Friday, April 14, 2017

WOOF! Woof! Woof! Woof!

Talk about a perfect day to be fishing! Sunny skies, a slight breeze, mild temps and two buddies getting out on the water for some Amelia Island back country fishing! I met Dale Bullard and his friend Jim down at the south end ramp and we made a quick run up the Nassau River to set up with float rigs and live shrimp as the tide just turned around and started back in. The two anglers were making excellent casts, expertly working the exposed oysters as we eased against the current, but it took a while to get a bite. Then, Jim had his float disappear and we had the skunk off the boat when he
landed a nice hungry Seatrout. He put a handful more of the Trout in the boat before we dropped down the river a 1/4 mile and started another pass. Dale had just made a beautiful cast up near the oysters, fished it for a while and as he started to reel it in a big fish rolled at his bait. Jim went in with his and within seconds, BOOM! FISH ON! This was a nice fish as it ripped some drag and put a big bend in the rod (see video below) Jim played it patiently and eventually brought it to Dale's waiting net. Boy what a fish!  Then shortly after that Dale had a strange bite - it was a fish - but it sure wasn't pulling like a Red or a Trout. Sure enough, after a good battle, Dale landed a nice keeper sized Flounder. Things seemed to slow after that so we ran down to Pumpkin Hill. I was expecting Trout like we'd been getting the last couple of days but Jim's first cast produced a 9-spot Slot sized Redfish. As we fished along some now flooded oysters Dale told a story about how another guide had a "Boat Dog" that would "woof" when it saw a float go under. Sure enough, the day was wearing on all of us and we began to miss a float go under now and then. I think Jim was watching Dale's float and Dale was watching Jim's float. Anyway, there was a "woof" now and then. Dale's float disappeared (woof) and he had another nice fish. He played it perfectly and landed another Slot sized 20" Redfish.  And finally we picked up a handful of keeper sized Seatrout. After hitting one more stretch, we called it a day, another great one to be fishing here at Amelia Island, Florida.

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