Category Archives: Fishing

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 […]

Fishing – 04-06-2016

Springtime brings increase in boaters, fish to target   Springtime fishing is in full swing in the surrounding waters of Anna Maria Island — and so are the springtime boaters. In fact, I can’t remember a spring with as many boats as I’ve seen this year. Even with all the boat traffic, the weather is […]

Fishing – 03-30-2016

No (spring) break for hot fishing action   Spring fishing around Anna Maria Island remains outstanding for inshore and nearshore fishers. Although a late cold front slowed the fish for a few days, water temps are back on the rise and so is the bite. Snook from 14-40 inches are being spotted from Miguel Bay […]

Fishing – 03-23-2016

Water warms, bringing changes in tactics, species   Water temps are on the rise, welcomed by local fishers and tourists alike. And with these rising water temps come a whole new batch of species and techniques. The most prominent backwater species making a showing is snook. It’s time to start checking your springtime haunts for […]

Fishing – 03-16-2016

Reel ’em in, spring fishing is already here   Despite numerous windy days, fishing around Anna Maria Island is producing a variety of catches. Those fishing from the local piers are cashing in on the abundance of sheepshead. Live shrimp, fiddler crabs or sand fleas as bait are allowing even the most novice anglers to […]

Fishing – 03-02-2016

Unfavorable to anglers, weather creates rough conditions   It’s fish or miss for local anglers. Windy conditions and numerous cold fronts are passing through the Tampa Bay-Sarasota Bay area creating iffy conditions for fishing. On calm days between fronts, fishing offshore around the artificial reefs is proving to be quite productive. Fishing in Tampa Bay […]