After a couple of days off I was back to fishing today when I met Tim Johnson and his friend Ken up at the Dee Dee Bartels Park boat ramp early this morning. We had clear skies, a slight breeze and smooth "sailing" up to our first spot, just outside of Tiger Island with plans to fish an incoming tide with jigs and mud minnows. These two anglers were making perfect casts right off and a after a while, Tim hand a hookup and landed a hungry Seatrout.
We bounced around to the Jolley River, switched to float rigs with minnow as bait, and eased along the flooded marsh grass. Finger mullet were getting popped here and there and we had a few bites, but then Tim put a keeper sized Flounder in the boat (all fish were released today). Tim also added a small but feisty Mangrove Snapper. Somewhere along here they added a feisty Redfish to the catch.
We ran further the river to Snook Creek and again fished a marsh line and here they put a hungry Seatrout in the boat. And again, no more bites. We made a the long run back to Tiger and through the basin and around to Bell River and set up to fish the very last of an incoming tide. Ken put a keeper sized Flounder in the boat, and Boom, that was it.
Our final stop was back around on the outside of Tiger and this was the most productive. The tide had started out and they caught a couple of small Seatrout, a few feisty Redfish, a Needlefish, and a Ladyfish. Although most of the morning had been slow, we had a good flurry at the end, and counted it as another great way to be fishing here at Amelia Island, Florida.