I fished this afternoon, meeting Andrew Wakeford and his son Christian down at the City docks with plans to fish the first of an outgoing tide. We had a baitwell full of live shrimp so we headed up to the outside of Tiger Island and began tossing float rigs to some flooded oyster bars. The two anglers almost immediately began to get hookups. They landed a few feisty Bluefish and put a hungry Seatrout in the boat. We then ran up to the Jolley River and fished a marshline with the float rigs. Although the bite was somewhat slow the duo did hookup with our first Bonnethead Shark
of the year. Christian fought the fish for a good while - it made some good runs after it figured out it was hooked! But after a good battle we landed a nice 2"+ Shark. We dropped back and fished the mouth of Jolley and here Christian put two Whiting in the boat, one a nice Bull Whiting. Our final stop was around at Tiger Island. We had just started fishing with jigs and shrimp when Christian had a strong hookup and, FISH ON! He kept the pressure on and when I saw the silhouette and thought for sure it was a nice Red Drum but when Christian brought it to the net we found it was a big 21.5" Seatrout! This put Christian in 2nd place in the Anglers Mark 2016 Bragging Rights Tournament -Seatrout Category (scroll down the right side of this report for standings). We continued to fish the area for while and after they landed a keeper sized Sheepshead, we called it day, another great one to be fishing here at Amelia Island, Florida.