Amelia Island – May Fishing

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Amelia Island – May Fishing


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      April 30, 2023 at 12:17 am

      I can’t believe we’re already into May and the Nassau County Black Drum Tournament is over with some nice fish caught in each category. Donald Sherain had the overall largest fish at 77.51lb, Emily Campbell took the Lady’s tourney with a beautiful 64 pound drum, Savannah Shearin finished on the top in the lady’s junior angler division with a huge 69lb fish and Houston Robinson took the boys division with a 47lber. Congrats to the four of you and to everyone else who weighed in throughout the tournament at Amelia Island Bait and Tackle as well as Atlantic Seafood.

      Water temps are now into the 70s, and the big black drum a replaced with many people’s favorite, the pompano. When targeting pomps, I like to fish the incoming tide. Do a little scouting at dead low tide to find your sandbars. Try to match it up with a good little runout and you’ve got yourself a good place to start. Pompano eat a variety of baits including shrimp, sand fleas, clam, and what the Sinker Guy calls his secret weapon, blue crab knuckles. I like to get as many scents in the water as possible to feel out the bite. By this I mean, I fish with different baits to see what the fish like to have on the menu for the day. Fish a double pompano rig with 1/0 or 2/0 circle hooks. On the bottom hook, I use live sand fleas when I could manage to find them. They are on the top of the menu many may argue. For the top hook, I’ll use fresh dead shrimp (when available) and I’ll tip it with fish bites. Color is up to you, but I like using a different scent than I already have on my hooks. So in this case, I would not use sand flea or shrimp but would try flavors like clam or crab. Fishbites just released Blue Crab and Periwinkle which have been super popular. Fishbites also gives the setup a little color and helps keep your shrimp on the hook. With this combo, you’ve now got 3 scents in the water and could see what’s most effective to dial in the bite. Complete your rig with a sputnik weight to keep the slack out of your line and you’re in business. American Beach, Peters Point, Amelia Island State Park, and Jasmine are a few of the favorite beaches on the island for you to give it a shot.

      Tight lines my friends! And as always, please feel free to come by Amelia Island Bait and Tackle or Old Town Bait and Tackle with any questions you may have, we’re always happy to help.

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