Friday, October 21, 2016

Birthday Fishing Trip

Chip Cosper treated his son Christian to a 14th birthday fishing trip and he brought along his brother Henry and his friend Austin to help celebrate. We met down at the Big Talbot Island Park boat ramp, had a brief safety session, then headed up the Nassau River to fish a marsh run out on the last of an outgoing tide. The anglers were making excellent casts within minutes, tossing jigs with live shrimp and some mud minnows to the exposed oysters, but the fish weren't cooperating. I predicted that when the tide changed we'd begin to get some bites and sure enough, we did. Austin "knocked
the skunk off" when he landed a hungry Seatrout and Christian followed that up with one of his own. We jumped up to some docks at Seymore's Pointe and the fish catching really picked up.Young Henry hooked up and landed a nice feisty Redfish, Austin put a Black "puppy" Drum. Christian put another Redfish in the boat and there were a handful of Mangrove Snapper landed. Then Chip had a strong bite and FISH ON! This was a big fish as it ripped the drag on Chip's reel. But he kept the pressure on, took his time and after a good battle, landed a nice 23" Slot Redfish. And shortly after that
he put keeper sized Black Drum in the boat (all fish were released today). Our next stop was down at Broward Island. Things started slow but picked up as we worked the bank. Christian and Austin added a couple of Seatrout to the catch, Henry landed another Redfish, and Chip caught a Sheepshead. Austin was good at catching the Trout, landing another, then Christian topped it off to get the sole Flounder of the day. This earned these anglers an Amelia Island Back Country "Super Grande Slam"- they caught Seatrout, Redfish, Black Drum, Sheepshead and Flounder! We made one final stop where the birthday boy put three Trout in the boat, BOOM, BOOM and BOOM and with that, we called it a day, another great one to be fishing here at Amelia Island, Florida.

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