The Anglers Mark by Dan's wife, Ginger. We left the City marina at 7am sharp and headed up river to fish the outside of Tiger Island. The tide was high and just starting out so we tossed out some live shrimp under floats. Fish were biting and Jim began to hook up with aggressive Blue fish. We moved on to the mouth of Tiger, anchored and soon were joined by a family of Manatee. You can't beat fishing out one side of the boat while Manatee are rolling around on the other! Cuyler began to catch fish and we soon found that he had the hot rod because he began to yell, "I got a fish" each time he hooked up. He caught a Redfish, a couple of Trout and Blues. We proclaimed the area Cuylers Hot Spot!
Monday, June 27, 2011
The Anglers Mark today. It was a beautiful morning with just a slight breeze and a few clouds to keep the heat off. The young Katie and Mike were visiting from Montana and it was Mike's first time in Florida. We left the boat ramp at 7am sharp and headed up to the Jolley River to fish the first of an outgoing tide. Evidently the bait shops had sold out of their live shrimp over the weekend so we were using dead shrimp and artificial grubs and minnows. Katie started things off by catching some Blues and then Mike had a few bites of small trout and blues, all on the dead shrimp. But David was having some good bites on a plastic minnow, caught a couple of small Trout, and then had one that ripped his drag, and, FISH ON! He played the fish perfectly and soon boated a nice 17" Trout. We moved on down the river and anchored at a runout where all three anglers immediately began to catch fish. They were catching small Trout, Croakers and had a couple of small Reds until Mike added a keeper sized Flounder, completing his North Florida Slam. But he wasn't finished yet! We began a troll of the now exposed oysters and it wasn't long before Mike had a strong hookup and a good fight on his hands. The fish ripped drag and stubbornly stayed deep, but Mike played the fish like a pro and after a few minutes he wore it down and brought the 21" Redfish to the waiting net. We hit the docks at Lanceford creek where Mike picked up another small Redfish and all three anglers had good bites, but the sun was up so we called it a day, counting it as another great day to be on the water!
Sunday, June 26, 2011
The Anglers Mark this morning and we got an early start, leaving the dock at 7am and heading up the Nassau River for some backcountry fishing. We made our first stop at "Leon's Spot" with the tide having been going out for about an hour and half. We had a few nibbles on our live shrimp under floats, but no takers so we headed on up to Bubblegum Reef where again we had a few bumps on our shrimp, but no takers. Fred was going to have to work for his fish! Our next stop at a marsh grass point in Jackstaff proved to be the ticket because we picked up a couple of Seatrout. Fred was making excellent casts and as we trolled the banks of Jackstaff with the oysters now exposed, Fred caught a couple more Trout and a nice Flounder. We hit a couple of more spots then made a run to Broward Island where Fred picked up another Trout as the tide was reaching bottom, then we called it a day, another great one to be on the water!
Thursday, June 23, 2011
The Anglers Mark yesterday with his niece, Andrea. We left the South End boat ramp at 7am sharp and headed over to the docks at Longpointe to fish the last of an outgoing tide. About half way through the troll, Jerry made a picture perfect cast up into the pilings and just as it hit the bottom he had a strong hookup. As he cranked the reel he commented that it felt like a concrete block on the end of his line! He fought the fish perfectly on the light tackle rig and we soon netted for inspection a huge Butterfly Stingray (ID courtesy of MOTE Marine in Tampa area). We fished the Jackstaff area then Bubblegum Reef where Andrea caught her own Atlantic Stingray. While fishing the docks of Seymor's Pointe the anglers picked up a few Rock Bass and even a small Grouper. The breeze had brought in a fog of smoke from the fires so we called it a day, another great one to be on the water!
Monday, June 20, 2011
Sunday, June 19, 2011
Thursday, June 16, 2011
The Anglers Mark. We had some severe thunderstorms last night and there was lingering wind and overcast skies as we headed up the Nassau River with a tide high and still coming in. We made our first stop at a small creek and tossed out some live shrimp under floats. It wasn't long before Palmer's float disappeared and his drag began to rip out! FISH ON! He held on tight and then his dad pitched in and they fought the fish around the boat a couple of times before we landed a nice 3' Bonnethead Shark for pictures and release. Shortly after Palmer dubbed the rod he was using "Big Lucky"! We hit another spot with know real bites then headed over to Broward Island to fish the flooded logs and limbs. Although we were still using the float rigs, we also tossed out a jig and shrimp combo and it that turned out to be the trick because Palmer soon had a hookup and pulled in his first feisty Redfish. He went back to the same spot and a little later had a hard bite and another fight on his hands. I was retreiving the net when I heard him yell, "it's a Big Redfish" and then we saw it roll up behind the boat. He cranked the fish in and we netted a nice 19", 3lb Redfish for pictures and release. We tried a couple of more spots then headed in, counting it as another great day to be on the water!
Monday, June 13, 2011
Florida House Inn today and it was there "grand re-offering" of the home style lunch! The wonderful Florida House Inn staff brought out homemade meatloaf and fried chicken, along with biscuits and jam, succotash, stewed squash, collard greens, mashed potatoes and gravy, iced tea and topped it off with a blueberry cobbler and ice cream! WOW! It was a great meal and even nicer was that I got to meet some great people that I'd have never had met if I hadn't sat down at their table. Innkeepers Emily and Karen Saltmarsh and their staff were gracious hosts, it was a warm atmosphere, and the food was delicious! Lunch will be served 7 days a week from 11:30am to 3pm.
Friday, June 10, 2011
The Anglers Mark. We left the Atlantic Seafood dock early and headed up Lanceford Creek to fish some docks on the last of an outgoing tide. Although we had a few nibbles, no fish actually wanted our live shrimp on jigs and under floats! So we pulled up anchor and ran up to the Jolley River to fish the very last of the tide. When we began to troll the oyster lined banks, the family began to pick up fish. Grace had the hot rod at first and she caught some ferocious Blues and jumping Ladyfish. Marilyn joined in and picked up a nice Seatrout. Fishing in the back of the boat, Jon had multiple hookups with Ladyfish. We moved spots as the tide started in and had great oyster bank to fish and very little wind. David's rod turned hot and he began to catch fish, putting a nice Blue in the boat and hooking up with Ladyfish. Then we had a strong bite and David worked a feisty Redfish in to the boat with Grace handling the net. Later, David was working his jig back to the boat and POW!, FISH ON! This fish had some size and he played it perfectly to Grace's waiting net - a fat 18" Trout! With that, we called it a day, another great one to be out on the water!
Sunday, June 5, 2011
The Anglers Mark. We left the Atlantic Seafood dock promptly at 7am and headed up to the Jolley River to catch the tide as it just started in. I lowered the trolling motor and began to ease along the exposed oyster banks as the anglers tossed their jig/shrimp combo to the shallows. It wasn't long before Erin had hooked up with a jumping Ladyfish and John hauled in a snapping Bluefish. All the anglers had bites, but we didn't get a whole lot of hook ups. We headed on up the river to the MOA and fished, again getting bites here and there until John hooked up with a juvenile Redfish and brought it to the boat. About this time heavy smoke rolled in from the fires at the Okefenokee Swamp and I began to wonder if we would even be able to navigate! Be we fished on and our next stop was outside the Tiger Islands and this turned out to be the ticket. Diane caught an nice Seatrout, Gary and John caught Blues, then BIG FISH ON! Erin's drag began to scream and she held on tight as the line ripped out. She fought the fish for a number of minutes before it got tired of playing and spooled the reel until the leader snapped! Shortly after Diane had a good hookup and FISH ON! Another drag ripping run and Diane had a fight on her hands. She also had a good battle until the fish crossed an oyster bed and cut itself off! OUCH! Gary saved the day when he had a strong hookup, a good battle, and then boated a nice 2' Bonnethead Shark. With that, we called it a day, another great day to be on the water!
Friday, June 3, 2011
he Anglers Mark. We left the City of Fernandina Beach marina on a rising tide at 7am this morning and headed up the river to the Tiger Islands. Our first stop found the tide almost covering the oysters so the anglers tossed out live shrimp under Cajun Thunder floats. It wasn't long before it was pandemonium with hookups happening right and left. Cooper had the hot rod at first, catching a nice Seatrout and then a Bluefish. Then Bailey yelled, "I got one" and her drag began to scream, line running out, and out, and out...and POP, fish gone! But it wasn't long before she had another on and again, the drag screamed as the line ran out. This time she cranked it in and then Barbara joined the fight and the two of them went 'round and 'round the boat with the rest of us moving bait buckets, nets, seats and rods. Barbara fought the fish like a pro and after a 15 minute battle we netted a 3'+ Bonnethead Shark for pictures and tossed him back in. Mike had a number of hookups and then brought to the boat a feisty "poor man's Tarpon" - the Ladyfish. The anglers had a number of hookups, cut-offs, saw a manna ray, and caught more Blues. Then Mike had a strong hookup, again the drag screamed, and he had a fight on his hands. He played the fish perfectly and we boated another Bonnethead. Cooper wrapped up the catching when he had a good bite and this time it didn't run like a shark, but made it's stand in one location. He worked the fish in and his dad netted a great 19" slot sized Redfish! We hit a few more spots, had some nibbles here and there, then called it a day, another great one to be on the water!
Thursday, June 2, 2011
The Anglers Mark. We left the Sawpit Creek boat ramp at 7am and headed up the Nassau River, making our first stop at Bubblegum Reef. We got our float rigs with live shrimp out and the anglers were soon getting bites, having their floats dissapear on occasion. Jean was reeling hers in and had it almost to the boat when her float took off and the line began to rip out! While she was fighting that large fish another float went under and we had a "double" fish fight going on! The smaller fish turned out to be a Ladyfish and Jean's turned out to be a nice 2'+ Bonnethead Shark. We eventually headed on up to Broward Island, tied off to a limb and fished in the shade of the island. The girls caught a couple of nice SeaTrout, Tom had something to the boat and Jean hooked up again with something big! She fought the fish (I'm pretty sure it was a Redfish - it rolled up a couple of times) but as she got it close to the boat it broke itself off on some logs- the Big One that got away! The sun was up so we called it a day, another great one to be out on the water!