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Plenty to catch around Anna Maria Island if you can stand the summer heat

If you can take the heat, there is plenty of good fishing around Anna Maria Island. Whether you like inshore fishing, offshore fishing, big fish, fish you can eat or all of the above, it can be done. Reports from the offshore guys sound promising, especially for American red snapper. In fact, they’re saying it’s […]

Winds slow Gulf fishing adventures, but inshore fishing around Anna Maria remains hot

With water temperatures in the mid-to-upper 80s, the summertime bite is settling in nicely around Anna Maria Island.  Early morning catch-and-release snook fishing is worthy of attempting, as many schooley-size males are on the flats, feeding before they begin migrating towards the beaches and passes to spawn.  Catch-and-release spotted seatrout action is maintaining as the […]

Tarpon remain the main attraction around Anna Maria, but plenty of other species taking the hook

Tarpon are the main attraction for yet another week around Anna Maria Island.  Fishing around the Gulf beaches and in the passes of Passage Key inlet and Egmont Key is producing some stellar action. Live past crabs or live threadfin herring seem to be the go-to baits, although switching presentations may not be a bad […]

Visitors flock to Anna Maria Island waters in hopes of a hookup

As the tarpon bite is now in full swing, anglers from all over the world are visiting Anna Maria Island with hopes of an encounter with the elusive silver king. Fishing the Gulf beaches of Anna Maria Island and Longboat Key as well as the passes at Bean Point and Egmont Key is providing great […]

Anna Maria Island’s reputation of great fishing holds strong

Fishing the waters surrounding Anna Maria Island is proving to live up to the reputation of excellent fishing. Fishing inshore is providing action on catch-and-release species such as snook, redfish and spotted seatrout. The snook bite by far outweighs the redfish and trout bite, but that seems to be typical for our area. We just […]

Inshore slam, snook, redfish and trout are catch-and-release until 2020

If you haven’t heard yet, I’m going to tell you now. Due to large quantities of fish being killed during the red tide bloom of 2018, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission has concluded that a mandatory closure of snook, redfish and spotted seatrout go into effect on May 11, 2019 and remain in […]

May brings changes to catch-and-release species

As we transition from spring to summer you can expect fishing to heat up around Anna Maria Island. Catch-and-release snook fishing is stellar on the flats right now, and will soon be hot along the gulf beaches. As we progress through the month of May, the snook will migrate from the mangroves and back country […]

Fishing inshore, offshore hot as we move toward summer

With conditions near perfect, fishing around Anna Maria Island is good both inshore and offshore. The waters are close to being gin clear which can be enjoyable while fishing. I’m finding myself hypnotized while cruising slowly around the flats of Tampa Bay as I look down from my tower into the clear waters. On some […]