Saturday, March 18, 2017

Black Drum Are Here

Boy, what a pretty couple of days we've had since that Nor'easter blew thru. Today was really nice, with sunny skies, mild temperatures, and just slight breeze. I met Patrick Verner and his friend Paula down at the Atlantic Seafood dock at Noon and we headed up the Bell River with plans to fish a flooded oyster bar. But I miscalculated and the bar wasn't flooded, so we kept on going and around to Tiger Island and even though I don't like to fish it on a high tide, we made a stop and began tossing jigs and live shrimp. Wouldn't you know it, first cast, BOOM! Fish On!  It was a hungry Seatrout and it wasn't the first. Patrick began making excellent casts and we found that the Trout were hitting out deep in 25-35 foot of water. We caught a few good handfuls with a number of them of keeper size. At one time both anglers caught and landed keeper sized Trout. Paula landed a small but feisty Black "puppy" Drum and later we found couple of feisty Redfish. When the bite finally slowed we made a tour of Cumberland Island to see some wild horses, crossed over to historic Fort Clinch, and cruised by Old Town on the way to our next fishing spot. We fished the mouth of Bell for just a while but the wind had picked up so went further into the back water and found some docks to fish. We caught another keeper sized Trout then Patrick put his bait right up into some pilings and had a strong hookup. This was a big fish. He worked it out of the pilings then kept the pressure on and eventually landed a nice 20" Black Drum. He went back to the same spot and a few cast later hooked up and landed an even bigger one. Not that's the way to wrap up another great day of fishing here at Amelia Island, Florida!

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