Red Drum, Seatrout, Flounder, Mangrove Snapper and....Catfish. That was the variety count today. I met Brian Shuford and his father in law Mike down at the Big Talbot Island Park boat ramp early this morning and we headed up the Nassau River, making our first stop at two marsh runouts with plans to fish the last hour or two of the outgoing tide with jig, shrimp and mud minnows. The two anglers started right off, making excellent casts to the bank, but we had no real bites.
The wind was kicking a bit so we ran up to Seymore's Pointe, found some shelter, and fished some dock pilings - but still no bites. So we headed down to Broward Island and with the wind out of the SE, it was like fishing on a pond! It was the very last of the outgoing tide and both Brian and Mike were working the bank thoroughly, tossing their jigs up current and letting them bounce back with the current slowly, when Brian "knocked the skunk off" with a hungry Seatrout catch. Then, within minutes, he had another bite, this one stronger. He played the fish perfectly and patiently and after a good battle, landed a nice Slot Sized Redfish. Then Mike got on the board when he boated a fat Seatrout. We worked up and down the bank, picked up a small Mangrove, then Mike had a good "bump" he worked it in slowly and just as I was about to net a keeper sized Flounder, off it came - OUCH. Typical of a Flounder to come off at the boat, though.
We made one last stop back at Seymore's Pointe and wrapped things up with another Mangrove catch and one slimey Catfish. And with that, we called it day, another great one to be fishing here at Amelia Island, Florida.