Persistence, patience key players in catching keepers
Fishing around Anna Maria Island is now settling back to a normal September-like pattern. In fact, some areas are producing catches of 30–40 trout. That being said, a lot of the trout are coming in at 13-14 inches, which is just under slot. I am managing to put limits of keeper fish in the cooler for those anglers seeking a trout dinner, but it requires persistence and patience.
In the same areas as the trout, I’m finding a variety of other species, including Spanish mackerel, ladyfish and jack crevalle. This adds a nice variety to the bite. The mackerel are especially fun due to their size. Some macks being caught are measuring up to 26 inches to the fork and anybody who chases a lot of mackerel knows that’s a big one.
On the shallower flats, I’m catching my share of schooley snook and I’m seeing a few redfish mixed in here and there, while targeting the linesiders. This is occurring around mangrove shorelines and oyster bars. Free-lining live shiners to these fish is proving prosperous. I’m chumming quite heavily to get the fish in the feeding mood.