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
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—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 10, 2015

Anna Maria Island Fishing Report
Gag Grouper, Snook, Barracuda
Captain Aaron Lowman – Fishing Report – November 10, 2015
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—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
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—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
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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
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—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
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—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 – July 10, 2015

Anna Maria Island Fishing Report
Seatrout
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—Although winter is usually the season of choice for big female sea trout, we managed to get half a dozen 20 inchers today. The larger females may be wandering back inshore after their spawn, and we were more than happy to reunite.

—Light line, small hooks, and tiny whitebait seemed to draw more bites than big baits today. It also allowed for the lazy, high-noon fish to catch the baits more easily.

—Try your luck by fishing the grass flats, and cast your baits in the sandy patches scattered throughout. A moving tide is more productive than a dead one in most cases, especially while it is hot.

Big Girl!

Big Trout!

sea trout

Nice Trout

Anna Maria Island Fishing Report: Captain Aaron Lowman – July 7, 2015

Anna Maria Island Fishing Report
Flounder
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—Flounder fishing is great near Anna Maria Island, Florida in July. The large females move out of the backwater shallows and into the Gulf.

—This flow of big female fish allows for us to take advantage by fishing the passes and structure within ten miles of the beaches.

—We have been catching big flounder with live pilchards and weights to keep them on the bottom. Sandy areas surrounding rock and debris are the most productive areas to fish for these tasty doormats.

big anna maria island flounder

Doormat

Anna Maria Island Fishing Report: Captain Aaron Lowman – July 6, 2015

Anna Maria Island Fishing Report
Sharks
Captain Aaron Lowman – Fishing Report – July 6, 2015
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—Shark fishing has stayed red hot this summer, and we have been catching black tip, spinner, and lemon sharks near the passes and off of the beaches.

—This week, small sardine schools have moved close to shore. We have had success by chasing the bait fish, and then casting mackerel chunks into the middle of them.

—To determine if a bait school is particularly active with sharks and other predators, watch it closely for about one minute before approaching. If there are no splashes, birds, or fins cutting through the surface, then move on until you find more commotion.

—If an active bait school is found, sharks will likely be caught every cast.

shark release

Shark Release

Blacktip

Blacktip

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

Anna Maria Island Fishing Report
Mangrove Snapper, Sea Trout, Cobia
Captain Aaron Lowman – Fishing Report – July 2, 2015
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—Things are still too hot to be very productive in the backwater areas, but nearshore action has stayed exciting.

—Snapper, grouper, sharks, and the occasional cobia have been biting on the reefs, although getting our catch past the goliath grouper and barracuda is always a challenge.

—Small sardines have begun to show off of the beaches, which has lead to bonito and mackerel action. We just follow the diving birds and cast live pilchards into the fray when we find an active school of fish.

sea trout

Sea Trout

snapper

Snapper

cobia

Cobia