Fishing Report from The Angler's Mark.
I often offer to “local” anglers the option to pick another day if the conditions aren’t expected to be so
great and that’s what I did with the Newkirk’s, Bruce and son Tyson. Today was forecast to begin with 8mph winds but creeping up to 14 which makes for some challenging conditions. But both Bruce and Tyson had the day off and had caught good fish in the past so we elected to go and boy were we glad we did!We met at the Dee Dee Bartels Park and boat ramp and headed straight for Tiger Island knowing that we had the first of an incoming tide. We had a bait well full of live shrimp and some jig
rods ready. Tyson set up on the bow and Bruce set up on the stern and they began pitching the pockets with their jig/shrimp combo. It took a few minutes, then the “baitstealers” began to peck, then the anglers began to put good fish in the boat. Bruce got things started by landing a couple of feisty Redfish then Tyson got in on the action and landed a couple, too. Bruce put a Slot Red in the boat then Tyson did, too.
We bounced down the way – Bruce found a nice keeper sized Seatrout, added a 14-spot undersized Red, then wrapped things up with a keeper sized Black “puppy” Drum. We had blown thru about four dozen shrimp so we made a quick run back to a bait house and picked up some more before heading back out.
Our next stop was over in Eagans Creek, now trying to seek shelter from the wind, and we set up down current from a crusty old dock and began to pitch the jigs. Tyson took the point and got hot, catching Redfish after Redfish. Then he put a couple of more keeper sized puppy Drum in the boat. Bruce stepped up and caught a couple then they had a “double” hookup. Bruce worked his in quickly, an undersized Drum, but Tyson’s was ripping drag. He played it patiently around the bow of the boat, kept the pressure on, and landed a 6lb Black Drum, the biggest fish of the day.
Somewhere in there the two anglers added two keeper sized Whiting.
We hit a couple of more spots, fishing float rigs over submerged oysters, but I believe the wind was kicking the mud up so much the Trout were no where to be found. So with that, we called it a day, another great one to be fishing here at Amelia Island, Florida.