Fishing Report from The Angler's Mark.
After checking the weather forecast last night we slightly thought of not fishing today. But boy what a pretty day it was! I met Doug Mackle and his granddaughter Montana up at the Dee Dee Bartels Park and we scooted around to the logs of Tiger to take advantage of an incoming tide. Perfect conditions, perfect tide, and good casters made for some outstanding fish catching on jigs an live shrimp. With only a cast or two Doug had a strong hookup and, BIG FISH ON! This fish was not going to come to the boat easy! But Doug played it perfectly and after a good, long battle, subdued
the “Tournament Sized” Red Drum and landed it. It measured right at 26.5″ – now that’s the way to wake up a fishing trip. And it must have because Montana began to put one fish in the boat after another. Her fish of choice for the moment was keeper sized Black “puppy” Drum, then a few feisty Redfish. Doug caught his share too, then the breeze became a calm and the “no see-ums” attacked us, so we move on up to the Jolley River.
We fished up at Snook Creek with live shrimp under floats but had
only nibbles. Then we fished on the outside of Tiger, north at a small marsh run out, and had no luck. We came back to the mouth of Tiger and fished some flooded oysters and again, no luck. The breeze had picked up so we thought we’d try the logs again, even though the tide was up and this did the trick.
I think it was Montana’s first cast, she felt the bump and set the hook and reeled in a nice keeper sized Flounder, garnering her an Amelia Island Back Country Slam of Black Drum, Red Drum, and Flounder. Then she followed that up with a keeper sized Seatrout to claim a “Grande Slam”. Both anglers teamed up to land a handful more of Seatrout, then we called it a day, another great one to be fishing here at Amelia Island, Florida