Category Archives: Fishing

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February fishing action as hot as the temps

With temperatures in the mid-80s, Anna Maria Island fishers are enjoying springtime conditions. God, I love it here in Florida. Water temps are on the rise, which is allowing the flats to host some excellent fishing, particularly for those targeting snook and trout. Both species are working their way out of their wintertime haunts and […]

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Winter might last another 6 weeks, but fishing is heating up

Fishing around Anna Maria Island is providing some good wintertime action, especially between cold fronts. Most everyone is using live shrimp as bait as it seems to be the top ticket for a variety of species. Casting shrimp under docks and residential canals is attracting sheepshead, black drum and redfish. The small crustaceans are working […]

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Mild winter temps produce stellar fishing action

For yet another week, mild temperatures and stellar fishing conditions make the little paradise we call Anna Maria Island attractive to visiting and local anglers alike. Fishing nearshore and offshore is producing a variety of species, ranging from bottom dwellers — grouper, snapper and hogfish — to migratory fish — cobia, amberjack, kings and tuna. Things […]

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Fishing between cold fronts brings on winter bounty

Once again fishing the calm weather before the cold front is supplying excellent fishing experiences for the fishers of Anna Maria Island. Venturing into the Gulf of Mexico seems to be the ticket for the most consistent action. Bottom fishing around ledges, reefs, wrecks and hard bottom is resulting in a variety of species, including […]

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A string of windy days puts damper on fishing

Fishing around Anna Maria Island is challenging with back-to-back windy days. Finding sheltered areas on these days is the real test if you’re trying to bend a rod. One good place to look is the canals, where numerous docks harbor fish. Casting live shrimp around pilings and under docks is a good way to attract […]