Category Archives: Fishing

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Mild winter temps produce stellar fishing action

For yet another week, mild temperatures and stellar fishing conditions make the little paradise we call Anna Maria Island attractive to visiting and local anglers alike. Fishing nearshore and offshore is producing a variety of species, ranging from bottom dwellers — grouper, snapper and hogfish — to migratory fish — cobia, amberjack, kings and tuna. Things […]

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Fishing between cold fronts brings on winter bounty

Once again fishing the calm weather before the cold front is supplying excellent fishing experiences for the fishers of Anna Maria Island. Venturing into the Gulf of Mexico seems to be the ticket for the most consistent action. Bottom fishing around ledges, reefs, wrecks and hard bottom is resulting in a variety of species, including […]

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A string of windy days puts damper on fishing

Fishing around Anna Maria Island is challenging with back-to-back windy days. Finding sheltered areas on these days is the real test if you’re trying to bend a rod. One good place to look is the canals, where numerous docks harbor fish. Casting live shrimp around pilings and under docks is a good way to attract […]

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Island-area anglers find fishing hot prior to cold front

Fishing prior to the cold front that blew through the area Dec. 10-11 was producing excellent action for Anna Maria Island anglers. Fishing the flats has been good for redfish, spotted seatrout and catch-and-release snook. Snook season ended Dec. 1. Inshore fishing around docks and shallow water structure is providing action on sheepshead, snapper and […]

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Pleasant fall weather promises all-around good fishing

Fishing around Anna Maria Island is as pleasant as the weather. With a light easterly breeze and calm seas, both inshore and offshore adventures are promising. Fishing inshore around the bays and Manatee River is providing good action on spotted seatrout and snook. Redfish — especially around docks and canals — are plentiful. Live bait […]

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Various weather conditions result in varied catches

Fishing around Anna Maria Island is “all over the charts.” Fishing warm, mild days before cold fronts is proving to be on the exceptional side, while fishing during and shortly after the fronts is yielding mediocre catches — and discouraged anglers. Snook action is occurring when the sun shines bright and warms things up and […]

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Cooler nights, moderate days provide fishers hot action

Fall fishing around Anna Maria Island is getting better and better as we experience cool overnight temperatures, moderate days and calm waters. As a result of the two cold fronts we recently experienced, the waters have cooled down just enough to trigger fish to start feeding and fatten up for winter. Fishing offshore is proving […]