Walleye Chop

 | By Seamus on 4/21/2021 4:13:00 PM | Views (126)

 I was fishing today with Lee Riter, hailing from Wisconsin, and I met him up at the Dee Dee Bartels Park for a half day of fishing on an outgoing tide.  We made our first stop on the outside of Tyger Island, pitching jigs and mud minnows to a marsh runout but had no luck. We moved around to Jolley Bank, fished the oysters that were just getting exposed with float rigs and again, no bites. We move up to Snook Creek, switched back to jigs and here Lee "knocked the skunk off" with a nice Seatrout Catch. We fished a bit around the corner and moved on. 

Our next stop was over in Bell River, tossing jigs and minnows up current and letting them bounce with the current, to no avail We moved up to some docks and switched to some left over shrimp I had from yesterday and this did the trick. We began to get bites and then Lee had a good hookup, fought it patiently to the boat, and landed a feisty Sheepshead. We caught a handful of those (mine tended to be the smaller ones - you gotta be good!) then we made a long run back to Fernandina.

Our last stop was back at Tyger, fishing shrimp and jigs on the bottom on the first of an incoming tide. We had a strong hookup, and Fish On! Lee was playing it perfectly - the drag was ripping but Lee was keeping the pressure on, had him for a minute or two, then....gone. The hook came out. OUCH. But we weren't stymied. The wind had picked up and created a "Walleye Chop" and we caught some nice fish. Lee put a nice Black "puppy" Drum in the boat (big enough to begin to lose it's stripes), a big Weakfish, and a big Seatrout, which wrapped up an Amelia Island Grand Slam of Seatrout, Sheepshead, Black Drum and Weakfish and as we headed out, we counted it as another great day to be fishing here at Amelia Island, Florida. 

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This Fishing Report was submitted on 4/21/2021 4:13:00 PM by Seamus and last updated on 4/23/2021 3:51:04 AM.


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