Anna Maria Island Fishing Report October 5, 2014


Cooler temps bring hot fishing action

The first cold front of the year is usually a good indicator that fall is on the way.

Look for backwater species such as snook, redfish and trout to really go on the feed. Fishing the flats should be wide open this month for both fishers using live baits or artificials.

Migratory species such as mackerel and shark will be moving in to our waters as temperatures cool. Look for diving birds in the surf and out within a mile of shore to find Spanish mackerel and kingfish skyrocketing through bait schools. With this, you can expect to see an abundance of jack crevalle, blue runners and bonito. And with all of that action occurring you can bet on some great action for spinner and blacktip sharks.

Finally, the ever-famous pompano should be making their way down the coast this month. Check your arsenal and make sure you have a good assortment of jigs ready. You may want to scope out the beaches for a good spot to find sand fleas, too. The recent beach renourishment can make finding good-sized fleas challenging.