The Red Bass and Black Drum continue to dominate the fishing activity in and around the Island. These fish arrived a little early this year and reports of huge Reds, in good numbers are all along the beaches located on the North end of Amelia Island. These fish are still being caught along the beaches but have now shown up all along the Intracoastal Waterway and the deep holes at the North Jetties.
If you have a boat try drift fishing the outgoing tide along the marshes in the Amelia River/Intercoastal waterway. Live bait is still considered the best for these fish but if not available fresh local shrimp works well also. Artificial bait has also been used by some avid fishermen and I‚Äôve been told the quantity is much lower but the quality of the fish is much better. For those fishing the jetties anchor around the white buoy marking the end of the North jetty rocks. Here you will find several deep holes (60‚Äô+) that have been good holding grounds for both Reds and Drum.
This is a great time of year to get outdoors. The cooler temperatures make it enjoyable regardless of the time of day you are out and the wildlife both in and out of the water is very active. Don‚Äôt forget your sunscreen and bottled water, though, we are still in Florida.