Couldn't Catch A Break

 | By Seamus on 10/20/2021 2:11:00 PM | Views (133)

 I made the usual call to my wife on the way home from our fishing trip today (she likes to know I'm off the water) and gave her a brief fishing report for the day, "a bunch of junk fish, some small fish, a feisty Redfish, but then a tremendous battle and an oversized Redfish (by 1/8") and later some Mangrove Snapper, two of which were keepers, then a big 19" Flounder that would now be illegal to keep since October 15th".  And she said, "geez, the guy just couldn't catch a break!".

I had met Steve Wyatt and his fishing buddies Doug and Sam out a the Goffinsville Park early this morning and had a beautiful sunrise to greet us, and, a not so timid owl that came down to the dock as I waited. We made the short run down the Nassau and set up to fish Spanish Drop with float rigs and live shrimp and within seconds we were getting bites. The trio landed a few high flying Ladyfish, a hard fighting Jack Crevalle, a Catfish and then Doug hooked up and landed nice feisty Redfish.

After working that bank we dropped down the river and fished Twin Creeks for a bit with float rigs and jigs, had some nibbles but no takers, then we made another run. This time we stopped down at the mouth of Pumpkin Hill and drifted floats along the shore line. Again, we had nibbles but no takers. I released the I-Pilot "anchor" and we drifted back, fishing as we went. Along one stretch of grass a big fish rolled at Steve's bait but didn't take it! We drifted back another 20 feet and then Steve's float disappeared with a vengeance and, Big Fish On1 Steve said at


first he didn't think it was all that big but it began to rip drag and run deep towards the stern and then Doug made the call, "it might be oversized". Steve played it patiently to the boat, it made another run or two or three, then he brought it to the net - a Big Redfish that measured right at 27 1/8"! I measured it a few times but I just couldn't get it to shrink. so after a photograph, we released it to breed.

We fished Broward Island briefly, then Christopher Creek then wrapped up fishing some docks at Nassauville, jig and shrimp on the bottom. The trio of anglers played cat and mouse with Mangrove Snapper. In short order both Sam and Doug were hooking up and put a couple of keeper sized fish on the boat ( I could tell that we are on our last week or so of having Mangroves in numbers here) then Steve had a strange bite, set the hook and slowly worked in a......big 'ole Flounder that measured at 19". Unfortunately for Steve we are 5 days into a closed season on Flounder so it had to be released, OUCH! He just couldn't catch a break! But as we headed in we knew we had had a beautiful day for fishing here at Amelia Island, Florida. 

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This Fishing Report was submitted on 10/20/2021 2:11:00 PM by Seamus and last updated on 10/22/2021 8:11:07 AM.


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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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