You could call today the "calm between the blow" - yesterday's fishing was really tough with the wind and tomorrow it's supposed to be blowing too, but today - hardly no wind and a beautiful day. Other than losing a pound or two to feeding the "no seeums"! I had met Roy Carter and his friend Bob up at the Dee Dee Bartels Park early this morning at the very peak of an extremely high tide and we ran over to the outside of Tiger to try our hand at some float rigs and live shrimp as the water came out of the grass.
Both anglers were making excellent casts to the marsh grass and
even though we had a nibble now and them, we had no takers. We buzzed through Tiger, down the Bell, and up into Lanceford and found a small patch of grass to fish and this did the trick. Bob got hot early, boating a fat Seatrout to "knock the skunk" off, followed that up with another, then he had a strong hookup and, BIG FISH ON! He played the big fish patiently and after a good battle, landed a nice 21.5" Seatrout!
Our next stop was up the Bell River where we switched to jigs and
shrimp and here Roy came alive. He patiently worked the jig on the bottom and found a good handful of small but hungry Trout. We made one last stop around at Tiger (again) and although the tide was down really good and the conditions were great, we didn't have a whole lot of action until, BOOM! Roy had a strong hookup out deep. I called it a drum for sure but when Roy expertly brought it to the surface we saw that it was another 20+" Seatrout! These two big Trout landed Bob and Roy into 1st and 2nd place respectively in the 2018 Anglers Mark Bragging Rights Tourney-Seatrout Category. Scroll down the right side of this report for standings. What a great way to wrap up another day of fishing here at Amelia Island, Florida.