Anna Maria Island Fishing Report: Captain Aaron Lowman-02-05-2014

Anna Maria Island Fishing Report-Pompano
Captain Aaron Lowman – Fishing Report – February 5, 2014
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—–During the calm days of January and early February we have been able to locate beautiful, big pompano on several occasions. They tend to move in schools along sandy bottoms and shorelines where there is ample tide movement. Donald Wallace from Atlanta and his twin brother, David, from Knoxville were with me last week when the pompano were biting.
—–Once you are lucky enough to locate them, you have a good chance of getting more than one. Light tackle is the name of this game. 8 or 10 pound test line with a clear, fluorocarbon leader in the 20 pound test range along with a colorful lead headed jig makes a great terminal setup. Continue Reading…

Anna Maria Island Fishing Report: Captain Aaron Lowman-09-25-2013

Anna Maria Island Fishing Report
Captain Aaron Lowman – Fishing Report – September 25, 2013
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—–Before the rains began this week I was taking my charters to the shallow grass flats around Anna Maria Island and Longboat Key to fish for snook and redfish.
—–Fishing for redfish has been strong over the last month in the Manatee River and Terra Ceia Bay and now we are seeing snook moving back on to the grass flats along mangrove shorelines. Continue Reading…

Anna Maria Island Fishing Report: Captain Aaron Lowman-09-14-2013

Anna Maria Island Fishing Report
Captain Aaron Lowman – Fishing Report – September 14, 2013
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—–Mangrove snapper are one of the Fall inshore fishing highlights around Anna Maria Island, Longboat Key, Egmont Key and the Manatee River.
—–You do not have to run offshore to catch some of these tasty snappers. They can be found around most bridges and rocky bottom structure. Tampa Bay and Manatee County artificial reefs are a great place to start looking. Continue Reading…

Anna Maria Island Fishing Report: Captain Aaron Lowman-09-09-2013

Anna Maria Island Fishing Report
Captain Aaron Lowman – Fishing Report – September 9, 2013
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—–This is a great time of year to fish near Anna Maria Island and Tampa Bay. Although a short snook season has been opened, redfish, trout, flounder, snapper, cobia and permit have taken center stage for near shore fishing.

Dani O'neal has been catching big trout near Anna Maria island.

Dani O’neal has been catching big trout near Anna Maria island.

Paul Keyes tips his hat to this beautiful fall Tampa Bay redfish.

Paul Keyes tips his hat to this beautiful fall Tampa Bay redfish.

—–Shiners have been easier to catch over the last few weeks, so we have had no problem getting the trout, snook and redfish to turn-on. Artificial lures will work well but it’s easier to get the bite going with live bait. Continue Reading…

Anna Maria Island Fishing Report: Captain Aaron Lowman-08-12-2013

Anna Maria Island Fishing Report
Captain Aaron Lowman – Fishing Report – August 12, 2013
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—–Fishing over this last week or so out of Island Discount Tackle in Holmes Beach has been great. The wind has been less than July and live bait (shiners) has been easier to get.
—–We started on Wednesday, July 31st with a nice catch of redfish and snook. There was a high, outgoing tide from early morning through mid afternoon. This let us fish some mangrove shorelines before the water was too shallow.
—–Over the next few mornings, the tide was high but not moving very fast so I changed our strategy. We fished some rock piles in Tampa Bay for mackerel and then moved to some intracoastal waterway docks where we found some big, hungry flounder. Continue Reading…

Anna Maria Island Fishing Report: Captain Mark Howard-08-09-2013

Captain Mark Howard- Fishing Report – August 9, 2013
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—–Fishing this past week out of Island Discount Tackle on beautiful Anna Maria island has produced a mixed bag of fish landed for the dinner table as well as some exciting tackle busting action.
—–With the heat of the Summer upon us, I have had to change my game plan up to be successful . The high water temperatures 85f+ on the flats have forced the fish out of the skinny water and into their deeper water haunts. Speckled trout are feeding in 3-8ft of water and will chew a variety of baits. I like to fish the deep grass areas of Tampa bay and the intracoastal waterway Locate the schools of slot fish and you should have no trouble getting your limit. Continue Reading…

Anna Maria Island Fishing Report: Captain Aaron Lowman-Flounder-08-09-2013

Anna Maria Island Fishing Report
Captain Aaron Lowman – Fishing Report – August 9, 2013
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—–A few years ago, a red tide outbreak decimated the Tampa Bay area flounder population. BUT..this year, the late summer flounder fishing around Anna Maria Island has been nothing short of spectacular. Live bait, dead bait, cut bait strips and artificials have all been catching flatties.
—–Flounder are ambush feeders. If you can find some sandy bottom near structure, such as artificial reefs, docks or bridges, then you can catch some flounder. The sandy bottom, some structure and a nice tidal flow are the keys! Continue Reading…

Anna Maria Island Fishing Report: Captain Aaron Lowman-Redfish-08-08-2013

Anna Maria Island Fishing Report
Captain Aaron Lowman – Fishing Report – August 8, 2013
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—–Hot summer days are a good time to catch redfish around Anna Maria Island. If the tide is high and falling fast, we might try the potholes away from the shoreline as the reds move to deeper water and wait for the tide to push dinner their way. If the tide is high, you can try right against the mangrove shoreline. On high water or on windy days, the boat docks might hold some redfish. Continue Reading…

Anna Maria Island Fishing Report: Captain Aaron Lowman-Spanish Mackerel-08-05-2013

Anna Maria Island Fishing Report
Captain Aaron Lowman – Fishing Report – August 5, 2013
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—–Although it has been a windy month, fishing action for spanish mackerel has been very hot this summer. Most areas of bottom structure, like the many artificial reefs near Anna Maria Island, have been good places to look for a “big mack attack”. There are many different ways to catch mackerel but this is one of the best.
—–I usually throw a marker jug on the structure, anchor up-tide from the target and start chumming. You can hang a chum block from a cleat or simply start throwing dead shiners or chopped pieces of sardines so they float back into the structure. Continue Reading…

Island Discount Tackle’s “Made in the USA” Sweepstakes Winner!

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—At 2:00 pm today, using www.random.org, Jim Keyes selected the winner of Island Discount Tackle’s “Made in the USA”  Sweepstakes!

—The winner is: Chad Huff from the Ft. Myers, Florida area.

— Chad, please contact us at: (941) 779-2838 or jim@KeyesMarina.com so we can make arrangements to get your new Star rod and Avet reel sent to you.
—Thank you everyone and CONGRATULATIONS Chad!