Thursday, March 31, 2016

Finally a Decent Fish Bite

After about three days of very slow fishing, we had some really good catches to start off the morning. I met Matt McCollough and his two sons Conner and Jake down at the Atlantic Seafood dock early and we headed over to Egans Creek to fish some dock pilings with a couple of hours left in an outgoing tide. A couple of the anglers were tossing jigs and shrimp while Conner tried a Trout slip float rig, fishing deep outside of the docks. This did the trick as he had two good hookups with hungry Seatrout. He switched back and forth fishing jigs and had bites then back to the float rig. We moved
up and down a set of 4 docks and at one Conner had a strong hookup on the jig and we could tell this was a big fish as the drag ripped. Conner played it patiently and soon landed a nice 20.5" Seatrout (placing him in 3rd place in the Anglers Mark 2016 Bragging Rights Tournament-Trout Category. Scroll down right side of this report for standings). We continued to fish the docks, picked up some smaller Trout then Jake had a hookup on the slip float rig. Again, we new it was big when we saw it running up current, ripping drag and putting nice bend in the rod. Jake worked it to the boat and we netted another 20" Trout!  Skipping from dock to dock pitching jigs, Conner found another big fish. He was out a little deeper and I thought sure it would be another big Trout but when he got it to the boat and landed it we saw it was a Slot sized Redfish. After that we ran around to the Jolley River and fished the Bank, had no real bites, then made a stop at Tiger Island to fish the logs, and again, nor real bites. After a short stop at the jetties of Fort Clinch we headed in, counting it as another great day to be fishing Amelia Island waters.

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