Wednesday, August 5, 2015
Two That Got Away
I fished with Jim Petchar and his son Hunter again today, this time meeting down at the City marina early this morning and heading out to Bell River to fish some docks on the very last of an outgoing tide. The two anglers fished them thoroughly with jigs and shrimp, mud minnows and later finger mullet and eventually picked up a small but feisty Redfish. We ran around to the Jolley River and had a pretty good stretch of fishing, landing small Reds, a couple of hungry Seatrout, some Croaker, a keeper sized Flounder and a few "baitstealers". Then Hunter had a strong hookup and I heard the drag "rip", FISH ON! But before either of us could react, Fish Off! Ouch, that was a big fish, but that's the way it goes some days. We fished a few areas in the Jolley then continued on around to Tiger Island. We had a few small bites then I saw Jim go risky and toss his jig up close to some logs and when he hooked up I could tell it was a big fish! Jim did an excellent job of fighting the fish, trying not to horse him too much but still trying to work him away from the limbs. I thought had him there for a second but the big fish got to some branches and made a lunge, and Fish Off! Boy that was a nice fish! I think I was more discouraged than Jim! But it was a good fight and a beautiful day so we headed in, counting it as another great day to be fishing Amelia Island waters.