Category Archives: Fishing

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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, […]

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Heavy rains, windy conditions put damper on fishing

Well, it looks like it’s back to the drawing board this week for anglers who plan to fish around Anna Maria Island. After numerous days of long-lasting thunderstorms and strong winds, fishing our local waters became challenging. Murky water is making it difficult to fish the flats, as well as along the beaches. On days […]

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Wind reduces number of silver king hookups, back country fishing still good

Despite wind and thunderstorms, fishing around Anna Maria Island remains consistent. Tarpon is on most angler’s agendas, although windy conditions make it difficult to target them. Catches are occurring in the passes and along the beaches near Tampa Bay, where live crabs, threadfin herring and large shiners are working as bait. In the backcountry, spotted […]

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Fishing inshore and near as hot as temps

The fishing is heating up much like the weather. Fishing the flats for redfish, spotted seatrout and catch-and-release snook is in full swing. You also can start finding snook in the passes and along the beaches during calm mornings or evenings. Fishing offshore is heating up with reports of blackfin tuna, cobia, permit and king […]

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Calming winds result in great fishing in bays, Gulf

Aside from the afternoon sea breeze, it looks as if the recent strong winds have finally subsided, which is great for fishing around Anna Maria Island. The anticipation of tarpon fishing is on everyone’s minds, although the large groups of fish have yet to show. A few catches are being reported, mainly from the south […]

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Fishing – 05-03-2017

Inshore, offshore fishing heats up with rising temps   It may not be summer, but it sure is hot. And the fishing is fired up around Anna Maria Island — holding strong in both the backcountry and offshore. Flats fishing for catch-and-release snook is pretty darn good as long as the tide is moving. The […]

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Inshore, nearshore anglers hook up fish aplenty

Despite an abundance of boaters throughout our region — just like traffic on the roads — the waterways also see increased use in high season and fishing around Anna Maria Island is putting smiles on anglers’ faces. The inshore bite on snook and spotted seatrout is especially good, with daily limits on trout and plenty […]