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
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