Sunday, April 9, 2017

Like The Masters, The Leaderboard Tightens

Wow what a pretty day we had today! I fished with Steve Smith this morning, meeting him down at the Sawpit Creek boat ramp on the last of in incoming tide. We made a long run up the Nassau River and around to Christopher Creek and eased in thru the shallow entrance with plans to fish jigs and live shrimp to the shore line. I don't think Steve had cast more than a few times when he had his first hookup, a nice feisty Redfish. After pictures and release Steve made a pinpoint cast back to the exact same spot and BOOM!
Another fish on! He played this bigger fish patiently to the boat and we netted a nice Slot sized Redfish. We worked the bank thoroughly, had a couple of good bites, and after one that swiped his shrimp, he went back to the spot and had a strong hookup and, FISH ON! This was a big fish. Steve worked him out from some dock pilings then let him run, ripping drag. After a good battle he landed a 24"+  five spotted Redfish. Now that's a nice fish! The tide was changing so we worked our way out and got thru the cut before it turned to mud. The outside of Christopher was looking pretty good so we switched to float rigs and the live shrimp. We hadn't fished more than a few casts and when Steve placed his rig up near some sparse marsh grass the float disappeared with a vengeance. This was an other big fish. It took Steve from the stern to the bow and around and back to the stern and we both were thinking "Redfish" but when Steve worked him to the surface we saw that it was a large Seatrout. After netting the beast we measured it to 21.5", a fish that puts Steve in first place of the Anglers Mark Bragging Rights Tournament -Seatrout Category (scroll down the right side of this report for standings). We made a run over to Pumpkin Hill and fished some flooded oysters and first cast, BOOM! Fish On. Another nice 18" Seatrout. We worked up and down the bank and picked up one more keeper sized Trout and a couple of smaller ones, then called it a day, another great one to be fishing here at Amelia Island, Florida.

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