Monday, June 16, 2014

Lot's of Action

I was back in the saddle today after taking off for Father's Day and was eager to get back to fishing!  I met David Smith and his son Andrew down at the Atlantic Seafood dock, downtown Fernandina Beach and we headed north to fish the first of an incoming tide with jigs and live shrimp.  We made our first stop at the Tiger logs and boy was it a beautiful morning!  The sky was clear, the air was still cool, and there was only a slight breeze.  The anglers got the hang of fishing the jigs quickly and soon David outsmarted a sneaky Sheepshead.  Shortly afterwards Andrew battled a feisty Redfish to
the boat.  We fished the island south then north and Andrew picked up two hard fighting Black "puppy" Drum.  Our next stop was up at Jolley "bank", still pitching the jigs and even though both anglers were getting bites, we had no takers.  Andrew switched to a live shrimp under a float and it only took three casts before he had a strong hookup, "FISH ON"!  This fish was definitely  not a "bait stealer" and Andrew patiently played the fish to the boat where we landed a nice 20" Seatrout!  We fished the rest of the bank picking up a nice Whiting and then a Flounder to round out an Amelia Island Back Country Grande Slam of Redfish, Seatrout, Drum and Flounder, then ran further up into Jolley to fish a now flooded oyster bank.  The anglers again had good bites but no takers so we made a run around to the outside of Tiger Island and this did the trick.  They began to get good strong bites, landing a handful of high-flying Ladyfish and also boated a rather large Bluefish and a hard fighting Jack Crevalle.  We then fished a grass line and between the two anglers they landed a handful of small but hungry Seatrout.  But on of the last ones turned out to be bigger and measured "keeper" size when we got him to the boat.  On the last cast David had a strong hookup but the fish was on the other side of a flooded oyster bed.  David played the fish perfectly but this fish was smart and as it got close the the bed it made a dash deep and cut the line!  So with that, we called it a day, another great one to be fishing Amelia Island waters!

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