Fishing Report November 15, 2017

Mild temps and calm waters result in hot fishing action

Fall fishing around Anna Maria Island is getting better and better as we experience these mild temperatures and calm waters.

As a result of the two cold fronts we’ve recently experienced, the waters have cooled down just enough to trigger fish to start feeding in preparation of winter.

Fishing offshore is proving to be quite productive with many reports of gag and red grouper. Migratory species — kingfish, mackerel, bonito, cobia and blackfin tuna — are being reported.

And on the flats, the snook bite is nothing short of exceptional. Live free-lined shiners are quickly being devoured by hungry snook in preparation for winter. Redfish and spotted seatrout are proving to be a worthwhile venture. And lastly, rumors of pompano are being reported so always keep a couple shrimp tripped jigs handy.