Friday, November 18, 2016

LIght Tackle Shark

We had a outstandingly beautiful morning today- clear skies, sunshine, a slight breeze and low 50's temperatures. I met Ken Price, his wife Becky and their adult kids Ashley and Taylor up at the Eagans Creek boat ramp located at Leaders and Sinkers and we eased out of the creek to then make a run up to the Jolley River to fish the "bank" on an incoming tide with float rigs and live shrimp. We worked the bank thoroughly and it was Ashley who "knocked the skunk off" when she landed a nice hungry Seatrout. We ran
further up the river, fished another marsh line, had a few nibbles, but no takers, then ran back to the outside of Tiger Island. Again, we fished a nice marsh runout with no luck then hit another spot and finally, things heated up. The three anglers began to catch a Trout here and there...Taylor put a couple in the boat, Ken caught a couple, and Ashley caught a couple. At one time they all three had a Trout on the line. Ken fished the deep side of a point and had a nice hookup. This was a bigger fish and after working it in patiently, we netted a nice 20" Seatrout. We bounced across a creek and while Ashley and Taylor worked the floats, Ken tossed a jig out to deeper water. We were about to leave when Kens rod bent double, the drag began to rip, and FISH ON! This was a big fish! He kept the rod up and pressure on as the fish ran to deeper water. We got all the lines in then began to chase the fish. My rods are 6'6" long with size 1000 Shimano Stradic reels with 10lb braid and it was all Ken could do to keep the big fish hooked up. But he played him perfectly and after a protracted battle, landed a 4' long 25lb Bonnethead Shark. Now that was a fish fight! We ran around to the Bell River where Ashley picked up one more Trout before we called it a day, another great one to be fishing here at Amelia Island, Florida.

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