Anna Maria Island Fishing Report May 28, 2017

Recent wind affecting number of silver king hookups

Despite much wind and a few thunderstorms, fishing around Anna Maria Island with Just Reel fishing charter remains consistent. Tarpon is on most anglers agendas, although windy conditions is making it difficult to target them. Catches are occurring in the passes and along the beaches. Live crabs, threadfin herring and large shiners are working as bait.

In the backcountry, spotted seatrout are dominating the bite. On my own excursions with Southernaire, we are finding numerous trout on deep grass flats during the incoming tides. Some chumming is required to get the trout in a frisky mood. Once this occurs, multiple hook ups at once is not uncommon. Spotted seatrout up to 22 inches are being reeled up with consistency.

Fishing shallower flats where oyster bars and mangrove shorelines exists is resulting in redfish and catch-and-release snook. Both species are taking live free-lined shiners as offerings. Mixed in with bite are an occasional “gator” trout as well as a few flounder and juvenile barracuda.