Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Sundown Redfish

Pinson and Tina Neal were visiting Amelia Island, Florida again and along with their kids Landon and Pinson (P4), took in an afternoon fishing trip on The Anglers Mark.  We left the Atlantic Seafood dock at the City of Fernandina Beach Harbor Marina and headed downriver to fish a flooded oyster flat south of Rayonier pulp mill. The tide had been coming out for an hour or so, but the oysters were still flooded so we used a float rig.  We had no bites.  We made our next stop at the Lanceford Creek docks and although the conditions seemed to be getting right with the oysters beginning to show, we had very little action.....until Pinson Sr. hooked up with something big!  It acted like a concrete block, but every once in a while it would rip some drag, so we knew it had to be a "fish", right? He fought the fish perfectly and after a long battle, pulled up a very large Ray!  Landon then got in on the action and caught a nice keeper sized Flounder that put her in first place in The Anglers Mark Bragging Rights Tournament!  We made a run to Tiger Island where the logs were now showing.  P4 had a good fight with a nice Redfish.  Things were still slow so we moved on to the Jolley River and with the tide almost out, the anglers began to pick up fish.  Almost immediately they caught a couple of Redfish then a few Trout and Blues and then more Trout.  We made a second run of an oyster bank and Pinson and Landon had a "double" hookup with Redfish.  At the end of the evening we had a huge 4-5' Ray come swimming in from the year, up to the osyter bank, then turn and head right for the boat, almost bumping the engine!  It went under the boat and headed out to deeper water.  What a way to end a great day of fishing in Amelia Island waters!

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