Sunday, April 29, 2018

Big Reds Quick

Wow! What a way to start a fishing trip! I had just met Patrick Verner and his sons Bryan and Patrick up at the Dee Dee Bartels boat ramp and after we had crossed the river we began to fish with live shrimp under a float rig with a short leader and BOOM! Young Patrick had a hookup! Big fish on! He worked it in patiently and we had the first fish of the day, a 25" Slot Red with some big shoulders!

All three anglers went back to the same spot and BOOM! Another big Redfish on - almost identical is size. BOOM! Another big Redfish
on. BOOM! Another big Redfish on!  BOOM!  This one was a big Black Drum - big for our light tackle - it was 24"+ in size, but it was no match for Patrick.

I was thinking, man this is going to be an awesome day of fishing, and it was, but the fishing fell off after that. We had a bite here and there, caught a couple of Rays, then called it a day, another great one to be fishing here at Amelia Island, Florida.

Saturday, April 28, 2018

Customer Cook Off: Flounder Ceviche and Green Egg Smoked Flounder

These Maryland boys know how to do it! Kevin Pride, Mike Linynsky and Ryan Aikens fished with me the other day and took home a "Maryland Cooler" full of fish, a few of which were Flounder. They took the small pieces, chopped them up, covered them with lime juice,  and made Ceviche. Here's the ingredients they used:

2 avocado, peeled and cubed  

2 tomato, cubed 
1 half onion, chopped
Splash olive oil
1 lime squeezed 
Salt/ pepper 
1/2 lb of Amelia Island fresh caught Flounder!
Combine, cover and chill 30 min

They took the rest of their catch and grilled it on Mike's Green Egg. Man that looks good!

Double Jack Finale

Thankfully the wind had died this week and with sunny skies we're having some outstanding Amelia Island fishing weather. Today I met brothers Mike and Tim Dillon down at the Sawpit Creek boat ramp early and we headed up the Nassau River and over to Pumpkin Hill Creek to set up outside some flooding marsh grass with plans to toss float rigs and live shrimp. I think it was the first cast when Tim hooked up, landed a hard fighting Bluefish and "knocked the skunk off" real quick!

But although these anglers were making excellent casts and getting good drifts, we had no more bites there, and around the corner. So we picked  up and ran over to Christopher Creek and fished some jigs on the bottom, between dock pilings. Although not much was happening there, we did have one good bite and a hookup. Mike worked it patiently to the boat and landed a nice Slot sized Redfish.

Our next stop was around at some docks at Seymore's Pointe, back to float rigs drifting live shrimp over some oysters on the first of an outgoing tide, to no avail.

We then ran east in the Nassau and began to fish some marsh runouts and this did the trick. Mike felt a good bump, set the hook and caught another Slot Redfish then Tim felt the subtle bump-bump and  picked up a keeper sized Seatrout.  We had another strong bite and Tim reeled in a keeper Black "puppy" Drum (which was released) then as we were about to wrap up, BOOM! BOOM! We had a double hookup, and they were some hard fighting fish. Tim was battling his on the bow while Mike was battling his at the stern. Both fish were digging deep but these two anglers kept the pressure on, stayed patient and in the end won out, landing two almost identical Jack Crevalle. Now that's the way to wrap up a great day of fishing here at Amelia Island, Florida!

Friday, April 27, 2018

Warm Start Hot Finish

I fished again with Kevin Pride and his friends Mike and Ryan, but this time we met up at the north end. We made our first stop over on the outside of Tiger with plans to toss float rigs and live shrimp over flooded oyster beds. The anglers were tossing up current up near some grass and it was only a few minutes when Kevin had a strong bite. When it boiled up we knew it was a Redfish. Kevin worked it patiently in and soon landed a nice 8 spot Redfish. Shortly after that Mike too had a hookup. He played the fish perfectly and landed another Redfish, this one Slot siazed. We may have picked up one more Red before we crossed over the river,  fished a marsh line, and Kevin put another Redfish in the boat.

After that, It was slim pick’ns! We fished a run out further up Tiger with jigs, went back to floats along Jolly Bank, fished the mouth of Snook Creek, bounced around to the MOA (Mother of All) but had no real bites for a good timespan. OUCH! But these guys were game and their perseverance paid off!

After coming back to Tiger we fished deep with jigs. Ryan’s rod had been quite all day but he warmed up quickly. He caught a nice Red, then a keeper sized Flounder. Then all three anglers got hot, landing a couple of more keeper Flounder, another Red, a keeper sized Seatrout, then Ryan hooked and battled a big 24” Black “puppy” Drum. This was a big fish on light tackle but Ryan was up to the task and soon put ‘em in the boat. It was a great way to wrap up another fine day of fishing here at Amelia Island, Floeida.e caught

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Flounder Are Here

I met Kevin Pride and his fishing buddies Mike and Ryan down at the Sawpit Creek boat ramp this morning, and boy was it a pretty morning! We ran up the intercoastal and dipped into Jackstaff with plans to fish a large outflow with float rigs and live shrimp. Although we had a nibble or two, we had not takers, so we crossed over and fished a flooded oyster bank with jigs and the shrimp, but again, no luck.

After running thru Horsehead we stopped at some docks at Semore's Pointe, fished 'em thoroughly, then continued on down the Nassau, heading east, to some more oyster banks. Ryan finally kicked things off when he landed a nice keeper sized Flounder, then he picked up a keeper sized Seatrout. Kevin joined in and picked up a couple of nice Trout.

We made the run down to Broward and although the water was
muddied up from the west wind, Kevin did hookup and land another fat keeper sized Flounder. We worked the bank for a good 45 minutes, then headed back to the ramp. But we decided to fish the now exposed oysters along the bank south of the boat ramp and first cast, BOOM! Mike hooked up and landed our third keeper Flounder. Then we had a an explosion of fish catching - Ladyfish! - the first we've caught this year - and they were fairly large, in the 2 lb range, caught on jigs, deep. It was a great way to wrap up a beautiful day of fishing here at Amelia Island, Florida.

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Young Eagles Checking Us Out

I had the pleasure of fishing again with Russ and Adrienne Futrell today, meeting them up at the Dee Dee Bartels Park boat ramp early on a clear and sunny day. After some bad weather days it was good to get back on the water!  We made our first run around to Eagans Creek and fished some marsh grass with float rigs and live shrimp but we didn't get a bite.

Our next stop was at some dock pilings and after a few casts Russ had a hard bite and a good fish on. He applied some pressure and
got the fish out from the pilings then worked him in patiently, to land a nice 22" Slot Redfish. Skunk off the boat!  The couple added a few more fish, with Adrienne putting a hungry Seatrout in the boat, Russ added a feisty Red, then Adrienne did the same. The fish catching wasn't "on fire" but we did get some good catches before we left.

We made the long run to Bell River and fished a few more docks with not much luck.  We then continued on around to the Jolley
River where Adrienne caught a small Flounder-which gave her an Amelia Island Back Country Slam.  Our final stop was at Tiger Island and here Russ added a nice keeper sized Flounder and the duo picked up another couple of feisty Reds. We were under the watchful eye of a couple of young Bald Eagles. It was a beautiful morning, we had a few fish in the box, so we counted it as another great day to be fishing here at Amelia Island, Florida

Thursday, April 19, 2018

First Trip Fishing

..."Remember when, someone took you fishing?"  If  you're like me you still remember that fishing trip that you Grandad or Mom or Dad took  you fishing as a kid. I remember when I was 7 or 8 my Grandfather took me Crappie fishing on Lake Sante Fe over in central Florida and thinking "boy, this is great!  All I have to do is drop a minnow over the side, let it go to the bottom, and wait for a fish to bite!".  The last conversation I had with my father before he passed away was about a great fishing trip we had on Lofton Creek, catching big 'ole Bluegill.
We all have great memories of fishing with friends and family.

Today was Wes and Mary Beth's first trip out with their 2 1/2 year old future angler Jack, and we had a great time.  The weather was outstanding (just before tomorrow's blow) and after we met at Sawpit Creek boat ramp we ran up the Nassau River and over to Broward Island to fish the first of an incoming tide. Jack jumped right in and was picking up and handling the live shrimp and the few mud minnows that we had on board.

Mary Beth was the first to strike when she hooked up and landed a feisty Redfish. She may have landed one more before Wes got on the board with a Redfish catch. Jack was game for touching each fish to feel their scales and even swiped his thumb over the rough bottom lip of a Redfish. We fished up and down the island, landed another Red or two, then, as the wind started to blow, we came back to the Seymore's Pointe area.  Jack was hanging in there, playing with the bait and finding his sea legs around the boat - with Mary Beth's close supervision.

We fished some docks with no real luck then ran thru Horsehead and to the mouth of Jackstaff. The water was  up so we switched to float rigs. Although our fish catching around the oyster beds has been slow lately, Wes was able to catch a Blue fish then a few hungry Seatrout. By this time Jack was sorting the plastic grub box, but he took time out to feel the sliminess of a Trout. Just as he was getting a little bit restless, it was time to go, so we called it a day, another great "first time" fishing day to be on the water here at Amelia Island, Florida.

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Slight Upward Tick In The Fish Catching

Oh what a beautiful morning...we had today!  Sunshine, just a slight breeze, and comfortable
temperatures greeted me and my guests David Roberts and his son Robert when I met them down at the Sawpit Creek boat ramp. The tide had started in about an hour earlier so we made straight for Broward Island to take advantage of that "first of the incoming", and it paid off a tad.

Both anglers were tossing jigs and live shrimp to the bank, bouncing it back slowly and it was Robert who "knocked the skunk off" early with a hookup. He played the fish patiently and soon landed a big 19.5" Seatrout - we'll take it! We
worked down the bank and got into a "hot spot" -David had a strong bite, set the hook, and his line took off like a rocket! But David kept the pressure on and brought to the boat a nice feisty Redfish.  Then both he and Robert added another couple or three Redfish to the catch.

When things slowed we ran back to Seymore's Pointe, fished some rocks with float rigs and live shrimp, then bounced around to fish some docks and flooded oysters - no bites.

Our final stop was back at Christopher Creek. David was in the bow, I was in the middle and was tossing a jig, and Robert was at the stern. David and I both worked a good pocket over but I guess the fish liked Robert's presentation better because he had a good bite after he'd made a perfect cast to the pocked and, Fish On! We could tell it was just a bit bigger than the earlier fish caught and sure enough it turned out to be in the Slot!   David tossed the fly rod for a few minutes as we wrapped up the day, and with a few fish in the boat, we counted it as another great day to be fishing here at Amelia Island, Florida.

Sunday, April 15, 2018

Pompano Surprise

We had high winds forecast today, blowing out of the SE so I thought I'd take my crew - Wes Methaney, his nephew Evan, and his friend Nick and son Milan - out towards Nassau Sound and fish the mouth of Simpson Creek. It was a rock and rolling ride out there but sure enough, the wind was blocked a tad and the anglers began tossing live shrimp under floats to the marsh grass and within a minute or two we had some bites.

It was Wes's float that went under and when he hooked up it seemed to be a pretty nice fish. I was thinking "Seatrout" but when it flashed Wes said "Jack", but we were both wrong. It was a keeper sized Pompano - the first I've ever had on the boat. I googled them and see that they are typically found in the surf and cuts near the ocean, which was where we were!  But we had no real bites after that. We dipped into Simpsons, fished some jigs, then ran west and up into the Nassau.

We tried jigs and shrimp on Christopher, Shrimp under floats at Seymore's, and finished up back at Sawpit Creek tossing jigs on an outgoing tide. Each stop was made in an effort to stay out of the wind and although that helped, the fish just were not cooperating. But we got friends and family out on the boat so we counted it as another great day to be fishing here at Amelia Island, Florida

Saturday, April 14, 2018

Tough Fishing Continues

I know I'm not the only one to say that we've had some tough fish catching lately. Yesterday I fished with experienced angler Bob Blalock and we struggled to find a fish. He did land seatrout under a float rig caught on live shrimp as the tide hit high then we picked up a couple of Black Drum fishing the DnW but that was about it for a half day of fishing...ouch!

Today I fished with John Faison, his son Will, his brother in law Tom, and friend Carl, meeting them down at the Sawpit Creek boat ramp. We made the run up to and into Christopher Creek and fished some structure thoroughly and although we had a few good bites, we had no takers.

We bounced out and fished some docks at Seymore's Point to no avail, then ran down to fish Broward Island. Here, Tom was able to connect with a feisty Redfish  which he landed handily. Then he had another strong hookup and it was a big fish, ripping drag as it got out deeper. But alas, it found a log and broke itself off - the fluorocarbon leader was roughed up severely. We "milked" that island to stay out of the ever increasing wind but eventually we had to leave.

Our next stop, after we ran thru Horsehead, was around at the mouth of Jackstaff. We fished an entire oyster lined bank with no real bites - but John did tangle with a Catfish - and then ended up fishing the pointe of a sandbar where Carl put the last fish in the boat - a hungry Seatrout.

As Will said, "it was a beautiful day", and he was right! Although the fish haven't been cooperating, we still counted it as another great day to be fishing here at Amelia Island, Florida.

Thursday, April 12, 2018

We Went South

After yesterday's boat convention up north I was lucky to have Jeff Lavoie and his girlfriend Shannon meet me down south for some back water fishing pretty much all to our selves. We met at the Sawpit Creek boat ramp and made a 15 minute run up the Nassau, dipping in a small creek with plans to fish some  jigs and live shrimp on the first of an outgoing tide. Both Jeff and Shannon were making excellent casts and it was Shannon who "knocked the skunk off" when she hooked and landed a nice feisty Redfish.  Jeff had an even bigger one on but it almost immediately found it's way around a dock piling and only a brief second after the line went taught, BAP! Fish off! That's why those big ones have gotten big!

We worked the area pretty good and both Shannon and Jeff added another Redfish then we came out and around to Seymore's Pointe. The tide was perfect - no going out- to be tossing float rigs with shrimp up over some oysters, but we had no takers. We drifted our baits along some rocks and again, no takers. We buzzed down to Broward Island and found a couple of more Reds, but the tide was ripping out which made for some difficult fishing.

Our final stop was back towards the ramp, fishing a nice outflow and Boom, Boom, Boom - the duo put a handful of hungry Seatrout in the boat. It was an  outstandingly beautiful day, we caught some fish, and we counted it as another great day to be fishing here at Amelia Island, Florida.

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Bay Boat Convention

The fish here at Amelia Island have to be confused with the front coming through -first a warm front then a cold front, then a warm front...the water temperature keeps going up and down. It was rather cool this morning when I met Gary Elder, his sister Karen and brother in law Jimmy up at the Dee Dee Bartels boat ramp. We headed over to the outside of Tiger and fished some flooded marsh with the tide having about an hour and half head start heading out on us.

The trio of anglers were making excellent casts but we had to work the whole bank, cross over to another spit of grass, and finally Karen hooked up with an aggressive Blue Fish. We then ran thru Tiger and over to Bell, fished some more grass with float rigs and live shrimp and fairly quickly Jimmy put a nice feisty Redfish in the boat.  I was beginning to think "one fish per spot?"!

We moved over to Lancford, fished some docks, had only nibbles, then fished back at the mouth of Bell where Jimmy landed a fat Seatrout. Our final stop was back at Tiger and it looked like a Bay Boat Convention!  There were three of us lined up fishing and a couple of more boats out behind us.
There wasn't a whole lot of big fish being caught, but Gary did add a keeper sized Seatrout (released), Jimmy had a keeper sized Flounder to boat side, and we had a couple of more Reds caught. After Gary put a couple of whiting in the boat, we called it a day, a beautiful one to be out fishing on Amelia Island's waters.

Saturday, April 7, 2018

Calm Before the Storm

Things were looking pretty good this morning when I met Jeff and Jinny Key up at the north end ramp...but forecast called for rising winds and rain this afternoon. We made a quick run over to Egans Creek to fish some dock pilings on the last of an outgoing tide. With just a few casts, Jinny had a Trout hookup, then another then Jeff put a feisty Redfish in the boat. Jeff had a good bite, a hard run and his drag was ripping and...the big fish was in the pilings and BAP! Fish off! That's fishing!
We picked up another Red or two then made a run around to Bell River to fish some more docks.

Again, it was just short time and Jeff had a hookup, another feisty Redfish. But we fished those docks up and down and didn't get a bite. Our next stop was fishing some still-exposed oysters in the Jolley River, but no bites were had.

The wind was picking up but we had a good incoming tide so we made our way around to Tiger Island. Jeff landed another Red or two, Jinny put a Flounder in the boat and Jeff added a small but feisty Black "puppy" Drum. Now the wind was really kicking but this duo had their Amelia Island Back Country Grande Slam so we called it a day, another great one to be fishing here at Amelia Island, Florida.

Friday, April 6, 2018

60 Spots, New Spot, Hot Spot

Dara and William Blalock were enjoying a visit to Amelia Island this week and took in a few Amelia Island fishing trips. Yesterday we met up at the Dee Dee Bartels Park and made a quick run to Tiger, set up and fished jigs and shrimp and minnows on the first of an incoming tide. Dara knocked the skunk off with a nice Redfish catch and William added a Seatrout - one that had very few specs!  Then he turned around and caught a 17.5" Redfish with 60 spots! That's the most spots I've ever had on my boat and it'd be a winner if it was just a half inch bigger by...tomorrow's Redfish Spot
Tournament in Jacksonville.

We left there and fished some over in Lanceford Creek and picked up a 17.5" keeper sized Flounder and a big 19" Trout (Dara and William only kept a couple of Flounder this trip and released a whole bunch of keeper sized Redfish and Trout). But the wind was picking up and would eventually hit at least 17mph and after we had hit a couple of places to try and get out of it the third stop was the charm.

For want of a better name, I've dubbed it the "WnD Spot" - we were out of the wind and fishing some docks, working along slowly, pitching jigs and when we got up behind one particular dock it was like the flood gates were opened and Redfish began pouring out. Boom! Fish On! Boom! Fish On!  Boom! Fish On! They landed about 10-12 Reds with 4-5 being of Slot size, the biggest being about 25", and they added two big Trout, another 18" Flounder, and a smaller Flounder - it was a great way to end a windy but productive day fishing here at Amelia Island Florida.

Today I met Dara and William down at the Sawpit Creek boat ramp and we made the run up the Nassau River to fish some exposed oysters on a tide that was still going out. William tossed a topwater Zara Spook Jr.  and Dara fished a float no avail. We worked around to a dock and it didn't take long before William had horsed a big Slot Redfish out from the pilings and after a weird nibble, Dara landed a keeper sized Trout.

We worked those docks for a while, bounced around to Seymore's Point and fished some rocks with float rigs then headed over to Black Hammock to fish structure on the first of an incoming tide. The two anglers caught a few feisty Redfish here and there then as we fished down the way things got real "hot". Like yesterday, it was as if someone turned on a switch and we began to catch one Redfish after the other. I had commented earlier that we hadn't had a single Seatrout and William obliged by putting a couple of big ones in the boat. Today's weather was beautiful, it warmed nicely and we only had a slight breeze, making it an outstanding day to be fishing here at Amelia Island, Florida

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

HOT Start To A Great Day

I had some locals going out today with me - Ed Johnson and Rick Mowery along with their friend Ken visiting from Boston. We met down at the Sawpit Creek boat ramp early and headed up the Nassau River with the tide still going out but expected to turn soon. We made one "pit stop" at Seymore's Pointe and fished some rocks with float rigs and mud minnows and it was only minutes before both Ken and Rick had hooked up and landed a couple of feisty Redfish.  We had a couple of good bites too!

But we knew the tide was about to turn so we buzzed down to Broward Island and set up
parallel with the bank and began to toss jigs and minnows up current, letting the current bounce the jig along...and it worked! Ken and Ed were hooking up one after the other with feisty Reds then Rick had a strong bite and, FISH ON! This was a big fish - it ripped drag and headed for the logs. But Rick kept the pressure on and patiently worked it to the boat and landed a nice fat 25" Slot Redfish, his personal best!  We caught a few more fish there then moved down the island and set up again.

Rick landed a keeper sized Seatrout, we had another fish or two, then it was Ken's turn to fight the big fish. But it was even bigger!  His drag ripped and the fish went deep and stayed deep. But Ken was patient, worked it slowly to the surface, weathered a few bull runs or three, then brought to the net a Big 30" Oversized Redfish - one that moved Ken squarely into a tie for 2nd place in the Anglers Mark 2018 Bragging Rights Tournament (scroll down the right side of this report for standings). Boy what a fish..and after a quick picture we released it gently back to the deep.

We continued to fish the island, caught a handful of fish, landed a keeper sized Flounder to round out a Slam, then we ran back to the Horse head area. After fishing some docks we ran through Jackstaff and fished some now flooded marsh grass, had a few bites, but no takers, then called it a day, another great one to be fishing here at Amelia Island, Florida.

Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Spot Jumping

We've got some nice weather now! Shorts day! I met David Gaines and his brother Jimmy along with David's grandson Braham up at the north end ramp early and we cruised around to Tiger to fish that first of an incoming tide. We had absolutely perfect conditions and all three anglers were making excellent casts.  Jimmy knocked the skunk off with a Black "puppy" Drum catch on a jig and shrimp then David added a Flounder that was of keeper size (all fish caught today were released). Although we were getting nibbles here and there we had no more takers so we picked up and ran.

Our next stop was up the Jolley, fishing some flooding oyster beds with float rigs and here we had a good hookup and Braham landed feisty Redfish. Jimmy added a Seatrout as we worked the oysters, then we dipped in to a large creek, went back to jigs, then made a run back to the mouth of the Jolley. After working that bank we cruised back to the outside of Jolley... and hit a small jackpot. After not getting any bites for about a dozen casts the Reds started to bite. At one time we had a "double" with Jimmy reeling one in at the stern while Braham expertly played the biggest fish of the day, an nice 21" Slot Redfish. We caught good handful before we left. 

We fished some flooded oysters at Bell River, ran to Temptation Cover to no avail, then ran over to Lanceford and fished some marsh (got a few Trout here), then fished some docks (got a few Trout here) then wrapped up fishing Soap Creek. All in all we had a good mess of fish caught so we counted it as another great day to be fishing here at Amelia Island, Florida

Monday, April 2, 2018

The Fog Lifted And The Fish Began To Bite

We had to creep away from the boat ramp this morning after I met Tenniel Zielaskowski, Bill and the young anglers Jasek and Alex up at the Dee Dee Bartels boat ramp. The tide was low but had been coming in for a couple of hours so we ran around to Tiger to take advantage of that incoming tide. I think Jasek had a hookup on his first cast, a nice Seatrout, that he expertly reeled in. Then Bill was quickly on the board with a keeper sized Trout. Then.....not much of anything! We worked the bank up and down, had some nibbles here and there, but no takers, so we made a move.

After coming out and around up towards Jolly we found a marsh rounout and fished it with jigs and minnows, then went on around into Jolly and switched to float rigs and minnows (no shrimp today). It was perfect conditions with the water flooding the oysters, but we had no takers other than a brief hookup by Jacek with a Gar fish.  The fog was still thick and we had to slowly find our way back to the outside of Tiger.

We stuck with the float rigs and had made a dozen casts or so and
just as it seemed the fog was going to lift the anglers began to get bites.  There were a couple of Trout then Tenniel's float disappeared with a vengeance and, FISH ON! We could tell this was a  nice fish as it made a hard run and ripped some drag. Tenniel kept the pressure on, forced it out from under the  boat a time or two, worked it around the trolling motor (with some help from Jasek) then brought to the boat a respectable 24" Slot Redfish - boy what a battle!

And the fish bite continued. Alex got on the board with a nice keeper sized Seatrout catch and then Jasek did too. Bill landed a couple and it turned out to be a good flurry of fish catch'n. When it finally slowed we fished a couple of other marsh lines but the fish were done, so we called it a day, another great one to be fishing here at Amelia Island, Florida.

Sunday, April 1, 2018

No April Fools Here!

We were out again today on Easter Sunday with calm water, hardly a breeze, but overcast skies. I had met Marchelle Duncan and his friends Graham and Larry down at the south end boat ramp and we buzzed up the Nassau River making the long run to Broward Island to take advantage of an incoming tide that was about half way up the bank. No live shrimp today! But we had a baitwell full of Mud Minnows and they did the trick!  It may have been first cast when we had a hookup and a nice Seatrout brought to the boat.  Both Marchelle and Graham had some good catches of Trout then they
both landed a couple of Redfish, one of which was in the Slot (all fish caught today were released). Larry followed that up with a Trout catch of his own.

We bounce up and down, caught a fish here and there, then moved to the north end. Marchelle and Graham were pitching forward and landed Redfish then Larry had a strong hookup -his drag began to rip and, BIG FISH ON! This was a big fish! It dug deep and headed for the submerged logs but Larry applied the pressure away from
the bank and pulled it out to deeper water. From then on it was all over but the netting! Larry worked it patiently, and deep run after deep run, worked the big fish to the boat when Graham netted it and brought it in - a big, Oversized 28.25" Redfish. Now that's a nice fish!

We later fished some flooded oysters in Pumpkin Hill with float rigs, working the bank slowly, then cruised over to Christopher Creek and went back to jigs. Again, they produced! The three anglers put a handful of Redfish in the boat with one or two of them being in the Slot.

Our last stop, after a run thru Horsehead, and a couple of brief pauses to check out some flooded marsh, was over at the mouth of Jackstaff where we again tried float rigs, to no avail. But we had caught some nice fish today so we counted it as  another great day to be fishing here at Amelia Island, Florida.