Thursday, August 13, 2015

Taking The Kids Fishing

This morning I met Daniel Biolsi and his two young anglers George and Evelyn down at the Big Talbot Island Park boat ramp on  a high and still incoming tide. We ran up the Amelia River and into Jackstaff and then further up a creek to fish the flooded grass with float rigs and live shrimp. It didn't take but a few minutes and young George had "knocked the skunk off" when he reeled in a nice Seatrout. And shortly after that his dad put one in the boat, too.
Young Evelyn was helping with the bait at first but she began to get more interested in the fishing and soon was reeling in the float rigs. We switched to jig rods when we got over to Jackstaff and although we didn't have too many bites, we did tangle with a Bonnethead Shark briefly. We then made the run around to Nassau River and went back to the float rigs and here things heated up. Both Daniel and George began to get bites and they each hauled in a handful of keeper sized Mangrove Snapper (all fish were released today). Even Evelyn got in on the action. Her first fish was a pesky Pinfish but then she hooked up and reeled in a keeper sized Snapper, too. We finished the day fishing some docks with jigs and George wrapped it all up with another Snapper and a high flying Ladyfish - the "poor man's Tarpon". With that, we called it a day, another great one to be fishing Amelia Island waters.

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