Category Archives: Fishing

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Intense heat, humidity and fishing spell out summertime

The humidity is up, the heat is intense and the fishing is following suit. Whether inshore or offshore, there is plenty of productive fishing. Red grouper, snappers and permit are being caught around nearshore and offshore structure. Also in these areas are flounder, goliath grouper and shark. Moving inshore is providing good action, too. Spotted […]

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Tropical Storm Cindy puts brief damper on AMI fishing

Despite daily thunderstorms and frequent windy days caused by Tropical Storm Cindy’s northward movement in the Gulf of Mexico, fishing around Anna Maria Island is managing to put smiles on visiting and local anglers alike. Fishing inshore is slightly challenging, although spotted seatrout and catch-and-release snook are producing some decent action. Fishing structure in Tampa […]

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Rainy weather slows, fishing returns to normal

Well, after a week-long soaking from thunderstorms, fishing around Anna Maria Island is starting to fall back into the summertime pattern that started a few weeks earlier, in spite of the official start of summer this week, June 21. Fishing the flats for snook and spotted seatrout is proving to be effective. For the snook, […]

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Heavy rains, windy conditions put damper on fishing

Well, it looks like it’s back to the drawing board this week for anglers who plan to fish around Anna Maria Island. After numerous days of long-lasting thunderstorms and strong winds, fishing our local waters became challenging. Murky water is making it difficult to fish the flats, as well as along the beaches. On days […]

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Wind reduces number of silver king hookups, back country fishing still good

Despite wind and thunderstorms, fishing around Anna Maria Island remains consistent. Tarpon is on most angler’s agendas, although windy conditions make it difficult to target them. Catches are occurring in the passes and along the beaches near Tampa Bay, where live crabs, threadfin herring and large shiners are working as bait. In the backcountry, spotted […]

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Fishing inshore and near as hot as temps

The fishing is heating up much like the weather. Fishing the flats for redfish, spotted seatrout and catch-and-release snook is in full swing. You also can start finding snook in the passes and along the beaches during calm mornings or evenings. Fishing offshore is heating up with reports of blackfin tuna, cobia, permit and king […]

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Calming winds result in great fishing in bays, Gulf

Aside from the afternoon sea breeze, it looks as if the recent strong winds have finally subsided, which is great for fishing around Anna Maria Island. The anticipation of tarpon fishing is on everyone’s minds, although the large groups of fish have yet to show. A few catches are being reported, mainly from the south […]

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Fishing – 05-03-2017

Inshore, offshore fishing heats up with rising temps   It may not be summer, but it sure is hot. And the fishing is fired up around Anna Maria Island — holding strong in both the backcountry and offshore. Flats fishing for catch-and-release snook is pretty darn good as long as the tide is moving. The […]