Anna Maria Island Fishing Report: Captain Aaron Lowman-03-29-15

Anna Maria Island Fishing Report
Snook Fishing with Cheeky Fly Reels
Captain Aaron Lowman – Fishing Report – March 29, 2015
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—Last week I had the opportunity to meet and fish with the CEO and co-founder of Cheeky Fly Reels, Ted Upton, and his wife, Liz . Designed to emphasize style rather than tradition, Cheeky Reels feature cutting-edge technology, innovative design and bold anodizing to differentiate from other products currently on the market. These qualities, coupled with the superior performance of other features like the fully sealed Evo Synthetic Drag System, MAX Arbor and B2 Channel, have established Cheeky as a leader in the fly reel market. Continue Reading…

Anna Maria Island Fishing Report: Captain Aaron Lowman-03-27-15

Anna Maria Island Fishing Report
Snook/Redfish/Trout
Captain Aaron Lowman – Fishing Report – March 27, 2015
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—–The last week has been all about snook, trout, and redfish. The inshore bite has remained strong, centered around the morning incoming tides, and afternoon outgoings. A frisky live shiner continues to be the go-to bait. Although, I have seen plenty of snook and trout eat a fly this week! Continue Reading…

Anna Maria Island Fishing Report: Captain Aaron Lowman-03-17-15

Anna Maria Island Fishing Report
Snook/Redfish/Trout
Captain Aaron Lowman – Fishing Report – March 17, 2015
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—The inshore bite has exploded back onto the scene this week with snook leading the charge. Live bait fishing with greenbacks has been the ticket to plenty of action following our recent warming trend.
—Morning and afternoon charters have both been producing plenty of action.
—My clients are also catching piles of trout, redfish, flounder, and pompono in these same general areas.
—The action is red hot, come and get some!!

Anna Maria Island Fishing Report: Captain Aaron Lowman-02-20-15

Anna Maria Island Fishing Report
Permit/Sheepshead/Redfish/Flounder
Captain Aaron Lowman – Fishing Report – February 20, 2015
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—So far, February has been a paradox of warm, sunny days and blustery cold temperatures. However, in the face of this less than ideal weather pattern, the inshore/nearshore bite is gathering steam. We really started hammering the big spawning sheepshead around the beginning of the month. Almost any of the public inshore/nearshore reefs will be holding nice sheepies this month.
—Redfish, black drum, and flounder have been a staple around inshore residential docks and canals. Live shrimp as well as jigs such as the gulp shrimp have been top producers.
—Pompano and permit remain hit or miss so far this month. Probing the edges of deeper grass flats, or the local passes and adjoining beachfront, with a 1/4oz. pompano jig tipped with a chunk of shrimp has been the ticket.

Anna Maria Island Fishing Report: Captain Aaron Lowman-01-24-15

Anna Maria Island Fishing Report
Grouper/Snapper
Captain Aaron Lowman – Fishing Report – January 24, 2015
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—For the first time this month, The Tampa Bay fishing community finally got a couple of days with light breezes this week so we decided to try the offshore grouper and snapper fishing.
—We loaded our 25 foot SeaCat with ice, chum and frozen sardines and headed offshore on Wednesday morning. Bypassing some closer waypoints, we decided to go deep and started looking at some bottom structure about 40 miles southwest of Anna Maria Island. There was a great show on our fish finder so we anchored and gave it a shot.
—Our very first bait to the bottom was hit by a red snapper followed quickly by a big red grouper. And the game was on! The fish never stopped hitting for hours. During the day we literally caught and released at least 50 red snapper up to 25 POUNDS! And the red grouper didn’t disappoint either. The grouper were big too. There was not one undersized grouper brought to the boat all day. Two fish were in the 20-25 inch range and every other grouper was at least 30 inches.
—Everyone onboard had an “I can’t believe how many fish we caught”  time and I’m looking forward to our next offshore trip. Fishing is great now. Please note that  the weather is a major key to successful offshore fishing this time of year. If you would like to go offshore, please call to express your interest and I’ll contact you when the conditions start to look right for a great trip. Thanks.

Anna Maria Island Fishing Report: Captain Aaron Lowman-12-28-14

Anna Maria Island Fishing Report
Permit
Captain Aaron Lowman – Fishing Report – December 28, 2014
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—This winter has been action-packed, and the fun has continued with an appearance of small permit and large pompano off of Anna Maria Island, Florida.
—Sandbars and beach troughs have been holding the fish, and covering these target areas using sand fleas, jigs, or shrimp has been the most effective means of getting a strike.
—My clients use the baits mentioned above with 20-30 lb. fluorocarbon leader with a small hook or jig.
—Permit are strong fighters, and everyone has been having a blast!
—Good luck!

Anna Maria Island Fishing Report: Captain Danny Stasny-12-14-14

Anna Maria Island Fishing Report
Pompano
Captain Danny Stasny – Fishing Report – December 14, 2014
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—With the Christmas season approaching, another season is doing the same. Yes, that’s right — it’s time to start stalking the shorelines for pompano.
—The beaches of Anna Maria Island are a great place to start searching. Despite the beach renourishment totally changing our local shoreline, pompano fishers should be able to find a bite.

—Some of the more popular pompano spots are now buried with sand so you may need to do your homework to find the fish. And by homework I mean cruising up and down the beach until the right conditions appear. Look for spots along the beach where the trough still exists. The trough is the stretch of water between the shoreline and the first sandbar. Pompano use this as a highway to hunt for sand fleas up and down the shore. If you can find the trough, you’re looking in the right place. You just have to hope the fish are there.

—To catch pompano, fishers use a variety of baits and lures. Pompano like crustaceans, so using live shrimp, sand fleas and even small crabs will produce a bite. Small jigs also work well for pompano. There are a variety of sizes and shapes so it’s best to carry a few of each to see which one works. You can also have the best of both worlds by taking the jig you’re using and tip it with a small piece of shrimp. This way, you have the action of the jig combined with the smell of the shrimp — a deadly combination that can give you an edge when the pomps are finicky.

—Remember, according to FWC, pompano have to be a minimum size of 11-inches to the fork of the tail. There is no maximum size. The bag limit for pompano is 6 per person per day.

Anna Maria Island Fishing Report: Captain Aaron Lowman-12-12-14

Anna Maria Island Fishing Report
Kingfish Trolling
Captain Aaron Lowman – Fishing Report – December 12, 2014
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—With the cold come the kingfish, and 50-60 ft. structures off of Anna Maria Island, Florida have been holding them.
—Usually after finding the structure, try to troll 5-6 knots in circles around the perimeter of the structure. If a ball of bait is found during your trolling pattern, get ready!
—I have been using a wire leader with any lipped diving plug. Lately, 6-8 pounders have been common, but if you try hard enough, maybe you will be the one to snatch up a 30 pounder!
—Kingfish are hard-fighters, and although oily in taste and texture, they are some of the best fish for smoking. So get out there, give it a try, and have fun!