Sunday, June 5, 2011

Smokey day on Amelia Island waters

Greg Metcalfe and his wife Diane along with friends John and Erin, all from Calgary, Canada were visiting Amelia Island and scheduled a backcountry fishing trip on 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!

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