Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Fighting Off the Baitstealers

There was a shortage of mud minnows at the bait shop today so I went with live shrimp, and boy what a pain. I met Matt and Kaleena Kloepfer, her dad Mo, and his friend Joe down at the City marina early and we headed up to fish the outside of Tiger Island on a high and (just) outgoing tide. From the first cast we were getting bite, mostly "baitstealers", but on occasion they'd land a nice fish. Joe kicked things off, landing a hungry Seatrout, then all four anlgers followed that up with more, working through the baitstealers to get
a good fish. Kaleena put the first Redfish in the boat, a feisty one, then we pulled up and ran around to fish the Jolley "bank". We had a long flurry of fish catching - Matt landed a keeper sized Trout, Kaleena added a couple of more Reds, and Mo did battle with a hard fighting Jack Crevalle. Joe was quietly putting fish in the boat up on the bow. Every one caught fish! But we were burning through the bait so when we finished fishing that stretch of river, we ran back to the bait shop on Eagans Creek and purchased some minnows. Before we left the creek, we fished a large marsh run out
and caught two Flounder, one of keeper size, caught by Kaleena. With only  short time to fish, we ran over to fish the Tiger logs and although the sun was up and the fish catch had slowed, they were able to hookup two more flounder to round out another great day to be fishing here at Amelia Island, Florida.

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