Fishing Reports

Anna Maria Island is ideally located in the southern part of Tampa Bay and just a couple miles from the Manatee River. This location puts you just a short boat ride from the island to the fishing grounds no matter the time of year. During the summer months we can target the high flying tarpon just off the beaches and in Tampa Bay. Catch and release snook fishing is also a good option during summer along Egmont key and the Anna Maria Island beaches, with most fish being smaller males with regular shots at larger female breader 30+ inch trophy sized fish. The late summer months bring some of the best the best red fishing of the year at the mouth of the Manatee River and Anna Maria Sound.

During your stay on Anna Maria Island it is recommend...

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With all the recent rain cooling the water off significantly a couple weeks ago the snook are starting to make the first couple stops on their way to the river and back bays to roam for the winter. They are usually willing to eat as they are prepping for the coming months of less forage. Live pilchards and pinfish have been fooling these fish and there have been some nice slot sized fish caught and released aboard our Bradenton fishing charters lately. The redfish bite has remained consistent in Tampa Bay as well with a couple schools of over slot sized fish that when they are feeding can provide for some insane action. There has also been a healthy amount of slot sized redfish mixed in with the small snook on the flats.

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The past couple weeks on our Bradenton fishing charters we have experienced a ton of afternoon rain which has cooled the water significantly. The redfish have been very active and we have located schools in Tampa Bay and they are hungry! They have been scattered along the mangroves mixed in with snook as well. We have been catching both the snook and reds on live pilchards which have been mostly small but manageable to catch. We have started to see a little bit of life coming back in Sarasota bay lately which is a great sign. The tarpon are still around in decent numbers that we are still hooking a couple fish inside of the bay. The mackerel and mangrove snapper have still been all over the bay on the har making for a tasty meal if you a...

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The month of August has been a slower month as far as fishing charters around here in Bradenton and Sarasota. We have been plagued with the red tide algae bloom which has discouraged people from getting out on the water. The people that did venture out with us this month experienced great fishing despite the conditions. Sure we had to run the boat through some areas that were full of the algae bloom and dead fish but we found clean water and hungry fish that were unaffected and willing to bite.

We have been concentrating our efforts fishing the Bradenton and Palmetto areas as they have not been afftected by red tide at all, with good clean water and lots of bait around. Guests do not have to worry about an unpleasent smell or seeing dead...

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The weather has been HOT but the fishing has remained strong on our fishing charters in Bradenton and Siesta Key.

The inshore bite has been the best first thing in the morning or later in the afternoon just before sunset. Redfish made an appearance for us in July and were caught on cut bait and live on the higher tides around the mangroves. Snook action remained steady with lots of catch and release fish being landed and keeping anglers busy. The mangrove snapper have moved into the bay in full force and are eating the small hatch bait on the grass flats and docks throughout south Tampa Bay and Sarasota Bay. The trout bite has been good the past few weeks around the schools of hatch bait on the flats and ladyfish, bluefish, and Spanish ma...

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Throughout this month it has continually gotten warmer out and we have been getting off the water earlier in the day to beat the heat and the thunderstorms. On our Bradenton fishing charters we have been finding a lot of catch and release snook usually very eager to eat, they have provided for fast action and lots of fun. The spotted seatrout bite has been very good with some larger fish over 20 inches still being caught. There are a couple redfish being landed as well, which is promising as the summer goes on. Tarpon are chewing as well and the full moon coming up this week will provide for great action on the afternoon outgoing tides.

Last week we did some nearshore snapper fishing with a couple of our guests. We landed quite a few lane...

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On our Bradenton fishing charters lately guests have been experiencing fast action on snook and spotted sea trout. The bite for snook has been really good on the morning incoming tides last week with live pilchards “whitebait” used for bait to entice the bite. Some of the days last week we caught upwards of 35-40 snook on a half day fishing charter. We have been catching them on the flats that have nice potholes scattered and good water flow.

There has also been an abundance of seatrout caught on some of the deeper grass flats that have good tidal flow. The trout have been in some of the shallower grass and have been even mixed with some of the snook occasionally up towards the mangroves. The best bet for them has been a littl...

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The end of April and into May have been some of the best weeks of fishing this year and will continue into summer.

Clients have been staying busy with a variety of species of fish on our Bradenton and Sarasota fishing charters. Snook are making their way to the beaches and passes, trout have been biting very well with some nice 20+ inch fish in the mix, and the tarpon are starting to show in Tampa bay. The bait is getting easier to catch and pods of threadfins are in the bay and at the mouth of the rivers. I have seen some tarpon cruising the edges of the deeper grass flats and have heard of the occasional fish being hooked while trout fishing which always makes for an exhilarating surprise. The schools of tarpon should be along the beach...

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I have been very busy over the past couple weeks fishing with spring breakers down on vacation in Sarasota and Bradenton.

Before this front came through on Sunday the fishing was off the chain with lots of spotted seatrout and snook being landed and jacks, ladyfish, and Spanish mackerel also in the mix providing lots of action for anglers. The bait is getting more plentiful around the piers in Tampa bay and it has been making its way onto the flats as well. We have already started to see snook in some of the passes and the Tarpon should be making their way up here soon migrating north along the beaches. I have been hearing reports of fish being landed regularly in the Fort Myers area so it is only a matter of time before they are around S...

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This past week on our Bradenton inshore fishing charters we have seen really good fishing with spring creeping in but we also experienced another front that put things back in check for us. early last week we experienced another front that made the fishing conditions a bit challenging and also made catching bait difficult for most of us. Towards the end of the week and into the weekend we saw a warming trend which helped make the fish bite a little better.

After the front we focused on sheepshead for a little bit and also some black drum in the mix fishing artificial reefs and docks/structures throughout the bay, we also caught quit a few ladyfish while looking for some trout which helped to keep anglers rods bent. Friday I fished two ins...

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