Category Archives: Fishing

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Red hot fishing action remains during passing cold fronts

Fishing around Anna Maria Island remains fairly consistent despite a passing cold front before Thanksgiving. A couple of nights with air temps in the mid-50s had an impact on fishing, although anglers with a little knowledge and a lot of patience are finding a bite. Using live shiners as bait is working well for fish […]

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November brings variety, bounty of catches to area anglers

With the cooler November weather nipping at our heels, it’s possible to find a number of species on the move, especially in the back country. Snook are hastily making their way toward their wintertime haunts and, in the process, are voraciously on the feed, fattening up for winter. On Southernaire charters, I’m finding many schooley-sized […]

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Inshore, nearshore catches are November’s bounty

A little taste of fall weather is a welcome signal to the fishing community of Anna Maria Island and surrounding areas. We’re finally settling in to our fall pattern, which promises some great fishing for both inshore and nearshore anglers alike. Bait is being found in abundance — another good sign. And even better yet […]

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October bite shows up late — in early November

The first week of November was showing potential for some great fishing in our local waters. It seems the typically long-awaited October bite is happening this month. Better late than never, I guess. During my Southernaire Fishing charters, I’m experiencing rallies of schooley snook. These 18- to 26-inch fish are in abundance and on the […]

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Fishing – 11-02-2016

Persistence, faith and a little luck key to hooking up   With winds persistently blowing 10-20 mph for what seems like an eternity, fishing around Anna Maria Island still manages to put smiles on the faces of fishers — especially the visiting anglers. Whether fishing the flats in the local bays and Intracoastal Waterway or […]

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As wind dies, waters clear, fishing turns ‘hit or miss’

With an influx of red tide and windy days, fishing around Anna Maria Island could be termed “hit or miss.” On calmer days, venturing out into the Gulf of Mexico can be satisfying for anglers in search of a bent rod. Good action on Spanish mackerel and kingfish can be found around nearshore and offshore […]

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Goodbye red tide — hello red hot fall fishing

Fishing around Anna Maria Island is looking better and better now that we are slipping into a fall pattern, With lower temps at night, water temps are slowly dropping. Plus, locals are saying the red tide has been dispersing. Spanish mackerel and kingfish are beginning their migration along our coast — always a welcome sight […]

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Fishing – 10-12-2016

Matthew sends red tide packing, fishing holds strong Although the red tide bloom continued to linger in our area before Hurrincane Matthew sent winds and rough surf our way, both inshore and offshore fishing were holding their own. Most inshore fishing during the red tide outbreak was occurring north of the Anna Maria Island Bridge […]

Fishing – 10-05-2016

Fishing remains fair-to-good as red tide reaches beaches   Despite there being some patches of red tide in our local waters, fishing remains fairly good around Anna Maria Island. Finding areas where red tide is not present is key to finding the bite. As anglers search for clean water, you guessed it, so do the […]

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Fishing – 09-28-2016

Waterfront halts Sugar Beach’s bid for basketball perfection Based on the lead up in the regular basketball season, players for Sugar Beach Digital Photography should have walked out of the gym Sept. 21 at the Center of Anna Maria Island clutching championship trophies. The players from Waterfront Restaurant had other ideas. They came to play […]