Today was my first day back to fishing after hurricane Matthew came through. I hope all of you who are living on the east coast came through it OK. Chris Jones, his wife Beth and their son Andrew met me up at the Eagans Creek boat ramp next to Leaders and Sinkers bait shop this morning: The boat ramp at the City marina is gone (and thusly closed). But we were itching to get out on the water and see how the fishing is, and wouldn't you know it, the very last of Nor'easter was passing through so we had some winds! We went fishing anyway! Our first stop was around at the
outside of Tiger Island and even though the wind was pushing us hard, and the tide was really high, Beth "knocked the skunk off" and landed a handful of hungry Seatrout on her float rig with live shrimp. We fished it as long as we could stand it then ran through Tiger Basin, around to Bell River, and over to Lanceford Creek to get out of the north wind. Chris picked up a feisty Redfish and Beth landed another Trout. We stopped off at some docks on Lanceford and young Andrew got on the board with a hungry Sea Bass catch. Our next stop was over at Soap Creek and here Chris caught a Trout while Andrew was the one to reel in another feisty Redfish. Although we had started at Eagans Creek, we ran back to it's shelter and fished the bank on past the boat ramp and Chris found a "honey hole" when he began to hookup with Seatrout, the biggest being 16". Andrew found another Redfish, Chris caught one, then Beth did, too. Before we left we fished some docks in Eagans and here the anglers rounded out their Amelia Island Back Country Slam when Andrew fought to the boat an nice 17" Flounder. With that, we called it a day, another great one to be Back on the water here at Amelia Island, Florida.