Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Quick Start to a Slam and Slot Red

After a great July 4th weekend, I was back to fishing today, this time with Dean Jensen and his two sons Elijah and Tyler. I met them down at the Sawpit Creek boat ramp early this morning and we ran north and west up the Nassau River to make our first stop at a marsh point lined with old oysters and bordered by a small marsh runout. The had been coming in a few hours but we went with the jig rods, baited with lively mud minnows and tossed up current and near the shore. These young anglers could cast! All we had to do was take up the slack as the jig and minnow bounced down the river
bottom and in just a short while Elijah had a hookup and expertly reeled in a fat Seatrout!  Then Dean hooked up with a fish and when it fought funny I thought,...."hummm" and sure enough, a feisty Flounder. Then Elijah found another Trout and while he was bringing it to the boat Dean had a strong bite and, FISH ON!  Young Tyler jumped on the rod and began to work it slowly the to the boat. After a good battle, Tyler won out and landed a nice Slot Sized 22" Redfish, boy what a fish! We continued to fish the same spot and picked up a handful of Seatrout (and even had a double Trout hookup). After Dean briefly tangled with a Ladyfish, we ran over to fish some docks at Seymore's Pointe, but had no bites. We ran down to fish Christopher Creek on the last of the incoming tide, then bounced back to Seymore's Pointe to see if the Mangrove Snapper were there. Both Dean and Elijah outwitted them and landed a couple of small ones, but we had no keeper sized bites. After a run through Horsehead we made one last stop to fish the marsh grass as the tide reached it's peak then headed in, counting it as another great day to be fishing Amelia Island waters.
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