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Variations in weather and temperatures result in varied catches

With frequent cold fronts and variable air temperatures, fishing around Anna Maria Island is comparable to a roller coaster ride.  On the cooler, windy days during the fronts, fishing is proving to be slightly challenging. With temperatures in the low to mid 50s, it’s hard to muster up the motivation to get out on the […]

Ring in the new year with great weather, fishing action

As we kick off the new year, fishing around Anna Maria Island is beginning on a high note. With mild temperatures and fairly calm seas, fishing inshore and offshore are proving to be quite productive. While offshore, anglers are boating catches of hogfish, snappers and plenty of grouper — as well as some amberjack, porgies […]

Cold, windy conditions creates challenges for anglers inshore, offshore

Frequent cold fronts and consistently windy conditions is making inshore and offshore fishing slightly challenging around Anna Maria Island. Patience and a knowledge of fishing our local waters is key when trying to find a bite in these situations. Fishing inshore can still be productive if you know where to fish. Residential docks and canals […]

Hurricane ETA dampens fishing a few days, then business as usual

First let me start by saying that I hope everyone fared well during the tropical development we experienced last week. Now that all the chores of cleaning up debris in the yard are finished, it’s time to get back on the water — there is plenty to do and much to catch! Whether you fish […]

Fish offshore when winds are calm, inshore when they aren’t

Fishing around Anna Maria Island remains consistent for inshore fishers. As for the offshore anglers, strong winds are making it challenging to travel any kind of distance offshore in the Gulf of Mexico. On days when the winds are slightly lighter, fishing offshore is quite productive, although the windows of opportunity are few and far […]

Migratory fish invade nearshore waters

Fall fishing in the nearshore waters of the Gulf of Mexico — within a mile of the beach — is yielding some thrilling action for visiting and local anglers. Spanish mackerel have invaded our waters in large schools ravaging every piece of bait that crosses their path. While targeting macks, you’ll encounter bonito and kingfish. […]

Progressing through fall, migratory species invade local waters

As we move through fall, it’s time to start fishing in the Gulf of Mexico for migratory species. Spanish mackerel, king mackerel, bonito and a variety of sharks can be found within a couple miles from shore. Be on the lookout for bait schools, shorebirds diving, and some large disturbances on the surface of the […]

Fall is in the air and the fish are biting

A taste of fall is in the air. Or should I say in the water? Fishing along the beaches of Anna Maria Island is host to some great fall fishing during the months of October and November. The fishing highlight is the abundance of migratory species —Spanish mackerel, kingfish, bonita and sharks. Vast amounts of […]

Fall fishing is right around the corner

With vast amounts of baitfish gathering along the beaches of Anna Maria Island, throughout Tampa Bay and its adjacent waters, fall fishing is right around the corner. As we begin to experience these cold fronts, both inshore and offshore species are starting to become active. Throughout the inshore waters of Tampa Bay, Spanish mackerel are […]