With numerous windy days this past week, most fishing around Anna Maria Island is occurring in the sheltered waters of Tampa Bay and its surrounding smaller bays and sheepshead are the highlight of the week.
Fishing wrecks and reefs in Tampa Bay is proving to be rewarding. If you’re landbound, fishing piers, bridges and docks is producing action.
Fishing along the beaches with shrimp-tipped jigs is offering action. Pompano, whiting and ladyfish are being caught as well as some jack crevalle and black drum.
Those in the boat are finding some pompano by drifting and jigging over deep grass flats. This bite is also yielding a variety of other species, including ladyfish, jack crevalle, bluefish and numerous catch-and-release spotted seatrout.
Lastly, on the warmest days —in between the cold fronts — anglers casting live free-lined shiners are hooking into a number of catch-and-release snook and redfish.