Anna Maria Island Fishing Report: Captain Aaron Lowman – December 07, 2015

Anna Maria Island Fishing Report
Triple Tail
Captain Aaron Lowman – Fishing Report – December 07, 2015
www.AnnaMariaFishingGuide.com
Cell: 941-465-8932
Island Discount Tackle Charter Desk: (941) 779-2838
www.KeyesMarina.com

—Winter is slowly creeping in, and some great triple tail fishing has come with it. Triple tail are strange-looking and hard-fighting fish that come close to shore during the winter months. They can usually be found far offshore under floating debris, but from November to February they come close to land and huddle under the numerous crab trap buoys.

—Triple tail are hearty eaters, and can be enticed to eat both artificial baits and flies. That being said, live bait always works best. Shrimp, crabs, and small shiners entice most every triple tail to eat this time of year. Ten pound braided line and a twenty to thirty pound monofilament leader should be a general line choice. Small hooks, light rods, and spinning reels will allow for a great fight while being plenty strong for these fish.

Big Triple Tail

Big Triple Tail

Huge Tripletail

Huge Tripletail

Triple Tail

Triple Tail

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

Anna Maria Island Fishing Report
Grouper, Flounder
Captain Aaron Lowman – Fishing Report – November 23, 2015
www.AnnaMariaFishingGuide.com
Cell: 941-465-8932
Island Discount Tackle Charter Desk: (941) 779-2838
www.KeyesMarina.com

—A cold front has finally arrived, and has brought with it a change in the bait. It is becoming harder to find shiners off of the beaches and near structure. It is also a bit smaller. A switch to shrimp is probably your best bet with the cooler temperatures arriving.

—Grouper and flounder have still been biting, along with mangrove snapper, ladyfish, mackerel, and snook. Sheepshead will soon be plentiful, and these delicious fish are also great fighters.

—This week should be quite windy, with forecasts of 20+mph. If you can find a place out of the wind, you may still be able to catch a ton of fish. Good luck and have fun.

doormat flounder

Doormat Flounder

four grouper

4 Grouper

Anna Maria Island Fishing Report: Captain Aaron Lowman – November 17, 2015

Anna Maria Island Fishing Report
Gag Grouper, Sharks, Redfish
Captain Aaron Lowman – Fishing Report – November 17, 2015
www.AnnaMariaFishingGuide.com
Cell: 941-465-8932
Island Discount Tackle Charter Desk: (941) 779-2838
www.KeyesMarina.com

—This past week the wind has picked up. We have been able to fish a few days, but only in sheltered areas and close to shore. Although red tide is present, it is mainly South in Sarasota bay, so trolling for grouper has stayed productive. Redfish have begun to move to the docks. Sharks and mackerel have been roaming the beaches and large schools can be found following the thread fin herring.

—Live pilchards are still being caught. As the temperature begins to drop they should  disappear, causing a switch to shrimp as the main bait/food source. When trolling for grouper, I use lipped diving plugs and drag them slowly over structure. If you decide to target sharks and mackerel off of the beach, be sure to keep some wire handy as regular monofilament line will be easily cut by their sharp teeth.

—Good luck and have fun out there.

trolled grouper

Trolled Grouper

anna maria redfish

Redfish

blacktip shark

Blacktip

Anna Maria Island Fishing Report: Captain Aaron Lowman – November 13, 2015

Anna Maria Island Fishing Report
Gag Grouper
Captain Aaron Lowman – Fishing Report – November 13, 2015
www.AnnaMariaFishingGuide.com
Cell: 941-465-8932
Island Discount Tackle Charter Desk: (941) 779-2838
www.KeyesMarina.com

—The warm weather has continued to hold, and the gag grouper have continued to bite well. Bait has stayed plentiful with the unusually late warmth, and pinfish and pilchards have been the bait of choice.

—Large spanish mackerel and small sharks have been roaming the beaches in large numbers chasing thread fin herring, and have provided non-stop action. However, the main show has been inshore gag grouper. By finding structure in Tampa Bay, you may be able to get some big gag grouper with pinfish as bait. We have been getting them up to 20-25 pounds consistently.

—Heavy tackle is key, and leaders less than 100# test will not be able to withstand the punishment that these strong fish dish out. Good luck out there.

Big Gag

Big Gag

Inshore Grouper

Inshore Grouper

Nice Grouper

Nice Grouper

Anna Maria Island Fishing Report: Captain Aaron Lowman – November 10, 2015

Anna Maria Island Fishing Report
Gag Grouper, Snook, Barracuda
Captain Aaron Lowman – Fishing Report – November 10, 2015
www.AnnaMariaFishingGuide.com
Cell: 941-465-8932
Island Discount Tackle Charter Desk: (941) 779-2838
www.KeyesMarina.com

—Tampa Bay fishing has been red hot while we wait for the weather to cool down. Snook have been in the backwaters readily eating pilchards and pinfish, while the offshore and Tampa Bay wrecks have been producing grouper, snapper, and barracuda.

—Bait has been plentiful, and easy to catch (knock on wood). The weather has been unusually hot for November, and I expect the action to continue until the next cold front comes through and changes things up a bit. Once that happens, we will likely change target species and begin to use shrimp for bait instead of shiners.

—While the going is good, let’s go fishing!

Barracuda

Barracuda

Snook

Snook

Gag Grouper

Gag Grouper

Anna Maria Island Fishing Report: Captain Aaron Lowman – November 2, 2015

Anna Maria Island Fishing Report
Gag Grouper
Captain Aaron Lowman – Fishing Report – November 2, 2015
www.AnnaMariaFishingGuide.com
Cell: 941-465-8932
Island Discount Tackle Charter Desk: (941) 779-2838
www.KeyesMarina.com

—In Tampa Bay and surrounding Anna Maria Island waters, the inshore gag grouper fishing report is that they usually turn on in a noticeable way after the first cold snap of the year. But this year, even though the weather has remained warm, the late October grouper fishing has been on fire. Continue Reading…

Anna Maria Island Fishing Report: Captain Aaron Lowman – October 25, 2015

Anna Maria Island Fishing Report
Reef, Bay and Backwater morning
Captain Aaron Lowman – Fishing Report – October 25, 2015
www.AnnaMariaFishingGuide.com
Cell: 941-465-8932
Island Discount Tackle Charter Desk: (941) 779-2838
www.KeyesMarina.com

One of the great things to report about October fishing around Anna Maria Island, Tampa Bay and Longboat Key is the diversity of species that we can catch on any given day.

Reef Fishing. As an example, one day last week we started our day at one of the near shore reefs west of Anna Maria. After anchoring, I hung a chum bag in the water and started chumming with some live pilchards. Very quickly snapper rose to investigate to chum and behind the boat, spanish mackerel were ripping the chummed shiners. We caught mackerel after mackerel for the next half hour and then caught a big barracuda that had been lurking nearby. Continue Reading…

Anna Maria Island Fishing Report: Captain Aaron Lowman – October 20, 2015

Anna Maria Island Fishing Report
Kingfish – King Mackerel
Captain Aaron Lowman – Fishing Report – October 20, 2015
www.AnnaMariaFishingGuide.com
Cell: 941-465-8932
Island Discount Tackle Charter Desk: (941) 779-2838
www.KeyesMarina.com

—As October draws to a close, the fall fishing bite is continuing to fire on all cylinders.
Even through there was a persistent northeast wind this week, kingfish or king mackerel, spanish mackerel, black tip sharks, and bonita made a very strong showing within sight on the Anna Maria Island beach. Continue Reading…

Anna Maria Island Fishing Report: Captain Aaron Lowman – October 1, 2015

Anna Maria Island Fishing Report
Cobia
Captain Aaron Lowman – Fishing Report – October 1, 2015
www.AnnaMariaFishingGuide.com
Cell: 941-465-8932
Island Discount Tackle Charter Desk: (941) 779-2838
www.KeyesMarina.com

—Fishing around Anna Maria Island, Longboat Key and the rest of Tampa Bay in October is truly one of the best times of the year. Snapper are everywhere. Redfish make a big showing. Snook start moving into the backwaters. But one of the things I always try to remember is that on any given day we may run across some cobia.
—A typical run-in with a cobia usually starts by anchoring on some reef or structure to fish for snapper or spanish mackerel while we are keeping one eye peeled for anything big back in our chum line. We chum to bring-in the baitfish. The snapper and mackerel follow. Hopefully the cobia are nearby and can also be lured within casting distance. If we’re lucky, we’ll be able to slap a slab of cobia on the grill that evening!

Tampa Bay Cobia

Tampa Bay Cobia

Paris with Cobia

Paris with Cobia

Anna Maria Island Fishing Report: Captain Aaron Lowman – September 24, 2015

Anna Maria Island Fishing Report
Trolling for gag grouper
Captain Aaron Lowman – Fishing Report – September 24, 2015
www.AnnaMariaFishingGuide.com
Cell: 941-465-8932
Island Discount Tackle Charter Desk: (941) 779-2838
www.KeyesMarina.com

—This is the time of year that I like to start trolling large artificial plugs in the shallow backwaters looking for gag grouper. Grouper are suckers for a well-placed lure that comes within their attack zone. I usually try along some rocky edges of the Intracoastal Waterway or Tampa Bay ships’channel. Who knows, you may even suprise yourself with a 25 inch flounder!
—We are also fishing the nearshore reefs for snapper and mackerel and finding turned-on redfish and snook in the backwaters.

Gag grouper

Gag grouper

Flounder

Flounder