Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Right Time Right Place

The beautiful weather continued - what an awesome day to be out on the water here at Amelia Island! I met Dennis Brizzi and his buddy Hal out at the Goffinsville Park boat ramp early this morning and the tide had been coming in for about an hour so we made the quick run to Broward Island and set up off the bank in about 28' of water. Both anglers were tossing jigs and shrimp to the bank and....BOOM! Big fish on! I think it was Dennis's 2nd or third cast and he had a big one. And Hal hooked up too! Hal's came in first and it was a big fat keeper sized Seatrout. Dennis's was ripping drag, back in the current and it was going
to be a while! He played it perfectly and eventually landed a 26.75" "Tournament Sized" Redfish. I bet we hadn't been fishing 5 minutes! 

For another 30-45 minutes we caught fish. The duo landed another couple of Redfish, a keeper sized Flounder, another smaller Flounder, and then another Slot Redfish. Finally! We were seeing some mullet and this was the first day I've noted the water temperature being over 70 in the backwater.

We move down a bit and fished the island with jigs. Dennis put a keeper Trout in the boat, then both angler's rods ripped, WE GOT A DOUBLE!  Hal was fighting his fish up at the bow and Dennis was at the stern while I was ready with the net to see who's came to the surface first. Dennis worked his in and landed another Slot Redfish but Hal's was digging deep, not knowing it was to no avail! Hal kept the pressure on, played it perfectly and soon landed a big 25.5" Slot Redfish - they had their limit!
After fishing a short stretch with no more bites (the fish had met their match), we ran back north.

Fishing some rocks at Seymore's Pointe, Dennis battled and subdued a big Ladyfish....and I believe that was the last fish with had for the day!  The fishing was unbelievably crazy good for the first 45 minutes of the trip, then it fell off to nothing...but that first stretch made for some good memories of a great day of fishing here at Amelia Island, Florida.

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