Tuesday, May 28, 2024

Shell Banks and Grass Lines

 I hope everyone had a great Memorial Day weekend and took time to honor our fallen service men and women. It's amazing the sacrifice some made for us, and their families, too.

We were back at it today, fishing out of Goffinsville Park after I had met Steve Locke and his son Justin early. We made a short run down the Nassau River and pulled up at Spanish Drop, turned into the outgoing current and fished until the tide hit bottom. We had some pretty good action fishing jigs and live shrimp - Steve picked up a Jack Crevallle and a Ladyfish off the stern, then as we reached a submerged bar both he and Justin began to get Redfish - a good handful of them. Then Steve had a stronger bite - he played it patiently, and after a good battle landed a nice Slot sized 21" Redfish. 

We move up a bit to a large drainage and I think their first casts produced small but feisty Redfish. Steve battled a 3- Bonnethead Shark to the boat before we moved on. The tide had started back in so we fished a dock at Seymore's and managed a couple of small but legal Mangrove Snappers.  After fishing down at Broward - we only got a small Mangrove, we came back to Nassauville and fished some docks, to no avail. 

We just haven't been getting any good fish around the docks or downed logs. We came back down teh river, ran thru Horsehead and pulled up at the mouth of Jackstaff and worked the bank with float rigs. This duo caught another Jack then as we reached a small cove, BAM! Big Bite. Justin was on the rod and battled the big fish. It was digging deep and making runs. Justin Stayed with it and eventually worked it to the net - an upper Slot 26.25" Red. Boy what a fish. But birthday boy Justin wasn't finished! In just a short time he had another strong hookup Again, a big battle ensued. Justin played it perfectly and after a while landed an Oversized 30.25" Red - big enough to move Justin into 3rd Place in the Anglers Mark 2024 Bragging Rights Tournament-Redfish Category. (scroll down the right side of this report for standings).

They picked up another couple of smaller Reds, another nice Shark, and a handful of hungry Seatrout before we called it a day and as we ran back thru Horsehead, we counted it as another great day to be fishing here at Amelia Island, Florida. 

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