Thursday, October 15, 2015

Snakes, Crabs, Birds, Dolphin and Big Fish

I had the opportunity to fish this afternoon, too. Deborah White was treating her boyfriend Trent and her two kids Zoe and Broderick to an Amelia Island Back Country fishing trip so we met at the City dock, picked up some mud minnows, saw a handful of Osprey diving for fish and Dolphin cruising the tide line, then we headed up to fish the outside of Tiger on the first of an outgoing tide. After just a few casts Trent had a strong hookup and after working it patiently to the boat we saw that it was very nice 18" fat Flounder!
We worked the area thoroughly, picked up some baitstealers then Broderick landed a keeper sized Croaker and Trent put a feisty Redfish in the boat. We made a run up to Jolley River and fished some oyster beds both with the float rigs and jig rigs and even though the anglers had some good bites, we had no real takers. We also had a chance at netting a Blue Crab swimming by so we scooped it up, checked it out, then returned it to go on its way. Our last stop was back at Tiger Island but as we passing between Big and Little Tiger Trent spotted something in the water. We eased up
closer and saw that it was a HUGE Diamond Back Rattle Snake crossing between the two islands. We watched it slither up onto the mud and make its way towards the marsh grass. We fished the logs of Tiger and here things got hot! We had a strong hookup and young Broderick did an excellent job of working a big 23" Slot Redfish to the waiting net. Then Zoe caught not one, but two Slot Reds, 24" and 25" respectively with one of them having 11 Spots, a sure prize winner in any Spot Tournament. With that, we called it a day, another great one to be fishing Amelia Island waters.

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