Fishing Reports

Shaping up to Be a Cooler Winter

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.

There has also been an influx in sheepshead lately which happens every year as we get into the winter months and the fish get ready to spawn right before spring. These fish will be one of the main targets on our inshore and near shore charters. They are hard fighting, good eating, and they are cooperative even on the coldest days of winter. They are great fish for kids to catch as well because they provide consistent action and do not take much skill to catch.

The seatrout bite has been hit or miss lately with the fronts coming so often but once the weather stables out for a little while the big trout should be getting into the skinny water making for some fun.

As always there as lots of options to fish for and this time of year is no exception. Christmas break is approaching quickly and if you are looking for something fun to do with family and friends book a fishing charter with me and make some memories that will last forever. I fish Bradenton, Anna Maria Island, Sarasota, Siesta Key and the waters of Tampa bay and the Gulf of Mexico. Give me a call at 813-220-8725 or email to book your fishing charter today!