Sunday, July 2, 2017

Keeper Slam at Amelia Island

I fished north today, the first time in a good while, meeting my guests Allen and Lavern Webb at the  Atlantic Seafood dock. The tide had been going out for a few hours so we headed around to the outside of Tiger Island to make our first stop at a large marsh runout. We went with float rigs and some nice lively shrimp, but to no avail. Not even a bite!

We bounced around to the Jolley River and fished a bank of oysters that were beginning to show. The first few casts had our shrimp
nibbled off and I was thinking, "oh no, a baitstealer infestation!"  But nope, Allen had a strong bite, his float got sucked under, and FISH ON! This fish boiled up at the shore line a few times then got back in the current and headed north. But Allen kept the pressure on even though the drag was ripping. He got the big fish slowed down, worked him in slowly, and we soon netted a good 22" Slot sized Redfish!

We continued to fish the bank, got into some small but feisty
Redfish, then Allen put a keeper sized Flounder in the boat. Lavern followed that up with a hard fighting Jack Crevalle then she put a small Red in the boat, too. After we tangled with a Bonnethead Shark we moved on.

We ran up the river, fished snook creek, caught another couple of small Reds, then moved on around to the MOA. Switching to jigs, Allen got hot catching the small Redfish and just as we were about to leave, Lavern hooked up and expertly reeled in a fat keeper sized Seatrout. After one more stop back at Tiger Island, we called it a day, another great one to be fishing here at Amelia Island, Florida.

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