Thursday, March 10, 2016

Late Start Windy Day Big Fish

I had a presentation to make today at the Oyster Bay Yacht Club but I was able to get out on the water late with Trey Dennard, his son Ivey and his friend Lydia. The wind had picked up which I knew would make fishing difficult but this trio was ready to get some fishing in. The tide was hitting bottom so we made our first stop at the small jetties off of Fort Clinch, fished jigs and live shrimp up to the shore line, and had zero bites! Oh well. We then ran over to Tiger Island and it was so shallow at the mouth I had to shut the big engine and troll in with the I-Pilot. Once we got into
deeper water we eased around and began fishing the downed logs. We got bites here and there but the wind was still kicking our butts but finally Trey "knocked the skunk" of when he landed a small Black "puppy" Drum. Then Lydia hooked up and after patiently playing the fish, landed a nice keeper size Drum. Trey followed that up with a keeper sized Drum of his own, then Ivey got in on the action and boated a hungry Seatrout. Lydia caught a feisty Redfish then Ivey had a strong bite and FISH ON! This was a big fish - ripping off line and taking Ivey to the stern of the boat. He played the fish perfectly and, FISH OFF! Ouch!  It threw the hook. But Ivey was  not to be deterred and went back to the same spot and shortly afterwards had another strong bite. This big fish ripped the line off the reel too, but Ivey kept the pressure on and after a good battle, landed a nice 24" Slot sized Redfish. We fished the area for a while longer and as the sun went down we called it a day, another great one to be fishing here at Amelia Island, Florida.

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