Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Mangrove Bonanza at Amelia Island

After the long holiday weekend it was good to get back out on the water with some anglers! I met Greg Clody along with his son Sean down at the Sawpit Creek boat ramp early this morning and we headed up the Nassau River to fish some very exposed shell banks on the last of an outgoing tide. We had some live shrimp  and the two anglers started off pitching jigs and shrimp to the oysters.

Although they both had some good "bumps", we had no real takers until we had just about finished our first pass. Later, Sean said he thought he'd hung up on the bottom but when his drag began to sing he knew he had a big fish on. And boy was it big! He played the fish perfectly and patiently worked it to the boat and while I took pictures his dad netted a big Jack Crevalle.

We moved on up the river, fished Bubblegum Reef to no avail, jumped over to fish some docks  and although the bite was slow, they did land a hungry Flounder and a small Mangrove Snapper. We made the run down to Broward Island and fished a perfect incoming tide, but we had no real bites, other than another Mangrove.

Our last stop was back at Horsehead and as the tide was half way up, we began to pick up some keeper sized Mangrove Snapper. And the bite turned in to a frenzy - these two anglers caught one after the other. Some were small but many were big and fat and well over keeper size.(all fish were released today). We worked through the bait and caught fish down to the last shrimp, then called it a day, another great one to be fishing here at Amelia Island, Florida.

1 comment:

G.Clody said...

What a great day! Captain Piper constantly measured in my favor but my son won out. If you are fishing around Amelia Island, this is the charter! Fun, easy, beautiful scenery, great boat, and relaxed fishing with a captain that is enjoying the day alongside you and constantly has backup gear when you goof up. Will return!