Friday, June 12, 2015

Shark Fight!

The water was like glass this morning as the sun came up with not a cloud in the sky. I met Jason Stallings and his team of anglers Trevor and Nicole, down at the City boat ramp and we headed  north to fish the outside of Tiger Island with float rigs as the tide was going out. Both anglers had bites right off but then Nicole's float went under for sure and she had a fish on! She reeled the fish in expertly and landed a nice Flounder to "knock the skunk off" the boat. We fished the area briefly but the oysters were already showing so we ran around to Jolley and up to a larger marsh run
out. Again we had some bites then Nicole had a strong bite, this time it was ripping line off the reel. Her dad jumped in to help then both kids were coaching as Jason played the fish as it ran down the river deep. He kept the pressure on and soon had the fish under control but  not subdued. After and extended battle, though, he was able to land a big 4' Bonnethead Shark. Trevor added a feisty Redfish to the catch before we picked up and ran back to the mouth of Jolley. Within a few casts both Jason and Trevor had a fish on at the same time - Ladyfish - the Poor Man's Tarpon. Jason's tossed
the hook but young Trevor stayed with his and landed it for a picture. We made our last stop at Bell River and here Trevor put both a Black Drum and a bigger Red Drum in the boat. This rounded out the trio's Amelia Island Back Country Slam of Flounder, Redfish, and Black Drum, and with that, we called it a day, another great one to be fishing here at Amelia Island, Florida.

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