Saturday, March 24, 2012
Father and Son and Amelia Island Fishing
Jonathan Mayer and his dad Bob were visiting Amelia Island with family and decided to take in an Amelia Island backcountry fishing trip with me on The Anglers Mark. We picked a low, outgoing tide to fish yesterday afternoon, met at 2pm at the Dee Dee Bartels boat ramp, and headed up to Jolley River to fish the exposed oyster banks. Although the tide was perfect, we had fairly stiff wind and after getting only a few nibbles, picked up to run further up the river. At the second stop we had more of the same, maybe a nibble here and there, but no takers. However, these anglers were out to enjoy their time on the water and kept casting optimistically for that first good bite. We made a move to behind Tiger island, starting a troll on the north end, and it wasn't long before the anglers optimism paid off. Jonathan had a good hookup, played the fish perfectly, and we soon netted a hungry Flounder, a fish Jonathan was hoping to catch on this trip. Not long after, Bob got in on the action by hooking up on strong bite. He worked the feisty fish to the boat and we netted a nice Redfish. We fished the entire bank a couple of times but had no more action, so we pulled up and ran to Lanceford Creek to fish the dock pilings. Jonathan did hookup with a fat Sea Bass, but the fish just weren't cooperating any more. After another stop, and with a storm rolling in, we decided to call it an evening and headed in, counting it as another great day to be on Amelia Island waters!