Saturday, July 24, 2010
Red and Jack
Greg Barbaree and his family squeezed in a quick vacation to Amelia Island and he set up an Amelia Island backcountry fishing trip with his son Brooks and friends Brett and Trey. We left the South end boat ramp at 7am with the tide expected to peak at it's highest at 8:30am. Our first stop was the mouth of Jackstaff where we anchored up and unlimbered the spinning rods. Greg hadn't cast but once or twice when he hooked up to a hard fighting fish, one that bent Greg's rod for sure, and we had a slot-sized 21" Redfish in the boat right off the bat! The rest of the guys joined in with Brooks pulling in a nice Jack and then Brett and Trey hooking up with Redfish. Brooks had a fat Trout take his jig and put up a good fight; it looked bigger in the water, but when measured was just under the size limit. Then Trey hooked up with something big that didn't run like a Shark so we thought it must be a Redfish. After a long battle he brought to the boat and Greg's waiting net a huge Jack Crevalle. We moved into Nassau River where Brooks hooked up and fought a 4' Bonnethead Shark on 10lb test; they went around the boat for probably 15 minutes until Brooks won out, bringing to the surface the worn out Shark. We broke it off then headed back to Jackstaff where the guys all caught more small Redfish and a few more Jack and with the sun getting high, we headed in, counting it as another great day on the water.