Thursday, March 12, 2015

Fishing in Soup

I met Mark Von Weihe again, this time down at the Big Talbot Island Park boat ramp, along with his sons Max, Ryan - and this time they brought along a "good luck" angler, the youngest son Owen. Like yesterday, we were socked in with fog, but we turned on the navigation lights and eased up the intercoastal and into Nassau River. The fog cleared enough to make a run to our first stop - Bubblegum Reef - and although this anglers were making
excellent casts, we had no real bites. We further up the river to fish some docks and this did the trick. Ryan got us started when he hooked up and battled a nice keeper sized Slot Redfish. Then his dad reeled in another Slot fish and Ryan followed it up with a keeper sized Black "puppy" Drum.  The sand gnats  or "no-see-ums" had found us but this time we were ready! All five us donned face netting and this kept them off enough to fish comfortably. After picking up another fish or two, we made the run
down to Broward Island and the fishing was on fire. The group caught fish after fish after fish, enough so where I was huffing a little bit to keep up! Max had long since gotten in on the action and put his share of Redfish in the boat. Mark had a really  strong hookup and this time we knew we had a really big fish as the drag began to sing. He fought the big fish patiently, having a good time letting the fish run, then expertly worked it to the net. This big fish was oversized  so after pictures we released it to swim off for a another anglers to catch. Owen was catching fish on his on and when he pulled in a keeper sized Sheepshead the anglers were able to claim an Amelia Island Back Country Slam of Redfish, Drum and Sheepshead. We almost had a "Grande Slam" when Ryan worked a hungry Seatrout to the boat. It was a great day of fishing with a ton of fish caught here at Amelia Island, Florida!

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