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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 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 […]

Fishing Report July 20, 2014

  Unpredictable weather results in a mixed bag of fish Hot temperatures and unexpected thunderstorms popping up in the past week have made fishing around Anna Maria Island challenging. When fishing the summertime months, it’s wise to keep a close eye on the weather radar while you’re out on the water or while planning a […]

Fishing Report – 3/2014

snapper and grouper anna maria island

I’m seeing decent amounts of linesiders gathering along mangrove shorelines, docks and canals, where the bite is occurring on live shrimp and shiners. Typically, since the water temps are still in the upper 60s to low 70s, the best bite is occurring during the afternoon outgoing tides. By this time of day, the sun has […]

Fishing Report – 2/2014

   Fishing around Anna Maria Island remains constant as long as the weather follows suit. Calm days and clear water are prime opportunities to get out and target nearshore and inshore species.    Pompano are readily available and are being caught on a variety of live baits and artificials, or a combination. Small pompano jigs […]