Monday, September 26, 2016

Rain Showers Can't Dampen These Hot Anglers

Well, the radar showed the rain storms off to the east, and heading north this morning and when I met Joe Godfrey, his son-in-law Cliff, and granddaughter Ansley down at the Big Talbot Island Park boat ramp, the skies were clear as the sun came up. We ran up the Amelia River and dipped into Jackstaff and then into a creek to set up at a large outflow to fish with mud minnows and float rigs. Whoever said catching a fish on the first cast was bad luck didn't know this crew! We had just tossed out our first cast when Ansley's
float went under and when she lifted the rod, she had a fish on! She reeled in a hungry Seatrout to "knock the skunk" off the boat! We picked up a couple of more trout there, then crossed over to fish an oyster lined bank. I think we picked  one small Redfish and another Trout and after fishing a grassy point and landing another trout or two...the rain came! But we were all prepared with rain jackets and since there was no lighting, we continued to fish. Ansley was a true pioneer and hung right in there with us older anglers. When it slacked up we made a dash through Horsehead and over to the
Nassau River and down to Spanish Drop and here the fish catching really turned on. They all began to catch feisty Redfish then Cliff had a big bite and, FISH ON! He played the fish perfectly and patiently but it was not to be because after a hard run, the big fish threw the hook and FISH OFF! But Cliff was not to be deterred. He continued to fish the bank and within a few minutes he had another strong hookup. Again, Cliff worked the fish patiently and after a good battle, landed a nice 25" Slot Sized Redfish!  Ansley was patiently fishing a float rig and when I saw her float go under I looked at her and she too had realized just in time that she had a big fish because it pulled her up off her seat and, another BIG FISH ON! She fought the fish along with her dad and they put another Slot Redfish in the boat. As we fished up and down the bank Joe added another couple of Reds then Cliff and Ansley teamed up a for a double hookup, catching two keeper sized Flounder (all fish were released today) and rounding out their Amelia Island Back Country Slam. With that, we called it a day, another great one to be fishing here at Amelia Island, Florida.

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