Fishing Report December 20, 2017

A string of windy days puts damper on fishing

Fishing around Anna Maria Island with Just Reel fishing charters is proving to be challenging when dealing with numerous windy days back to back.

Finding sheltered areas on these days is usually a good bet if you’re trying to bend a rod. Look for areas such as canals where numerous docks are present. Casting live shrimp under the docks is always a good way to find redfish, drum, sheepshead or flounder.

Try fishing the back bays where mangroves are growing adjacent to deep water such as a channel. Lots of times this deeper water keeps a slightly more consistent temperature which in turn can attract fish — especially snook. Try a free-lined select shrimp in an area like this and see what happens.

Lastly, jigging the passes for pompano should start producing a bite. You will also encounter other fish such as bluefish, ladyfish and jack crevalle, which can provide a fun morning for just about any angler.