Category Archives: Fishing

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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 […]

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Fishing improves after passage of Hurricane Irma

For most of us the chores that follow a storm, especially one such as Hurricane Irma, can be long and lengthy. For me, it’s kind of hard to say, “Honey, I’m going out fishing for the day,” when the yard is covered with fallen tree limbs, sections of fence are blown down, the windows are […]

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Redfish here, there, everywhere and taking the hook

Despite the threat of Hurricane Irma, fishing around Anna Maria Island is nothing less than exceptional. If you can break away from watching the “weather on the 9s” for a moment, you might discover the redfish have arrived. Although they aren’t as abundant as I think they could be, there are a few nice schools […]

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Fish more accommodating by morning, easier on anglers

Fishing around Anna Maria Island remains productive despite the heat and water temps of 90 degrees or better. Fishing early morning around sunrise is most favorable when the winds are calm and the tide is right. On my Southernaire fishing charters, I’m trying to fish the flats first thing in the morning. My reasoning behind […]

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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 […]