Category Archives: Fishing

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Fishing – 08-24-2016

Rain, rain stay away — it’s time to go fishin’ ishing around Anna Maria Island is settling into a typical August pattern. Mangrove snapper are found throughout our waters around any structure — reefs, rock piles, bridges and docks. Even on the flats, keeper-size mangoes are coming to the hook. Spotted seatrout are in abundance. […]

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Fishing – 08-17-2016

Rain, rain stay away — it’s time to go fishin’   Despite the monsoon that fell over our waters for nearly a week, area fishers are finding a good bite. Fishing the flats for spotted seatrout is still a good bet. Most catches are 12-14 inches which, although just below the legal limit of 15 […]

Fishing – 08-10-2016

Rainy season produces steady catch for sturdy anglers   Fishing around Anna Maria Island remains consistently good for a variety of inshore species. Fishing deep grass flats with good tidal flow is producing rallies of spotted seatrout. Live shiners free-lined or under a cork are the bait of choice. Determination is key to finding slot-size […]

Fishing – 08-03-2016

‘Candy’ contributes to rise of mangrove snapper catch   Mangrove snapper appear to be the common catch among the vast number of anglers working Anna Maria Island’s surrounding waters. Whether fishing from land or by boat, mangrove snapper are dominating the bite on the reefs, flats and around any structure in Tampa Bay and in […]

Fishing – 07-27-2016

Spotted seatrout — fun to catch, good on the plate   Spotted seatrout remain the consistent catch for anglers fishing the flats around Anna Maria Island. Deeper grass flats during moving tides are producing respectable numbers of trout. I’m noticing an abundance of undersized fish, in fact even more so than slot fish. In one […]

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 […]