Saturday, August 12, 2017

Wrapping Up a Trout Kind Of Week

I finished my week today, again fishing out of the Big Talbot Island Park boat ramp where I met Mike Brown and his father-in-law Dwight early this morning. Again, it was a beautiful day, clear skies with just a slight breeze and slick water as we ran up the intercoastal and dipped into Jackstaff to begin fishing the last of an outgoing tide with jigs and mud minnows.

The two anglers were making excellent casts right off and as we worked the bank they picked up a high flying Ladyfish, a fairly big Catfish and a hungry Seatrout. We then ran through

Horsehead and around to the Nassau River to set up alongside an oyster lined bank. The "fish catching" picked up a tad as they landed a couple of feisty Redfish, a couple of Trout, then Dwight put two hard fighting Jack Crevalle in the boat. Just as we were about to head further south he had a strange "bump" and a hookup that felt heavy. Sure enough, after patiently reeling it to the boat, Dwight landed a nice keeper sized Flounder.

We ran down to Pumpkin Hill, squeezed in between two other boats, and worked another bank, this time with float rigs and minnows. We had a couple of Mangrove Snapper catches before we moved around to a shoreline that we had to ourselves and this did the trick. Mike was drifting his float along the marsh grass and release the bail so he had a natural drift and as it got back a ways, BOOM! Fish On! The fish thrashed out of the water - a big Trout! Mike kept the pressure on and after expertly working it to the boat, he landed a big 21.75" Seatrout!  He picked up another 18" Trout, a 16" Trout and then Dwight completed the catch with another keeper sized fish. Mike put a handful of Reds in the boat, too. And with that, we called it a day, another great one to be fishing here at Amelia Island, Florida.

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