Sunday, December 15, 2013

Power of Perseverance

There was a small window between the winds earlier in the week and the rain that was to come Saturday evening so when I met Anne and Bob Owensby down at the Marina ramp under cloudy skies we realized that we had a perfect day to get out fishing on Amelia Island's back waters.  We headed north to fish the outgoing tide with float rigs and live shrimp and when Anne hooked up with a fish early I thought that surely we'd be in the fish for a Trout catch'n good time.  But it must have been a lone fish because for the next two hours both Bob and Anne fished and fished but had no real bites. OUCH!  But the great thing about these two
anglers was that they were out to have a good time and were enjoying the outing.  We made our 5th stop of the morning behind Tiger Island as the tide had dropped enough to see the logs.  We'd switched to jigs and shrimp which Bob was expertly casting to the base of the logs and tree branches and BOOM!  FISH ON!  I knew that this fish was big because the rod was bent over, the drag was ripping and all Bob could do was hang on!  He played the fish patiently and after a while it rolled to the surface and wave a big 'ole red tail at us - a BIG Redfish!  Bob
worked the fish closer and closer to the boat and we eventually netted an oversized 30 1/2" Red!  Boy what a fish! Bob and Anne's perseverance had paid off.  We continued to fish the area and the bite picked up.  The anglers landed 4-5 feisty Redfish, 7-8 hungry Seatrout with three of them being of keeper sized and then they wrapped up the trip with an Amelia Island Backcountry Slam by landing a very nice keeper sized Sheepshead.  With that, we called it a day, another great one to be out on Amelia Island waters!

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