Category Archives: Fishing Reports

Anna Maria Island Fishing Reports from Captain Danny Stasny.

Red tide looms to the north and south, clean water a must for fishing success

Fishing around Anna Maria Island is sporadic at best while the black cloud of red tide looms to our north and south.  With reports of toxic levels of red tide to the south of Anna Maria Island and toxic levels to our north in Tampa Bay, putting a good bite together is challenging at best.  […]

Hurricane Elsa passes, time to target mangrove snapper

Now that Anna Maria Island has dodged another bullet — this one being hurricane Elsa — it’s time to get back on the water and do some fishing.  It’ll probably take a few days for the waters to settle and become clear again, which can make fishing challenging, but with a little know-how and some […]

Keep an eye on the radar to avoid morning and afternoon storms

Fishing around Anna Maria Island remains steady, although dodging the frequent thunderstorms is making access to the water a toss-up.  Most morning are proving to be clear of rain, which is providing a window to get out and attempt to do some fishing.  Afternoon fishing is slightly different as large thunderstorms move west after building […]

Action inshore, offshore as summer officially begins

Amongst the rumors of red tide and large masses of Lyngbya in the waters surrounding Anna Maria Island, local and visiting anglers are managing to catch some fish. In fact, the fishing is quite good. Offshore fishing remains on center stage, with numerous reports of gag grouper being caught. American red snapper are taking the […]

Fishing offshore, inshore hotter than June temps

Fishing offshore in the Gulf of Mexico is keeping Anna Maria anglers on plenty of fish.  Offshore captains – David White and Jason Stock are boasting of some of the best offshore fishing occurring in June. Capt. Stock is limiting out daily on American red snapper — as is Capt. White. And, with the wind […]

Clean, clear water needed for fishing success

Fishing remains good for yet another week for Anna Maria Island anglers — as long as they can find clean water.  The recent occurrence of high levels of Lyngbya —or gumbo as most of us refer to it — is very much present in the waters of Anna Maria Island and the waters at the […]

Return of the once and future king – Tarpon return to AMI waters


It is happening again.  The Royal Poinciana trees are in bloom, boasting an enormous fiery crown of orange flowers casting shade over well-manicured lines.  The love bugs are flying in pairs joined together at the abdomen performing their aerial mating ritual.  The winds have subsided, allowing large cumulonimbus clouds to form in the east growing […]

Full moon, stellar tides and light winds – perfect recipe for fishing success

As we approach the full moon fishing around Anna Maria Island is expected to heat up. Light winds in the east combined with some stellar tides should be the perfect recipe for a great day on the water.  Whether you’re fishing offshore or inshore, you should be in store for some excitement. Fishing offshore is […]

Inshore trio — snook, redfish and trout — bite heat up as tarpon arrive

Inshore fishing for the inshore trio — snook, redfish and trout — is in full swing around Anna Maria Island as we near summertime. Fishing the flats in Tampa Bay is producing good catch-and-release action for snook and spotted seatrout. Catch-and-release redfish are also available, although their numbers don’t equal the amount of snook and […]

As temperatures heat up, inshore, offshore action follows suit

Fishing the offshore waters west of Anna Maria Island is offering some great action for those anglers willing to make the long trek out to the deep. Light, southernly breezes combined with some great tides, are the recipe for success while fishing 30-50 mile out in the Gulf. Catches of migratory fish — African pompano, […]