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Black Friday Fishing

So some friends drove down from the Virginia Beach area for the holiday and he brought some rods with him as well. So, Friday morning we were headed to Jax beach fishing pier to hook some big reds. Made a stop off at Rick's bait on Beach Blvd for some fiddlers and frozen mullet and a couple tackle items and we were off. Got to the pier around 0745 to see that the end of the pier was occupied except for 1 corner. So we set up shop, rigged our rods and cast out about 100-150 yards. Within 30 minutes we had our first red hooked up. My buddy hands me the rod and i start reeling. About 20 minutes later, we hoist up a nice 46" red. My first red drum of that size! Took some pics and then released. About an hour or so later, another line goes off, red #2. Hoisted up, pictures taken and released. A couple hours later another line starts peeling off. Buddy grabs the line and whatever it was that was hooked, peeled off about 50 yards of line. Reeled in for the next 20-25 minutes and saw the leader, which was 25 yards left to go, and "sea monster" takes off again and in no time, all previous work was lost. Kept fighting it for the next 10-15 minutes until the line snapped. Oh well. After that we heard another angler talking about sheepshead just below us. So, we grabbed our other rods and threw on some fiddlers and started fishing for sheepshead. After losing a dozen fiddlers and some lost bites, my buddy hooks a nice one! Reeling it up another one is chasing it and makes an appearance on the surface before heading back down. We hoist him up and he's a keeper! I keep dropping line and within 10 minutes, I'm hooked up with my first sheepshead! Boxed him and headed to Mayport to fish the jetties. Fishing the jetty on the base side, I hooked a trout but came off just as I went to grab him. After that, the convicts got the best of us and we headed home.

They had a great time and we got 2 fish in the box!

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  • sydngoosesydngoose Posts: 538 Officer
    nice! You didn't need a charter or a boat after all. Question for you~ How do you get that redfish to the deck of the pier? Do you walk it down the pier to the beach or do you hoist it up through the air and over the railing? That seems harder than fighting the fish! great job putting your buddy on fish as well.
    Ortega River, Jacksonville, Fl
    One life, Live it.
  • BakermanBakerman Posts: 1,222 Officer
    sydngoose wrote: »
    ..................... Question for you~ How do you get that redfish to the deck of the pier? .........

    Looks like they have a pier net in one of the pictures.
    Bakerman formerly known as Bakerman.
  • SeanODSeanOD Posts: 17 Greenhorn
    sydngoose wrote: »
    Question for you~ How do you get that redfish to the deck of the pier? Do you walk it down the pier to the beach or do you hoist it up through the air and over the railing? That seems harder than fighting the fish!

    We borrowed a pier net that some people already had there.

    I really know very little about fishing, but I am learning. I just got him to the water and he took over from there showing me how to do things.
  • trousertroutmantrousertroutman Posts: 1,363 Officer
    Way to make it happen from the pier!
    Make the forum great again.....consolidate general fishing with for sale or business but keep reports separate!
  • BottomBumpinBottomBumpin Jax BeachPosts: 1,835 Captain
    good deal!!! way to make it happen for your friends!!
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