Monday, February 26, 2018

One Big Redfish Fish After Another

Back to "work" today! And boy what a pretty day it was when I met Shane Sluga down at the Sawpit Creek boat ramp early this morning. We had a clear skies and only a slight breeze as we headed up the Intercoastal and dipped in to Jackstaff and further into a creek. Shane was tossing a live shrimp under a float rig on a still high and outgoing tide and making excellent casts to the marsh grass - it was perfect conditions but we only had a small nibble or two.

We crossed over to fish another bank, switched to jigs and shrimp,
but still could not induce a bite. So we ran through Horsehead and around to some docks at Seymores Pointe and this did the trick. Fish the dock pilings!  On Shane's first cast, BOOM! Big fish was ripping drag and was right up in the pilings. Shane tried to force it out but it was having none of it and BAP! Fish Off!  But Shane went right back in with an excellent cast and, BOOM! Big fish on!  He got a little more aggressive and pulled that fish out until it was away from the pilings then worked it patiently and soon
landed a 27+" oversized Redfish! Now that was a nice fish to "knock the skunk off"!  Shane went back in, landed a couple of  small but feisty Reds, then he had another rip dragging bite. This fish was big! Shane kept him from getting into the pilings, kept the pressure on, and soon landed another oversized Red, this one measuring right at 28.25". He continued to fish that spot, landed a couple of slot fish (all fish were released today), landed a good handful of the smaller, feisty Reds, then put a nice 17" keeper sized Black "puppy" Drum. He later rounded out his Slam with a keeper sized Flounder.  We worked the docks for a while, landed a couple
of more Reds, then headed down to Broward.

The current was running fairly swift when we got there so Shane tossed a 1/4oz jig up current and allowed the flow to bounce his jig back down the river bottom. In just a short time he hooked up and landed a fat 17" Seatrout to round out his Amelia Island Backcountry Grande Slam of Redfish, Black Drum, Flounder and Trout. We caught another Red or two, then called it a day, another great one to be fishing here at Amelia Island, Florida.

No comments: