Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Recipe of the month: Black Drum Soup!

With all the Black Drum caught this month and with the weather turning a little cooler, I thought a nice fish soup would be good!


(2) Black Drum Fillets (1/2) lb Jumbo Shrimp

(2) T Vegetable Oil (2) Medium Red Potatoes

(1) Medium Tomatoe (1/2) Cup corn

(1/2) Cup String Beans (1) teasp. crushed garlic

(1/2) Cup Dry White Wine
(2/3) Cup Heavy Cream

Salt, Pepper, Konriko (4) Green onions

(1) Tblsp shredded Basil

Peel the shrimp and boil the shells with 2 1/2 cups water to make stock. Strain the shells out and add the corn and string beans and bring to a boil. Chop the potatoes and green onions. Heat the vegetable oil and stir fry the potatoes, onions and garlic for about 5 minutes. Add this to the shrimp stock and add the white wine, some salt, pepper, and a dash of Konriko. Bring this to a boil, then simmer for a about 10 minutes. Chop the fish fillets into chunks and add them to the soup and cook for a few minutes until the fish is done. Chop the tomatoe, shred the Basil, and add to soup along with the peeled shrimp and heavy cream. Cook for just a few minutes until the shrimp is done.

22nd Annual Trout Tournament

The Nassau Sportsfishing Association will host their 22nd Annual Trout Tournament November 7th and 8th. The captains meeting will be held on Friday November 7th at 6:30pm at Tiger Pointe Marina. The tournament begins Saturday November 8th with a checkout of 6:00am at Fernandina Beach Marina. Weigh in is back at Tiger Pointe Marina and anglers can begin to bring their fish in at 3pm and no later than 4:30pm. There will be an awards ceremony at 7pm that evening at Tiger Pointe Marina. Last year I fished with a "Big Brother/Little Brother" duo of Dr. Jim Gildenstein and Steele Dahl. We caught some fish and Steele was able to weigh his fish in at the tournament.

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Local Anglers Finish Strong in FLW Tournament

Fernandina Beach natives Mike and Linda Dotson placed second in the Walmart FLW Redfish Series Tournament held in Fernandina Beach September 4-7th. Using their knowledge of the local waters, coupled with their angling skills, Mike and Linda brought in 6 Reds weighing a total of 30lbs 4oz. Mike said that the fish were tearing up their artificial lures, a rig that he's put together made up of a purple and silver HydroMinnow on a jighead with a silver or gold freshwater spinner attached. Mike and Linda's next stop is in Panama City where they will fish the IFA Championship on November 7th and 8th. Mark your calendars for Sunday November 2nd, 11:AM and find the FSN television channel to watch Mike and Linda in action during their 2nd place finish in FLW Redfish Tournament. Photo by David A. Brown

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Grueling Battle with Redfish Beast

Elizabeth and Robert Torregrossa were visiting Amelia Island for a week while staying at the Elizabeth Pointe Lodge. We left the dock today with no wind and with a tempature in the high 50's. Such a beautiful morning called for a nice run up to the Jolley River. Our first effort along the oyster beds didn't produce any bites so we cruised further up into the river. It was the last of the outgoing tide and we found a gap in some oyster beds. Rob picked up using the jig/live shrimp combo quickly and in no time hooked up to a nice Black Drum - and then another. We felt like we were on a good spot and then WHAM! Rob was hooked up with a huge fish and the battle was on. He happened to be using the Shimano 1000 reel and light rod and he played the fish like a pro. When we saw the fish roll a few times we knew it wasn't a shark. After what seemed like an eternity, Rob subdued the fish and we got him in the boat. Boy, the fight wore me out - and I wasn't even on the rod! Turned out the fish was 32" and weighed 12.25 lbs! What a fight! We moved on to the MOA (mother-of-all) where Rob and Elizabeth both boated some nice Sea Trout. As we were leaving we trolled by the oyster bed where the "Battle" took place and Rob picked up (3) more undersized, but beautiful, Redfish. Talley for the day: (2) Black Drum, (4) Redfish, and (8) Sea Trout. Another great day of fishing in the back waters of Amelia Island!

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Will Kieley: Angler

Amelia Island resident Libby Wilkes likes to do something extra special and personal with her grandchildren when they turn 8 years old. Her grandson Will Kieley was in town and turning 8 real soon so she treated him to a fishing outing in the backcountry of Amelia Island. We left the dock bright and early at 7:30 this morning and were pleased to see that the weekend winds had subsided and left us with a beautiful morning. We made our first stop at the mouth of Lanceford Creek and I soon found out that Will was already a very good angler - his casting was on target. He quickly picked up a Rock Bass then went on to hook up with a few 14" trout and then WHAM - a 18" Black Drum was on the line. Will played the fish superbly and we netted the fish. The bite slowed somewhat so we moved on up into Lanceford Creek to what is now known as "Will's Spot"! After fishing for just a little while, Will hooked up with another Black Drum, this one 21" and a bull fighter. Will worked the strong fish in and we eventually got a net under him and lifted him into the boat. Libby joined in by catching some more of the 14" trout and Will contributed with a few, too, yelling "NET" whenever he had a hookup. With Will casting precisely to some dock pilings, it wasn't long before he was hooked up again, this time with the "Grandaddy" of them all! He fought the fish to the boat, handed the rod off to me, grabbed the net, and pulled in his own fish - what turned out to be a 22" 6.5lb Black Drum! Total for the day: (3) Drum, (10) Trout, (1) Bass, (2) Croaker. What a great day of fishing!

Monday, October 20, 2008

Reb and Lynn Stewart

Reb and Lynn Stewart were visiting from Steinhatchee, Florida and took in a fishing trip this morning. We left the docks at 7:30am and because the wind was still blowing, cruised up Lanceford Creek. Although the bite was not near as good as yesterday, they picked up a nice flounder and puppy drum. We eventually pulled anchor and ran up to Jolley River where Lynn hooked up to a 3'+ Bonnethead Shark. After what seemed an eternity, with the fish going from front to back and under the boat, Lynn handed the rod off to Reb and he eventually boated the shark. We got a couple of great pictures and sent him back to his home waters! Reb was able to get some fly fishing when the wind subsided and had a few "hits" on a shrimp fly. In this picture, Lynn holds up the flounder she caught. Notice the great coloring.

Sunday, October 19, 2008

Cold and Windy? The fish were biting!

Karen Turner and her friend Cary Maxey visited Amelia Island early this morning and Carol and I greeted them along with a blustery cold wind. You always think of the ideal weather when you plan a fishing trip and wonder if you're crazy to even go out on a day like today. I'm glad we did!

We ran up into Lanceford Creek thinking that it might afford some protection from the North wind - and it did to some degree. It wasn't long after our first anchorage that Cary hooked up with a nice puppy drum. Then everyone joined in, catching drum after drum. Some were Red Drum and some were Black drum. Fishing and Catching was fast and furious for a few hours. By the end of the day we had totaled (7) Black Drum in the 14-18" range and (6) Red Drum in the 14-17" range. All the fish were caught on live shrimp floated under a Cajun Thunder or bounced along the bottom on a Sure Catch jig. In the picture, Karen holds up a drum she just caught while Cary fights another.

Epic Battle!

I had the pleasure of fishing with Gerry Adams and his friends John and Ken last Friday; they were in town from all points of the USA: Philadelphia, Chicago, and Colorado. We got an early start and launched from the south end of Amelia Island. After one brief stop, we headed up to the Horsehead area and fished from the mouth of Jackstaff on up into the marsh. After a bend or two Gerry hooked up with a huge fish that took line down the river, up the river, under the boat, to the front of the boat, to the back of the boat --and then got off. Ouch. Well, that's just the way it goes. Although the "bite" for the rest of the day wasn't so great, we had a good time getting to know each other and seeing the sights of the marsh. The guys did get in a few Vermillion Snapper and a neat Ray. This picture shows Gerry fighting his big fish.

Sunday, October 5, 2008

Chamber of Commerce Day!

The air temperature was in the high 50's when I picked Cody and Samantha "Sam" Buettner up at the dock and there was only a slight breeze. We purchased some really nice live local shrimp from the Bait House on N. 14th Street and headed up to Jolley River. Cody and Sam were visiting from upstate New York and were excellent anglers; with just a few casts under his belt, Cody was hooked up with a beautifully colored Seatrout. He picked up a couple of more and then Sam hooked up with a huge fish. The drag ripped off and she fought the fish like a pro. Sam and Cody both worked the fish together and then Sam handed the rod off to Cody to finish the battle. After what seemed like an eternity, we netted the 30", 10lb redfish - a beautiful specimen. Fishing the flooded oyster beds with the live shrimp under Cajun Thunder floats produced (9) Seatrout and (4) Redfish for the day. In addition to the oversized Red, they also boated a nice 26" slot-sized Red. You know it's a nice fishing day when your guest (Sam) says after catching her 3rd Red, " Ok, I'm ready to catch a trout!"