Fishing Reports

Here in Anna Maria Island there has been no shortage of cold fronts the last month, and the next two weeks are no different. Although it has been chilly we are still reeling the fish in.

Suprisingly there has been a great snook bite in the dead end canals and parts of the Manatee River for our guests on our inshore fishing charters to enjoy as long as I have been able to locate the whitebait. The snook remain catch and release so for our guests that want to target fish to eat the sheepshead remain the best best and there has also been a fair amount of mangrove snappers around to add to the cooler. Both the sheepshead and mangrove snappers provide excellent fights on light tackle and are some of the best eating fish in our area. Black drum...

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Here on Anna Maria Island we have had a few more stronger cold fronts move through keeping the water temps in the low 60s. The next few nights will be in the 40s making for more of a temperature drop as we are in the middle of another front passing through.

Over the past few weeks I have been on a great inshore gag grouper bite trolling around in Tampa Bay. We have pulled in some beautiful fish up to 32 inches and there has been many keeper sized fish landed. The fish are in shallow water and are hitting our plugs with great force and put up a strong fight for our anglers. This bite should continue for the next couple months but be aware that season closes for these tasty fish at the end of the year for six months until June 2019.

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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.

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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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