Fishing the Atlantic Ocean can be like fishing on a lake, as long as we fill the fish box I'm good with that.
The flatties tend to gather just off of livebottom areas in the sand but have been known to swim in the middle of the water column I suppose when migrating from reef to reef or from offshore to inshore and vice versa. Our first drop in the popular F.C. area provided instant action in the form of large Seabass caught two at a time. I had rigged our heavy bottomfishing rods with double dropper rigs with 5/0 circle hooks and 10 ounce bank sinkers, a pretty standard setup, however on some rigs I had downsized to 3/0 hooks to better accomodate Triggerfish which have small mouths. No Triggerfish obliged that offering but as fate usually has it my rod doubled over and bounced up and down in large Snapper fashion. The Snap that came to the surface took my breath away, I estimate that this “Mule Snapper” would top 20 lbs. and in classic Snapper form it thrashed it’s tail and before I could take a picture, it was gone. My downsized hook had straightened out while I was hoisting this beast to the boat. A fitting release for an “endangered species”.
The fishbox aboard the “Clean Sweep” boat contained about 25 large Seabass and a couple of Ringtailed Porgies, enough for a nice fish fry. I did release a number of 3 to 4 foot sharks and another 20 inch Snapper (pictured in this article) before calling it a day. I sure would have enjoyed cleaning just one or two large Snapper as opposed to the pile of Seabass that took forever to clean.
It was a beautiful and bountiful day fishing off Amelia Island. To book a trip like this or to answer any questions you may have about fishing the local waters, give me a call at (904) 753-0882.