Thursday, April 20, 2017

Battling Fish and Bugs

Today was a "10" according to the weather folks and I agreed with them. There wasn't a cloud in the sky and the wind was listed as "calm". I met Rick Mowery and his friends Kathy and Don down at the Sawpit Creek boat ramp early this morning and we headed up the Nassau River, making our first stop at a marsh line that had oysters just beginning to show on an outgoing tide. Don and Kathy were tossing jigs and shrimp forward and up to the bank while Rick followed them  at the stern tossing a float rig and shrimp. It was Rick that knocked the skunk off when he hooked up and landed
a nice Slot sized Redfish. Then all anglers began to battle the first Ladyfish of the year and Jack Crevalle's. There was action going on all around us with fish popping bait and the anglers getting a bite now and then. Things got real calm and the sand gnats began to swarm and we were all heading for the bug spray! Then Don had a strong hookup. He played it perfectly and soon put a another Slot Redfish in the boat. Kathy added another Jack Crevalle and a huge Ladyfish then Don hooked up and landed a keeper sized Seatrout. We fished that bank thoroughly, and when the bite slowed we made
the run down to Pumpkin Hill and fished some fully exposed oysters. Although there was a ton of bait movement, we had no real bites. We made our last stop down at Broward Island, fishing jigs, and after fishing two or three spots, Rick wrapped things up when he caught another keeper sized Trout. With that, we called it a day, another great one to be fishing here at Amelia Island, Florida.

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