Anna Maria Island Fishing Report December 18, 2016

December fishing providing anglers with a variety of catches

Fishing around Anna Maria Island with Just Reel fishing charters remains consistent for another week. With mild temperature and moderate seas, a variety of fishing can be done. Whether venturing offshore for grouper and snapper or just casually fishing the flats in the local bays local anglers are finding success.

On my Just Reel fishing charters. I’m finding the inshore fishing to be quite pleasurable. Calm, clear waters are making things fairly easy on the shallows. Spotted seatrout are in abundance and are on the feed. Live shrimp or shiners under a popping cork are resulting in many hookups with at least 50 percent being slot-sized fish.

Fishing along the sandy beaches of and Longboat Key is proving to be good for pompano and permit. Both species are being taken by one of two methods — small jigs tipped with shrimp or using a plain old knocker rig combined with a whole shrimp. Keeper-sizes of both species are being caught.

Lastly, on cooler windy days, I’m venturing toward residential docks and canals. Casting live shrimp into these areas is resulting in black drum, redfish, sheepshead and flounder. The rallies of fish isn’t quite apparent, yet. Catching enough for dinner is more realistic.