Category Archives: Fishing

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 […]

Fishing – 05-04-2016

Wind consistent, but anglers report great catches   Fishing around Anna Maria Island remains consistent, although windy days are keeping most fishers in the backwaters of the bays and the Intracoastal Waterway. That said, reports from area fishing guides of snook and spotted seatrout are abundant. The same applies for mangrove snapper within a mile […]

Fishing – 04-27-2016

Temperatures, fishing action heating up   Fishing around Anna Maria Island is definitely heating up as the balmy spring mornings fade and progress toward summer and its long hot days. Whether fishing the flats or venturing out into the Gulf of Mexico, you can rest assured there is action ahead. On my Southernaire Fishing Charters, […]

Fishing – 04-20-2016

Why can’t April angling last all year?   April fishing is shaping up for anglers working the waters around Anna Maria Island. With calm winds, clear waters and the arrival of baitfish both in the Gulf and in Tampa Bay, fishing is nothing less than outstanding. Now’s the time — drop everything, get out and […]

Fishing – 04-13-2016

Inconsistent weather a constant factor for local fishers   Inconsistent weather is resulting in a sporadic bite in the waters surrounding Anna Maria Island. Within four days of fishing I have seen the wind blow in four directions. Adaptability, knowledge of the local waters and persistence are all playing a huge part in being successful […]