Thursday, July 14, 2016

Slowly Built a Nice Fish Catch

We had another beautiful day today. The skies were clear as the sun came up and we had a slight breeze the entire day. I had the pleasure of fishing again with Mark Richardson, his dad Allen, and his son Braden. We met down at the Big Talbot Island Park boat ramp and I had a bait well full of mud minnows. We ran up the Amelia River and into Jackstaff with plans to fish a long edge of still flooded marsh grass. I started all three anglers off with float rigs with the plan to toss their bait up near the grass and let it drift
naturally along the bank. They worked those for a good 30 minutes and had no real bites. When Mark switched to a jig and minnow he got a bite real quick, a nice keeper sized Flounder that Braden reeled in. We continued to fish and when Marked picked up a 17" keeper sized Trout, all three anglers switched to the jigs! Young Braden made an excellent cast and hooked up and caught a feisty Catfish. We ran around to Seymore's Pointe, fished some rocks and picked up a couple of small Mangrove Snapper, then ran down the Nassau River and fished some now exposed oysters. They had a another weird bite...Braden was on the rod...and after a good fight he landed the largest Flounder of the day. They put one more small Flounder in the boat and a couple of hard fighting Jack Crevalle before we headed down to Broward Island. The conditions were looking right but the bite was slow until a fish chased our bait out from some tree limbs and, FISH ON! Braden played the fish took him from the bow to the stern but he kept the pressure on and after an extended battle, landed a Slot 21" Redfish, which ended up being a great way to wrap up a great fishing trip here at Amelia Island, Florida.

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