Saturday, April 9, 2011

Trout come on strong

Joe Lobdell was in town visiting and he and his friend, Dave, and took in an Amelia Island backcountry fishing trip on The Anglers Mark yesterday. We launched from Atlantic Seafood at 7:30am and headed out of the marina with almost no wind, still cool, and a tide that had just started in.  Water temperatures are about 67 degrees.  Our first stop in Lanceford creek only produced a few nibbles from "baitstealers" so we trolled the oyster banks to find...more baitstealers!    We found a good dock with the tide coming in to pitch our jig/shrimp to the pilings and it wasn't long before the anglers were hooking up with feisty, hard hitting Redfish.  Joe landed a few and Dave hooked up to a large one that through the hook after a few seconds of fight. Ouch!  We moved on over to behind Tiger Island where the guys had some more good bites, landing Redfish and a couple of small Trout.  Our next stop was up to Jolley River where we trolled the now covered oyster's along the bank.  We had some good bites from undersized Trout on our shrimp/float combo and this experienced anglers landed and released them.   We moved on up into the Jolley to "Snook Creek", anchored and fished as the tide just started out.  After just a couple of casts Dave's float went under and the fight was on!  Dave fought the nice keeper sized Trout to the net then we had a good flurry of fishing with Trout bite after Trout bite. We boated a few of the keeper Trout, then headed in, counting it as another great day to be out on the water!

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