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Fishing Report March 20, 2018

Cold fronts make for perfect sheepherding conditions As yet another cold front engulfs Anna Maria Island with cold temperatures and windy conditions, visiting and local anglers endure the elements in search of a bite. And luckily, there is one — and in comes in a black and white striped package. Yeah, you guessed it. The […]

Fishing Report March 4, 2018

March welcomes warm weather, clear waters, great fishing   Fishing around Anna Maria Island keeps getting better and better as the days grow warmer and the waters remain clear. Fishing the lush grass flats that carpet the surrounding bays and Intracoastal Waterway is proving to be nothing less than exceptional. Snook season is now open […]

Fishing Report February 28, 2018

Sunshine and light breezes perfect combination for success The quality of fishing continues to increase as warm sunny skies and light breezes surround Anna Maria Island. Backwater species — snook, trout and redfish — are gradually making their way back to the grass flats in the bays, rivers and Intracoastal Waterway. Live shiners as bait […]

Fishing Report April 26, 2015

  How long will it last?   For yet another week, fishing around Anna Maria Island remains consistently good for fishing the flats as well as venturing out to the nearshore reefs and wrecks. Live bait fishing with shiners and pinfish is proving prosperous for a variety of fish. In the backcountry, snook fishing is […]

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 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 […]

Fishing Report November 2, 2014

  Cooler weather brings kingfish near Kingfish are finally making a showing just off the beaches of Anna Maria Island out to 5-6 miles off shore. Look for diving birds to find the bait schools, which in turn will lead you to the kings. While targeting kings, expect to experience Spanish mackerel, bonito and even […]

Fishing Report October 19, 2014

  Cooler temps didn’t cool off local fishing action Flats fishing remains consistent in our local waters for yet another week. Our last cold, as mild as it was, didn’t seem to rock the boat too much. Most spots I’m fishing did not seem to be affected by the slight drop in water temperature. Snook […]

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 […]