Category Archives: Fishing

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Spring fishing in January produces abundant hook ups

With nothing but a few minor cold fronts, this winter is feeling more like spring. And you don’t hear me complaining. With springtime weather dominating, fishing the island waters is winding up better than average for January. Live shiners are still available for bait on the local flats. Catch-and-release snook fishing is quite productive in […]

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Weather cools, but old man winter can’t chill AMI fishing

The cool down we’re experiencing might be enough to put us into a winter-fishing pattern. Most local anglers who fish inshore are migrating toward local canals and docks in search of a bite, because the waters in these sheltered areas are a few degrees warmer than open waters. This warmth attracts the fish. Snook, redfish, […]

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Red hot fishing for January start, followed by cold front

With mild weather lingering around Anna Maria Island in early January, anglers were enjoying perfect conditions on the water and great fishing. A weekend cold front brought a quick drop in temperatures and choppy waters, but we will see a quick return to better conditions for anglers. Meanwhile, before the front, fishers from offshore were […]

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Welcome to 2017, great weather, fishing all around AMI

Well, here we are. It’s 2017. Although the calendar says winter, our weather is resembling springtime. And so is the fishing. With mild temperatures and calm seas, the fishing around Anna Maria Island is excellent. Offshore and nearshore fishing are proving to be exceptional, with catches of cobia, kingfish, grouper, snapper and hogfish — the […]

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Unseasonably warm temps heat up action for fishers

With unseasonably warm temperatures this past week, fishing around Anna Maria Island turned up a notch. Kingfish are being caught offshore, as well as mangrove snapper, grouper and hogfish. The inshore bite is good, with catch-and-release snook, redfish and trout being caught with regularity. Shiners are available for anyone with a bait net on the […]

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December fishing provides anglers a variety of catches

Fishing around Anna Maria Island has remained consistent for another week. With mild temperatures and moderate seas, a variety of fishing can be accomplished. Whether venturing offshore for grouper and snapper or just casually fishing the flats in the local bays, local angers are finding success. On my own adventures on Southernaire fishing charters, I’m […]

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Winter is coming — time to bait shrimp for a hookup

Baiting your hook with shrimp is becoming a necessity due to falling water temperatures and passing cold fronts. There are shiners to be caught on the flats but, in most instances, substituting live shrimp can yield good results. I’m finding an abundance of redfish around residential docks and canals that are more than happy to […]

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Fishing – 12-07-2016

  Shiners keep rods bent for anglers inshore, nearshore   Despite some recent cold weather, fishing around Anna Maria Island is holding fast. With late-season shiners available as bait, many anglers are finding success in the back country and out in the Gulf of Mexico. Fishing the flats for snook and trout is still going […]

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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 […]