Category Archives: Fishing

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Red hot fishing for January start, followed by cold front

With mild weather lingering around Anna Maria Island in early January, anglers were enjoying perfect conditions on the water and great fishing. A weekend cold front brought a quick drop in temperatures and choppy waters, but we will see a quick return to better conditions for anglers. Meanwhile, before the front, fishers from offshore were […]

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Welcome to 2017, great weather, fishing all around AMI

Well, here we are. It’s 2017. Although the calendar says winter, our weather is resembling springtime. And so is the fishing. With mild temperatures and calm seas, the fishing around Anna Maria Island is excellent. Offshore and nearshore fishing are proving to be exceptional, with catches of cobia, kingfish, grouper, snapper and hogfish — the […]

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Unseasonably warm temps heat up action for fishers

With unseasonably warm temperatures this past week, fishing around Anna Maria Island turned up a notch. Kingfish are being caught offshore, as well as mangrove snapper, grouper and hogfish. The inshore bite is good, with catch-and-release snook, redfish and trout being caught with regularity. Shiners are available for anyone with a bait net on the […]

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December fishing provides anglers a variety of catches

Fishing around Anna Maria Island has remained consistent for another week. With mild temperatures and moderate seas, a variety of fishing can be accomplished. Whether venturing offshore for grouper and snapper or just casually fishing the flats in the local bays, local angers are finding success. On my own adventures on Southernaire fishing charters, I’m […]

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Winter is coming — time to bait shrimp for a hookup

Baiting your hook with shrimp is becoming a necessity due to falling water temperatures and passing cold fronts. There are shiners to be caught on the flats but, in most instances, substituting live shrimp can yield good results. I’m finding an abundance of redfish around residential docks and canals that are more than happy to […]

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Fishing – 12-07-2016

  Shiners keep rods bent for anglers inshore, nearshore   Despite some recent cold weather, fishing around Anna Maria Island is holding fast. With late-season shiners available as bait, many anglers are finding success in the back country and out in the Gulf of Mexico. Fishing the flats for snook and trout is still going […]

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November brings variety, bounty of catches to area anglers

With the cooler November weather nipping at our heels, it’s possible to find a number of species on the move, especially in the back country. Snook are hastily making their way toward their wintertime haunts and, in the process, are voraciously on the feed, fattening up for winter. On Southernaire charters, I’m finding many schooley-sized […]

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Inshore, nearshore catches are November’s bounty

A little taste of fall weather is a welcome signal to the fishing community of Anna Maria Island and surrounding areas. We’re finally settling in to our fall pattern, which promises some great fishing for both inshore and nearshore anglers alike. Bait is being found in abundance — another good sign. And even better yet […]

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October bite shows up late — in early November

The first week of November was showing potential for some great fishing in our local waters. It seems the typically long-awaited October bite is happening this month. Better late than never, I guess. During my Southernaire Fishing charters, I’m experiencing rallies of schooley snook. These 18- to 26-inch fish are in abundance and on the […]