Sunday, January 24, 2016

Hot Spot on a Cold Day

After two days of a windy front passing through we had clear skies but cold temperatures that greeted us this morning down at the Big Talbot Island Park boat ramp. 31 degrees at launch time to be exact! But George Del Valle and I were both dressed for the cold and after the initial run to our first spot in Jackstaff, we knew the worst was over. George started off tossing live shrimp under a float rig on a high and outgoing tide. George was making excellent casts to the grass but we had not a single bite. We made the run through
Horsehead to find some dock pilings to fish with jigs and shrimp. Again, excellent casts produced on fish. We repositioned to the other side and I believe it was George's first cast and BOOM! FISH ON!  He played the fish patiently and after a good battle he landed a nice Slot Redfish. From then on, for about an hour, as long as George put his bait in the "Hot Spot", he'd have a hookup. And the fish got bigger, and bigger. George limited out on Slot Reds and we lost count around 10 (slots) and also caught and released a good handful of smaller "feisty" Rat Reds. Our last stop was down at Broward Island where we picked up one more small Red. The sun was up, the skies were clear, and as we ran back to the boat ramp we knew it was another great day to be fishing here at Amelia Island.

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