Friday, June 3, 2022

Mud Minnows Lead To Bragging Rights


While I was cleaning fish yesterday my customer's son was trying to catch minnows off the dock with a dip net, so I dug out my minnow trap, added some Flounder skin, and gave it to him. He dropped it in by the ramp and as we were finishing up, he lifted it and had about 40 minnows caught! I dumped them in my live well, kept them cool and aeriated overnight, and bypassed the bait shop this morning for and early start.

I met Jeff and Penny Parks down at the Sawpit Creek boat ramp and we made the run up the intercoastal, turned into the Nassau, and made our way up river for a bit. We had a low tide that had been coming in for about an hour when I turned into the current and the duo of anglers began to toss their jigs and minnows to the exposed shell beds. We worked along that first bank until we reached a large drainage and then we began to get some action. Note, I had dug out one of the few left over Shrimp from yesterday, Jeff was fishing it off the bow and when he felt a "thump" he pause a bit, then set the hook and, Fish On! Jeff brought it to the boat and landed a nice 18.5" keeper Flounder. 

He went back to the same spot with a mud minnow and in short order, pulled out another Flounder. Then another! That had worked pretty good so we bounced down the river a bit, set up alongside some more shell beds, and worked back to a drainage. Jeff had made a cast to the middle of the drainage, worked it back a bit, but as he started to reel it up, BAM! The drag was ripping and, Fish On!  Jeff played it perfectly and soon landed a nice 22" Slot Redfish. Again, he went back to the same area and, BAM! Big fish on!  I thought for sure it was another Redfish (maybe we were in a school) but as he worked it to netting range I immediately saw it was a huge 24.5" Gator Seatrout, boy what a fish, and big enough to set the bar awful high in the 2022 Anglers Mark Bragging Rights Tournament-Seatrout Category(scroll down the right side for link to standings).

We moved further up the river, worked the bank, and here Penny got on the board. I was really impressed with her perseverance and it paid off. She had made an excellent cast to the bank, fished it down the "drop", stayed aware and when she felt a "bump", set the hook and she had her fish. She brought it to the boat patiently and landed a keeper sized 16" Flounder.

After "tinkering" with some Mangrove Snappers over at some docks we ran thru Horsehead and fished the mouth of Jackstaff where Penny kept up her streak - she landed a fat Seatrout then a high flying Ladyfish. The sun was up and it was getting hot so we pulled up the trolling motor and headed in, counting it as another great day to be fishing here at Amelia Island, Florida.

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