Anna Maria Island Fishing Report November 23, 2014


A variety of weather conditions results in a varied catch

For yet another week we are experiencing a wide variety of wind and weather.

Days reaching high temp of 50 degrees are not uncommon although days in the mid 80s can occur as well. Needless to say, finding consistency in weather and water temps may be a bit of a challenge. The only pattern these fish are on is no pattern.

Persistence and a change of tactics will be key during these conditions. You can try carrying some live shrimp with you in the bait tank instead of shiners. Also, soft plastics combined with a jig head will soon prove prosperous for spotted seatrout and redfish.

Dock fishing and targeting other structure in protected water is going to become a reality soon enough. Flounder, sheepshead and mangrove snapper are likely adversaries you’ll encounter in these environments. Redfish also live to congregate around docks in the water. Live shrimp cast in these areas will be a sure indicator of whether the fish are present.

On less windy days, try patrolling the beaches for Spanish mackerel and other migratory fish such as bonito, bluefish, jacks and shark. Diving sea birds are usually a dead give away that feeding fish are present. Cast silver spoons, jigs or Gotcha plugs into these fish to hook up properly. If you move your lure too slow, you’re sure to get cut off by a mack or a bluefish.