Saturday, May 12, 2012
Teresa and Tom Gaslin made the short trip to Amelia Island, over from Orange Park, to celebrate their 33rd wedding anniversary. Teresa had set the trip up as a surprise for Tom and luckily we had a "perfect 10" in the weather category. They were staying at the Hampton Inn and Suites and within walking distance to the marina so we met at the Atlantic Seafood boat ramp at 7:30am and headed out to our first spot. I had decided to fish the docks of Lanceford Creek on the very last of an outgoing tide. The couple knocked the rust off of their casting fairly quickly and we were soon working the pilings with jig and Gulp Shrimp's. Although they had a little nibble now and then, there wasn't much biting. Then, as I was leaning down to take care of something, I saw Tom cast to an exposed oyster bank and the minute it hit the water I heard the sweet sound of drag being ripped out! FISH ON! Tom played the fish perfectly and after a good battle, he worked in to the net a nice, Slot sized Redfish! WHOOEE! Skunk off the boat! We worked the area for a short while then headed up to Jolley River to fish an oyster bed bank on the first of an incoming tide. Tom picked up a couple of small Trout, Teresa fought a Lady Fish to the boat, then we had another strong hookup and Teresa battled in another Slot Red. Later, Teresa made a good cast to the oyster bank and as she bumped it back, her drag zinged and FISH ON! She again played it perfectly and landed another Slot red. Before we left the area, Teresa had also treated us to a long battle with a 3'+ Bonnethead Shark. We hit a couple more areas, but the sun was up and the bite had slowed, so we headed in, counting it as another great day to be on the water!