Over the years I've had some postcards produced and then I give them out to my customers, on occasion. I know that postcards are old fashioned but I've always thought it was cool that folks who traveled years ago would take the time to buy a postcard, jot a quick note, and send it off to their loved ones. Here's a couple that I had produced over the years:While on vacation in North Carolina this past September I found these old vintage
Sunday, November 29, 2020
Tuesday, November 24, 2020
Today I fished with Chuck Benton and his son Tom and boy was it a pretty morning as the sun came up! We met out at the Goffinsville Park boat ramp and quickly scooted over to Pumpkin Hill to fish some float rigs with live shrimp on a tide that had been going out for about 3 hours. The first stretch didn't produce a bite but we came back around a corner and as Chuck drifted his bait long, BOOM! He had a hookup. Chuck reeled it in patiently and landed a nice keeper sized Seatrout.
Our next stop was down at Broward Island, and as we eased along the tree line we spotted a magnificent Bald Eagle up in a dead pine tree. We set up at a large marsh run out, now pitching jigs and shrimp, and fairly quickly Tom was on the board with a Seatrout catch. Minutes later he reeled a feisty Redfish. We drifted back a bit, set up off from some stumps. Chuck made an excellent cast, let it go to the bottom and, BAM! Big Fish On! This fish was ripping drag and when it got back into the current it made for a good battle. But Chuck was up to the task, worked it patiently to the boat, and landed a nice 24" Slot sized Redfish. I think we picked up one more Red before the wind picked up and really started kicking up the water.
off! Chuck found a honey hole of Trout and caught a good handful, one of which was of keeper size. Tom put a couple of hungry Mangrove Snapper, and a small Sea Bass in the boat, then had a strong hookup. This fish was digging deep but Tom kept the pressure on and worked it to the surface and landed keeper sized Black "puppy" Drum.
Our final stop was around at some docks where Tom topped off the trip with a Stingray catch. The sun was out, not a cloud in the sky so we counted it as another great day to be fishing here at Amelia Island, Florida.
Monday, November 23, 2020
This father/daughters team of anglers met me early this morning down at the Sawpit Creek boat ramp - Pete Nolan and his daughters Tatum and Sydney - with plans to take in the beautiful day - the best so far in over a week!
We ran up the intercoastal and dipped into Jackstaff and fished an even smaller creek with float rigs and live shrimp, and got "skunked". We crossed the river and fished a bank of oysters and even though we didn't tear them up, Sidney did put a Seatrout in the boat.
After running thru Horsehead we made a quick stop at some docks at Seymore's Pointe and here we picked up another Trout, and Pete put a keeper sized Black "puppy" Drum in the boat. Our next stop was down at Spanish Drop, fishing the shell beds and this paid off a bit - Tatum caught and landed a nice Slot Redfish. The trio of anglers landed another Redfish or two before we moved on. They had a Slam.
Our next stop was down at Broward Island. We fished a large marsh run out and with Tatum fishing off the stern, she found a Flounder to make it a Grande Slam. As we drifted back, about ready to move, Pete hooked up, fought valiantly, and landed a nice 18" Black Drum. We moved down the way, about ready to call it day, when the bite really picked up! They caught another keeper sized Seatrout, another Trout, and then Tatum caught and landed a Sheepshead to make it a Super Grande Slam!
Then Sidney had a big bite and, Fish On! This one was ripping drag, but Sidney played it perfectly, then OH NO! Pete pointed out a huge submerged limb and sure enough, the big fish found its way around it. We tried to pull the line away from the limb but the boat was caught in the current and....the line came free and...Fish On! Sidney kept the pressure on and worked it to the boat and landed a Slot sized 24" Redfish, boy what a battle! And with that, we called it a day, another great one to be fishing here at Amelia Island, Florida.
Sunday, November 22, 2020
Saturday, November 21, 2020
After a run back to Seymore's Pointe we set up at some dock pilings as the tide started back in. It didn't take long before the Drum Bonanza began! All three anglers began to catch fish, one Black "puppy" Drum, right after another. Eddie hooked up and landed one, then Kenneth, then Bryan got on the board and from then it was "all she wrote". The trio added a couple of small Seatrout, one of which was of keeper size, and caught more Drum until "Coach" got tired of catching!
Our next stop was down at Athens Drop and although the bite had slowed, both
Eddie and Kenneth put a keeper sized Redfish in the boat. We fished that stretch down to Twin Creeks, caught a Trout or two, then finished up down at Spanish Drop tossing float rigs and mud minnows. All told, we probably caught 30-35 fish for the day, had a box full for eating, lost a couple of big ones, threw back a good handful of small ones and as we headed in we counted it as another great day to be fishing here at Amelia Island, Florida.
Friday, November 20, 2020
The NE wind had picked up so we moved back to Nassauville, fished some rocks, and Richard put another bulky Redfish in the boat, still fishing the jig and shrimp, and Beckie reeled in a hungry Mangrove Snapper on a float rig and live shrimp.
Thursday, November 19, 2020
The first one was around at Eagans Creek - Mark and Kevin were tossing jigs and live shrimp up current to the bank and John was fishing a slip float out back. Mark had a couple of good bites and had one "ripping drag" for a bit but it thru the hook. Shortly after that Kevin hooked up and landed a hard fighting Black "puppy" Drum.
We then ran down to Lanceford Creek and up into Soap and set up fishing fixed floats up near the shore. All three anglers were getting good drifts but with the current and a stiff wind, the fish didn't even have time to think about biting a bait as the float rigs blew by.
Our next stop was around on the back side of Black Rock and after fishing a small grassy island to no avail, and battered by the wind, we moved around into some real shelter, boy was it peaceful! With a change in conditions we picked up some good fish. Mark landed a nice feisty Redfish and then a Trout while Kevin and John tallied some Trout catches.
We could see rain coming around the corner and that, coupled with a long ride back right into the wind, prompted us to call it a day, and even though the weather was not so great, it was a good day to be fishing here at Amelia Island, Florida.
Tuesday, November 17, 2020
was in the high 40's which would make for a beautiful day to be out on the water here at Amelia Island, Florida. I met Clint Davis and his friend Jim and Mary Jo down at the Sawpit Creek boat ramp and we made a brisk run up the Nassau River to fish some docks at Seymore's Pointe with jigs and live shrimp. The tide had been coming in for 3 hours and I hoped that we could get some fish under that dock but the water was already high and I had "thought wrong". We fished another dock with only a nibble here and there - other than huge Mantis Shrimp that Mary Jo caught, then we moved on.
Our next stop was down at Twin Creeks, fishing some float rigs on the high and incoming tide. Jim got a good drift down the marsh line and "knocked the skunk off" when he caught and landed a nice hungry Seatrout. We fished there then moved on down to Spanish Drop and fished a bit with the floats and even the jigs, but to no avail.
After a brief run down to Pumpkin Hill we set up with the wind to our backs
and were able to get perfect drifts and Rule #4 paid off! All three anglers began to catch fish. Clint put a keeper sized Seatrout in the boat and shortly after Mary Jo had a hookup and, Fish On! She worked it to the boat and had a BIG Trout right......at.....the.....stern.....and......Fish Off! Ouch! That was a nice fish! Then was Jim's turn - whatever hit his live shrimp was Big. It ripped drag going south, then Jim slowed it down (or it took a rest), then it took off again, ripping drag, and it kept going taking the hook with it. We'll never know but it was surely a big Redfish. It could have been a shark but we haven't caught a shark in months. Redfish. We moved won a bit and fished a shallower area and again put a good handful of Trout in the boat.
After fishing up Pumpkin Hill, over in Christopher Creek, then over in Jackstaff we finally realized that the water was just too high, so we called it a day, another great one to be fishing here at Amelia Island, Florida
Sunday, November 15, 2020
We then moved around the corner and fished a flooded grassy island and again had good luck catching Trout. Laura put the biggest in the boat, one that measured just shy of 17".
Our next stop was around at a large outflow near some docks at Seymore's Pointe. The tide had started out here - we were still using float rigs- but we didn't have a single bite. We fished a
After running thru Horsehead to the mouth of Jackstaff, then up in a creek, we stayed with the floats and worked a bank, but again, no real bites.
Our last stretch of bank we fished we switched to 1/8oz jigs and baited them both with live shrimp or mud minnows and this did the trick. Laura was on the bow and Alex was on the stern and they both began to hookup with Seatrout, and caught them pretty regularly. One of those was of keeper size. Just as I was thinking what we'd go another day without a Redfish, BOOM! We had a hookup! Later Alex said that he had tossed his bait up near the shore, kept his line tight, and when he felt the fish "bumping" it, he set the hook, and Fish On! We knew right off that this was a big fish. It was ripping drag and heading East! But Alex kept the pressure on, played it perfectly as it went around the engine, then brought it to the net.
There was some debate as to whether it might make it into the Slot but after squeezing the tail it put the fish well over 28" so after some photographs it was released to swim away. We continued working the bank, caught another couple of Trout, battled with one more big fish that eventually thru the hook, then we called it a day, another great one to be fishing here at Amelia Island, Florida.
Saturday, November 14, 2020
Pam did us the favor and "knocked the skunk off" when she hooked up and landed a nice keeper sized Seatrout (all fish caught today were released) then we had some good action, catching Trout on the float rigs. Hank joined in and landed a good handful himself.
was not to be...it thru the hook to be caught another day.
After bouncing back to Soap Creek we set up at a large marsh run out and this had some action, too. The duo caught a handful of Seatrout to keep things going. After working the bank a bit we came back out and fished BM's Spot but had no luck. I thought that was a bit unusual because we usually pick up a fish there most visits. After fishing some oysters along the Bell with jigs and shrimp and minnows, we called it a day, another great one to be fishing here at Amelia Island, Florida.
Friday, November 13, 2020
After a brief stop in Bell River we made the run over to Lanceford Creek. Rick was drifting a minnow with the current and let his bait drift up next to a small grass patch and BOOM! He had a hookup! Rick played it patiently to the boat and landed a nice Slot Redfish. We moved on around to Soap Creek, stuck with the float rigs, and picked up a couple of hungry Seatrout and a couple of feisty Redfish.
After a brief stop in Jolley we called it a day, another great one to be fishing here at Amelia Island, Florida.
Friday, November 6, 2020
Yesterday I fished with Brian Roach, William, and their buddy Mark, meeting them up at the Dee Dee Bartels park boat ramp. We ran over to behind Tiger thinking we'd be out of the breeze and it was slightly blocked. Brain knocked the skunk off with a small Seatrout catch, then William picked up a small Flounder. So the work began!
We made a long run around to Lanceford Creek and fished a dock or two with the jigs and live Shrimp. The shrimp were
getting nibbles, but no takers, until Brian hooked up with something big. He worked to ti the boat and landed a nice 20" Black "puppy" Drum. All keeper sized fish caught today were released.
After moving down the creek and fishing a small grassy patch and a bulkhead with float rigs, to no avail, we moved on. Our next stop was up Soap Creek and boy the wind and current was really kicking. Even with that, these anglers had some good drifts, right thru the "honey hole", but no takers.
As we were passing by Rayonier's retention pond I noticed that the wind was blocked a bit so we stopped and fished and this turned out to be the hottest spot of the day! All three anglers caught those 14" Seatrout then Brian hooked up and landed a nice 17" Flounder, again, photographed and released.
Our next and final stop was around at Piney Island, anchored out of the wind and fishing between two docks. Brian and William were on the bow fishing jigs to the pilings while Mark and I were fishing the grass edge with float rigs. We were getting pretty good drifts and after a slight "jiggle" of the float something big took the minnow and, BOOM, Fish On! Mark was on the rod and played it patiently to the net - a big 18 1/2" Seatrout - the best Trout we've had in weeks. Mark went back to the grass and had another quick hookup. This Trout turned out to be another of keeper size which made for a great way to wrap up a Georgia/Florida fishing trip here at Amelia Island, Florida.