Category Archives: Fishing

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Fishing – 03-08-2017

The common snook — a common hookup for area anglers   Snook season is open. So, anglers from far and wide are visiting Anna Maria Island with hopes of hooking into the most famous of the famous in back country fishing. Encouraging numbers of fish are making a showing in their typical springtime spots from […]

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Fishing action improves with early spring-like conditions

Fishing around Anna Maria Island is showing daily signs of improvement as we approach springtime. With snook season opening March 1 in Florida’s Gulf of Mexico and the adjacent federal waters, remaining open through April 30, it’s only going to get better. With the weather already feeling like spring, the flats fishing is falling right into […]

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February provides better-than-average fishing

The fishing is beautiful. Wish you were here? Fishing around Anna Maria Island remains better than average for February. Mild temperatures and light winds only briefly interrupted by a weak cold front are supplying excellent conditions for a variety of fishing. Reports from offshore include catches of grouper, amberjack and hogfish. Inshore fishing is shaping […]

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Sheepshead season in early stages, savy anglers hook up

Fishing around Anna Maria Island remains consistent. Consistently good. With spring-like conditions dominating our weather, fishers are venturing outdoors in droves to soak up the warm Florida sunshine and hook up with the bite and dinner. Sheepshead season, which arrives with winter, is still in its early stages due to the mild temperatures in the […]

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Mild temps result in uptick on catches of convicts

With another week of mild temperatures, fishing around Anna Maria Island is proving to be quite good. Sheepshead are beginning to really make their presence known around Tampa Bay. The local fishing piers, as well as reefs and rock piles, are attracting fish. Pier fishers are finding success using live shrimp as bait and the […]

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Winter puts a chill on weekend fishing around AMI

Fishing around Anna Maria is worth pursuing, despite the past week’s windy days and chilly mornings. Venturing into the Gulf of Mexico remains questionable due to rough seas. So most anglers are migrating to the bays and Intracoastal Waterway to find a bite. Fishing in the shelter of residential canals and docks is resulting in […]

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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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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 […]