Fishing Report from The Angler's Mark.
Pete Brookes was in town and we had a scheduled fly fishing trip this morning for flood tide tailing Redfish. The high tide was expected around 10am so we met at 8am at the Dee Dee Bartels Park boat ramp and headed over to the mouth of the Bell River where a certain spot floods the quickest. The water was just about high enough but there was no sign of fish. We cruised up and around to behind Tiger, checked a couple of flats out, then came back to Bell and blind cast to some flooded marsh grass. No luck here.
We cruised back to Tiger, checked out 3-4 flats and even though the water was high and the conditions were absolutely perfect, there was no movement in the grass, not a fish. So we decided to run further west and up into the Jolley and again checked out some flats. After 3-4 looksee’s we went back to blind casting. I thought Pete was going to wear his arm slap off!
We made one more stop back at the outside of Tiger where two creeks merged and now that the tide was going out, we had some success. Pete was tossing a “Troy James Fly”, but in root beer color, fished with an intermediate sinking line and this did the trick. He had a good solid “bump” and he strip set the hook, and FISH ON! Pete patiently worked the fish in with his line hand and landed a nice hungry Seatrout. Only minutes later he duplicated the same cast and go the same results.
It was a great day to be flood tide fishing, but even though the Reds didn’t cooperate, it was a beautiful day to be out on the water here at Amelia Island, Florida.