Sunday, July 8, 2012

Father Son Duo Land Big Reds

Garvin and David Smith were visiting from the great state of Alabama and took in an Amelia Island backcountry fishing trip on The Anglers Mark Friday morning. We met down at the south end, just over the bridge at Big Talbot Island Park at 7am and headed up the Nassau River with clear skies, a slight breeze, and a rising tide.  We hit the logs of Broward Island first and although that incoming tide was perfect for the spot, we had no real bites, other than a rare Catfish!  Our next stop was a Bubblegum Reef and here David picked up a feisty Redfish on a mud minnow under a float, tossed up near the grass.  Once the tide covered the oysters I figured I could get into Christopher Creek and with the land mass blocking the wind, the anglers were free to comfortably fish the bank.  They soon began to pick up small, but feisty Redfish on mud minnows under floats, then David's rod bent over on a strong bite, and FISH ON!  He played the fish perfectly and after a good battle, we landed a nice 22" Slot Redfish!  Later, we were fishing a mud minnow on a jig down deep and something took it hard.  The rod bent and the drag ripped out!  Garvin fought this fish and it was a protracted battle on light tackle,  but the Shimano Stradic 1000FI was up to the task!  Garvin played the fish beautifully and we eventually landed it, to be measured at 27 1/4",  photographed, and released.  But this fish put Garvin in 3rd place in The Anglers Mark Bragging Rights Tournament - Redfish Category!  The anglers picked up a few more smaller Reds, a Snapper, and then we called it a day, another great one to be out on Amelia Island waters!

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