Category Archives: Fishing Reports

Anna Maria Island Fishing Reports from Captain Danny Stasny.

February fishing consistent, despite inconsistent weather

Thanks to calm sunny days with temperatures in the 80s and then a recent cold front dropping temps into the 50s, our weather is consistently inconsistent, however the fishing around Anna Maria Island is holding true for February — as long as you can make it out on the water.  Typically, February around Anna Maria […]

As we progress through February, sheepshead numbers increase

Fishing around Anna Maria Island remains good for targeting sheepshead as greater numbers of fish are showing up daily.  Fishing structure — piers, bridges, wrecks, reefs and rock piles — are providing limits of fish for determined anglers who use shrimp as bait. If you run across fish that are finicky, try tantalizing them with […]

Cooler weather means it’s time to start sheepherding

As we settle into February, you can expect the fishing around Anna Maria Island to settle into its wintertime pattern. With stronger colder fronts moving in and cooler water temperatures present, we should begin to see a good influx of sheepshead starting to move into our area.  As these tasty fish prepare for their spawn […]

Choose your days for best fishing action

Fishing between cold fronts can make all the difference in the world when fishing around Anna Maria Island during the winter months.  With this last front, winds exceeding 30 m.p.h. and air temps in the 40s, put quite a damper on fishing for a few days. But the “in-betweens” can produce some great days on […]

Spring like temperatures, shiners and shrimp work for hookups

Fishing in between the cold fronts is providing fairly consistent action for those trying to catch fish around Anna Maria Island. With spring-like temperatures, some anglers are still willing to use shiners as bait, which is resulting in good catch-and-release snook action in addition to Spanish mackerel, ladyfish and catch-and-release spotted seatrout.  Cashing in on […]

Weather, fishing patterns change daily — plan accordingly

Fishing around Anna Maria Island is about as predictable as the weather patterns. When the seas are calm, anglers are venturing into the Gulf of Mexico to target snappers, groupers and hogfish. When the cold fronts come and the wind blows, and the Gulf is too rough, it’s time to move inshore to target sheepshead, […]

Weather cooler, temps drop, migratory hookups increase

Water temperatures have dropped slightly around Anna Maria Island but that doesn’t mean the fishing is cooling off. Migratory fish such as Spanish mackerel, jacks and ladyfish are swarming the nearshore structure of the Gulf of Mexico and in Tampa Bay. If you’re looking for some great light-tackle action, these fish can accommodate you. As […]

Lower temps doesn’t cool off hot fall fishing action

Anglers fishing around Anna Maria Island are enjoying a variety of inshore and offshore fishing as well as some cooler weather.  While fishing inshore, the lush grass flats that are present in our waters offer up some great action on catch-and-release species — snook, redfish and spotted seatrout. Live shiners are in abundance, which is […]