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Silver kings return, inshore trio — snook, redfish and trout still biting

The arrival of tarpon is creating quite a buzz among local and visiting anglers near Anna Maria Island.  Respectable numbers of silver kings are making a showing along the Gulf beaches of Anna Maria Island and Longboat and Egmont Keys.  Most anglers hunting tarpon are opting to use live crabs or threadfin herring as bait, […]

Plenty of species to be caught before the tarpon frenzy begins

Big tides during the full moon in May have Anna Maria Island fishers filled with optimism as they prepare to get out on the water.  Fishing inshore for snook redfish and trout is good as long as you know where to fish.  For the snook and reds, try mangrove shorelines where lush grass flats, oyster […]

Tarpon return to local waters, but flats species dominate the bite

Although the month of May is known for being the beginning of tarpon season, don’t forget that flats fishing and offshore fishing offer some of the best action there is for our local waters.  If it’s tarpon you fancy, there are a few schools of fish making a showing along the beaches and around Egmont […]

Cool breezes, clear waters perfect recipe for fishing success

With light winds and calm waters fishers are swarming to the water to cast a line.  Whether it be from shore, from piers or from a boat, anglers getting out on the water surrounding Anna Maria are being rewarded with crystal clear waters, cool light breezes and some pretty doggone good fishing.  Along the beaches, […]

Winds and rough seas require change in tactics to find shelter, fish

With another week of strong winds and rough seas, determined anglers fishing the waters around Anna Maria Island are having to use their know-how in finding sheltered areas to fish. Finding the shelters areas that are out of the wind is easy. The hard part is finding the areas which are also holding fish.  Targeting […]

Springtime fishing around Anna Maria Island settles in to be exceptional

With the last of the cold fronts behind us, springtime fishing around Anna Maria Island is settling in to be exceptional.  The waters are warming and the winds subsiding which is creating the perfect recipe to get out and fish. Those who fish offshore in the Gulf of Mexico are getting the chance to venture […]

Cold fronts bring windy days, cooler temps

Springtime fishing around Anna Maria Island is proving to be a windy affair as we move into the second week of April.  Numerous cold fronts from the north are sweeping down to our area bringing windy days and some slightly milder temperatures than we are used to here in the south.  Although the milder temperatures […]

Frequent windy days provide break for fish and anglers

With frequent windy days the fish that inhabit the waters surrounding Anna Maria Island are getting a brief hiatus from the masses of anglers that flock to the area in the springtime.  Numerous days with gusty winds exceeding 20 mph or more, are keeping all but the diehard anglers off the water in anticipation of […]

Mild cold fronts interrupt hot fishing action 

Fishing inshore on the lush grass flats surrounding Anna Maria Island is proving to be good for yet another week. Small interruptions of mild cold fronts are causing some off days — which usually occur the day after the front — but consistent fishing is recurring quickly.  Targeting snook throughout our waters both to the […]