Sunday, August 30, 2020
We eased around the corner, fed some more bait stealers (the bait shop was all out of mud minnows today), then it was Scott's turn to tangle with a Bonnethead. Bob put a Seatrout in the boat to officially "knock the skunk off". We then ran down to Twin Creeks and pt out a minnow trap, then back to Seymore's Pointe and played with some Mangrove Snapper. We caught a few but all were undersized and again, we were blowing thru our bait, so we moved on. We fished Athens Drop and picked up another Trout or two, and a couple of feisty Redfish then we stopped in to pick up our minnow trap. There were only two minnows in the trap but I was able to cast net a good handful of perfect size finger Mullet.
Our next stop was up at some docks at Seymore's Pointe. These anglers were making excellent casts and it wasn't long before it paid off. Scott had baited with one of the finger mullet and had put it up near the pilings. When he hooked up and the drag began to sing we new it was a big fish. Scott put some pressure on, got the fish out away from the pilings then patiently played it to the net. I had to measure it a couple of times to make sure it squeezed in under the Slot limit of 27" - boy what a fish!
We had a few more bites, picked up a couple of Mangroves, another feisty Red, and a nice Seatrout before we called it a day. The skies were still cloudy but we had only had a few rain drops so we counted it as another great day to be fishing here at Amelia Island, Florida.
Saturday, August 29, 2020
The tide was just easing out and with these two anglers making excellent casts, it wasn't long before we caught fish. Dewey put a keeper sized Seatrout in the boat then as we were just about to pick up and leave, he had a strong hookup and, Fish On! The fish was big and ripping drag and immediately took Dewey from the stern of the boat to the bow then it went deep. But Dewey kept the pressure on, worked it patiently, then brought to the net a nice 24" Slot Redfish. We briefly fished Broward Island and Jenifer caught a feisty Redfish there.
We then ran down the Nassau to Spanish Drop and fished a large double run out. The wind was picking up but we still had some good bites. Jenifer found her own personal fishing hole off the stern and put one Seatrout in the boat after another. She also caught a small Flounder to round out an Amelia Island Back Country Slam of Seatrout, Redfish and Flounder. But she wasn't done yet!
After fishing Twin Creek briefly we moved on. Our next and final stop was up at some docks at Seymore's Pointe and boy was it a good one! The duo put a handful of Mangrove Snapper in the boat, one of which was keeper size, then Jenifer battled a BIG fish that got up in the pilings and broke off. Dewey followed that up with a "Tournament Redfish" catch, one that measured at 26 7/8". He added a keeper sized Black Drum for his Slam, then Jenifer put a Black Drum in the boat for her "Grande Slam", and then she hooked up and expertly played another Slot Redfish to the boat. Before we knew it we had a "mess" of fish and with that, we called it a day, another great one to be fishing here at Amelia Island, Florida.
We used to visit the Florida Keys with my sisters and other relatives and every once in a while they'd
break out a hot Crab Artichoke Dip. Here it is..
(1) 14oz can of artichokes, drained and chopped roughly(
(1) Cup mayonaise
(2/3) Cup grated Parmesan cheese
(8oz) Shredded Mozzarella cheese
(1) Teaspoon Konricko seasoning
(1) 6oz can crab meat
(1) Teaspoon Hot Sauce
Stir all the ingredients together thoroughly in a 8x8 pyrex baking dish. Bake in oven set at 350 degrees for 20-25 minutes. Top should brown and cheese should melt.
Thursday, August 27, 2020
We did move up the way, switched to jigs and shrimp
Our next stop was down at Broward Island. Fishing with jigs we added to the catch one more Redfish. The sun was getting up and getting hot so we called it a day, another great one to be fishing here at Amelia Island, Florida.
Thursday, August 20, 2020
The water was up and I thought it'd be a good time to hit Pumpkin Hill and boy was it a good guess! We were drifting the bank again with shrimp under a float and again, the fish catching was on fire. Brian put a 20" Seatrout in the boat and later William followed that up with one of his own. Sherrie put a couple of Mangrove Snapper in the boat then William hooked up and landed a hard fighting Black "puppy" Drum to round out their Amelia Island Back
We had drifted down the bank a bit when William had a strong hookup and his drag sang, Fish On! This was a big fish but it was no match for William. He stayed patient, worked it slowly to the boat, held it when it ran, worked it to the boat, held it when it ran, then brought it to the net - a big 30.5" Oversized Redfish! Boy what a fish. Then it was his dad's turn! Brian hooked up and this fish took him from the bow to the stern then dug deep for a good battle. But Brian was up to the task and soon landed a 29.5" oversized Redfish. Shortly after Brian had made an excellent cast to behind a grassy point. He said his float gook off with the current and he lifted his rod to set the circle hook - another big fish on! Brian worked this one to the boat and landed a 24" Seatrout - a fish big enough to move Brian into third place in the Anglers Mark 2020 Bragging Rights
We made a couple more brief stops on the way back to the ramp, then called it a day, another great one to be fishing here at Amelia Island, Florida.
Wednesday, August 19, 2020
He followed that up with a big Bonnethead Shark catch.
We eased around the corner and fished a grassy island and here Jessica boated the first Mangrove Snapper of the day, Chris worked a Redfish from around the island, then he battled another Bonnethead to the net for release. I think it was about this time that Bryce and Grace began to name their "pet" bait - I had broken out some mud minnows - one was Sunshine and one was Rocky - and the fish catching began to fall off - I mean what fish wants to eat Sunshine?
Our next stop was back at Seymore's Pointe where we picked up a couple of Mangroves, one of which was of keeper size. Our final stop was down at Spanish Drop and after landing one more Seatrout and a feisty Redfish, we called it a day, another great one to be fishing here at Amelia Island, Florida.
Friday, August 14, 2020
Our next stop was around at Tiger Island. We worked along the logs pitching jigs and Garland found a hungry Flounder and we also picked up a couple of Mangrove Snapper. The sun was out, the breeze had died but we'd had a good morning of fishing so we called it a day, another great one to be fishing here at Amelia Island, Florida.
Thursday, August 13, 2020
We dropped back to Jackstaff and worked the bank, switching to jigs and minnows. Again, it was Kate who had the hookup. She had pitched to a small drainage in the marsh, had a bump, set the hook and patiently worked in a keeper sized Flounder. Will followed that up with a Catfish catch!
We ran thru Horsehead, down the Nassau and pulled up at Spanish Drop to work that oyster bed. Up ahead of us a Dolphin was wreaking havoc on our intended target, but luckily he/she didn't get them all. We had a good flurry of catches - feisty Redfish and hungry Seatrout and another Jack.
Tuesday, August 11, 2020
After running up the Nassau River we fished a large marsh run out and here Troy started off hot, fishing the stern of the boat. He hooked up and landed another Jack, a Seatrout, and a Stingray. Haely got in on the action with a Ladyfish catch. They also had another feisty Redfish or two, and a couple of Trout. Mike had yet to put a fish in the boat, but I could tell he was just laying back. Drafting.
Our next stop was on up the river with plans to fish some dock pilings. Most of the Team were fishing live finger mullet. But I had also "fileted" the larger mullet and I had found out a year ago that the carcass of the mullet made a good bait - just the head, skeleton, guts, and tail. Mike was using the carcass, pitched to the pilings on a jig and, BAM! Big Fish On! Mike worked it patiently to the boat and landed a massive 25.25" Seatrout, a big enough fish to move him squarely into first place in the Anglers Mark 2020 Bragging Rights Tournament-Seatrout Category(scroll down the right side of this report for standings).
We fished Seymore's Pointe briefly with float rigs where Haley put a 12" Mangrove Snapper in the boat, then we called it a day, another great one to be fishing here at Amelia Island, Florida.
Monday, August 10, 2020
We moved up the river, fished some more oysters, landed one more feisty Redfish, then moved on. Our next stop was down at Broward Island. I think we caught one more Redfish down there and we worked it pretty good.
Our final stop was back at some rocks along Seymore's Pointe and this paid off. We went through ab out two dozen minnows, caught a few handfuls of Mangrove Snapper with 6 of them being of keeper size - most in the 11-12" range. It was a good flurry of fish catching and a great way to wrap up a good day of fishing here at Amelia Island, Florida.
Sunday, August 9, 2020
Our final stop was back at Seymore's Pointe. We only had a about 30 minutes to go in the trip so we started tossing the minnows under a float to the rocks and it was non-stop action catching Mangrove Snapper down to the last minnow. Some of them were in the 12" range and went in the box for future dinner. We caught fish down to the last minnow then headed in, counting it as another great day to be fishing here at Amelia Island, Florida.
Saturday, August 8, 2020
Our next stop was fishing some docks at Seymore's Pointe. We added a couple of small Mangrove Snapper to the catch, then a keeper sized Black "puppy" Drum. We fished some rocks around the Pointe and caught a handful of Mangroves and a Trout, then moved on.
We hit the north end of Broward but had no bites then moved south a bit. Here things picked up. Brooke found a "honey hole" that held Flounder and caught a "mess" of 'em. A couple of them were of keeper size. Garrett stepped his game up and put the biggest Flounder of the morning in the boat, one that measured at 18". They both caught multi-spotted Reds, one had 12 spots and one had 13 spots but they weren't quite legal. The duo also had a couple of more Trout and a couple of Mangroves. We ended the day fishing a stretch at Pumpkin Hill, then called it a day, another great one to be fishing here at Amelia Island, Florida.
Friday, August 7, 2020
Dee Bartels Park boat ramp early. We made a quick run over to Tiger Island to fish the logs with the a tide that had been coming in for about an hour. This trio of anglers were making excellent casts but we had a barrage of "bait stealers" and within 30 minutes our bait inventory was already feeling the strain! So we picked up and ran up to the Jolley River.
I ran all the way up into the river and we pitched jigs and live shrimp to the oysters Angie "knocked the (real) skunk off" when she hooked up and landed a hungry Seatrout. We fished couple of oyster banks along the river and landed a small handful of fish - Trout, Mangrove Snapper, Grunts, and Croaker.
Our final stop was around at the outside of Tiger and here we found a handful of Flounder. Zach was acting as First Mate and "netman" while his dad caught and reeled in Flounder. We were down to our last mud minnow and Mark caught a fish, went back for another, then went back for another. I firmly believe he'd of caught a 4th if the minnow hadn't dropped off the hook after the 3rd fish! Although we didn't get any big fish, we did get some action later in the trip so we counted it as another great one to be fishing here at Amelia Island, Florida.
Thursday, August 6, 2020
Tony came in from middle Georgia last night for the service this afternoon. We put out an invite out to Daniel but he had to work with such short notice. So Tony and I went fishing, partly to honor Raymond with one more fishing trip, and partly to get out and enjoy a day of fun fishing for ourselves! We launched out at Goffinsville early and made the short run over to Broward Island. The tide was still going out, but was due to stop at anytime. I found out early that Tony's "strategy" was to catch fish quick and keep me busy netting fish and keep my bait out of the water! He landed a couple of feisty Redfish, a keeper sized Flounder, and a Jack before I could even wet a hook! Finally I hooked up and landed a hungry Seatrout. From then on we were catching fish -Raymond really would have enjoyed it! More small Reds and keeper sized Flounder. I went in between two logs and hooked up and landed a nice Slot sized 21" Redfish. We worked down the bank for hour or so, then moved on north.
Our next stop was back down the Nassau River where we fished the flooding grass with float rigs. We added to the catch a couple more of keeper sized Flounder. We hit Seymore's Pointe to try for Mangrove Snapper, then made one final run down to Pumkin Hill.
I picked up a small Jack Crevalle then Tony, drifting his float up close to the grass, hooked up and landed a keeper sized Seatrout. It had been hot the last hour and we were really feeling it but Tony gave it one more drift, this time baited with a mud minnows, and BOOM! Big Fish On! The drag was ripping and the fish was digging deep then it came up and boiled and we new it was a big Redfish. Tony played it perfectly, fought it valiantly, and soon landed another Big Oversized 30" Redfish, boy what a fish! And with that, we called it a day, another great one to be fishing here at Amelia Island, and a good time to remember our friend Raymond Keen.
Wednesday, August 5, 2020
Our next stop was on the outside of Tiger where Russell Sr. Battled a huge
The final stop was around in Bell River. Although the action wasn't much, Russell The Younger did put one Mangrove Snapper in the boat to claim the GPK. It was a beautiful day and a great one to be fishing here at Amelia Island, Florida
Tuesday, August 4, 2020
We ran up to Seymore's Pointe, fished some dock pilings with jigs and shrimp, and here, Carlie put a nice keeper sized Mangrove Snapper in the boat. She landed another couple, one of which was keeper size, before we moved on. We eased around the corner, fished some rocks with the floats, then move on.
Our next stop was down a Pumpkin Hill. Chris and Dan got on the board with a Ladyfish and Jack Crevalle catch, respectively and Carlie added a feisty Redfish to her catch total. Then after we had moved down the bank a ways, things heated up a bit. Dan had a Mangrove Snapper bite, then Carlie and Chris had a "double" - Carlie landed her feisty Redfish quickly but Chris's big Jack Crevalle took him around the stern a couple of time before he was able put it in the net.
We fished Christopher Creek with jigs then came back out, headed to Twin Creeks just as the tide started back out, and went back to the float rigs. Carlie had made an excellent cast to a grassy point, let her float drift out with the current, and BAM, she hooked up and landed a keeper sized Seatrout.
We had beautiful weather all day, the sun was out, we caught some fish, so we counted it as another great day to be fishing here at Amelia Island, Florida.