Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Big Red Kicks Off The Day

I was wondering what the first day of fishing would be like after the tropical storm Colin came thru. I met Jim and Becky Jeffers and their "niece" Shelby down at the City docks with plans to run over to Eagans Creek to fish the docks on an incoming tide. There was just a slight breeze and a few clouds to make it a perfect morning for fishing. The three anglers were tossing live shrimp on 1/4oz jigs up to the dock pilings and were just getting small nibbles when Shelby hooked up and, BIG FISH ON! This fish was ripping drag and trying to get up into the dock pilings but Shelby applied the
pressure and worked it out then kept the pressure on as she patiently worked it to the boat. After a protracted battle that took her from the bow to the stern and back to the bow, she landed a big 26.75" "Tournament Sized" Redfish, boy what a fish! We continued to work the docks, had another big hookup but this one threw the hook, then Jim had a good fight with a feisty Black "puppy" Drum. Before we left the docks he also landed a keeper sized Flounder to round out the trio's Amelia Island Back Country Slam. We ran over to Jolly River and her Shelby got back into the action when she hooked up and landed a 3' long Bonnethead Shark. We fished Jolley Bank with no success, other that getting treated to a Submarine sighting, then hit Tiger Island where Shelby landed another Shark, then wrapped the trip up with a tour of Cumberland Island to see the wild horses, Fort Clinch,  and Old Town. It turned out to be a great day to be fishing here at Amelia Island, Florida

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