Category Archives: Fishing

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Island-area anglers find fishing hot prior to cold front

Fishing prior to the cold front that blew through the area Dec. 10-11 was producing excellent action for Anna Maria Island anglers. Fishing the flats has been good for redfish, spotted seatrout and catch-and-release snook. Snook season ended Dec. 1. Inshore fishing around docks and shallow water structure is providing action on sheepshead, snapper and […]

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Pleasant fall weather promises all-around good fishing

Fishing around Anna Maria Island is as pleasant as the weather. With a light easterly breeze and calm seas, both inshore and offshore adventures are promising. Fishing inshore around the bays and Manatee River is providing good action on spotted seatrout and snook. Redfish — especially around docks and canals — are plentiful. Live bait […]

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Various weather conditions result in varied catches

Fishing around Anna Maria Island is “all over the charts.” Fishing warm, mild days before cold fronts is proving to be on the exceptional side, while fishing during and shortly after the fronts is yielding mediocre catches — and discouraged anglers. Snook action is occurring when the sun shines bright and warms things up and […]

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Cooler nights, moderate days provide fishers hot action

Fall fishing around Anna Maria Island is getting better and better as we experience cool overnight temperatures, moderate days and calm waters. As a result of the two cold fronts we recently experienced, the waters have cooled down just enough to trigger fish to start feeding and fatten up for winter. Fishing offshore is proving […]

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Night tarpon hunt at Rocky Bluff goes sideways

Night fishing has always held a special place in my heart. When I was single, having fewer responsibilities and obligations, I was an avid night fisherman. Whether targeting snook, trout or tarpon, the tranquility and solitude of night fishing satisfied me. Now, being a family man and entrepeneur with a busy guide business, I have […]

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Fast-action species keep island anglers busy

Fall fishing around Anna Maria Island is host to some fast-action species that are sure to keep local and visiting anglers occupied. While patrolling the beaches, I’m seeing schools of Spanish mackerel as close as 100 yards from the shore to about a mile of the beach. Looking for the feeding shorebirds — seagulls and […]

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Fall fishing pattern starts up, seasonal species arrive

Fishing around Anna Maria Island is falling into the familiar autumn pattern, including the arrival of seasonal species. Kingfish are making a showing along the beaches of Anna Maria Island, as well as the artificial reefs. Slow trolling large shiners or threadfin herring on a light wire rig is producing a bite. Numerous Spanish mackerel […]

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Cooler weather forecast, great fishing to come

A slight drop in temperature around Anna Maria Island has local and visiting anglers anticipating some great fishing. Cooler breezes and cooler water temps are settling in on our coastal areas and with them comes a forecast for some great fishing. Snook are starting to meander back to the flats after a long, hot summer […]