Friday, October 30, 2020

Team Patty

When I talked to Mike Sheffer last night the forecast called for clear skies after a cold front was to blow thru during the night, and winds at around 11mph. But when I reached the Dee Dee Bartels boat ramp this morning the wind was whipping at about 16mph. I ended up launching over at Leaders and Sinkers on Eagans Creek and when Mike, his wife Patty, and Mike's brother Rod got there we headed out. 

The plan was to try and find places to fish out of the wind. We first ran over to Lanceford Creek, then up into Soap and set up along the marsh grass as the high tide continued in. The trio of anglers were tossing float rigs and mud minnows and making excellent casts but we didn't have much luck, other than one Perch that Mike hooked up and reeled in. 

We eased around Lanceford and found an area perfectly sheltered from the NW wind, but we had no bites. After fishing

some dock pilings at the next stop, again with no luck, we made the run back down Lanceford, up thru Bell and Tiger Basin and around to the outside of Tiger, and this paid off. 

Patty had made an excellent cast to some sparse grass - she waited patiently and when she saw the float disappear, she tightened her line and set the hook! Patty worked to the net a nice fat Speckled Seatrout. She went back to the same general area with a pinpoint cast and, BOOM! Bigger Fish On! This one was ripping some drag and sure enough, as Patty brought it to the net, we saw that it was a Slot sized Redfish. Team Patty was off to a good start!

Shortly afterwards Rob hauled in a long Needlefish to get on the Board and this was all it took. Our next stop across the creek was where Rob got hot - hooking up with a hungry Seatrout, then a feisty Redfish. When Rob switched to a jig he caught a small Cigar fish. 

Our last stop was further around Tiger where we fished for a few minutes to no avail, then we headed we did a quick tour of Cumberland Island and Fort Clinch then headed in, counting it as another great day to be out on the water here at Amelia Island, Florida

Wednesday, October 28, 2020

Jumped On 'Em Early

 We had what it think is going to be the prettiest day of the week today. I had met Sharon and Durant Fleming up at the Dee Dee Bartels Park and we had clear skies and not even a breeze to blow the no-seeums away! We made  short hop over to the outside of Tiger Island and set up fishing with float rigs and mud minnows on a tide was at the very top. It was Sharon who "knocked the skunk off" when she quickly hooked up and landed a fat Seatrout, then she went right back in and hooked up another one - this one of keeper size (all fish caught today were released).

We eased along that same bank and could see some activity up near some sparse grass. Durant had made an excellent cast, had something tug off his minnow then Sharon went in and BOOM! Big Fish ON!

Boy what a fish - A nice 25" Slot sized Redfish, Sharon's first ever!

We crossed the way, picked up a couple of Seatrout, then made the

run around to Jolly River and fished the "bank". Again, we had bites early and the duo added to their Seatrout catch, and Sharon added to her species count with a wayward Bluefish landing. After fishing a couple of spots up the Jolley, we made a run back around and up to Lanceford.

The first spot didn't produce but when we worked our way up into Soap Creek we had some luck. Durant put a good sized Seatrout in the boat - the biggest of the day - then both he and Sharon landed some feisty Redfish. Overall, it was a good day of fishing, a good day of catching, and another great one to be out on the water here at Amelia Island, Florida.

Tuesday, October 27, 2020

Making It Work

 For those of you that follow this "report", we've had some cranky weather all month - a 'Nor Easter earlyin the month that really blew and for the last few weeks a lot of wind to deal with. On top of that we haven't had any real cold spells so the water temperature as of today was right at 77 degrees up on Lanceford Creek. We're picking up a handful of 14" Seatrout here and there and once in a while a "keeper" fish.

Today I fished with Robert Stetner and his buddy Doug when I picked them up out at the Oyster Bay Marina. We had some clouds in the sky, a sprinkle now and then and a breeze that picked up as the morning went along. Not an ideal weather day but these guys were ready to fish!  While we were in Soap Creek we fished a large marsh run out and quickly knocked the skunk off when Doug put a couple of Seatrout in the boat.

We moved around and fished a spot up Lanceford Creek to no avail, then came back towards Fernandina and fished a grass patch surrounded by submerged oysters. Robert went to the bank with

his first cast and almost immediately his float disappeared and he had a nice hookup. He landed a keeper sized Seatrout. Doug fished the grass patch, letting his float and live shrimp drift up next to it. We both saw the float slowly ease under the surface and Doug had a hookup This fish put up more of a fight than the earlier Trout and sure enough it turned out to be a feisty Redfish. 

After a 10 minute run up the Bell River we fished some dock pilings with jigs and shrimp. Doug put a few Seatrout in the boat, fishing off the bow, while Robert found a feisty Sheepshead and a Trout off the stern. We then buzzed around to the Jolley River and fished Snook Creek and here Robert found the first and only Slot Redfish of the day. 

We had been fishing in a steadily increasing wind and these two anglers were making it work. After fishing briefly on the outside of Tiger for a chance Flounder, we ducked in to behind Tiger and fished the logs. We were out of the wind, the sun was out, but the fish weren't biting! So we called it a day, another great one to be fishing here at Amelia Island, Florida. 

Thursday, October 22, 2020

Johnny Slot the Flounder King

Boy what a beautiful sunrise we had today when I met Jon Edwards and his father Dale out at the Goffinsville Park boat ramp. As the sun came up over Amelia Island we eased away from the dock and made a quick run around Seymore's Pointe with plans to fish some dock pilings with jigs and shrimp. I thought for sure we'd pick up a Black "puppy" Drum or a Redfish, but all we got were a couple of Mangrove Snapper that Dale out foxed and caught. 

We then ran down the Nassau, towards the bridge, and made a stop at Spanish Drop to fish the very last of an outgoing tide. Here, our fortunes changed. We had switched to mud minnows, still pitching jigs, and the duo began to hookup. Jon put a keeper sized Seatrout in the boat then both anglers tangled with and landed feisty Redfish. Dale put a small Flounder in the boat then Jon had a strong hookup, the drag ripped, and Fish On!  Jon played it patiently and after a good battle landed a nice Slot sized 21.5" Redfish. He also put a keeper sized Whiting in the


Our next stop, after an eight minute run, was down at Broward Island. We passed a Bald Eagle under way and made a stop at a large marsh run out. Jon was on the bow fishing to the run out while Dale was at the stern fishing some logs. Dale had the first hookup - Big Fish On! and he played it expertly to the boat - but then Jon had a big bite. He thought it might be a Drum the way it was hugging the bottom. I netted Dale's Slot 22.5" Redfish then moved forward to net Jon's Big Flounder, one that measured right at 22.25" - boy what a fish.  This fish moved Jon into a tie for 2nd place in the Anglers Mark 2020 Bragging Rights Tournament -Flounder Category (scroll down the right side of this report for standings). After high fives and pictures the duo when back to fishing and only minutes later Jon hooked up again, another big 21.5" Flounder - two in row!

We fished the north end of the island when the tide changed and got one feisty Red, then fished Pumpkin Hill where Jon caught another Trout and  a Mangrove before we called it a day, another great one to be fishing here at Amelia Island, Florida. 

Wednesday, October 21, 2020

Good Cast Nets Big Fish

 With a 50% chance of rain forecast for today my guests and I had decided to take the chance and get out fishing today.  I met Paul Clark and his fishing buddy Steve up at the Dee Dee Bartels Park early and headed over to Tiger Island to fish the logs on a tide that had been coming in for about an hour.  Although we didn't tear them up, we did catch a couple of hungry Seatrout and a few feisty Redfish, a couple of which were right under the Slot size. We were fishing with jigs and live shrimp and minnows - the bait stealers are still here, so we gradually gravitated to the minnows more and more. 

After making the run up to the Jolley River, we eased in and fished the "bank", sticking with the jigs, but had no real bites. We then ran further up the river, just past Snook Creek, and switched to float rigs and minnows. We slowly worked the oysters as the tide came in and just when Steve had a made a perfect cast up near the oysters we both saw his float ease under - Steve took up his slack and lifted the rod firmly to let the circle set and, Fish On! We could tell that this fish was big 

because the drag was ripping and the fish was heading south! But Steve kept the pressure on and slowly worked it to the waiting net - a fish that turned out to be a 25.5" upper Slot Redfish, boy what a fish!

We came  back around to Tiger, ran thru the marsh, and over to Bell River where we set up on a point of grass with the tide flooding over a big oyster bar. We weren't getting any bites but after one of our minnows drifted into a small pocket, BOOM! Big Fish On!  Unfortunately the fish ran across the bar, around the corner, and is still going! We drifted some marsh after that and Paul hooked up and landed a nice Seatrout. 

Our last stops were over in Lanceford Creek fishing a real high tide. We hit a couple of spots with no real bites then called it a day, another great one to be fishing here at Amelia Island, Florida.

Monday, October 19, 2020

Windy Window of Opportunity

 After two cancelled days of fishing due to high winds, and after looking at the forecast last night for today, we decided to get out and give it a try this morning. Unfortunately the forecast had changed just a tad and the wind was already at 16mph when I got up this morning. But I thought we could find a spot or two to find shelter so I drove down to Sawpit Creek to meet Dan Giffiths who brought along two of his kids, Daniella and Samuel. 

We wanted to try our hand at some flood tide tailing Redfish later in the  day but we started off with a run up to Seymore's Pointe...and out of the wind.  Dan unlimbered the fly rod and tossed a slow sinking shrimp to the rocks while the young anglers threw spinning gear and mud minnows. On the first cast we had a bite and hookup!  Samuel was on the rod and he expertly reeled in a...Grouper! It's not the first time we've caught Grouper in the back water - they're not real big but always a neat surprise.

Then Daniella got in on the action. She was making pin point casts and it paid off with some good Mangrove Snapper bites. She really had the hang of it and caught a good handful. Even though Dan was putting the fly right where the Mangroves were biting, he had no takers. 

We headed down to Pumpkin Hill to see if we could get something bigger but we were now out in the wind and it made for some real uncomfortable fishing conditions. We worked our way back to Christopher Creek and saw that the grass was flooding. As we eased up to the grass, we were greeted with Redfish tails everywhere!

Dan had been making excellent casts up at Seymore's in some good shelter but here it was at true challenge. Just when you thought Dan had the perfect cast the wind would catch the line and blow it way off course. The times that the wind cooperated and the cast landed in the right spot, the fish didn't see it. 

We moved around the flat a bit and approached it from a different angle. There were some small tails out there and some huge tails out there but are efforts were to no avail. We tried another spot, again the selection was limited to the shelter from the wind but by this time the water was seriously high and we saw no more tails. We were treated to a huge flock of birds - Egrets, Herons, Spoonbills, and Storks which made for a great way to wrap up a day of fishing here at Amelia Island, Florida.


Friday, October 16, 2020

HUGE Tripletail Caught In The Backwaters of Amelia Island

 As you can see, as the sun rose over Goffinsville Park we were headed for a beautiful day! I had met Bob and Cindy Hice and Steve and Joy Hastings early and we made a quick jump across the river with plans to fish the far bank with float rigs and mud minnows. That first stop, even though these anglers were getting excellent drifts, produced zero bites. We moved further down the Nassau River and fished past Pumpkin Hill and here we did get some false starts with oyster shell catches, but then some real fish! Steve had a strong hookup and had it boat side when a nice fish threw the hook. But he went back in and pulled out a nice hungry Seatrout. 

We moved around the pointe and fished a flooded grassy island and again Steve picked up a couple of Seatrout. There was a little cove that I advised Steve to pitch to the back of, which he did with an excellent cast, but he had not a nibble. When he switched to the other side of the boat Cindy cast to the area, just shy of some sparse grass, and BOOM! Big fish on!  This fish took off and was ripping drag and heading deep and I thought

for sure, "Big Redfish". Then the fish started back to the marsh grass but Cindy kept the pressure on and worked it expertly to the boat. When I saw it flash to the boat I saw a Huge Tripletail! We netted the fish and measured it at 22.25" and weighed it at 9lbs - a fish tied for the biggest Tripletail ever landed on the Anglers Mark and one of only 7 caught on my boat in 16 years! Boy what a fish!

Seymore's Pointe was our next stop and here Steve, and Cyndi and Bob all tangled with and landed some Mangrove Snapper. We ran through Horsehead and fished the mouth of Jackstaff and picked up another Trout or two, then came back to Spanish Drop and fished jigs on the bottom. Bob added another Trout and both Cindy and Steve added Redfish to the catch. Most of the trip Joy acted as assistant videographer, coach and mentor to the other three anglers. With only one "keeper" in the boat we headed in and after that big 'ole Tripletail was cleaned, it filled up a gallon bag which made for another great day to be fishing here at Amelia Island, Florida 

Wednesday, October 14, 2020

First Redfish and First Hush Puppy

 We had another beautiful morning here at Amelia Island when I met Andrew Perrin and his son Sam down at the Sawpit Creek boat ramp. We had clear skies and just a slight breeze as the sun was coming up heading to our first stop up at Pumpkin Hill. We set up with an hour left of an incoming tide and began tossing float rigs and mud minnows to the flooded marsh grass. Both anglers were making excellent casts and getting good drifts. It was kinda slow but then Sam had his float disappear and he had a good strong hookup. Sam was working him to the boat when the fish threw the hook, OUCH!  But Sam went back and within a cast or two he had another hookup - this one he expertly brought to the boat and landed a keeper sized Seatrout, which we photographed and released. 

We fished around the corner for a bit, had a couple of nibbles, then made the run around to Seymore's Pointe to fish the first of an outgoing tide with the float rigs. The bite was slow but Sam did manage to put a feisty Mangrove Snapper in the boat. 

Our next stop was down at Spanish Drop. The tide was going out and the duo were getting good drifts but we weren't getting any bites so Sam decided to switch to a jig and minnow and that did the trick! He'd only been fishing it for a minute or two when, BOOM! Fish On! Sam played it patiently and worked a nice Redfish to the boat - his first ever. From then on it was like someone flipped a light switch - Sam hooked up and battled to the boat a good handful of Redfish. Andrew had been "laying back" but when he switched to the jig it paid off  BIG!  He had made a good cast to the edge and when he hooked up we know right off this was a big fish. His drag was ripping and the fish was digging deep but Andrew kept the pressure on, fought it to a standstill, the worked the big fish to the boat and waiting net - a 26" Tournament sized slot Redfish!

Sam picked up another Red or two, Andrew added a Seatrout and a Red to his catch total, then Sam finished things off with a hard fighting Jack Crevalle that he boated handily. The father/son fishing team reported that they had Kitchen 251 in the Amelia Island Marina cook their catch and Sam was able to try Hush Puppies for the first time! That's a great way to wrap up a day of fishing here at Amelia Island, Florida. 

Tuesday, October 13, 2020

Mother Of All Pays Off

Finally, back to some beautiful days out on the water! I met Nick and Penny Tenpenny up at the Dee Dee Bartels Park boat ramp early this morning and we had the sun coming up on a beautiful clear day. We ran over and up into Lanceford Creek, then into Soap and set up at a large marsh run out with plans to toss float rigs and live shrimp. It didn't take long before Penny "knocked the skunk off" with a nice keeper sized Seatrout (the keeper fish we caught today were donated to a disabled veteran neighbor).  We fished that area thoroughly, had some bites here and there but no real takers, then we moved on. 

Our next stop was over at some dock son Lanceford, fishing jigs and minnows and shrimp. The "baitstealers" had me hopping baiting hooks but we had no real bites so on we went.  The oysters were beginning to show and as we were passing BM's hot spot I pulled up and we gave it a try. Nick had made an excellent cast to the shells with a float rig and when it disappeared he gently lifted his rod, set the hook and had a nice

feisty Redfish catch. The duo followed that up with another, bigger, keeper sized Redfish, then another smaller Trout or two. 

We then made the long run north, back past Tiger and around to the Jolley River where we pulled up and fished the "bank", to no avail. After running further up the river to Snook Creek we switched back to jigs and here Nick put a couple of more hungry Seatrout in the boat.  We fished further up the river, had no real luck and were about to call it day but the MOA was right there beckoning so we decided to make one more stop.  Fishing jigs and minnows, both Penney and Nick were making excellent casts. Nick and I could see a fish tailing up in the "pool"  so we eased up and fished the mouth of the horseshoe. Nick went in with a good cast to the mouth, let it fall and felt a gentle "bump". When the big fish bumped it again Nick set the hook and, BIG Fish On! This fish was ripping drag on the Florida Fishing Products size 1000CE reel but boy was it smooth!  Nick worked it away from the oysters then the fish went deep, ripping drag as it went, then it got back into the current. I let off the anchor on the Minnkota I-pilot and let the current take us along with the fish. After a good battle Nick landed a big Oversized 29.5" Redfish - boy what a way to wrap up a day of fishing here at Amelia Island, Florida. 

Monday, October 12, 2020

October Grande Slam at Amelia Island

 As we worked thru today we began to tally up a good mess of fish! I had met Jack Dickens and his fishing buddy Wally down at the Sawpit Creek boat ramp and as the sun came up we made the run up thru Middle River and around to Pumpkin Hill. I was expecting the tide to be a bit higher even though it was going out and we may have "bumped bottom" as we left the Middle River and entered the Nassau! But we made it around to Pumpkin and began tossing float rigs and live shrimp to the shore line. The current really wasn't running much but it was fairly quick when Jack "knocked the skunk off" when he hooked up and landed a nice feisty Redfish. We moved around and into Pumpkin and again, Jack had the hookup up near shore and brought another Red to the boat, this one with 8 spots. 

Our next stop was down the Nassau at Spanish Drop. Wally got in on the action and boated a couple of feisty Reds and a small Trout or two. We moved up to Twin Creeks, had not a bite, then moved on up to Athens Drop where we again picked up a Red or two. 

We made the run back to Seymore's Pointe and set up current from some docks and here the action heated up. Wally put three keeper sized Black "puppy" Drum  in the boat, all caught on shrimp and jigs while Jack landed a keeper sized Weakfish. We played cat and mouse with the Mangrove Snapper then we had a strong hookup and, Fish On! Wally was on the rod and he patiently worked to the net a nice Slot sized Redfish. 

The tide had reached  bottom so we went back to Athens Drop and the move paid off. BOOM! Fish on - this time Jack was on the rod and he played it perfectly, landing another Slot sized Redfish. We picked up a keeper Trout out deep to round out an Amelia Island Back Country Grande Slam of Redfish, Weakfish, Black Drum, and Seatrout.....In the Box!

After fishing Spanish Drop for just a bit, we headed in and counted it as another great day to be fishing here at Amelia Island, Florida. 


Saturday, October 10, 2020

Naval Asset Protection


When I stepped out the door this morning at 5:45am it was drizzling rain but the forecast called for clearing by sunrise and they got it right! By the time I picked up some live shrimp and mud minnows and got launched up at the Dee Dee Bartels Park, there was no rain and the skies were clearing a bit. I met the Whitehurst family - Wes and Elizabeth and their two children Callie and Levi early and we headed north and west towards the Jolly River. I was rounding the north side of Tiger Island and I noticed Elizabeth was looking behind us intently so when I turned and took a look, there was a Coast Guard gun boat chasing us with blue lights on! "Uh Oh, what did I do?", I thought. But they just pulled up, asked where we were heading, and told us to stay out of the channel as there was a "Naval Asset" coming thru soon. Code speak for Submarine!

We continued on around to Jolley "bank", eased up and began tossing float rigs with live shrimp on an outgoing tide. All four of these anglers were making excellent casts and it was Wes who "knocked the skunk off" when he hooked up and landed a feisty Redfish. He followed that up with a nice Seatrout.  Elizabeth, Callie and Levi played cat and mouse with some "baitstealing" perch - and landed a handful. 

Our next stop was up at Snook Creek. The wind was at our backs and Callie had put one right up near the oysters. The story goes....when she saw her float get bumped, she tightened her line, gave it a twitch and when it slowly went under she patiently waited a second or two, then lifted her rod and set the hook, and Fish On! Callie played it perfectly, worked it slowly to the boat, and landed a fat and feisty Redfish.

Not minutes later, Wes - fishing a jig and minnow- had a bump and set the hook and Big Fish On! This one was ripping drag, not wanting to come in, boiled up, and ran some more. But Wes was up to the  task and played it perfectly. The big fish went from starboard side around to port then Wes brought it to Callie's waiting net, boy what a fish - a 24.5" Slot Redfish.

After fishing the outside of Tiger for a bit, we ran over to Lanceford Creek, fished "Bill's" spot, now with float rigs, and here Wes quickly picked up a keeper sized Seatrout and feisty Redfish. Elizabeth jumped in and landed a nice Seatrout.  We finished up over in Soap Creek, getting a nibble here and there but no takers, so we called it a day, another great one to be fishing here at Amelia Island, Florida 

Thursday, October 8, 2020

Hot Action Fishing the Backwaters of Amelia Island

 Today was the prettiest day yet this week here at Amelia Island. We had clear skies (other than a tad bit of early fog), very little wind, and the sun came out and stayed out. I had met Sean Higginson and his son Judah down at the South end ramp and we headed up and over to the Nassau River, making our first stop at the Spanish Drop area. Both anglers were tossing jigs and live shrimp and making excellent casts and it payed off! Sean "knocked the skunk off" with a keeper sized Whiting (all fish caught today were released) then both he and Judah were catching fish. Judah was making his own casts and hooked up with a good handful of hungry Seatrout. We caught a "mess".  The also caught a couple of feisty Redfish, tangled with a couple of high flying Ladyfish, and had a potential Stingray to the boat. 

We buzzed down to Broward Island and Judah had a quick hookup with a Seatrout which he landed expertly. We also picked up a small Flounder to round out an Amelia Island Back Country Slam of Redfish, Seatrout and Flounder. We worked that bank briefly as the tide hit bottom then we moved down the way to catch the
incoming. This paid off too. The duo picked up a couple of Reds and Trout and at one time had a "double" going (see video below0.

Our next stop, a brief one, was back at some docks at Seymore's Pointe where we played cat and mouse with some Mangrove Snapper. We won once or twice but they won more than that! After running thru Horsehead we made one final stop along some flooded marsh grass, went to the float rigs and immediately caught a nice Trout which Juday brought to the boat like a pro. We made one final drift thinking "maybe another Trout" when, BOOM! That float disappeared with a vengeance! Sean was on the the rod and as it ripped drag there was nothing to do but hold on. Sean began to work him to the boat, let him run a time or two, pulled him out away from the submerged oysters and eventually brought to the net a nice 24" Slot sized Redfish, boy what a fish! And that's the way to wrap up another great day of fishing here at Amelia Island, Florida!

Wednesday, October 7, 2020

Fish Bite Picking Up With Double Hookup

I fished with two experienced anglers this morning - BJ Fitzgerald and his son Carson and finally, after 3 days of  a slow fish bite, we had some pretty decent action. We had met down at the Sawpit Creek boat ramp and "eased" up the river - there was some pretty dense fog so we couldn't run full tilt. But we got up the Nassau River a bit and made our first stop at the Spanish Drop area. The tide was right at the bottom so we began pitching jigs and live shrimp to the bank and began to get bites almost immediately. Carson got things started off catching a hard fighting Jack Crevalle then he added a handful of Seatrout.  BJ joined in on the catching and caught more Trout, then we had a couple of feisty Redfish come to the boat.

Carson had made an excellent cast to the bank and it only had time to sink before, BOOM, Big Fish On! Carson was playing it patiently (see video below) when, BOOM! BJ had a hookup - we had a double!  I was back and forth with the net trying to figure out which fish to net first. When we saw that BJ's was another nice Jack, we concentrated on Carson's - his was a big Redfish. Carson worked it to the boat and we netted a nice 24"+ Slot Red fish.

We worked that area thoroughly then made the run around and down to Broward Island, set up south due to the tide still going out, had a few bites, then moved north as the tide started back in. Here both anglers caught Redfish and Trout.

Our next stop was back along Nassauville where we fished some rocks. Carson stayed with the jig while BJ switched to a float. BJ hooked up and landed a couple of Mangrove Snapper and Carson picked up one on the jig. We fished some docks on around Seymore's, then fished some oyster beds along the Nassau using float rigs and picked up one more Trout before we called it a day, another great one to be fishing here at Amelia Island, Florida. 

Tuesday, October 6, 2020

We Had To Work For Them But We Caught 'Em

The weather was iffy for today as we kept track of the forecast last night but it got better and better and when I woke up this morning - just a slight breeze and minimal chance of rain! I met John Williamson and his father-in-law Dennis down at the Sawpit Creek boat ramp and we made a quick run up the Nassau River to make our first stop at Spanish Drop. Even though low tide was around 7am the shell banks were already covering up so we went with float rigs and live shrimp, tossed to the bank and drifted naturally. 

We had nibbles here and there then Dennis "knocked" the skunk off with a nice 17" keeper sized Seatrout catch (all fish caught today were released) then John followed that up with a hard fighting Jack Crevalle. With think that was also what Dennis hooked up to a bit later - his ripped drag and kept on going!

Our next stop was up at some docks at Seymore's Pointe where we put a keeper sized Mangrove Snapper in the boat, played "chess" with a whole bunch more then we moved on. After buzzing down to Pumpkin Hill, again using the float rigs. Here we had a good flurry of catches - Seatrout and feisty Redfish. We caught most on live shrimp but did get a nice Red on a mud minnow. We bounced around the corner and picked up another Trout to add to the catch.

The final stop was up in Christopher Creek were we pitched jigs and minnows to the bank. There wasn't much happening - it was almost noon and the fish had quit biting so we called it a day, another great one to be fishing here at Amelia Island, Florida.

Monday, October 5, 2020

Misting Rain

Well, it sure wasn't a "Chamber of Commerce" type of day out there fishing today! When I met Paul

Tenarvitz, his sister Sharon and her husband Ed up at the Dee Dee Bartels Park. We were the only trailer in the parking lot and the skies were misting rain and it stayed with us for most of the trip. But these folks hailed from Wisconsin and this kind of weather was a walk in the park for them! 

The NE wind was also an issue so I had a plan to run to different spots where we might be sheltered. The first was over behind Tiger where we fished jigs and live shrimp on the bottom and picked up a few baitstealing Mangrove Snapper and Croaker. We ran thru Tiger and fished in the Bell but had no real bites.

After fishing near Rayonier pipeline we ran down to Piney Island and fished some docks, again to no avail. Back up to Lanceford and into Soap Creek, this

time drifting floats on the last of an incoming tide and here we had our best action all morning. Both Paul and Ed put some hungry Seatrout in the boat while Sharon "coached 'em up".  Our final stop was on further up Lanceford, fishing a grassy island. The tide was up, the wind was up, and the sprinkle was coming down, so we called it a day and because we were fishing, another great one here at A

Friday, October 2, 2020

Dog Tail Distraction


We had another beautiful day this morning, clear cool and sunny. I had met Steve Locke and his fishing partner Jason Deig up at the Dee Dee Bartels Park boat ramp. I had planned to head over to Jolley River and fish the last couple of hours of an incoming tide, but there was NW breeze blowing that seemed just a bit stronger than the 8mph that was forecasted. So we headed south and into the Bell River, ran west, and set up along side a flooding oyster patch. Both anglers were tossing float rigs baited with live shrimp. Steve "knocked the skunk" off when he boated a hungry Seatrout, then he followed that up with a  couple of more. After fishing the other side of the mound, we moved on. 

Our next stop was around to the outside of Tiger Island, again fishing the float rigs. The first area produced no real bites so we moved across to "Manatee Cove" and here we got into some more small but hungry Trout.

 Back thru Tiger we went, down the Bell, up the Lanceford and into Soap Creek. The tide was stillcoming in and again, we found small Trout. Some where along there Jason had gotten on the board with some good catches. We fished further down Lanceford and when it appeared the tide had changed we moved further up the creek. There was a family out in the yard with a cute 3 year old girl and as they were watching us fish the young lady tugged on her puppy's tail. We all got a kick out of it but as we were watching Jason realized that his float was gone! He reeled up his slack, set the hook and, Fish On! We knew right off that it was of size because the drag was ripping. Jason had an audience and he didn't disappoint - he worked it patiently to the boat and landed a nice 21.5" Slot Redfish.

We backed out of there and fished a grassy island as the tide was easing out. Steve made an excellent cast, let his float drift close and, BOOM! Another big fish on!  Steve played it perfectly and brought to the net another Slot Red, this one measuring right at 22.5".  We fished that island pretty good and picked up a couple of "rat" Reds and battled another big one, but this time it won and broke the hook off!

Our final stop was back at Soap Creek. Another grassy island had been exposed with the outgoing tide. We had just pulled up - I don't think Jason had time to even bait up - when Steve went in with a cast and BAM! Big Fish On!  This fish fight was a battle but Steve was up for it - he'd had some practice earlier - and he soon netted the biggest fish of the day, a 25" Slot Redfish.

Although most of the day was spent catching 14" Seatrout, the last 45 minutes sure made for some great fishing, and with that, we called it a day, another great one to be fishing here at Amelia Island, Florida.