Category Archives: Fishing Reports

Anna Maria Island Fishing Reports from Captain Danny Stasny.

Visitors flock to Anna Maria Island waters in hopes of a hookup

As the tarpon bite is now in full swing, anglers from all over the world are visiting Anna Maria Island with hopes of an encounter with the elusive silver king. Fishing the Gulf beaches of Anna Maria Island and Longboat Key as well as the passes at Bean Point and Egmont Key is providing great […]

Anna Maria Island’s reputation of great fishing holds strong

Fishing the waters surrounding Anna Maria Island is proving to live up to the reputation of excellent fishing. Fishing inshore is providing action on catch-and-release species such as snook, redfish and spotted seatrout. The snook bite by far outweighs the redfish and trout bite, but that seems to be typical for our area. We just […]

Inshore slam, snook, redfish and trout are catch-and-release until 2020

If you haven’t heard yet, I’m going to tell you now. Due to large quantities of fish being killed during the red tide bloom of 2018, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission has concluded that a mandatory closure of snook, redfish and spotted seatrout go into effect on May 11, 2019 and remain in […]

May brings changes to catch-and-release species

As we transition from spring to summer you can expect fishing to heat up around Anna Maria Island. Catch-and-release snook fishing is stellar on the flats right now, and will soon be hot along the gulf beaches. As we progress through the month of May, the snook will migrate from the mangroves and back country […]

Fishing inshore, offshore hot as we move toward summer

With conditions near perfect, fishing around Anna Maria Island is good both inshore and offshore. The waters are close to being gin clear which can be enjoyable while fishing. I’m finding myself hypnotized while cruising slowly around the flats of Tampa Bay as I look down from my tower into the clear waters. On some […]

Cooler water temps doesn’t cool down inshore, offshore fishing

With slightly cooler water temps than normal, the spring fishing is still going strong as we proceed toward summer. Fishing offshore is host to a variety of fish — tuna, kingfish, permit, snappers and grouper. Inshore fishing is host to just about as many species — snook, redfish, trout, Spanish mackerel and flounder. Large quantities […]

Inshore, offshore fishing heats up as March nears an end

Fishing around Anna Maria Island is finally settling into its springtime pattern. Despite a few mild cold fronts, fishing inshore and offshore is really heating up. Catch-and-release snook are dominating the inshore bite for those looking to bend a rod. Shallow grass flats adjacent to mangrove shorelines are holding exceptional numbers of linesiders as they […]

Know weather conditions, best bait for most hookups

Fishing around Anna Maria Island is host to all spectrums of weather in March. Some days we experience hot, humid weather with no breeze to be found. Other days are more spring-like with warm sun and cool breezes. And other days are cold, dreary and windy. During these fluctuations in conditions, anglers need to adapt […]

Despite cold fronts, spring fishing heating up

Despite a few erratic weather patterns from the west, Anna Maria Island fishing is shaping up to be an excellent spring bite. Spotted seatrout are making a showing on the deeper grass flats in Tampa Bay and its inland waters to the east. The same applies of catch-and-release snook which have made a bold showing […]