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Goodbye red tide — hello red hot fall fishing

Fishing around Anna Maria Island is looking better and better now that we are slipping into a fall pattern, With lower temps at night, water temps are slowly dropping. Plus, locals are saying the red tide has been dispersing. Spanish mackerel and kingfish are beginning their migration along our coast — always a welcome sight […]

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Fishing – 10-12-2016

Matthew sends red tide packing, fishing holds strong Although the red tide bloom continued to linger in our area before Hurrincane Matthew sent winds and rough surf our way, both inshore and offshore fishing were holding their own. Most inshore fishing during the red tide outbreak was occurring north of the Anna Maria Island Bridge […]

Fishing – 10-05-2016

Fishing remains fair-to-good as red tide reaches beaches   Despite there being some patches of red tide in our local waters, fishing remains fairly good around Anna Maria Island. Finding areas where red tide is not present is key to finding the bite. As anglers search for clean water, you guessed it, so do the […]

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Fishing – 09-28-2016

Waterfront halts Sugar Beach’s bid for basketball perfection Based on the lead up in the regular basketball season, players for Sugar Beach Digital Photography should have walked out of the gym Sept. 21 at the Center of Anna Maria Island clutching championship trophies. The players from Waterfront Restaurant had other ideas. They came to play […]

Fishing – 09-21-2016

Clear water results in great fishing action for AMI anglers Our local waters are beginning to clear up and the fishing is clearly improving. Fishing along the beaches and out to the inshore reefs is proving to be good for a number of species, including mangrove snapper, flounder and Spanish mackerel. The waters along the […]

Fishing – 09-14-2016

Freshwater invades bay waters, but doesn’t dampen fishing   Despite our waters being a dark tannic color resembling Coca-Cola as a result of the millions of gallons of freshwater draining from Lake Manatee, fishing remains productive. Snook fishing is proving prosperous if you know where to look. Hundreds, if not thousands of juvenile snook have […]

Fishing – 09-07-2016

Hermine pours rain, churns waters, dampens fishing   In the wake of Hermine, post-storm fishing may be challenging. My best guess is to start where you left off before Hermine and work your way from there. It will be interesting if the schools of redfish that were appearing throughout our region have moved or if […]

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Fishing – 08-24-2016

Reds, flounder pass anglers’ time, fill coolers The arrival of redfish to our local waters is a welcome sight. Schools of reds are being reported from just about every body of water near Anna Maria Island, from Miguel Bay to the north to southern Sarasota Bay. Most schools are containing at least a couple of […]

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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 […]