Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Outgoing Tide Makes for Good Fishing

I fished an afternoon trip today, meeting Keith Trammel, his dad Gene, and his brother-in-law Kevin down at the Atlantic Seafood dock with plans to go fishing for Genes "birthday week celebration". The tide had been going out for an hour or so but it was still extremely high so we headed up to the outside of Tiger Island with a bait well of live shrimp. The anglers were tossing float rigs at first and had no trouble finding some hungry Seatrout and a feisty Redfish, catching a good handful of them. We ran up to the
Jolley River, fished the "bank" and picked up one more fat Seatrout then ran further up the river where Gene put another feisty Redfish in the boat. The oysters were beginning to show so a couple of the anglers switched to jigs, but we had no real bites. We ran back to Tiger Island, fished the logs, and here things heated back up. All three anglers were catching fish on the jigs and shrimp. Keith put a few Flounder in the boat, Kevin picked up a couple of more Reds and they also had a small Grouper. But then Gene had a strong hookup and as his drag ripped out, we knew he had a big fish, FISH ON!  He played the big fish patiently, as you can see in the below video, and eventually landed an oversized Redfish, boy what a fish!  He followed that up with his own Flounder to claim and Amelia Island Backcountry Slam then upped that when he put a Black "puppy" Drum to make it a "Grande" Slam. We fished the area thoroughly, picking up a fish here and there, then called it a day, another great one to be fishing here at Amelia Island, Florida.

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