Thursday, April 25, 2019

The Kind Of Roll You Like To See!

Today was the calm before tomorrow's storm! I met Bob Blalock at out Goffinsville early this morning. We had clear skies and a falling tide that wouldn't start back in until about 10:30am, so I thought it best to hit Broward Island first thing.  Nope.  Bob fished it thoroughly, working his jig and live shrimp up near the downed logs, but we didn't have much action, other than a small Trout and a small Redfish.

But how cool is it to see the baby Bald Eagle chick has left the nest! Its head is still brown and it didn't fly much but it did venture out to one of the dead pine trees to watch his/her parents fish.
To top that, we saw one of the parent eagles dive on a fish out in Nassau River. The fish must have been too big to lift so the eagle "swam" its catch back to the bank. Really neat!

We ran back down the Nassau and set up along some shell banks as the tide started back in (we were closer to the ocean). Bait was running along the shore and when Bob saw a predator fish bust on some bait, he put his jig on the spot. He said he felt it catch on an oyster then BOOM! Big Fish On! It charged down the bank and I thought maybe it was a Jack Crevalle but when it rolled up along the bank we knew it was a big Red. Bob played it perfectly and eventually landed a nice 23" Slot Redfish. We released it and all other Red's caught today.

Continuing on down the bank we picked up another Red or two then Bob made a cast into the mouth of a large runout. It probably wasn't a foot deep and when the big Redfish hit there was an explosion as it came out  and then Bob's drag began to sing. Bigger Fish On!  This was a big fish and it took all of Bob's patience to work it closer and closer to the boat. It rolled up on the bank a time or two, came out deep, made some runs then Bob wore it out and landed a HUGE 36.25" Redfish - the biggest on the Anglers Mark this year which moved Bob into first place of the 2019 Bragging Rights Tournament-Redfish Category (scroll down the right side of this report for standings).  We had to take a breather after that one!

But we did manage to catch another Red or two, one of which was slot size, then Bob landed a keeper sized 17" Flounder which ended up going home for the frying pan! And with that, we called it a day, another great one to be fishing here at Amelia Island, Florida.

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