Thursday, June 1, 2017

Dave's Lucky Purrito Fishing Shirt

Back to the north end today, launching from the Dee Dee Bartels Park and boat ramp. I met Aaron Self and his two sons Isaac and David early this morning at the last of an outgoing tide. We ran around to Eagans Creek and set up current from some dock pilings and pitched mud minnows on jigs. Isaac's first cast produced a small but feisty Redfish, knocking the skunk off quick! Thanks Isaac! We fished the docks thoroughly and later Aaron had a good bite and landed another feisty Red - this one bigger, but not quite "Slot".

We ran around and fished the mouth of the Bell River for just a few minutes at the very last of the outgoing tide and although the conditions looked ripe for some fish, we had no luck. We came back to Tiger Island, fished the logs just as the tide started in, but again, no real bites.

Out and around we came to run up to the Jolley River where we found a likely oyster bank with the incoming tide line visible. Young David had been "taking a short break" which involved a
quick nap but he finally decided to join in, this time tossing a float rig and minnow. When his float disappeared he was quick to lift the rod and make contact with the fish and he quickly reeled in a nice keeper sized Flounder. Later, his dad topped that fish with a Slot sized Red caught on the jig and minnow.  Then Isaac got in on the action and he too put a Slot Red in the boat.

David had on his "lucky shirt" - a Purrito - and it paid off. He hooked up and landed an even bigger Flounder then just as we were
about to call it day, he had a strong bite and, FISH ON!  He played the fish patiently and after a good battle, landed the biggest fish of the day, a nice 22" Slot Redfish. Now that's the way to wrap up a great day of fishing here at Amelia Island, Florida.

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