Anna Maria Island Fishing Report: Captain Aaron Lowman-10-23-14

Anna Maria Island Fishing Report
Snook – Redfish
Captain Aaron Lowman – Fishing Report – October 23, 2014
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—We are in a transition period, summer is turning to fall in the fishing is on fire. I have been fishing inshore for snook redfish and trout with live shiners, top water plugs and flies. The key to our success this time of year is always having plenty of live bait. Through the past couple months, live shiners have been relatively easy to come by. They swarm the beaches in droves throughout the summer. As the first cold front signals falls arrival the shiner situation can be fickle to say the least. I have found beat relatively easy over the flat this week, but charming with a dry chum is critical.
—I wait until I have plenty of live bait before I think about going fishing. The second thing I consider is the tide stage. An incoming tide will typically cause fish to move up onto a flat, and ultimately into and under mangrove shorelines. Conversely, an outgoing tide will typically cause fish to move from the relative safety of the mangrove roots out onto a flat, and ultimately into adjacent deeper water.
—I’m fishing the smaller shiners on a number 4 straight shank hook, on the end of about a three foot piece of 30 pound fluorocarbon leader, under a popping cork. The popping cork will help keep your shutter out of the grass as well as give you some extra weight to help throw the small beats a long way up to the fish. Remember to enter the area you want to fish quietly, A push pole or trolling motor is almost a must.
—If you’re quiet and persistent, have plenty of bait or some lures you should be able to have a great time in sure over the next month or so! Have fun!

Anna Maria Island Fishing Report: Captain Aaron Lowman-08-27-14

Anna Maria Island Fishing Report
Snapper – Trout – Snook – Redfish
Captain Aaron Lowman – Fishing Report – August 27, 2014
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——-What a beautiful week it has been to get in a little fishing around Anna Maria Island. Frequent morning rains have subsided and we’re back to a more typical weather pattern for this time of year. Bait has been abundant, and getting bigger by the day. I’ve been finding plenty of shiners and small pinfish on the grass flats, in the bay and on the beach. Continue Reading…

Anna Maria Island Fishing Report: Captain Aaron Lowman-07-01-14

Anna Maria Island Fishing Report
Grouper
Captain Aaron Lowman – Fishing Report – July 1, 2014
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—July is an exciting time because it marks the beginning of gag grouper season! My clients are excited to finally be able to keep a few grouper to bring home for dinner after releasing so many. The regulations allow for each person on my boat to keep four grouper per day, two of which can be gag grouper.
—The morning bite has been very strong with any sort of moving tide, and seems to slow down as the sun and temperature rise. Target structure around Anna Maria Island, and don’t ignore Tampa Bay or the Skyway Bridge; these areas produce this time of year.
—Threadfins are plentiful right now, so I recommend using a sabiki rig to catch a few for the baitwell. Pinfish and small grunts are also great baits.
—These nice grouper were caught while fishing this morning with my brother and dad in Tampa Bay.

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Anna Maria Island Fishing Report: Captain Aaron Lowman-06-23-14

Anna Maria Island Fishing Report
Tarpon-Snook
Captain Aaron Lowman – Fishing Report – June 23, 2014
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—June has been hot and sticky. We saw rain in the area most afternoons and the flotilla of boats on the water assure us summertime is in full effect! On my boat, snook and tarpon have been the main Anna Maria Island targets in June. Also being routinely caught in and around the bay and local beaches are; seatrout, mangrove snapper, grouper, mackerel and sharks.
—Snook fishing this time of the year tends to move out of the back bays and into the passes and beaches. This is an annual migration pattern that these fish follow year after year in order to breed. We have been capitalizing on their need to feed while on this journey. Whitebait and small hard-bodied lures have been baits of choice.
—There are still good numbers of tarpon moving up and down the beaches and passes. We have been catching these fish on live bait on moving tides. The trick with tarpon is being very stealthy. Getting up wind / up tide from the fish, cutting the engine and drifting and/or anchoring have been proven methods. The tarpon fishing has really heated up this last week of the month on the moon.
—One of the best things about summer time fishing, here around Anna Maria Island and Tampa Bay, is the great variety of species you can encounter in a single four hour fishing trip. Snapper,  grouper and flounder along with and mackerel and sharks can be found on many shallow rock piles and reefs.

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Anna Maria Island Fishing Report: Captain Aaron Lowman-06-03-14

Anna Maria Island Fishing Report
Permit
Captain Aaron Lowman – Fishing Report – June 3, 2014
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—Josh Sato and Joey Mattay have the permit dialed in. They found May and early June to be an action-packed time period, with the nearby offshore wrecks and structure holding spawning fish. Joey and Josh said that the best way to pull off a catch of big permit was to drift baits back to the fish after anchoring up-current of structure within 20 miles of Anna maria Island.
—Small pass crabs were said to be the bait of choice, and they were most effective when suspended just above the targeted structure.
—This action may be slowing down as June draws to a close, but if you get a chance to try these techniques and hook into some big permit, be sure to HOLD ON TIGHT!

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Anna Maria Island Fishing Report: Captain Aaron Lowman-06-02-2014

Anna Maria Island Fishing Report
Snook
Captain Aaron Lowman – Fishing Report – June 2, 2014
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—Don’t forget about the action-packed June summer snooking around Anna Maria Island. Many fish move through the passes and onto the beaches this time of year, and my clients and I have been able to capitalize on the opportunity.
—Live baits such as small sand perch, or pilchards have an irresistible affect on these moving snook, and even the large females have been readily feeding.
—This movement of snook, and the fun sight-casting action that can go with it should last through July, and maybe even into August if we’re lucky.

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Anna Maria Island Fishing Report: Captain Aaron Lowman-04-28-2014

Anna Maria Island Fishing Report
Snook-Trout-Redfish-Kingfish-Cobia
Captain Aaron Lowman – Fishing Report – April 28, 2014
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—–The last few weeks have seen the completion of the transition from cool to warm water fishing around Anna Maria Island. Snook, redfish and trout dominate the backwater scene while the near shore chatter revolves around cobia, mackerel, kingfish and permit. Offshore boats will be looking for red grouper, amberjack and snapper. Continue Reading…

Anna Maria Island Fishing Report: Captain Aaron Lowman-04-15-2014

Anna Maria Island Fishing Report-Trout
Captain Aaron Lowman – Fishing Report – April 15, 2014
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—–Fishing over the last few weeks out of Island Discount Tackle on Anna Maria Island has been some of the most exciting springtime fishing that I can remember. We had plenty of visitors to the Island with spring breaks and folks from up north trying to escape the winter.
—–Shiners became available to use as bait about 3 weeks ago and the fishing has not been the same since. The arrival of the shiners seems to announce the beginning of snook season and the shift from Bay and near shore fishing to Intracoastal Waterways and backwater fishing. I’m happy to report that the snook, trout and redfish have all been cooperating. Continue Reading…

Anna Maria Island Fishing Report: Captain Aaron Lowman-03-12-2014

Anna Maria Island Fishing Report-Trout-Redfish-Snook
Captain Aaron Lowman – Fishing Report – March 12, 2014
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—–This has been one of those weeks that traditional winter fishing overlaps with early spring fishing and that’s good news for fishermen!
—–Winter fishing in Tampa Bay is still going strong. You can still expect to catch sheepshead, grouper and snapper on the artificial reefs. Fishing along the sandy beaches of Anna Maria Island and Egmont Key might get you some nice pompano too. There are plenty of spanish mackerel around. Try throwing anything bright and shiney around any structure in the Bay. Continue Reading…

Anna Maria Island Fishing Report: Captain Aaron Lowman-03-04-2014

Anna Maria Island Fishing Report-Trout-Redfish-Sheepshead
Captain Aaron Lowman – Fishing Report – March 4, 2014
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—–Don “The Snake” Prudhomme, who was visiting fellow NHRA Hall of Famer and Anna Maria resident, Fred Miller, had a good weekend fishing Tampa Bay for snapper and sheepshead. Using small jigheads and live shrimp, Don and Fred had good luck fishing around some of the artificial reefs scattered around the Bay.
—–Now that we have turned the corner into March, we will start looking for more opportunities to catch redfish and big trout.
—–Although shiners are not an easy catch on the grassflats, there are bait schools around the Skyway Bridge and these shiners will be fun to throw at the redfish and trout.

Don Prudhomme and a nice Tampa Bay snapper.

Don Prudhomme and a nice Tampa Bay snapper.

Fred Miller was catching big sheepshead on live shrimp.

Fred Miller was catching big sheepshead on live shrimp.