Category Archives: Fishing Reports

Anna Maria Island Fishing Reports from Captain Danny Stasny.

Mangrove snapper filling coolers, other species keeping anglers busy

Summertime fishing around Anna Maria Island continues to provide good action and smiling anglers. In Tampa Bay, fishing structure is proving to be good for a variety of fish. Bottom fishing with live shiners or pinfish is resulting in mangrove snapper and gag grouper. Free-lining live shiners over structure is enticing the snappers, although ravenous […]

Mangrove snapper invade structure, coolers

If you enjoy catching mangrove snapper, fishing around Anna Maria Island might be a good choice. These little snapper have invaded every piece of structure in Tampa Bay and its adjacent inshore waters. Fishing reefs, wrecks, rock pile, bridges, piers and even some grass flats is yielding catches of these popular fish. As for bait, […]

Mangrove snapper, other species taking the hook despite the heat

Fishing around Anna Maria Island is proving to be quite good for mangrove snapper.  With the arrival of the hatch bait, the mangrove snapper are moving into our local waters in respectable numbers. Any area where structure exists — a pier, bridges, sea wall, wreck reef or rockpile — these fish will be congregating. I’m […]

Full moon passes, fishing action improves

Fishing around Anna Maria Island remains consistent and is improving as we are on the tail end of the full moon. With strong tides and clean water, all varieties of fish are finding their way to a baited hook.  Fishing inshore is producing some sizzling action on catch-and-release snook and trout. Both species are readily […]

Temperatures and fishing action heat up as we move into summer

Fishing around Anna Maria Island is getting downright hot — and the bite is pretty good, too. With temperatures in the low to mid 90s it’s in your best interest to wear the proper attire if you plan on fishing all day. SPF-rated clothing is helpful in keeping the sun off your skin and a […]

For finicky fish carry an assortment of baits to ensure hookups

Tarpon seem to be the main attraction in the water surrounding Anna Maria Island for yet another week. Many anglers are suffering from tarpon fever due to spending hours and even days on the water attempting to get a hook up. Schools of fish are being found cruising the beaches of Longboat Key, Anna Maria […]

Summer break begins, but no break for hookups

For yet another week, tarpon are the main attraction for anglers who live in or are visiting West Central Florida.  The surrounding waters of Anna Maria Island, being a prime destination for both the anglers and the tarpon, are getting much attention as of the past few weeks.  Schooling tarpon are being spotted along the […]

The return of the king – the silver king returns to our local waters

The long-awaited migration of tarpon to the waters surrounding Anna Maria Island is beginning to occur, although the real push of fish has yet to arrive.  Targetable schools are here, but are spread out quite thin.  That’s not to say they weren’t being caught this past week, but just not as frequently as they could […]