Thursday, July 8, 2010

Shark Blood

Dennis Shill of Baton Rouge was in town with his family for a conference and scheduled some time to get out and fish with his young sons, Davis and DC. We met at the south end boat ramp this morning at 7am and headed up Nassau River with the tide just starting out. Our first stop showed plenty of bait with fish feeding but we had no bites on our live shrimp floated under Cajun Thunder floats. We move on to a run out up river, anchored and it wasn't long before Davis hooked up with something that took his line downriver then back up, zinging across the water then finally hunkering down for a long battle. Davis did great for a young angler, eventually figuring out that he could relax and let the rod do the work, and after a long 10 minute fight, brought to the net a 3' Bonnethead Shark! We moved on to Bubblegum Reef where Dennis switched to a jig/shrimp combo and picked up a nice keeper sized Trout. After a while we moved on to Jackstaff, anchored and the young men caught their fill of sharks on bottom rigs. Everyone had hookups with Redfish, with DC and Dennis having a "double" hookup at one time and both bringing their Red to the boat and net for pictures. While the boys manned the bottom rigs, Dennis persevered with jig/shrimp and caught another Trout, a Drum and a tough fighting Jack. Total for the day: 10 Shark, 6 Reds, 2 Trout, 1 Drum, and 1 Jack. Another great day to be out on the water!

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