Sunday, September 30, 2018

Birthday Fun Fishing

Yesterday morning I met Paul Leavy, his son Grayson, and brother-in-law Joe for Grayson's birthday fishing trip!  We left the Dee Dee Bartels Park boat ramp early and shot across to Tiger Island and fished the tree tops with jigs and live shrimp and wouldn't you know it...first cast, Boom! Fish on!  Grayson was on the rod and he worked it patiently to the boat, knocking the "skunk off" in fine fashion!  We had a good flurry of action for a good while, catching smaller Reds, then Paul had a stronger hookup and boated a keeper sized Slot Redfish. Grayson added keeper sized Flounder to the

We ran out and around to the outside of Tiger, set up at a marsh run out, and here Joe got on the board with a couple of Seatrout catches - giving the trio an Amelia Island Back Country Slam.
We fished the "bank" of the Jolley briefly with float rigs but after Grayson mentioned that he'd like a Shark catch, we went further up in to the Jolley and into Snook Creek. I put a heavier leader on one of the Shimano 2500 outfit and in a short time Grayson had the hookup he was looking for. He played the big fish patiently and
after a good battle, landed a 4'+ Bonnethead which we photographed and released.  Paul put a nice Redfish in the boat shortly after that.

Our next stop was back around at the Bell River and here Joe got hot with the float rig, catching a handful of hungry Seatrout. Grayson stuck with the jig rod up on the bow, tossing deep and picked up a couple of Weakfish which made my day. We had good action most of the morning and it made for a great birthday celebration fishing trip here at Amelia Island, Florida.

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