Friday, October 9, 2015

Redfish Catching Heats Up

We had a beautiful morning today at Amelia Island, and the fishing was great too! I had met Pete Nolan and his friends Eric and Henry down at the City ramp and we headed up the Bell River to fish some flooded oyster beds just as the tide started out. The three anglers were getting bites on live shrimp and mud minnows (the minnows turned out to be the best bait) and picked up a good handful of Seatrout, along with another handful of "baitstealers".  We ran around to the outside of Tiger Island as the current picked
up and again found hungry Seatrout biting. Then, Henry said he had subtle bite, his float disappeared, and FISH ON! He played the big fish patiently as the drag ripped out and after a go od battle, landed a nice 22" Slot Redfish. We ran up to Jolley River, fished a large creek runout and picked up some more Trout. Then Eric landed another Redfish before we moved back to the mouth of Jolley, fishing the "bank" with the oysters still covered.  All three anglers began landing Redfish! Eric and Henry combined for double hookups-twice!  Henry put another Slot 18" Red in the boat then it was Pete's turn to hook a big one, and boy was it big! This big fish tried to stay up by the bank but Pete worked him out. Then it ran deep up near the bow then it got back in the current behind the boat. But Pete kept the pressure on, stayed patient, and after a good battle landed a big oversized 28" Redfish. What a battle! Then Pete followed that up with another 22" Slot Red. We ended the trip catching feisty Reds  that measured just under the slot, a great way to end a day of fishing here at Amelia Island, Florida.

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