Category Archives: Fishing

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 […]

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 […]