Friday, September 20, 2019

Still Windy But Good Fishing

After yesterday's trip up north of the island with not a lot of action, we decided to go south today. Even though the wind was still blowing a bit (not nearly as bad as yesterday), we felt like we could find a few areas to fish. I met Adam Garner, his son Jacob, and Jacob's wife Allie down at the Sawpit Creek boat ramp and with a live well of live shrimp (there were no minnows available at any bait shop), we headed out, and around, and made our first stop over at Longpointe docks. Fishing west of one, back to the pilings, it was Adam who had the hot rod early - he boated a keeper sized Flounder, then, after going deep, had a strong hookup and, Big Fish On! Adam played it perfectly and soon landed a nice 22" Seatrout, a fish big enough to place him tied for 3rd in the Anglers Mark 2019 Bragging Rights Tournament-Seatrout Category (scroll down the right side of this report for standings).

We then ran up the Nassau River and stopped at a large run-out and continued to fish with our jigs and shrimp. Jacob got on the board with a Flounder catch, then he and Allie doubled up with a Redfish and Seatrout catch. We caught a couple of more fish - Ladyfish and a Stingray but the tide hit bottom and the fish quit biting.

Our next stop was down at Broward Island but when we got there the tide was still going out, so we moved down a aways and it paid off.  Jacob had made an excellent cast between some logs and when he felt a "bump" he set the hook and reeled in a nice 17" keeper Flounder.

When the tide started back in the fish really started biting. Jacob got hot early and put a couple of small but feisty Redfish in the boat then he had a strong bite and, Fish On!  He played it patiently and worked it to the net, a nice 23" Slot Redfish. We caught some smaller Reds, a  Mangrove Snapper, an ugly Toad Fish, a keeper sized Sheepshead, and even a Blue Crab! Then it was Allie's turn to battle a big fish - she was at the stern, patiently letting her jig slide down the bottom when, BOOM! Fish On!  She worked it to the boat and landed a nice 21" Slot Redfish. Allie went back to the same spot and
within minutes, BOOM! Bigger Fish On!  This fish was ripping drag and hanging on the bottom, back in the current and took some real effort to work to the surface, but Allie was up to the task and soon brought to the net a big 28" oversized Redfish. Boy what a fish! We snapped some quick pictures, made sure it was ready to swim, and released it.

After hitting one more spot on the top of the tide, we called it a day, another great one to be fishing here at Amelia Island, Florida.

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