Friday, March 31, 2017

Tackling The "Breezy" Conditions

Anytime the weather forecasters call for "breezy" conditions I know that it's gonna be a struggle out on the water - and that's what they predicted for today, and accurately so. I met Lou Alvarado and his son Joe up at the north end boat ramp early this morning and when we saw that the south west wind hadn't really kicked in yet, we headed over to Tiger Island to fish an incoming tide with jigs and live shrimp. These two anglers were making pin point casts and even though the river was kicked up with mud, they picked up a
couple of nice Seatrout. As the wind picked up we decided to run over to Lanceford Creek and sure enough, we were protected. Joe picked up a nice keeper sized Seatrout (all fish were released today) and then he tangled with a nice Black "puppy" Drum. Lou had a strong bite and his drag began to rip and, FISH ON! This was a big fish. But it was up in the pilings and when the line "locked down" we know he was wrapped and sure enough, BAP! Fish Off. Lou is the leader in the Anglers Mark 2017 Bragging Rights Tournament
-Redfish Category and this fish may have challenged it! After fishing Oyster Bay docks with no luck, we ran around to the mouth of Bell's River with plans to fish some flooded oyster beds but the wind was really kicking and there were white caps in the river. So we continued on around and found shelter up the river fishing some docks. Lou was on the jig still but Joe switched to a Slip Float rig and his first pass picked up a nice Trout. He continued with the technique and caught a few more Trout drifting a live shrimp deep along the bottom. Our last stop was around to the outside of Tiger but we had no more bites so we called it a day, another great one to be fishing here at Amelia Island, Florida.

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