Monday, July 31, 2017

Shelter From The Wind

When I looked at the weather forecast last night it called for 13-15mph winds today. When I left the bait shop and checked, the winds were already up to 17mph. Ouch. I met John Conlon and his two sons Josh and Zach down at the Big Talbot Island Park boat ramp and we went fishing anyway, with a plan to try and fish areas out of the NE wind.

We first crossed over to the Longpointe docks and pitched jigs and minnows up to the pilings on an outgoing tide. The anglers were
making excellent casts, but we had no bites. I thought we'd "bite the bullet" so we ran up the Amelia River and dipped in to Jackstaff and it turned out that my fears were unwarranted.  The marsh grass was blocking the wind somewhat and we were able to ease along the grass line. Josh got hot early, catching a hard fighting Jack Crevalle, then a feisty Redfish, then a Ladyfish.  Zach got on the board when he boated a Croaker then another Redfish. We had a nice Flounder to the boat but par-for-the course - it threw the hook right at the boat!

We ran through Horsehead and around to the Nassau River and set up to fish some shell beds. Josh and Zach had a "double" hookup, landing a Flounder and Redfish respectively.  John got on the board when he got hot, catching a keeper sized Flounder and a feisty Redfish. The anglers added a couple of more Reds then we ran back to some docks at Seymore's Pointe, where we had no real bites.

Staying out of the wind, our last stop was at the rusted old barge along the Nassau River and here Zach wrappeg things up by putting a couple of Mangrove Snapper in the boat, one of which was keeper size. And with that, we called it a day, another great one to be fishing here at Amelia Island, Florida.

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