Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Big Amelia Island Summertime Trout

I fished the south end today, and again we had just a tad bit of breeze. When I met Bill Lavery and his buddy Joe down at the Sawpit Creek boat ramp we made the long ride to Broward Island to try and catch the first of the incoming tide - and we got there just as it had stalled.  The two anglers began tossing jigs and minnows and shrimp to the pockets and I think first cast we got a bite - a hungry Mangrove Snapper.

They worked the area thoroughly and after Bill had decided to work
his bait deeper, BOOM! He had a good bite. This was a nice fish, ripping some drag, but Bill kept the pressure on and after a good battle landed a big 19.5" Seatrout! We picked up a few small but feisty Redfish, then Joe had a strange bite on the bow. He worked it patiently to the surface and sure enough it was a nice keeper sized Flounder and typically - a thrash- and fish OFF! Ouch! But Joe continued to work the bank and hooked up again and this time he landed a nice 17" Flounder. We caught a few more fish - small Reds, small Mangroves, then we eased down the bank and set up to toss our jigs up current and let them bounce down the river bottom. The two anglers were getting bites, then Bill had another hookup - another big fish. He played it perfectly and landed an even bigger Seatrout, this one measuring in at 22.5", a fish that put's Bill tied for second in the Anglers Mark 2017 Bragging Rights Tournament -Seatrout Category (scroll down the right side of this report for standings).

We made our next stop at the mouth of Pumpkin Hill, picked up one or two small Trout, one or two small Mangrove's then continued on back down the Nassau. After making one stop to tangle with some high flying Ladyfish, we made a stop back at some docks at Seymore's Pointe. Joe put one keeper sized Mangrove Snapper in the boat.  After hitting Twin Creeks briefly (and having a big fish break us off once), we headed in, counting it as another great day to be fishing here at Amelia Island, Florida.

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