Category Archives: Fishing Reports

Anna Maria Island Fishing Reports from Captain Danny Stasny.

Fishing Report October 12, 2014

  If you can’t get any nookie try catching some snooky The aftermath of our first cold front has had a positive impact for fishers targeting snook. Although the bite the first day after the front was challenging at best, all of the days after have been exceptional. Our local snook have gotten a taste […]

Fishing Report October 5, 2014

  Cooler temps bring hot fishing action The first cold front of the year is usually a good indicator that fall is on the way. Look for backwater species such as snook, redfish and trout to really go on the feed. Fishing the flats should be wide open this month for both fishers using live […]

Fishing Report September 25, 2014

  Lower water temps, bite improving If you haven’t noticed, or haven’t been on the water lately, water temps are beginning to fall. Not drastically, but just enough to trigger a migration in our local, inshore species of fish. Schooling redfish are being found throughout our region. Breeder-size trout are moving from the Gulf beaches […]

Fishing Report September 14, 2014

  Area fishing remains hot for redfish, snook, snapper and seatrout Fishing around Anna Maria remains consistent, especially for redfish. Schooling fish are being reported from Miguel Bay to the north, all the way to the southern beaches of Sarasota Bay. Live baits such as live shiners are a great way to get connected, although […]

Fishing Report September 7, 2014

  Anna Maria Redfish Magic If Chef Paul Prudhomme were fishing in Anna Maria Sound this week, he’d definitely experience some “Redfish Magic.” That statement is exactly right. Schooling redfish are being herded like cattle into our local bays via the Gulf of Mexico. And there’s no shortage of redfish cowboys in tow of the […]

Fishing Report August 3, 2014

  Limitless amounts of mangrove snapper Well, there may not be “limitless amounts” but I’ll bet you can catch your limit. Mangoes are still abundant around just about every rock, dock, chunk and channel marker in Tampa Bay. Heck, they’re all around the bridges and piers and even on the flats. Most catches occurring inside […]

Fishing Report August 31, 2014

  Snook season reopens, memories of Green Bridge fishing resurface Snook season is officially open as of Sept. 1. You now have through Nov. 31 to harvest slot-size fish, if you are lucky enough to catch one, that is. The slot for keeper snook is 28- to 33-inches which means they much fall between those […]

Fishing Report August 17, 2014

  Despite rain, fishing remains hot Despite numerous rainstorms, fishing around Anna Maria Island remains bright. Whether fishing inshore or nearshore, most days are resulting in enjoyable days on the water and keeper fish for the cooler. Mangrove snapper are still top of the list. Limits of these tasty fish are being caught around reefs, […]

Fishing Report August 10, 2014

  Fishing remains hot — Enjoy it while it lasts   Once again, mangrove snapper seem to be the topic upon arrival at the dock. On nearly all of my recent charters, limits of snapper are being filleted at the cleaning table. Sizes of these fish are ranging 12-18 inches, which is a welcome sight […]

Fishing Report July 13, 2014

  Mangrove snapper and gag grouper cause Reefer Madness   Despite the frequent thunderstorms, fishing around Anna Maria Island is providing excitement for inshore and nearshore anglers. In between the weather, most fishers are venturing to the nearshore reefs in search of mangrove snapper. With an ample amount of “hatch bait” available — which is […]