Category Archives: Fishing

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Temps still hot, resulting in mixed bag for anglers

Despite water temps in the high 80s, flats fishing is still productive so long as you fish early morning as opposed to midday. Spotted seatrout and catch-and-release snook seem to be the predominant bite, especially during swift-moving, early morning tides. Redfish are present, although the numbers of fish are not what they should be this […]

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Hot weather requires anglers prepare for success

Fishing around Anna Maria Island remains hot. If you’re planning on spending time on the water, plan accordingly. First, be ready to catch fish. Second, make sure you protect yourself from the sweltering conditions that are in store for you. Stock up on water and ice, and don’t forget everyone needs a hat, sunglasses and […]

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Tides produce a bite, storms put a damper on fishing

Although the afternoon outgoing tides look nothing less than stellar for fishing the flats, the pop-up thunderstorms we are experiencing are making it tough to be on the water. Don’t be discouraged — the morning tides are producing a bite. I’m finding limits of mangrove snapper around residential docks and on the deeper grass flats. […]

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Intense heat, humidity and fishing spell out summertime

The humidity is up, the heat is intense and the fishing is following suit. Whether inshore or offshore, there is plenty of productive fishing. Red grouper, snappers and permit are being caught around nearshore and offshore structure. Also in these areas are flounder, goliath grouper and shark. Moving inshore is providing good action, too. Spotted […]

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Tropical Storm Cindy puts brief damper on AMI fishing

Despite daily thunderstorms and frequent windy days caused by Tropical Storm Cindy’s northward movement in the Gulf of Mexico, fishing around Anna Maria Island is managing to put smiles on visiting and local anglers alike. Fishing inshore is slightly challenging, although spotted seatrout and catch-and-release snook are producing some decent action. Fishing structure in Tampa […]

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Rainy weather slows, fishing returns to normal

Well, after a week-long soaking from thunderstorms, fishing around Anna Maria Island is starting to fall back into the summertime pattern that started a few weeks earlier, in spite of the official start of summer this week, June 21. Fishing the flats for snook and spotted seatrout is proving to be effective. For the snook, […]