Thursday, June 12, 2014

She Married an Angler

My trip this morning was with Andrew and Jessica Piccirillo, newlyweds visiting Amela Island as part of their honeymoon.  We met at the Fernandina Beach Harbor Marina and headed up to fish the outside of Tiger Island on the very last of an incoming tide.  The anglers were tossing live shrimp and mud minnows under floats and began to get bites right off.    Jessica had a Ladyfish take her bait,  sling itself off, then she caught a nice Whiting on here retrieve!  This was her first fish she had ever caught!  Andrew followed that
up with a hungry Seatrout.  There was a ton of bait up in the marsh grass and even though we could see big fish attacking, they wouldn't take our offering, so we moved on around to fish the  mouth of Tiger.  Again, we had some decent bites, one strong hookup that cut itself off on the submerged oysters, then we eased around to fish the logs of Tiger on the very first of an outgoing tide.  This isn't and ideal tide to be fishing the spot but Jessica found a way to catch a hard fighting Black "puppy" Drum on a jig and shrimp.  We then headed up to Jolley River, fished a larger creek runout, picked up another Seatrout and Ladyfish, then Andrew had a good hookup.  The fish started it's fight like a decent sized Redfish but then it took off, bending the rod double and causing the drag to rip, FISH ON!  Andrew played the fish like a good angler, working the fish patiently through its runs until he subdued the beast, a nice 4' long Bonnethead Shark!  We fished a little move in the area then moved back to Jolley Bank where Andrew wrapped the trip up by landing a nice keeper sized Flounder, making it another great day to be fishing Amelia Island waters!

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