Fishing around Anna Maria Island remains constant as long as the weather follows suit. Calm days and clear water are prime opportunities to get out and target nearshore and inshore species.
Pompano are readily available and are being caught on a variety of live baits and artificials, or a combination. Small pompano jigs are producing good numbers of fish, especially when tipped with a piece of fresh-cut shrimp. For those using live bait, shrimp and sand fleas are the ticket. While targeting pompano, expect to catch mackerel, ladyfish and bluefish. Remember, if using jigs, carry an ample amount — the macks, ladies and blues will cut your line more than once when they start to rally.