Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Tough Fishing Continues

I've poled three other Captains and gotten the same answer: Fishing (catching) is kinda slow right now.  Most all blame it on the transition of the weather, winter to spring, and I tend to agree. We pushed yesterdays trip to 10:30am with plans to fish an outgoing tide. I met John Stevelinck and his two sons Johnny and Jake down at the Big Talbot Island Park boat ramp and we headed up the intercoastal and into Jackstaff to make our first stop at a large outflow. Within a minute or two Jake had a bite which took his live shrimp then Johnny had a bite and hooked up with a nice hungry
Seatrout. You can't get a better start than that can you? Although we had a nibble or two, we had no more takers we crossed the creek and fished a bank, easing along with the trolling motor, and casting to the marsh grass. The wind was already a problem but these anglers were making excellent casts, but to no avail, we had no takers. We ran through the marsh and over to some docks at Seymore's Pointe with hopes to be out of the wind, but it was blowing too much out of the east and made things difficult. Johnny hooked up with a big Trout on a  jig and shrimp, had him the boat, and just before I netted him, he threw the hook. But Johnny went back and picked up another Trout. We fished the docks thoroughly and later Johnny found a nice feisty Redfish to land. Both the elder John and young Jake were making pinpoint casts and doing all the right things but it appeared it just wasn't going to be their day. We made a run down to Broward Island and here the wind was blocked and it made for some comfortable fishing, finally. We worked the logs and the drop offs and Johnny found one more Redfish, a "4-spotter" before we called it a day. We did see dolphin, Osprey and a pair of Bald Eagles and picked up a few fish, making it another great day to be fishing here at Amelia Island, Florida.

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