Category Archives: Fishing Reports

Anna Maria Island Fishing Reports from Captain Danny Stasny.

Action inshore, offshore as summer officially begins

Amongst the rumors of red tide and large masses of Lyngbya in the waters surrounding Anna Maria Island, local and visiting anglers are managing to catch some fish. In fact, the fishing is quite good. Offshore fishing remains on center stage, with numerous reports of gag grouper being caught. American red snapper are taking the […]

Fishing offshore, inshore hotter than June temps

Fishing offshore in the Gulf of Mexico is keeping Anna Maria anglers on plenty of fish.  Offshore captains – David White and Jason Stock are boasting of some of the best offshore fishing occurring in June. Capt. Stock is limiting out daily on American red snapper — as is Capt. White. And, with the wind […]

Return of the once and future king – Tarpon return to AMI waters


It is happening again.  The Royal Poinciana trees are in bloom, boasting an enormous fiery crown of orange flowers casting shade over well-manicured lines.  The love bugs are flying in pairs joined together at the abdomen performing their aerial mating ritual.  The winds have subsided, allowing large cumulonimbus clouds to form in the east growing […]

Full moon, stellar tides and light winds – perfect recipe for fishing success

As we approach the full moon fishing around Anna Maria Island is expected to heat up. Light winds in the east combined with some stellar tides should be the perfect recipe for a great day on the water.  Whether you’re fishing offshore or inshore, you should be in store for some excitement. Fishing offshore is […]

Inshore trio — snook, redfish and trout — bite heat up as tarpon arrive

Inshore fishing for the inshore trio — snook, redfish and trout — is in full swing around Anna Maria Island as we near summertime. Fishing the flats in Tampa Bay is producing good catch-and-release action for snook and spotted seatrout. Catch-and-release redfish are also available, although their numbers don’t equal the amount of snook and […]

As temperatures heat up, inshore, offshore action follows suit

Fishing the offshore waters west of Anna Maria Island is offering some great action for those anglers willing to make the long trek out to the deep. Light, southernly breezes combined with some great tides, are the recipe for success while fishing 30-50 mile out in the Gulf. Catches of migratory fish — African pompano, […]

Warmer weather brings on hot action inshore, offshore 

Fishing inshore around Anna Maria Island is nothing short of exceptional for yet another week. And what’s encouraging is it seems to be getting better as we approach the summer.  Catch-and-release spotted seatrout have invaded the deeper grass flats in great numbers — providing great action on light- to medium spinning gear. Most catches are […]

Springtime fishing in full swing resulting in a variety of catches

Springtime fishing around Anna Maria Island remains strong.  Fishing the grass flats of Tampa Bay south to Sarasota Bay is host to a wide a variety of species. Catch-and-release spotted seatrout are making a showing over deeper grass flats during swift incoming tides. Finding areas where the tide is rushing over shallow flats and dumping […]

Inshore, offshore species taking the bait 

Spring time fishing around Anna Maria Island is in full swing.  Catch-and-release species such a snook and spotted sea trout are really making their presence known throughout the clear waters of Tampa Bay and its surrounding bodies of water. Mangrove shorelines are showing healthy populations of snook as the three-year closure due to red tide […]