Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Variety of Fish

We had another beautiful morning today when I met Katie and Derrick McDaniel and Derrick's mom Reba down at the Fernandina Beach Harbor Marina for an Amelia Island Back Country fishing trip.  We had a baitwell full of mud minnows and we headed up river to fish the outside of Tiger Island on a high and outgoing tide.  It didn't take long to begin getting bites and Derrick was quick to land a feisty Redfish, then another.  Reba got in on the action when she caught a hungry Seatrout.  The anglers had a good many small bites before we pulled the trolling motor up and headed up to fish a
large runout in the Jolley River.  Again we had a bunch of bites that cut the minnows in half (probably Blues) then the anglers tangled with a couple of high flying Ladyfish.  Derrick had the hot hand for the day and landed a couple of more feisty Redfish.  We moved down to fish Jolley Bank and Reba caught a nice keeper sized Whiting out deep, on a minnow!  We caught some more bait then headed around to fish some docks in Bell River.  Reba had a strong hookup that began to rip line out with no stopping in mind.  I got the boat turned around and headed in its direction but the big fish just kept on going and spooled the reel...and popped off!  We speculated that it was probably a big shark, but who knows?  With that, we called it a day, another great day to be out on Amelia Island waters!

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