Category Archives: Fishing Reports

Anna Maria Island Fishing Reports from Captain Danny Stasny.

Better weather, stellar fishing to come in April

No April fools — Anna Maria Island fishers are preparing for some of the best fishing our local waters has to offer.  As the cold fronts diminish along with the numerous windy days we experienced in March we can expect to see a more consistent weather pattern, warmer water temps and some great fishing.  Fishing […]

As temperatures warm, fishing action heats up

 Fishing around Anna Maria Island is improving as we leave the cold temperatures behind us and settle in spring.  Catch-and-release snook and redfish are beginning to make a showing on the grass flats in decent numbers. Areas where water temps are in the low to mid 70s, are producing the best action. Areas where the […]

Cooler temps prolongs wintertime sheepshead bite

Despite numerous windy days for yet another week, fishing around Anna Maria Island is yielding some good fishing. With the recent cold fronts, water temperatures have slightly dropped into the mid 60s, which in turn has prolonged the sheepshead bite. Fishing around any structure in Tampa Bay has potential to produce hookups of some of […]

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. […]