Saturday, September 22, 2018

A Little Fall In The Air

After I met Steve Elmore and his brother-in-law Jason down at the Sawpit Creek boat ramp this
morning, we headed up the intercoastal and I could fill just a slight "nip" in the air - Fall is on the way!  We eased into Jackstaff and moved further up into a creek and set up outside an out flow to toss float rigs and live shrimp. Although we had a nibble or two then Steve "knocked the skunk" off when he landed a hungry Seatrout.

We moved across the creek and worked a marsh line with the float rigs and both anglers tangled with some high flying Ladyfish but that was it. After running thru Horsehead we fished a marshy point and a dock at Seymore's but again,  no real bites.

Our next stop was down the Nassau River at Spanish Drop and here we had an uptick in action. Both Steve and Jason had switched to jigs and shrimp and minnows and after a few casts to a marsh runout, Steve had a strong bite and, Fish On! We could tell it had some size by the way the drag was ripping - the fish took Steve from the bow to the stern and from starboard to port, but Steve kept the pressure on, played it patiently and with Jason on the net, brought a nice 20" Slot Redfish to the boat.

And shortly after that it was Jason's turn with a big fish. His was REALLY ripping drag and when it headed for deep water, and kept going, I guessed "Bonnethead". It's really difficult to land a 4' shark on my light Shimano 1000's but Jason was up to the task. He stayed  patient, worked 'em in, and landed a the big shark for pictures and release.

We fished a couple of those banks and then some more docks at Seymore's, and landed a couple of more Reds, a Stingray, a small Sea Bass, and a couple of "baitstealers", then we called it day, another great one to be fishing here at Amelia Island, Florida.

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