Anna Maria Island Fishing Report: Captain Wes Wildman – January 31, 2019

Anna Maria Island Fishing Report – January 31, 2019
Captain Wes Wildman
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We are in full blown winter mode here at Keyes Marina. The sheepshead bite has been steady, but due to the dropping of water temperature we have to really slow down and be patient for our bites.

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Matt Danziger and fiance Hayley of Anna Maria Island with a nice Sheep Head for fish tacos.

I find that dropping down to 15lb fluorocarbon leader, with a #2 Owner SSW bait hook, and a #4 split shot. The bait of choice for me is half of a fresh shrimp. Just enough to hide the hook. This approach seems to be working best casting to deeper docks around Anna Maria Island.

The Sea Trout bite has been hit or miss lately, but when we do catch them they have been nice fish up to 22 inches. these guys are great on the grill! Just like the sheep head bite, you just have to slow down and be patient on the bites. A popping cork and 20 lb leader with a 1/0 Owner Mutu circle hook rigged with a LIVE SHRIMP over the grass flats has been the right choice for us.

With more weather ahead of us we are just hoping for a few decent days to get out wet a line. I think I speak for everyone when I say bring on the Spring! Until next week, tight lines.

 

Anna Maria Island Fishing Report: Captain Aaron Lowman-02-26-2014

Anna Maria Island Fishing Report-Black Drum-Pompano-Sheepshead
Captain Aaron Lowman – Fishing Report – February 26, 2014
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—–Fishing during the last half of February has been a lot of fun this year. My charters have caught lots of snapper, sheepshead, pompano and some amazing black drum. I have been taking along some big tarpon-style rods on our trips and calling them the “drum sticks”. Continue Reading…

Captain Mark Howard – Fishing Report – 03-25-2013

Captain Mark Howard–Fishing Report–03-25-2013
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—–Fishing out of Island Discount Tackle on beautiful Anna Maria island , this past week’s fishing has produced a variety of fishing opportunities and fillets for the dinner table .
—–On my recent charters we have been landing redfish, speckled trout and sheephead.
—–Sheephead fishing has been good this year with many big ones landed . Live shrimp rigged on a size 1 hook and a split shot will get the convict-looking fish to bite. With the passing of the full moon the sheephead fishing will slow down as they will not be schooling as thick as when they spawn. For fun action and a change of pace try catching them on the flats in potholes and around oyster bars.
—–Redfish have been chewing in a many different areas such as docks, piers ,and the flats. The high hook this past week went to Andy Markevich with his 30″ redfish that was caught on a lively pinfish rigged on a popping cork. Reds are still under deepwater docks too.
—–Speckled trout are starting to gather in big schools on the deep grass of Key Royale. Work a popping cork rigged with a small jig and your favorite Berkley Gulp . Some gator-sized trout are in shallow water ambushing baits swimming into the potholes.
—–Looking forward, the winter-time fishing is yielding to the spring-time fishing pattern as the days get longer and the water gets warmer. The fishing scene will soon explode with shiners invading the flats of Tampa Bay. This will signal some incredible fishing action.

Captain Danny Stasny – Fishing Report – 03-25-2013

Captain Danny Stasny – Fishing Report – 03-25-2013
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—–Sheepshead are still biting good from the skyway bridge all the way down Longboat Key.  Artificial reefs seem to be holding bigger fish than docks.  Live shrimp combined with a knocker rig consisting of a 1/2 oz egg sinker and a 1/0 circle hook are getting the job done.
—–John Quill of Maryland has the biggest sheepie of the season so far, all 7 pounds and 22 inches of him.  John and his longtime friend Tom Boyer joined me for an afternoon trip which resulted in numerous sheepshead, mangrove snapper, and a few stray gags.
—–The trip with John Bryant, his son Matt,  and buddy Tyler Richie was another rally on sheepies.  We returned to the dock with at least 20 fish in the 1 to 3 pound range.  These guys were on a sheepshead mission with a fish fry in mind.  They got it too.
—–While fishing with Scott Balmanno and his son Braden, we added a little variety to the mix with redfish and snook.  We were joined by Randy Fields and his son Mac.  With water temps in the low 60’s we started out dock fishing for reds.  Two hours later we had caught 15 reds and had 4 keepers on ice in the coffin.  The biggest fish was 24 inches.  So we moved on to find some sheepshead and we sure found them.  We had a good rally around docks although most were on the small side.  We managed to add 10 sheepies to our box and decided to see if we could get a snook to bite.  When we arrived at the spot I could see a lot of snook from my vantage point in the tower.  When I got down, I could also see that the water temp was only 63.5 degrees.  We started out by chumming with live shiners.  Only one fish rose from the bottom to eat a bait.  Real encouraging, huh?  Well, we managed to catch eight snook, the biggest coming in at 27 inches.  Belly hooking the baits to get them to swim toward the bottom seemed to work.  We also sight casted to a couple of fish which worked too.
—–Jigging deeper grassflats with Berkley gulp shrimp combined with a 1/4 oz jighead is producing decent numbers of big trout up to 22 inches.  While targeting trout we’re catching spanish macks and ladyfish which adds a little variety between trout bites.

Captain Rick Gross – Fishing Report – 03-25-2013

Captain Rick Gross-Fishing Report-03-25-2013
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—–Fishing around the bay this week was a challenge to say the least. Wind, wind and more wind made things a little though. The trips that did stick it out did well for their efforts.
—–Phil Baker and his family fished with me on Monday for an all day trip. They met me at the Island Discount Tackle dock at seven a.m. so they could go along to catch bait at the Skyway Bridge. While I usually get bait ahead of the trip, sometimes the charter wants to go along to see how it is done. After getting bait we headed north to fish around Joe’s Island for snook and redfish. While everyone on board caught their share of snook and reds, Amber Baker had the high hook by a long shot.
—–I had the pleasure of fishing with Paul Trovas and friends on Tuesday for a six hour trip. The day started a little slow with a couple of bonnet head sharks. They are a lot of fun on light tackle and make for a good photo to take back home. As the tide came in we moved up on the flats around Terra Ceia. Here we found snook, redfish and flounder. While we did not have a huge banner day, everyone caught fish. I think a twenty-six inch red was the fish of the day.
—–On Friday I took John Hagerty and his son, Joe, on a half day trip. We left the dock at nine-thirty, a little later than usual just to take a little chill out of the air. Sometimes it is better to leave later in the day after a cold front has passed. Joe has never fished for snook and redfish before and could hardly believe how shallow we where fishing. I had to explain to him that a sandy pothole may only be a foot or two deeper than the rest of the flat. He quickly became a believer when we started catching fish. We had doubles on more than a few times and caught good size fish up to twenty-nine inches. We ended up with maybe twenty-five or more fish that we released to fight another day.
—–Good Fishing!

Captain Rick Gross – Fishing Report – 03-18-2013

Captain Rick Gross-Fishing Report-03-18-2013
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—Last week the weather was like a roller coaster. I cancelled Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday trips on my boat, the Fishy Business, because of the cold front and the accompanying wind.
—But on Monday, before the front, we did well on catch and release snook up to thirty-one inches long as well as redfish in the 18-27 inch size limit and some jumbo trout.
—On Friday morning the water temperature gauge on the fish finder showed a chilly 59°. I decided to fish with live shrimp as bait and move to deeper water. This proved fruitful for big sheepshead, white grunts and snapper. We also caught some beautiful trout on the deeper grass flats around Egmont Key.
—Saturday on the same deep flats we had a major mack attack. Spanish mackerel hit every shiner…sometimes even before we could get the bail shut on the reel.
—Thank You & Good Fishing!

Captain Ryan Hackney – Fishing Report – 03-11-2013

Captain Ryan Hackney-Fishing Report-03-11-2013
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—Fishing was very good last week as water temps climbed into the upper 60’s. Trout were biting well, especially on the deeper grass flats around Egmont Key along with some bluefish.
—The spring fishing will continue to heat up as the water temp continues to rise. We’ll be looking to cast net live shiners as bait soon. All we need is a week of warm days.
—We also had great bites on redfish, snook, and grouper. Bill Gamble, along with Capt. Ryan Hackney, are pictured here with a nice redfish. The redfish are still around some docks in our area. Lots of near-shore grouper that need to be released alive. Remember, all snook must also be released.

Captain Mark Howard – Fishing Report – 03-11-2013

Captain Mark Howard-Fishing Report-03-11-2013
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—Fishing out of Island Discount Tackle on beautiful Anna Maria Island, this past week’s fishing has produced a variety of fishing opportunities and fillets for the dinner table .
—On my recent charters we have been landing redfish, speckled trout ,and sheephead.
Sheephead fishing has been good this year with many big ones landed. Live shrimp, rigged on a size 1 hook and a split shot, will get the convict fish to bite. With the passing of the full moon, the sheephead fishing will slow down because they will not be schooling as thick when they spawn. For fun action and a change of pace, try catching them on the flats in potholes and around oyster bars.
—Redfish have been chewing in many different areas such as docks, piers and the flats. The high hook this past week went to Andy Markevich with his 30″ redfish that was caught on a lively pinfish rigged under a popping cork. Reds are still under deepwater docks too.
—Speckled trout are starting to gather in big schools on the deep grass of Key Royale flats. Work a popping cork rigged with a small jig and your favorite Berkley Gulp . Some gator-sized trout are in shallow water ambushing baits swimming into the potholes.
—Looking forward, the Winter-time fishing is yielding to the Spring-time fishing pattern as the days get longer and the water gets warmer. The fishing scene will soon explode with shiners invading the flats of Tampa Bay. This will signal the start of some incredible fishing action.

Captain Danny Stasny – Fishing Report – 03/14/13

Captain Danny Stasny-Fishing Report-03-14-2013
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—The next trip report is with Richard Scanlon of Minnesota on Friday the 7th.  Richard is a really cool guy and I like fishing with him.  He fished with me last year at along the Seven Pines shoreline between Perico Bayou and the mouth of the Manatee River. We tore-up the redfish on that trip.
—Well, this time the tide wasn’t right for the reds so instead we set-out to do a little sheepherdin’. We ended up puttin’ a hurtin’ on the sheepies that day. We came back to the dock with eighteen fish ranging from 1 to 4 pounds.  We also managed to coax a few mangrave snapper out of the structure that day too.  The biggest snapper was 15 inches.  Add a few fat key west grunts and the fish fry was complete!

Captain Danny Stasny – Fishing Report – 03/11/13

Captain Danny Stasny-Fishing Report-03-11-2013
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—On last week’s trip with Jen Kroeger and her daughter Evelyn, we dock-fished for reds using a knocker rig baited with live shrimp. A knocker rig usually has a free-sliding egg sinker located just above the hook or above a swivel.
—This trip was on Friday the 1st which was the beginning of that last good cold front we had.  The temperature was in the low fifties when we left the dock at Island Discount Tackle. By the time we got to the eastern shoreline of Palma Sola Bay, my eyes were tearing from the 20 minute freezing cold ride we had all just endured.
—After we thawed out, we managed to get great rallies on redfish and sheepies on 3 out of the 4 docks we tried.  The average size on the reds was 15 to 17 inches but we caught at least 30 of  ’em.  It was great. The keepers that Jen and Evelyn caught were 23 and 25 inches.
—We were joined by Craig and Deb McKinney, Jen’s parents.  Figured I better mention them since they paid for the trip.  Ha! They’re from Wisconsin.  Oh yeah, Craig caught a 21 inch flounder that day but it eluded my camera for some reason.