Spring time fishing is beginning to settle in around Anna Maria Island

Targeting catch-and-release species such as snook, redfish and trout is really starting to heat up and should continue as we progress toward April. 

Using live shiners as bait is achieving the best results while targeting these three species. 

For those looking to catch something for dinner, sheepshead are the top species. Fishing over structure in Tampa Bay is producing good action. Piers, docks, reefs, wrecks and bridges are all good areas to drop some baits. As for bait, live shrimp is working well, although when the sheepies get finicky, it’s always good to entice them with a fiddler crab or sand flea. 

Other species being targeted for dinner include pompano and whiting. Both of these species can be caught along the sandy beaches of Anna Maria Island. Casting jigs from shore is effective. Tipping jigs with some fresh shrimp will increase your chances. 

Moving offshore, mangrove and yellowtail snapper are being reported in good numbers. Targeting permit over the offshore wrecks is worth looking into.