Fishing Reports

Early Signs of Spring in late February

Over the past couple weeks the weather around Anna Maria Island has been in the 80s during the day and 60s at night giving the water a chance to warm up and the fish are reacting very positively. Bait has shown up in Tampa bay and if you can get some of it in your bait well there has been some great fishing to be had.

he snook are staging in areas like the mouth of the Manatee River and Phillipi creek to the south in Sarasota in anticipation of the summer spawn and are hungry! Lately we have been catching lots of snook on our inshore charters. Mangrove snapper have also been very cooperative on some of the inshore bridge structures throughout the bay making for a tasty meal for our anglers. The spotted seatrout bite has been picking up as well with more slot sized fish showing up by the week. There is still quite a few sheepshead around but with the warming trend we have been experiencing the bite will start to taper off.

Nearshore in the Gulf Of Mexico the name of the game has been the key west grunts and mangrove & lane snappers with some nice sized gag groupers being caught and released as well bottom fishing with shrimp and cut baits. Lots of bait is starting to show in the gulf and I have seen a few schools of Spanish mackerel with birds working over the top of them, so hopefully the kingfish will be around very soon.

I have some availability this week and March has been booking up very fast. If you are interested in a fishing charter from Bradenton to Sarasota give me a call at 813-220-8725 to set up a day to get out and make some great memories!

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