Anna Maria Island Fishing Report: Captain Aaron Lowman – January 26, 2016

Anna Maria Island Fishing Report
Sheepshead, Snapper
Captain Aaron Lowman – Fishing Report – January 26, 2016
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-This latest cold snap has finally started to push the big sheepshead into the bay. I’ve found them this week between 5 to 20 feet on docks, rock piles, reefs, wrecks, and edges. Live shrimp on a light knocker rig or jig head has been the ticket for hooking the tricky sheepshead. While looking for sheepshead, we are also catching mangrove snapper, flounder, and grouper. Plenty of action and good eats out in the bay this month, book a trip while it’s happening!

Double Trouble

Double Trouble

Good Eats

Good Eats

Anna Maria Island Fishing Report: Captain Aaron Lowman – January 9, 2016

Anna Maria Island Fishing Report
Hogfish, Grouper, Pompano
Captain Aaron Lowman – Fishing Report – January 9, 2016
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—Hope that everybody had a great New Year! Despite the poor weather lately, fishing has been good. Redfish and sheepshead have begun to show around docks and structure. Shrimp or fiddler crabs are a killer sheepshead bait, and when paired with shiners or small pinfish, you should be able to catch quite a few of both species. Pompano are also trickling in, and can be caught near sandy areas using jigs or shrimp.
—Offshore fishing has been productive, and we have been catching red and gag grouper, hog and mangrove snapper, sheepshead, and an occasional cobia or kingfish. Sharks are also still around, and are usually eager to eat a dead bait.

red grouper

Red Grouper

pompano

Pompano

hogfish

Hog Snapper

gag grouper

Nice gag

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.