Category Archives: Fishing

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Fishing – 04-05-2017

Spring fishing results in rallies all around   Fishing around Anna Maria Island is finally exceptional. Whether fishing inshore for snook, reds and trout or venturing offshore for permit and kingfish, anglers are returning to the dock with smiles on their faces and plenty of bragging rights. Fishing the flats for snook is wide-open. Free-lining […]

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Spring fishing action, temps on the rise

Fishing around Anna Maria Island is shaping up again after a quick, passing cold front —hopefully the last cold weather as we greet spring. We’re seeing water temps are on a steady rise and the fishing results, too. Respectable numbers of snook are taking up residence on grass flats awaiting the large bait schools coming […]

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Fishing remains hot, even with cold weather

With March upon us, spring-break visitors from far and wide are coming to enjoy our sleepy little island. Most visitors are here to escape the cold of the north with hopes of enjoying some warm Florida sun and beaches and take in a day of fishing. Despite a recent string of cold days, the spring […]

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Warm weather produces early spring bounty

With such a mild Florida winter, springtime fishing around Anna Maria Island is shaping up to provide some of the best bounty our waters have to offer. Snook fishing is red-hot and we haven’t even seen it at its best yet. Spotted seatrout are making a good showing on the deeper grass flats throughout our […]

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Fishing – 03-08-2017

The common snook — a common hookup for area anglers   Snook season is open. So, anglers from far and wide are visiting Anna Maria Island with hopes of hooking into the most famous of the famous in back country fishing. Encouraging numbers of fish are making a showing in their typical springtime spots from […]

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Fishing action improves with early spring-like conditions

Fishing around Anna Maria Island is showing daily signs of improvement as we approach springtime. With snook season opening March 1 in Florida’s Gulf of Mexico and the adjacent federal waters, remaining open through April 30, it’s only going to get better. With the weather already feeling like spring, the flats fishing is falling right into […]

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February provides better-than-average fishing

The fishing is beautiful. Wish you were here? Fishing around Anna Maria Island remains better than average for February. Mild temperatures and light winds only briefly interrupted by a weak cold front are supplying excellent conditions for a variety of fishing. Reports from offshore include catches of grouper, amberjack and hogfish. Inshore fishing is shaping […]

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Sheepshead season in early stages, savy anglers hook up

Fishing around Anna Maria Island remains consistent. Consistently good. With spring-like conditions dominating our weather, fishers are venturing outdoors in droves to soak up the warm Florida sunshine and hook up with the bite and dinner. Sheepshead season, which arrives with winter, is still in its early stages due to the mild temperatures in the […]

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Mild temps result in uptick on catches of convicts

With another week of mild temperatures, fishing around Anna Maria Island is proving to be quite good. Sheepshead are beginning to really make their presence known around Tampa Bay. The local fishing piers, as well as reefs and rock piles, are attracting fish. Pier fishers are finding success using live shrimp as bait and the […]