Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Uptick In Fish Catching

We switched to mud minnows and fished north today and there was a slight  uptick in fish catches. I had met Ray Shannon and his brother-in-law Doyle up at the Dee Dee Bartels Park early this morning and we headed up to the outside of Tiger to fish some seriously flooded oysters on the very first of an outgoing tide. The two anglers worked the marsh grass with float rigs and minnows and had a couple of good bites before Doyle had a strong hookup. This fish was pulling some drag so we knew it was a decent fish. Doyle kept the pressure on and after a good battle landed a nice 21" Slot sized Redfish. (All fish were released today).

Then, moments later, Ray had a hookup. His rod was bouncing and the drag was ripping - I was thinking big Trout - but after he expertly worked it to the boat, we netted a fairly big, hard fighting Bluefish.

We jumped over to Manatee Cove, eased along the bank and both anglers put a couple of hungry Seatrout in the boat. After running through Tiger and over to Bell, we fished  marshy point and again, caught a couple of Seatrout. 

We fished the Tiki hut at Oyster Bay, caught one Sea Bass, then headed over to Eagans Creek to fish some dock pilings. This did the trick. Both Ray and Doyle were tossing jigs and minnows and both had good hookups with Slot Sized Redfish. We caught 2-3 of those, then a small "rat" Red, then made one last stop at the mouth of Bell before calling it a day, another great one to be fishing here at Amelia Island, Florida.

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