Category Archives: Fishing

Fishing – 07-20-2016

Good news: ‘Hatch bait’ makes it happen on the water   Despite the scorching temperatures, fishing around Anna Maria is on the rise. The reason for this is the arrival of bait fish. Whether on the flats or out in Tampa Bay, you should notice the huge schools of baby shiners or, as we call […]

Fishing – 07-06-2016

Beat the heat — fish early or late for hot action   If you haven’t noticed, we’ve finally fallen into our summer pattern and by pattern I mean hot. Temperatures in the mid to upper 90s are an everyday occurrence now. This, in turn, brings those water temps up, and I think the fish notice […]

Fishing – 06-29-2016

Anna Maria Island-area fishing as hot as temperatures   Despite temperatures rising quickly to the 90s in by mid-morning, plenty of anglers are on the water in search of a bite. Early morning or evening fishing is a popular idea, since these times tend to be slightly cooler than “high noon.” Fishing the flats for […]

Fishing – 06-22-2016

Tarpon return behind Colin, other species take the hook Although Tropical Storm Colin sent tarpon on a brief hiatus from our waters, king of sport fishing is definitely back and in greater numbers, too. The sand bars of Passage Key and Bean Point are host to hundreds of silver kings — if you’re there at […]

Fishing – 06-15-2016

Tropical Storm Colin dampens fishing, but only short-term   In the aftermath of Tropical Storm Colin, which blew past Anna Maria Island in the Gulf of Mexico June 6, fishers are managing to hook up with some fish. I’m not saying the fishing is as good as normal, but having a successful day on the […]

Fishing – 06-08-2016

Variety, silver king persistence keep local anglers busy   Tarpon fishing remains the main attraction for yet another week on Anna Maria Island. Anglers from Tampa to Boca Grande — and beyond — are flocking to our little island to get a taste of what our local waters have to offer. Some say the tarpon […]

Fishing – 06-01-2016

Tarpon remain in the spotlight, other species attainable   Tarpon remain in the spotlight for yet another week for fishers near Anna Maria Island. Talk of Bean Point resembling the famous Boca Grande Pass is becoming commonplace among fishers in the area. The numbers of boats present during the morning tarpon bite is the reason. […]

Fishing – 05-25-2016

The cure for tarpon fever? Go out and get one   The tarpon fever epidemic is rapidly spreading throughout the small barrier island on the south side of Tampa Bay. Anna Maria Island anglers, as well as fishers from around the world, are experiencing sleepless nights due to the intoxicating anticipation of doing battle with […]

Fishing – 05-18-2016

The return of the king — tarpons hook up in local waters   Anna Maria fishing is host to a shiny new arrival this week. That’s right. The silver kings have returned. Although the quantity of fish is still building, small groups of tarpon are running along the beaches, as well as in the passes […]

Fishing – 05-11-2016

Snook — out of season but good catch-and-release sportfish   Snook season has come to an end, but catch-and-release action on linesiders remains better than average. Many snook ranging 20-26 inches are being caught along mangrove shorelines, especially under the bushes during extreme high tide. Larger fish are mixed in with this bite, although most […]