Good Start Better Finish

 | By Seamus on 5/6/2021 4:08:00 PM | Views (67)

 

Under the threat of rainstorms for the day, I met Michael Williams and his fishing buddies Anthony and Chris down at the Sawpit Creek boat ramp. But the forecast had improved overnight and these anglers were game to be fishing so we headed up Middle River and around to Pumpkin Hill to set up alongside some flooded marsh grass and begin fishing with float rigs and live shrimp on the first of an outgoing tide. Chris struck first with a strong bite, and a fish that was ripping drag  - Chris went from the stern of the boat up the side, around the bow and back down to the stern but eventually subdued a nice Jack Crevalle to "knock the skunk off". 

Later, as we eased along another marsh line things heated up. Anthony was fishing long out of the stern and when his float disappeared he gently set the hook and, Fish On!  Anthony played it perfectly, took his time, and soon landed a nice Slot Sized Redfish. We had a couple of more hookups - a big Ladyfish and then something big that was smart enough to wrap itself around the trolling motor.

After fishing a bit under the Bald Eagles down at Broward Island, we came back to Nassauville and fished some docks and here we picked up a couple of Mangrove Snapper, then another big Ladyfish (down deep on the bottom, a bit unusual.  We then move around the corner and things heated up! Anthony had a strong bite and a hookup and at the same time Chris had one two - we had a "double". Both of the anglers worked their fish to the boat patiently and boated a Slot Redfish each. 

Michael had a good bite, worked it to the boat and landed another big Ladyfish, then Chris and Anthony went back and forth catching small but fun-to-catch Mangrove Snapper. Then, BOOM! Big fish on! Chris was on the rod and it was all he could do to keep the fish from running up into the pilings. But he worked it out, kept the pressure on and landed a "Tournament Sized" 26.5" Slot Red, boy what a fish!

We fished a few more docks then wrapped it up, counting it as another great day to be fishing here at Amelia Island, Florida.   


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This Fishing Report was submitted on 5/6/2021 4:08:00 PM by Seamus and last updated on 5/7/2021 7:58:30 PM.


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10 Ash Street
Fernandina Beach, FL US


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N30º 40.181', W81º 27.755'
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