Category Archives: Fishing

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Summertime pattern settles in, produces stellar fishing

Fishing around Anna Maria Island has settled into a good summertime pattern. Light breezes from the east combined with morning high tides are producing some stellar inshore fishing opportunities. The deeper grass flats of Tampa and Sarasota bays are loaded with post-spawn trout. You may have to catch 20-30 of these trout to make your […]

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Tarpon bite slows, other species readily take the bait

Since the tarpon bite is calming down in Tampa Bay, fishers around Anna Maria Island are setting their sights on other species. Catch-and-release snook are making a great showing around the passes and beaches. Spotted seatrout are in abundance throughout the grass flats in our local bays and along the Intracoastal Waterway. Sharks are in […]

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Weather, fish fall into routine summertime pattern

Falling into our typical summertime pattern of calm east breezes in the morning followed by a spattering of thunderstorms in the afternoon is providing excellent fishing around Anna Maria Island. Inshore fishing is providing good action on spotted seatrout and catch-and-release snook. Deep grass flats are holding many and all sizes of trout. To find […]

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Variety in weather produces medley of catches

Anna Maria Island is host to wide-ranging conditions for fishing. During the past couple of weeks, we experienced a full spectrum of weather, including tropical storm-like conditions from Alberto. Before that, we had exquisite weather — calm waters and light easterly breezes that make for excellent fishing across the board. These conditions can be ideal […]

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Plenty of rain, but no damper on fishing

Fishing around Anna Maria Island remains consistent as long as you don’t mind fishing in the rain. Rainy days have enveloped our little island, but it doesn’t seem to bother the fish. At least most of them. Inshore fishing is good for hooking spotted seatrout and catch-and-release snook. Also present in the backcountry are jack […]