Friday, October 23, 2015

Come'n On Strong

We had another morning where the winds had died down overnight to make for some decent fishing weather - if you got out early! I had met Matt and Beth Price and their two sons Thomas and Mitchell down at the City marina and we headed north to the outside of Tiger Island to fish some still flooded oyster beds with float rigs and mud minnows.  I think the tide had already fallen too much because we snagged a little more than usual on the hidden oysters, but Matt was still able to pick up a hungry Seatrout. But that was it so we headed further up river and into the Jolley, all the
way up to Snook Creek, and fished the edges of the oysters that were beginning to show. Even though these anglers were making excellent casts,  we only had one more Trout that Mitchell reeled to the boat and "quick released". Our next stop was back at Tiger, switching to jigs and minnows. Young Thomas found a "honey hole" and pulled out a nice feisty Redfish. Then Mitchell went to the same spot and found another one, and I believe Matt went to the same area and picked up one, too. We fished up and down the bank and every once in a while they'd pick up another Redfish and on occasion a Seatrout. Then Mitchell had a strong hookup and, FISH ON! He played this big fish perfectly and soon landed a nice 21" Slot Redfish. Then shortly after that his dad, Matt, topped that fish with a 21.5" Slot Red of his own!  Thomas was putting Reds in the boat, too and seemed to have the hot hand (he won the Most Fish Award) and Mitchell wrapped things up when he hooked up with another big Red, landing this one to measure at 22.5".  With that, we called it a day, another great one to be fishing here at Amelia Island, Florida.

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