Friday, September 9, 2016

Fall Is Right Around The Corner

I was back to fishing yesterday, this time meeting Billy Norrell and his friends Mike and Johnny down at the Big Talbot Island Park boat ramp on Sawpit Creek. We met early and then ran up the Nassau River a short distance, dropped the trolling motor, and began fishing some small marsh run  outs. Billy was on the stern tossing a fly while the other two anglers fished the bow with jigs an live shrimp.  It was Billy who "knocked the skunk off" when he hooked up and landed a hungry Flounder on a shrimp patterned fly.
We worked the bank and all the anglers got in on the action, catching a couple of small, but keeper sized Flounder, some feisty Redfish, and a nice Trout. Billy added a Redfish to his catch with the fly rod. We ran further up the river and fished some old shell banks and here Johnny had a strong bite. After playin the big fish patiently on my light tackle, he landed a nice 24" Slot sized Redfish. We picked up a good handful of Mangrove Snapper, had a brief encounter with a Ladyfish, had a good battle with a Jack Crevalle, and then Mike put two Black "puppy" Drum in the boat. Our last stop was down at Broward Island and again, we had Flounder and Reds and then we wrapped it up with a big Trout that Mike hooked up deep. It was a beautiful morning, somewhat cooler and with less humidity, and another great day to be fishing here at Amelia Island, Florida.  I even learned some new words!

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