Fishing Report April 9, 2017

Winds don’t stop steady fishing action


With the winds blowing up to 25 mph for what seems like an eternity, fishing around Anna Maria Island is maintaining a steady bite for those of us who are determined or just don’t know any better.

Spotted seatrout are being found in respectable numbers throughout the flats of Anna Maria Sound and Sarasota Bay. Free-lining live shiners or adding a popping cork to the rig is resulting in many fish in the 15 to 18 inch range as well as a few over 20 inch fish.

Snook fishing is also producing good action. On my own fishing trips with Southernaire fishing charters we are catching plenty of snook to keep everyone busy. I’m also noticing more slot fish being caught than normal. Most catches are 20-26 inches, although fish up to 32 inches are in the mix.

Lastly, while targeting snook on shallow water flats, I’m finding quite a few redfish mixed in with the bite. Most catches are falling between 16-20 inches. Larger “bull” reds are being caught around residential docks.