Category Archives: Fishing Reports

Anna Maria Island Fishing Reports from Captain Danny Stasny.

Fishing Report January 7, 2015

  Great mangrove snapper bite rings in 2015 Wintertime fishing around Anna Maria Island is in full swing. Especially for those fishers who like to target mangrove snapper. Most every rock pile or artificial reef in our local waters is holding good numbers of these feisty fish. If you can’t make it to the reefs, you […]

Fishing Report December 21, 2014

  Merry Christmas and happy fishing Those of you who are out fishing rather than getting your last minute Christmas shopping done, know trying to get a bite this time of year can be challenging. Don’t be discouraged though, for there can be some of the best fishing you’ll ever come across, if you know […]

Fishing Report December 14, 2014

  The holiday season brings pompano to area waters With the Christmas season approaching, another season is doing the same. Yes, that’s right — it’s time to start stalking the shorelines for pompano. The beaches of Anna Maria Island are a great place to start searching. Despite the beach renourishment totally changing our local shoreline, […]

Fishing Report December 7, 2014

  Keep your bait options open to hook up this winter Although a lot of fishers are using shrimp as bait due to cold water temps, keep your options open. On cold, windy days, shrimp are the perfect bait but we also get warm sunny days in Florida in the wintertime. If we happen to […]

Fishing Report November 30, 2014

  Thanksgiving leftovers are gone — time catch a fish dinner Now that the leftover turkey has finally run out, I imagine it’s time to start hunting down some fish for dinner. With recent cold fronts and falling water temps, it’s time to start looking around back bays and in the Manatee River to find […]

Fishing Report November 23, 2014

  A variety of weather conditions results in a varied catch For yet another week we are experiencing a wide variety of wind and weather. Days reaching high temp of 50 degrees are not uncommon although days in the mid 80s can occur as well. Needless to say, finding consistency in weather and water temps […]

Fishing Report November 16, 2014

  Don’t miss your window of opportunity for good fishing With recent cold front sweeping across Anna Maria Island, fishing patterns are all over the boards. Not for better, and not for worse, these changes are triggering backwater fish to again head deeper into the bays, the Manatee River and Intracoastal Waterway. So you’ve done […]

Fishing Report November 9, 2014

  Make the best of those nasty cold fronts What better way to celebrate our first real cold front then to sit down to a sheepshead dinner? For those of you who enjoy catching and eating sheepies, you know what I’m talking about. There’s something that clicks in my mind every fall when temperatures drop […]

Fishing Report November 2, 2014

  Cooler weather brings kingfish near Kingfish are finally making a showing just off the beaches of Anna Maria Island out to 5-6 miles off shore. Look for diving birds to find the bait schools, which in turn will lead you to the kings. While targeting kings, expect to experience Spanish mackerel, bonito and even […]

Fishing Report October 26, 2014

  A mysterious night of snook fishing on the Manatee River Night fishing in our local waters is an experience any avid saltwater angler should experience, especially those anglers who like to target snook. Snook, especially big snook, are nocturnal feeders, so what better time to target them than at night. This brings to mind […]