Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Almost Like February

A week or so ago we had warm enough weather for me to be wearing shorts and flip flops and the water temperature got up over 70. But we had some cooler temperatures move in and the water temp has dropped down into the 60's and it seems the fish "bite" has fallen off, kinda like what we had in February. My theory is that with the water temperature moving up and down the bait fish haven't decided to move in and the Reds and Trout are confused! They're out hunting something to eat and we're out hunting them! Today was similar to yesterday, we caught a few fish but not much to brag about, and it wasn't the anglers. I met Scott Carter, his two sons Sammy and Benny, and their friend Harrison down at the Big Talbot Island Park boat ramp after lunch and we headed up to Jackstaff to fish an outgoing tide with the oysters already showing. The anglers were tossing live shrimp under floats and after hitting  a few runouts, Scott put a couple of hungry Seatrout in the boat. We ran through the marsh and fished some docks at Seymore's Pointe and here everyone got in on some action. Sammy picked up the first Mangrove Snapper up near the pilings then each of the boys were trying to get their jig and shrimp in the right place, and they each got fish if they were up close. We fished a second dock looking for bigger fish, found none, then ran down to Pumpkin Hill and set up along  a nice oyster bank. Rather quickly, Harrison put a nice Trout in the boat, but there were no more to be had. We fished Broward Island but the water was pretty murky, then we made a long run back to the Longpointe docks to get out of the wind. I rigged up some bottom rigs while the anglers pitched jigs to the pilings and when I got the bottom rigs finished we put them out and in quick succession, we landed a couple of Whiting. We had a handful of fish caught today, but we had to work for them, but it was still a great day to be out on the water here at Amelia Island, Florida.

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