Tuesday, July 19, 2016

A Red, A Black, And a Flat(y)

Although I had some couple of dozen mud minnows left over from yesterday, I decided to try some live shrimp out today as I haven't used any in  a while. Not a good idea. I was fishing with Wayne McKenzie and his two sons Walker and Peyton, meeting them down at the Sawpit Creek boat ramp early this morning, with a  plan to run up the Amelia River and fish the mouth of Jackstaff.  Last week I had fished live shrimp on a high tide and did pretty good. But today was different - the three anglers were casting expertly to the marsh grass and although we had a few nibblers, all
we managed to pick up (by Walker) was a small Catfish! We ran through Horsehead, dropped a minnow trap at Twin Creeks, then found a dock at Seymore's Point to fish, sticking with the live shrimp under floats. Each of the anglers caught a couple of Mangrove Snapper, but none of them keeper size (all fish were released today).  Our next stop was over in Christopher Creek and here things picked up. Both Peyton and Wayne caught a couple of feisty Redfish then Peyton had a good bite and landed a nice Black "puppy" Drum. We continued to fish the creek and when Peyton hooked up again, we knew this was a bigger fish - it wasn't going to be reeled in. But Peyton kept the pressure on and patiently worked the fish to the boat and it turned out to be a nice 20" Slot Redfish. We ran down to Spanish Drop and fished the very first of the outgoing tide with jigs, tossing them up to a large Marsh Run out.  I believe it was Wayne who boated a Flounder but that was about all there was at that spot. We finished out the trip fishing the docks back at Seymore's and here Walker nailed a nice keeper sized Flounder, making it a great way to wrap up a fishing trip here at Amelia Island, Florida.

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