Thursday, October 3, 2019

All The Right Moves

It seems like we made all the right moves this morning when I fished with Dara and William Blalock. I had met them out at the Goffinsville Park boat ramp. The tide still had about an hour of going out when we hit our fist stop down at Broward Island. We began pitching to the logs with jigs and live shrimp and it paid off - Dara caught a small Trout, William put a slot Red in the boat, then Dara put a keeper sized Flounder in the boat (all fish caught today were released). We continued on down the island and picked up a handful of Redfish with another of them being Slot sized, caught by Dara.

We came back towards Goffinsville and fished a  shell bank that I've been wanting to try but this time the anglers switched to some Gulp 3" Natural Mantis Shrimp on the jig, and sure enough, Boom, Boom, Boom. Fish on, Fish on, Fish on!  All were Redfish and the biggest was right at 24", caught by William.  The tide had changed so we went back to Broward. The bite started slow but picked up and again we were catching Redfish - a good handful of them.

We'd been in that area for about 2 1/2 hours catching fish, but when it slowed we made the run down the Nassau to Spanish Drop. I had
 stopped short of a shell bank that I like to fish, thinking I'd use the trolling motor to pull us forward, but Dara already had her jig and shrimp in the water and had a Trout hookup. The tide was up by now to the base of the marsh grass and we could see fish busting bait along the grass. The duo caught Seatrout, another Slot Redfish then William had a funky bump, and Big Fish On!  He played it perfectly and when it stayed on the bottom we all were thinking....could it be???  And when the fish came to the surface we saw that yes, it was a huge Flounder!  We netted the fish, took some pictures, measured it to be 24" and released it. Boy what a fish! This fish moved William firmly into first place in the Anglers Mark 2019 Bragging Rights Tournament-Flounder Category (scroll down the right side of this report for standings).

We caught more Trout and Reds and after both Dara then William battled some sharks, we called it a day, another great one to be fishing here at Amlelia Island, Florida.

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