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

Anna Maria Island Fishing Report
Tarpon
Captain Aaron Lowman – Fishing Report – June 25, 2015
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—Yesterday, tarpon were being caught in the passes and along the beaches of Anna Maria Island, Egmont Key, and Tampa Bay. The fish have been eating best during moving tides, and will take dead or live thread fin herring or live crabs.

—Heavy tackle is the key to landing these strong and acrobatic fish, with 50 pound braid, a long 80 pound leader, and a 7/o circle hook necessary to get the job done.

—Now that the tarpon have finished spawning and the large female fish have moved back into nearshore waters, it is not uncommon to hook 100+ pounders consistently.

—Tight Lines!

bucket mouth tarpon

Bucket Mouth

silver king

Boatside

landed tarpon

At the Boat

tarpon revival

Revive

rod bend

Big Bend

tarpon jump

Jumper

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

Anna Maria Island Fishing Report
Tarpon
Captain Aaron Lowman – Fishing Report – June 24, 2015
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—After a slow week, Anna Maria Island’s tarpon fishing has begun to heat back up again. The fish that had traveled offshore to spawn have returned, and they are HUNGRY.

—We have being fishing the beaches in the early morning with crabs and threadfin herring, then anchoring and chumming on the edges of passes and deep channels as the day progresses.

—They say there is nothing like fighting a silver king, and my clients and I have to agree. Once you fight a big tarpon and witness their acrobatic jumps, you’ll be hooked for life (no pun intended).

Anna Maria Island Tarpon

Tarpon Jump

Anna maria Island Tarpon Fishing

Tarpon Flip

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

Anna Maria Island Fishing Report
Mangrove Snapper
Captain Aaron Lowman – Fishing Report – June 23, 2015
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—Tampa Bay mangrove snapper have continued to gather heavily on structure near the beaches and passes, with a strong morning bite seeming to be the ticket to a full cooler.

—They have been eating shrimp, small crabs, pinfish, dead/live pilchards, and have responded well to chum.

—Very strong fighters for their size, if we don’t get them to the boat quickly they will pull us into the structure or be lost to sharks, goliath grouper, and barracuda. It seems that we aren’t the only ones who love the taste of fresh snapper!

anna maria snapper

Fat Mangrove Snapper

tampa bay snapper

Tampa Bay Mangrove Snapper

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

Anna Maria Island Fishing Report
Nearshore Flounder
Captain Aaron Lowman – Fishing Report – June 20, 2015
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—This past week, big flounder have begun to show themselves off of the beach as they head offshore to spawn. Their movement usually lasts from late Spring until early Fall, and will continue to give my clients great action for the next few months.

—Sandy areas close to nearshore structure seem to be the best hangouts, and live or dead pilchards have been the bait of choice. Jigs will also entice these fun, tasty, and unique fish to eat.

—After an exciting morning, Bill Sr., Bill Jr., and Chad from Riverview, Florida managed to get a nice flounder catch along with some snapper and grouper.

anna maria island flounder

Nice Flounder

doormat flounder

Doormat!

anna maria june flounder fishing

Flounder Trio

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

Anna Maria Island Fishing Report
Nearshore mangrove snapper
Captain Aaron Lowman – Fishing Report – June 13, 2015
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—Tarpon fishing has slowed down this week due to a few moon/tide/spawning changes, but should pick back up soon.

—In the meantime, the mangrove snapper bite has continued to be great. Live and dead pilchards have been the bait of choice, with the larger fish being caught during the strongest period of the tide. Besides being a very fun and strong fight on light tackle, they are some of the best-eating fish that swim!

—St. Pete/Tampa residents Kevin Williams & family caught their limit of big mangrove snapper today despite some rough conditions.

captain aaron lowman mangrove snapper

Biggun’

florida gray snapper

All Smiles!

mangrove snapper anna maria isle

Mangrove Snapper

Anna Maria Island Fishing Report: Captain Aaron Lowman – June 11, 2015

Anna Maria Island Fishing Report
Nearshore for tarpon, mangrove snapper
Captain Aaron Lowman – Fishing Report – June 11, 2015
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—June has been hot, rainy, and action-packed.

—Tarpon are running full-bore right now, and mangrove snapper are plentiful nearshore. We have had the most success with tarpon while sight-casting at first light near the beaches, and then anchoring and chumming them to the boat as the morning progresses.

—Mangrove snapper have been consistently on shallow structure and debris, where they sometimes can be chummed into a frenzy. If so, light line and small hooks can lead to every-cast action.
Longtime Tampa residents from Philadelphia, PA; Gavin, Kieren, and Ray Hyer put a hurting’ on the mangrove snapper this morning! Great job guys! (pics below)

anna maria island mangrove snapper

Kieren’s Mangrove Snapper

mangrove snapper

Big Mango

anna maria snapper

Ray’s Gray Snapper

Jack Crevalle

Jack Crevalle

 

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

Anna Maria Island Fishing Report
Nearshore for tarpon, grouper, and cobia
Captain Aaron Lowman – Fishing Report – May 16, 2015
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—Mid-May is usually tarpon time. This year has not disappointed. We have hooked up with plenty of fish on my boat this week,  and the next couple weeks look even better! Now is the time if you have ever wanted to hook a tarpon!

—Fishing the nearshore reefs has been another productive method this month.

—Large mangrove snapper, kingfish, cobia, and groupers have keep my customers scrambling!

—As the mercury keeps on climbing, fishing tarpon and nearshore reefs is a great way to beat the backwater heat and have a memorable day!

4

Gag Grouper

3

Broken Rod

2

Tarpon Boatside

1

Cobia!

Anna Maria Island Fishing Report: Captain Aaron Lowman – May 16, 2015

Anna Maria Island Fishing Report
Offshore for sailfish
Captain Aaron Lowman – Fishing Report – May 16, 2015
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—–While offshore wreck fishing recently with Bill Lowman, Dan Jackson and Dale Conlon, this beautiful sailfish surprised us.

—–We were drifting live sardines through large schools of bait that were attracted to the offshore bottom structure in the area hoping to hook-up with blackfin tuna, amberjacks or kingfish. To keep our offering down, we slid a half ounce sinker above the 5/0 hook.

—–We were able to catch her and release her unharmed. It was an exciting afternoon.

Anna Maria Island Fishing Report: Captain Aaron Lowman – May 16, 2015

Anna Maria Island Fishing Report
Offshore for blackfin tuna
Captain Aaron Lowman – Fishing Report – May 16, 2015
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—Over the last month or so, a fascinating “bite” has been happening 20 to 35 miles offshore from Anna Maria Island. Large schools of bait have been “balled-up” near a few offshore structures and have attracted blackfin tuna to the area. Although we catch blackfin tuna occassionally, this is the first time I remember being able to leave the dock on several occasions with tuna firmly fixed in our minds as the “target” species of the trip.

—We have caught them trolling and casting 5-7″ floating plugs, like Bombers and Yo-Zuri’s. Live shiners have worked well, and we have used sabiki rigs to get some native bait from the offshore structures.

—I don’t know how long the tuna will stay around, but their arrival has been exciting and fun. Got wasabi??

Anna Maria Island Fishing Report: Captain Aaron Lowman – April 21, 2015

Anna Maria Island Fishing Report
Near shore reefs and wrecks for snapper, kingfish, mackerel, cobia and sharks
Captain Aaron Lowman – Fishing Report – April 21, 2015
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Cell: 941-465-8932
Island Discount Tackle Charter Desk: (941) 779-2838
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—–Fishing local nearshore wrecks, reefs, and areas of live bottom has been producing plenty of mangrove snappers, cobia, catch-and-release groupers, flounder, mackerel, sharks, and kingfish. I’ve been using live bait for most of these guys, although we’ve caught a bunch of kingfish trolling plugs, as well as live bait, this month.
—–The snappers were seeing this month have been abundant and hungry!

Kingfish are hard hitting.

Kingfish are hard hitting.

Hog snapper are a great surprise!

Hog snapper are a great surprise!

Everyone wants a cobia!

Everyone wants a cobia!

Lots of sharks around.

Lots of sharks around.