Thursday, March 17, 2011

Inshore Slam and Wildlife Bonanza

John Payne and his family was visiting Amelia Island from the Dallas, Texas area and treated his son Jacob to an Amelia Island backcountry fishing trip on The  Anglers Mark.  We launched from Atlantic Seafood and headed south down the intercoastal and were treated with a few porpoise feeding on bait fish on our trip down.  We made our first stop at the mouth of Jackstaff Creek and began trolling the oyster lined banks with about an hour of a falling tide left.  The conditions were near perfect with no clouds in the sky, temperatures near 75 and only a slight breeze to keep the gnats off.  But no fish!  We move on to the docks at Seymore's Pointe and fished the pilings as the tide continued to drop.  John and Jacob were patient and it soon paid off as both had hookups;  John started it off by hooking and playing a nice, keeper sized Trout then Jacob joined in when he made a nice cast to the pilings and had a feisty Redfish take the jig/shrimp combo.  He played the fish like an expert and we soon netted Jacob's first Redfish!  John made it a slam when he deftly hooked up with a keeper sized flounder to round out the Inshore Slam - Redfish, Trout and Flounder.  The tide had started in so we cranked the big Johnson and ran up the Nassau River to Broward Island and started trolling the log strewn bank.  It was a good move because John and Jacob were able to catch a few more Trout, Redfish, and another Flounder!  A Slam at both stops!  As we prepared to leave an Osprey made it's roost on one of the trees and we were able to motor the boat right underneath it.  On the run back to the dock John spotted a Bald Eagle perched on a channel marker, making this another great day to be on the water!

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