Fishing Reports

The month started out with warmer than normal temperatures here in Southwest FL. Last week we had a cold front move through our area and the clearer water made the bait a little more skittish. The snook and seatrout were very cooperative all thanksgiving week leading up to the full moon, which made for lots of action and fun for our guests on our fishing charters.

The snook are still transitioning to their winter haunts and finding a hungry school can provide fast action. There have also been some scattered redfish patrolling the flats. Patience, being still and quiet has been the key to getting a bite, most have been slot sized fish. The Manatee River is starting to hold more fish as well, large schools of jacks and ladyfish have been mi...

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From the North end of Anna Maria Island and Egmont Key all the way up into Tampa Bay and the Manatee River is teaming with life right now.

We are having stellar days of fishing on our inshore charters. The snook have been plentiful around the bay on the flats around the sandbars and mangrove shorelines. Redfish have been mixed in with the snook and we have been catching them on whitebait which has also been very easy to find on all the grass flats around Emerson Point. The deeper flats are holding seatrout and tons of jacks, Spanish mackerel, and bluefish. If you are looking to catch a lot of fish now is the time to go fishing around here!

The first significant cold front is on its way coming through our area on Friday this week. We are go...

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We are just a couple days into October and the fishing in Tampa Bay has been fantastic. Anglers that have fished with me lately have been experiencing great action with redfish and snook. There has been lots of whitebait around and we have been catching the majority of our fish on the whitebait and also smaller sized pinfish. We have been fishing some sandbar drop-offs and mangrove shorelines locating these fish. The inshore scene has been full of life with lots of manatees and dolphins being spotted on most trips the past couple weeks.

The mornings have become cooler as each day gets a little less sunlight and the fish respond by gorging themselves with food in preparation for months to come with less bait around to eat and cooler water ...

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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.

I have been seein...

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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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