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.

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