Category Archives: Fishing Reports

Anna Maria Island Fishing Reports from Captain Danny Stasny.

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 […]

Target sheepshead inshore, nearshore based on weather conditions

The sheepshead bite is near full swing for anglers fishing the waters around Anna Maria Island. As of now, fishing structure in Tampa Bay and in the Gulf of Mexico is producing good action on sheepies of all sizes. Try to pick the calmer days — with light breezes from the east — if you […]

No Spring break for fishing action on inshore, offshore species

Springtime fishing patterns are settling in nicely throughout the waters surrounding Anna Maria Island.  Inshore fishing is becoming quite satisfying when targeting the inshore trio of snook, redfish and spotted seatrout. Other species — jack crevalle, Spanish mackerel and ladyfish — are thriving throughout the Intracoastal waters creating a variety of species to be caught.  […]

Fish plentiful in local waters, keep only what you need to keep it that way

Springtime fishing is in full swing in waters surrounding Anna Maria Island. You may find small interruptions in the bite due to strong March winds and an occasional unexpected late cold front although most days on the water are proving to be successful ones. Fishing the flats in Tampa Bay south to Sarasota Bay is […]

Fishing possibilities are endless during springtime around AMI

As we enter the second week of March fishing Anna Maria Island fishing possibilities can be endless depending on what you desire to catch.  Water temperatures are in the mid to upper 60s, which is prime to catch sheepshead. These fish are nearing the end of their spawn which lends me to believe that the […]

It’s the most wonderful time of the year — sheepshead have arrived

Those fishing around Anna Maria Island are now experiencing the peak of sheepshead season. This celebrated time of year is occurring with sheepies being caught around most structure. Whether its residential docks, fishing piers, sea walls, rock piles, wrecks, reefs now is the time to go catch some sheepies. Just prior to the spawn, these […]

Patience and persistence necessary during winter-time fishing

Now that winter has settled in, finding success while fishing around Anna Maria Island is requiring some patience and perseverance.  While fishing the inshore waters,  you may find it hard to locate fish and if you do get them to bite, it’s proving to be a lengthy process.  Finding water temperatures above 60 degrees is […]

Anglers are seeing black and white — time to target sheepshead 

With water temperature settling in around mid to upper 50s, many species we target in the back country are becoming slightly harder to target.  Snook and trout are retreating to deeper water, which can make them quite difficult to find. And, even the redfish seem to be far-and-few between at the moment.  But, don’t be […]

Winter settles in around Anna Maria, choose days and location for fishing success

Trying to find a window of opportunity to fish around Anna Maria Island is becoming challenging as winter is settling in.  Numerous cold front occurring every 4-5 days bringing high winds, rough seas and dropping water temperatures is making it difficult to get out in the boat and find some fish receptive to your offerings […]

Wind and cold create challenging fishing conditions around AMI

Strong winds and frequent cold fronts are creating challenging fishing conditions around Anna Maria Island. With a sudden drop in water temperatures, many inshore anglers are seeing the typically-targeted species —snook and trout — to be less attentive than normal. But don’t be alarmed. After all, this is Florida and things should warm up nicely […]