Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Thunder Rolled

With the remnants of Tropical Storm Ericka passing to the east and west of  us, Floyd and Tricia Davis and I left the Sawpit Creek boat ramp this morning and headed north, up to Broward Island to fish jigs and minnows as the tide changed and started back in. We could hear thunder rumbling and see lighting way off in the distance but we all felt safe as we began to fish. It didn't take long to began to get bites.  I had noticed that Floyd made an excellent cast where the currents were creating an eddy in between a downed log and some tree limbs and it seemed just at the bait hit bottom, BOOM! Floyd
had a fish on. He played the big fish patiently, enjoying the fight, and eventually expertly landed a nice 22" Slot Redfish. Skunk off!  I think he went back to the same spot three more times and each time picked up a feisty Redfish. Then he gave up the spot to Tricia and she pulled a keeper sized Flounder out of the same spot! We tossed this one back to grow some more, though. We fished the area thoroughly, picked up another fish or two, then ran back to Seymore's Pointe to fish some docks. The two anglers had a bite here and there then Floyd had another strong hookup. This fish was big but it was putting up a weird fight. I think it was a big Flounder but we never found out -as Floyd worked it patiently away from the dock pilings POOF, it was gone! OUCH!  We fished more and Tricia landed another small Flounder, she seemed to have the knack for catching the elusive fish. We fished Jackstaff Creek with float rigs, had a few bites but no takers, then headed in, counting it as another great day to be fishing here at Amelia Island, Florida.

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