Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Slow But Steady Makes a Good Mess of Fish

Wow what a beautiful day it was today! Cool, sunny, and just a slight breeze. Due to the "Super Moon" and high tides, we put off fishing until 11am this morning when I met Betsy Nagle and her fellow anglers Jo and Sally down at the Eagans Creek boat ramp. We made a short run around to the outside of Tiger Island and began tossing float rigs with live shrimp under float rigs. Although we had few bites, Sally was able to "knock the skunk off" when she landed a hungry Seatrout. We ran further up the shoreline, fished a beautiful run out, but it was really ripping with the outflow of water
and we had no real bites. We eased around and into the Jolley River and began to work the "bank" and it wasn't long before Jo had a good hookup and, FISH ON! This was a  nice fish and she worked it in patiently. After a good battle, Jo landed a nice 19" Slot Redfish. But after that, no real bites! We ran further up the Jolley, fished both sides of Snook Creek, and here it was Sally that had the big hookup. This was a REALLY big fish! I guessed shark a couple of times, switched my guess to big Red, then back to Shark. Sally kept the pressure on, worked the big fish slowly to the boat, and
landed a 4'+ long Bonnethead Shark. We ran around to the MOA, and almost immediately Betsy had a good bite. Another Big fish on! She played it perfectly and landed a 20" Slot Redfish, then followed that up with a hungry Seatrout. We made a stop at some docks in Bell River, picked up a Trout (and a squid!, then made the run back to the boat ramp, making one more stop at the mouth of Bell River. In quick succession, the trio landed a hungry Trout, a keeper sized Weakfish and Whiting, and then Betsy wrapped it up with a 18" Trout. Now that's the way to finish a great day of fishing here at Amelia Island, Florida!

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