Anna Maria Island Fishing Report: Captain Aaron Lowman – June 10, 2016

Anna Maria Island Fishing Report
Cobia
Captain Aaron Lowman – Fishing Report – June 10, 2016
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—During the heat of the day, when the tarpon bite slows down, I’ve been taking my clients to look for hard fighting cobia. Cobia are nomadic wanderers, and can be difficult to pin down to a pattern most of the year.
—Right now I’m finding a pretty consistant cobia bite on many nearshore/inshore structures, as well as free swimming fish on sandbars.
—9 year old angler Alex Jorgensen, from Iowa caught this stud 25# cobia in between mangrove snapper and spanish mackeral this week!
Mark Winters and crew doubled up on cobia earlier in the week, while snapper fishing as well. Cobia are delicious, fast, and hard hitting. Come get em while it’s hot!

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Big Cobia

Big Cobia

Anna Maria Island Fishing Report: Captain Aaron Lowman – April 22, 2016

Anna Maria Island Fishing Report
Snook, Redfish, Seatrout, Grouper, Flounder, Snapper, Kingfish
Captain Aaron Lowman – Fishing Report – April 22, 2016
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—Inshore:
Good numbers of trout showing up on the grass flats, with the biggest fish coming from skinny water around mangroves. Redfish and flounder are around residential docks, and shiners or pinfish around pilings have produced this week.
Snook bite seems to be getting going. Catching plenty of schoolie-sized fish, with a few slotties in the mix.

—Nearshore:
Mangrove snapper are still making a good showing on nearshore structure, along with plenty of throw-back gag grouper. Kingfish and sharks are beginning to make a show around schools of bait, gathering around local reefs/wrecks. Most action this week coming from 3 – 7 miles off the beach.

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Grouper

snook

Snook

kingfish

Kingfish

sharp kingfish teeth

Sharp Teeth

great catch

Good Catch

big redfish

Big Red

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Redfish Trio

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King

 

Anna Maria Island Fishing Report: Captain Aaron Lowman – April 3, 2016

Anna Maria Island Fishing Report
Snook, Redfish, Seatrout
Captain Aaron Lowman – Fishing Report – April 3, 2016
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—Strong tides and a warming weather trend helped the inshore bite really get going the past couple weeks.
—Bait is on the move into Tampa and Sarasota Bays once again, sparking a good seatrout, snook, and redfish bite.
—I’m finding snook, trout and redfish close to mangroves, in potholes on grassflats, and around docks and oyster bars. A live shiner under a popping cork is my go-to rig for these situations.

snook

Snook

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Seatrout

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Redfish

Anna Maria Island Fishing Report: Captain Aaron Lowman – March 21, 2016

Anna Maria Island Fishing Report
Snook, Redfish, Snapper
Captain Aaron Lowman – Fishing Report – March 21, 2016
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—Inshore fishing action is starting to warm up along with the water temperature.
I’m seeing plenty of snook, redfish, and trout around, with live whitebait being the bait of choice. Trout love shiners, but are also willing to take an artificial lure such as a gulp shrimp or bucktail jig.
—As we finish March, I expect the backwater bite to gain momentum as the water temperatures continue to increase.
Book your trip today!!!

seatrout snook

Anna Maria Island Fishing Report: Captain Aaron Lowman – February 25, 2016

Anna Maria Island Fishing Report
Pompano
Captain Aaron Lowman – Fishing Report – February 25, 2016
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—I have FINALLY begun to see pompano show up in Anna Maria Island waters. As water temperatures slowly rise, some much-needed energy is being brought to the whole system.
Fishing with small, brightly colored jigs is one of the most effective ways to catch pompano. We are also catching plenty on a corked live shrimp inside the bay, and around areas of deep grass.
Most “first-timers” can’t belive how hard a 15 inch fish can pull! Pompano is a firm and mild white meat fish, making it particularly popular for the dinner table. Book a trip while it’s on!

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Pompano!

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Nice Pomp

Anna Maria Island Fishing Report: Captain Aaron Lowman – February 14, 2016

Anna Maria Island Fishing Report
Sheepshead, Snapper, Permit, Hogfish
Captain Aaron Lowman – Fishing Report – February 14, 2016
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—In between cold snaps this week, clients still found plenty of jumbo sheepshead.
Fishing live baits, such as shrimp around structure was the ticket.
Sheepshead are often underestimated – they can be super cautious, are hard fighters, and taste great.
—Permit have made a showing around some of the local beaches and passes this week, and are the larger cousin of the highly-sought pompano.
As with the pompano, permit will aggressivly strike small, brightly colored jigs.
This makes jigging for permit a really exciting way to catch these elusive fish.
Hogfish and mangrove snappers have been the highlight offshore a few miles.
Red grouper and throw-back gag grouper have been consistent offshore, as well.

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Anna Maria Island Fishing Report: Captain Aaron Lowman – January 26, 2016

Anna Maria Island Fishing Report
Sheepshead, Snapper
Captain Aaron Lowman – Fishing Report – January 26, 2016
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-This latest cold snap has finally started to push the big sheepshead into the bay. I’ve found them this week between 5 to 20 feet on docks, rock piles, reefs, wrecks, and edges. Live shrimp on a light knocker rig or jig head has been the ticket for hooking the tricky sheepshead. While looking for sheepshead, we are also catching mangrove snapper, flounder, and grouper. Plenty of action and good eats out in the bay this month, book a trip while it’s happening!

Double Trouble

Double Trouble

Good Eats

Good Eats

Anna Maria Island Fishing Report: Captain Aaron Lowman – January 9, 2016

Anna Maria Island Fishing Report
Hogfish, Grouper, Pompano
Captain Aaron Lowman – Fishing Report – January 9, 2016
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—Hope that everybody had a great New Year! Despite the poor weather lately, fishing has been good. Redfish and sheepshead have begun to show around docks and structure. Shrimp or fiddler crabs are a killer sheepshead bait, and when paired with shiners or small pinfish, you should be able to catch quite a few of both species. Pompano are also trickling in, and can be caught near sandy areas using jigs or shrimp.
—Offshore fishing has been productive, and we have been catching red and gag grouper, hog and mangrove snapper, sheepshead, and an occasional cobia or kingfish. Sharks are also still around, and are usually eager to eat a dead bait.

red grouper

Red Grouper

pompano

Pompano

hogfish

Hog Snapper

gag grouper

Nice gag

Anna Maria Island Fishing Report: Captain Aaron Lowman – December 31, 2015

Anna Maria Island Fishing Report
Mangrove Snapper, Hogfish, Cobia, Grouper
Captain Aaron Lowman – Fishing Report – December 31, 2015
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— Despite the persistent South wind last week, we got offshore to do some reef fishing. Bait has been harder to find, but live pilchards and shrimp on offshore structure have been productive when paired with a moving tide.

— Grouper, mangrove snapper, hogfish, and cobia have all been hanging around on the reefs, and we managed to have some great days out there!

snapper

Mango

mangrove snapper

Mangrove Snapper

big hogfish

Big Hog

hog snapper

Hog Snapper

hog snapper

Hogfish

hogfish

Hogfish

gag grouper

Gag

2x mangrove snapper

2X Mangrove Snapper

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Cobia

 

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Mango

Anna Maria Island Fishing Report: Captain Aaron Lowman – December 23, 2015

Anna Maria Island Fishing Report
Kingfish, Sharks, Mangrove Snapper
Captain Aaron Lowman – Fishing Report – December 23, 2015
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—This week, Tampa Bay and Anna Maria Island fishing has been defined by strong South winds, and tough, but surprisingly productive fishing. Nearshore fishing has produced Spanish mackerel, mangrove snapper, sheepshead, and some flounder. Offshore reef fishing has been providing larger mangrove snapper bites, as well as sharks in high numbers, and the occasional kingfish.

—We managed to get a nice kingfish on wire leader and heavy tackle while chumming with pilchards over structure off of the beaches. Sharks have begun to congregate over structure off of the beaches this time of year also due to the annual mullet run. They are tons of fun, and can be caught by hanging a chum bag over structure and using live or dead baits. Pinfish, ladyfish, or mackerel chunks will work fine, and be sure to rig your tackle with a steel leader to combat their sharp teeth. Large mangrove snapper over 20 inches are being caught by my clients while fishing with shrimp and small pilchards over these same reefs, and can’t be beat as table fare. Light line, and small hooks/sinkers are the key to enticing these smart fish to bite.

—Have fun and stay safe!

Kingfish

Kingfish

Mangrove Snapper

Mangrove Snapper

Blacktip

Blacktip

Mango

Mango