Fishing Report April 23, 2017

Inshore, offshore fishing results in a variety of species 

Despite the abundance of boaters throughout our region, fishing around Anna Maria Island is proving to put smiles on both local and visiting anglers.

The inshore bite on snook and spotted seatrout is especially good with limits of trout being caught daily and rallies on snook.

Offshore, kingfish, Spanish mackerel, cobia, permit, amberjack and black fin tuna are being reported. These fish are being found around wrecks and reefs and around areas where hard bottom and ledges exist.

My experiences with Southernaire fishing charters include snook, redfish and trout — to name a few. I’m also seeing an occasional flounder, Spanish mackerel, bluefish and shark. For the snook and redfish, I’m targeting shallow grass flats during the incoming tides. Mangrove shorelines are usually present, although a little structure, such as oyster bars or seawalls is always a great addition. The spotted seatrout I’m catching are hanging on the deeper flats — 7-10 feet in depth. Mixed in with these trout are bluefish, mackerel and an occasional blacktip shark.