just starting in.  We then fished a grassy pointe at Bell River to no avail, then made a long run down the Amelia River to set up between two docks, now dubbed "the DW". We were fishing in about 4' of water, high and incoming tide, over some shell beds. The fish bite was non-stop for at least an hour, one after the other - Redfish and Seatrout, with many of them of keeper size (all fish caught this morning were released).  Things finally slowed  and we ran back to Lanceford Creek. After battling the wind in a couple of spots we found shelter, and fish! A few of the biggest Seatrout of the day were caught, then we called it a day, another great day of fishing!

I met Jack and Motsi Hanna and their son Jay after lunch and although I surely thought that the "DW"wouldn't still have fish, it was worth a try, so we made the run, set up and BOOM! One Redfish after the other. They started off just undersized but after we got them out of the way, the trio began to get Slot sized fish. We boated their limit of fish ranging from 18-19" then we began to cull when we got fish over 20". We actually got tired of catching fish! We then came back to Lanceford and tried a couple of spots but the wind was really up and blowing so we wrapped it up and came back to the ramp and put some Redfish filet's on ice!

I fished this morning with Paul Wozny,  his wife Elaine, and their daughter Kateri, meeting them out at the Goffinsville Park boat ramp. The tide was still barely going out so we buzzed down to Broward Island and began fishing the logs with jigs and shrimp. We had not bites initially but when the tide changed and started back in, we began to get fish. After putting a couple of small but feisty Redfish in the boat, we hooked up and landed a keeper sized Sheepshead. Then we had a strong bite and, BOOM! Big Fish On! Paul played the big fish perfectly and patiently and after a good battle that took us to the deep part of the river, Paul landed an Oversized 29.25" Redfish, boy what a fish!  We then came back to Seymore's Pointe and eased in between two docks and took up the float rigs with live shrimp. Fishing a few feet off the bank, all three anglers caught and landed some nice keeper sized Seatrout. Paul had one of the biggest, a 21.5" Gator Trout! Again, the wind had picked up so we made a quick tour thru Horsehead then headed in, counting it as another great day to be fishing here at Amelia Island, Florida.

Sunday, December 23, 2018

Starting a Christmas Holiday Off Right

The Blalock's were back in town for the Christmas holiday - Bob, his son William and daughter-in-law Dara. I met them out at the Goffinsville boat ramp and boy was it a "cool" one with temperature's just a tad bit under 40. The sun was coming up and there was enough fog to keep me from opening it up most of the way down to Broward Island. The tide had a couple of  more hours to come in so it wasn't such a great time to be fishing Broward but I thought, being that we were right there, we might as well try it. The Blalock team are excellent anglers and were making pin point casts
to the bank but the fish just didn't cooperate until finally, William hooked up and put a small Sheepshead in the boat.

We made a run back to Christopher Creek and fished some docks and it seemed like we just weren't going to get many fish when, BOOM! William had felt a fish pick up his jig and shrimp combo and move off with it and after he set the hook, Big Fish On!  William played it expertly and luckily the fish headed for deeper water so all William had to do was be patiently and land the big
23.35" Slot sized Redfish. All fish caught today were released. We worked around the bank and as we reached a grass line all three anglers put Redfish in the boat, with one of Dara's being in the Slot.

Our next stop, after coming out of the creek was down around Seymore's Pointe. We fished a grassy pointe that looked like and excellent ambush pointe but had not takers, then after a "tip", we set up along a bank of grass that had submerged oysters and Wow! Crazy! We started catching fish, one after the other: Keeper sized Seatrout. Keeper sized Slot Redfish. Keeper sized Black "puppy" Drum. Keeper sized Sheepshead. Keeper sized Flounder. The bite was on fire and we took advantage of it, fishing down the very last shrimp in the well! Again, all fish caught today were released, and it made for a great day of fish pre-Christmas fishing here at Amelia Island, Florida.

Thursday, December 20, 2018

Big Sheepshead Blows Away Bragging Rights

With less than two weeks left in the year for guest anglers on the Anglers Mark to vie for bragging rights for the biggest fish caught during the year, we had a huge Sheepshead caught today that landed in first place for the 2018 Anglers Mark Bragging Rights Tournament! 

I had met Tom and Kelli Middleton down at the Sawpit Creek boat ramp early this morning and after running up the intercoastal to deep into Jackstaff we set up at a large marsh outflow and began tossing live shrimp under floats on a high and outgoing tide. Although we had a nibble or
two we had no takers so we eased forward with plans to fish a marsh bank. We had only move thirty yards when both anglers began to get bites, then hookups, and then Seatrout catches. It was a good flurry of catching then Kelli had a good bite and this time her drag began to rip. I was a little concerned that I had set the drag to light and that a decent Trout was ripping the line out, but boy was I mistaken! Kelli played the fish perfectly and a after a good battle, landed a big 21.25" Sheepshead and garnered 1st place in my Bragging Rights Tournament. (scroll down the right side of this report for standings).

After fishing that bank we moved back into Jackstaff and worked another bank  and here Tom put the first Redfish in the boat. We picked up another Trout or two before we made the run thru Horsehead and over to some docks. Although we had no real bites on jigs and shrimp around the pilings, we again picked up another Red up near the marsh grass.

Our next stop was down at the Spanish Drop area and here we stuck with the jig rods. Tom was makin excellent casts to another marsh run out and after he had a hard "bump", he set the hook and, Fish On!  He played it patiently and soon landed the first Slot Redfish of the day. He went back to the same spot and after a couple of casts, he picked up another nice Redfish.  After fishing one more shell lined bank in that area we made a final run down to Broward Island, still fishing the outgoing tide, which had gotten down pretty low, and the fish catching got hot!

Tom's first cast between some limbs produced a feisty Redfish then he found a "honey hole" that produced a couple of keeper sized Black "puppy" Drum and a couple of keeper sized Sheepshead. Kelli got in on the action and picked up another Slot Redfish to wrap up another great day of fishing here at Amelia Island, Florida.