Anna Maria Island Fishing Report: Captain Aaron Lowman – March 21, 2016

Anna Maria Island Fishing Report
Snook, Redfish, Snapper
Captain Aaron Lowman – Fishing Report – March 21, 2016
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—Inshore fishing action is starting to warm up along with the water temperature.
I’m seeing plenty of snook, redfish, and trout around, with live whitebait being the bait of choice. Trout love shiners, but are also willing to take an artificial lure such as a gulp shrimp or bucktail jig.
—As we finish March, I expect the backwater bite to gain momentum as the water temperatures continue to increase.
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seatrout snook

Anna Maria Island Fishing Report: Captain Aaron Lowman – December 31, 2015

Anna Maria Island Fishing Report
Mangrove Snapper, Hogfish, Cobia, Grouper
Captain Aaron Lowman – Fishing Report – December 31, 2015
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— Despite the persistent South wind last week, we got offshore to do some reef fishing. Bait has been harder to find, but live pilchards and shrimp on offshore structure have been productive when paired with a moving tide.

— Grouper, mangrove snapper, hogfish, and cobia have all been hanging around on the reefs, and we managed to have some great days out there!

snapper

Mango

mangrove snapper

Mangrove Snapper

big hogfish

Big Hog

hog snapper

Hog Snapper

hog snapper

Hogfish

hogfish

Hogfish

gag grouper

Gag

2x mangrove snapper

2X Mangrove Snapper

cobia

Cobia

 

mangrove snapper

Mango

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 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
Captain Aaron Lowman – Fishing Report – October 1, 2015
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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 – September 24, 2015

Anna Maria Island Fishing Report
Trolling for gag grouper
Captain Aaron Lowman – Fishing Report – September 24, 2015
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—This is the time of year that I like to start trolling large artificial plugs in the shallow backwaters looking for gag grouper. Grouper are suckers for a well-placed lure that comes within their attack zone. I usually try along some rocky edges of the Intracoastal Waterway or Tampa Bay ships’channel. Who knows, you may even suprise yourself with a 25 inch flounder!
—We are also fishing the nearshore reefs for snapper and mackerel and finding turned-on redfish and snook in the backwaters.

Gag grouper

Gag grouper

Flounder

Flounder

Anna Maria Island Fishing Report: Captain Aaron Lowman – July 24, 2015

Anna Maria Island Fishing Report
Flounder, Snapper, Seatrout
Captain Aaron Lowman – Fishing Report – July 24, 2015
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—A strange weather pattern last week with wind and rain in the mornings led to some action-packed inshore fishing.

—Fishing around inshore/nearshore structure, bridges, and docks produced good catches of mangrove snapper, flounder, gag grouper, and a few redfish. This seems to be that time of the summer when the snook and trout fishing starts to heat up.

—These fish are finishing their spawning cycles offshore, and are returning to the bay. The next month or so can be the hottest of the year, so fishing early and late is going to be the way to go.
 

flounder

Flattie!

seatrout

Seatrout

snapper

Snapper

Anna Maria Island Fishing Report: Captain Aaron Lowman – July 21, 2015

Anna Maria Island Fishing Report
Night Fishing
Captain Aaron Lowman – Fishing Report – July 21, 2015
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—Summers in Southwest Florida are hot, humid, and sometimes downright mean. A fun and cool alternative to the heat is to fish at night. Anna Maria Island canals are a great place to look, especially near lighted docks and underwater lights. Redfish , snook, and trout are the common targets near these beacons.

—Last week I had a lot of fun night fishing with Derek Purves from Scotland. We started at twilight by fly fishing for trout along edges of the grassflats. After a good bite there, we switched to glass minnow imitations, then moved into the canals after dark.

—After finding active lights that held baitfish, we had a blast catching redfish and seatrout. The trick is to cast on the edges of the light where the predators are waiting, instead of directly underneath.

night redfish

Redfish

night docks

Night Docks