Friday, July 28, 2017

Flounder Top's The Board

It's kinda hard to decide whether to highlight the huge Flounder we caught today, or the three Slot Redfish that were also caught. I had met Heather Floyd, Josh and Larry, up at the north end boat ramp and with a baitwell full of mud minnows and just a slight breeze blowing, we made the quick run around to Tiger with plans to fish the very first of the incoming tide.

The three anglers were making excellent casts and we were quick to get bites - they all caught a small but feisty Redfish or two, then
Larry put small Flounder in the boat. We continued to hit the pockets then Josh had a strange bite and a hookup. Typical of a Flounder, we could tell he had a fish but it was like a dead weight, with just a little bit of pull, until it got close to the surface and went wild. But Josh was up to the task and patiently worked it to the boat, a Big 22.5" Flounder, the biggest on my boat this year, and big enough for Josh to corner first place in the Anglers Mark 2017 Bragging Rights Tournament -Flounder Category (scroll down the right side of this report for standings). Man what a fish!

Our next stop was up at the Jolley "bank" and as we worked along, the anglers picked up a few small Reds, then as we reached the end of our troll, Larry had  a good bite and, FISH ON! This was a big fish, ripping drag and digging deep, but Larry fought it expertly and soon landed a big 23.25" Slot Redfish! Another nice fish!

We ran further up the Jolley and around to the MOA, fished it until the oysters were covered, then dropped back to fish Snook Creek. As we worked along they caught another couple of Reds, Josh added a small Grouper, then it looked like Heather was going to finish things off when she landed a hungry Seatrout and a Jack Crevalle. But nope, Larry wasn't finished. Tossing float rig and minnow up to the marsh grass garnered him another, even bigger, 23.75" Slot Red. And as we drifted back along the grass, he had another hookup! Another 22" Slot Redfish. Now that's the way to wrap up another great day of fishing here at Amelia Island, Florida.

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