Thursday, September 15, 2016

Slow Fishing But Dawged Perseverance Pays Off

I had the pleasure of fishing again with Bob Blalock, meeting him down at the Big Talbot Island Park boat ramp early, and with cloudy skies. Although tropical storm Julia had passed through yesterday, we saw a window of opportunity to fish, and we took it! We ran up the Amelia River and dipped into Jackstaff and further into another creek to begin fishing with float rigs and mud minnows at the very peak of a high tide. Both of us had some soft bites but no takers as we fished the flooded marsh grass. We crossed over a creek, switched to jigs and minnows, and again, no real bites. I wouldn't have thought that the storm that passed by would have affected the fish bite, but it may have, because even thought the present weather was very comfortable, the bigger fish just weren't biting. Bob tangled with a and caught a couple of high flying lady fish before we left, ran through Horsehead, and fished some dock pilings. He caught a few feisty Mangrove Snapper then we ran down the Nassau River to fish some marsh runouts. The water was coming out of the marsh by now and bait was moving and fish were beginning to bust and sure enough, BOOM! Bob had a nice fish on. He played the fish patiently and after a good fight, landed a nice Slot Sized 21" Redfish. YAHHOOH (I said).  We worked that bank some more, then bumped up and hit three more, only to find one hard fighting Jack Crevalle. It was a nice day under gloomy skies but Bob's perseverance paid off and put one nice fish in the boat, so we counted it as another great day to be fishing, here at Amelia Island, Florida.

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