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Anna Maria Island Fishing Reports from Captain Danny Stasny.

Fishing Report March 8, 2015

March Madness — Anna Maria style March is here and with it comes warm southern breezes, longer days, hoards of tourists and best of all — spring time fishing. Amidst jet skis, tour boats, rental boats and parasailers, eager fishers are venturing out to do their homework in anticipation of the springtime bite. Water temperatures […]

Fishing March 1, 2015

  February ends with the beginning of sheephearding season Well, it’s that time again— The sheep herding has begun. Respectable numbers of fish are being reported throughout our region. Most of the nearshore reefs are holding fish as well as any other rock pile in the bay and in the shallows of the Gulf of […]

Fishing Report February 22, 2015

Hold out — fishing will improve will with warmer weather Wintertime fishing around Anna Maria Island remains dependent on the frequent of cold fronts sweeping down from the north. Although water temps are hovering between 57-60 degrees there is still a bite to be found. That is if the winds permit it. On days with […]

Fishing Report February 15, 2015

  Wintertime Bite Settles in The wintertime bite around Anna Maria Island is settling in with a cast of the usual suspects we expect to see and catch for this time of year. Sheepshead are beginning to congregate around the Rod & Reel Pier, which is a sure sign that they are beginning their spawn. […]

Fishing Report February 8, 2015

  Patience, Persistence and Warm Clothing Pays off With water temps ranging between the high 50s and low 60s, fishing our local waters is requiring patience, persistence and a lot of warm clothes. Strong winds from the north are cold and cause rough seas, which sometimes can make fishing feel more like a chore than […]

Fishing Report February 1, 2015

  I spoke too soon — winter is now upon us The cold weather is upon us. The lack of cold fronts and rough seas I spoke of in last week’s fishing report are now coming back to haunt me. I kind of feel like a weather forecaster – expect light wind and warm temperatures. Not […]

Fishing Report January 25, 2015

Is it really January— Even the fish seem confused. Is winter finally going to settle in for Anna Maria Island? Mild temperatures and calm waters have made most of our winter season feel like fall never ended. As I sit writing this article my thermometer outside reads seventy-eight degrees. Clear blue skies accompanied by a […]

Fishing Report January 18, 2015

  Pompano are the species to target in January Typically, January fishing around Anna Maria Island brings one thing to mind for me — pompano. During this month, we start to see a concentration of these tasty fish foraging along our shorelines and through the flats. Although these fish are abundant, it seems to be […]

Fishing Report January 11, 2015

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Hot fishing action in new year despite cold weather January fishing is proving to be productive in our local waters despite recent cold fronts. If you haven’t noticed, mild temperatures and calm waters are out numbering cold windy days and, although unexpected in January, we’ll take what we can get. I’m patrolling the beaches of […]

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 […]