Anna Maria Island Fishing Report: Captain Aaron Lowman – April 22, 2016

Anna Maria Island Fishing Report
Snook, Redfish, Seatrout, Grouper, Flounder, Snapper, Kingfish
Captain Aaron Lowman – Fishing Report – April 22, 2016
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—Inshore:
Good numbers of trout showing up on the grass flats, with the biggest fish coming from skinny water around mangroves. Redfish and flounder are around residential docks, and shiners or pinfish around pilings have produced this week.
Snook bite seems to be getting going. Catching plenty of schoolie-sized fish, with a few slotties in the mix.

—Nearshore:
Mangrove snapper are still making a good showing on nearshore structure, along with plenty of throw-back gag grouper. Kingfish and sharks are beginning to make a show around schools of bait, gathering around local reefs/wrecks. Most action this week coming from 3 – 7 miles off the beach.

grouper

Grouper

snook

Snook

kingfish

Kingfish

sharp kingfish teeth

Sharp Teeth

great catch

Good Catch

big redfish

Big Red

redfish trio

Redfish Trio

king

King

 

Anna Maria Island Fishing Report: Captain Aaron Lowman – April 3, 2016

Anna Maria Island Fishing Report
Snook, Redfish, Seatrout
Captain Aaron Lowman – Fishing Report – April 3, 2016
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—Strong tides and a warming weather trend helped the inshore bite really get going the past couple weeks.
—Bait is on the move into Tampa and Sarasota Bays once again, sparking a good seatrout, snook, and redfish bite.
—I’m finding snook, trout and redfish close to mangroves, in potholes on grassflats, and around docks and oyster bars. A live shiner under a popping cork is my go-to rig for these situations.

snook

Snook

seatrout

Seatrout

redfish

Redfish

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

Anna Maria Island Fishing Report: Captain Aaron Lowman-12-12-14

Anna Maria Island Fishing Report
Kingfish Trolling
Captain Aaron Lowman – Fishing Report – December 12, 2014
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—With the cold come the kingfish, and 50-60 ft. structures off of Anna Maria Island, Florida have been holding them.
—Usually after finding the structure, try to troll 5-6 knots in circles around the perimeter of the structure. If a ball of bait is found during your trolling pattern, get ready!
—I have been using a wire leader with any lipped diving plug. Lately, 6-8 pounders have been common, but if you try hard enough, maybe you will be the one to snatch up a 30 pounder!
—Kingfish are hard-fighters, and although oily in taste and texture, they are some of the best fish for smoking. So get out there, give it a try, and have fun!

Anna Maria Island Fishing Report: Captain Aaron Lowman-11-25-14

Anna Maria Island Fishing Report
Grouper
Captain Aaron Lowman – Fishing Report – November 25, 2014
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—As winter approaches, the grouper trolling begins! Lately, my clients and I have had a blast trolling for grouper near Anna Maria Island, Florida. We usually wait for a cold front to approach from the North, and then fish heavily before and after the front when the fish are more active and aggressive.
—The typical techniques involve trolling near structure and in the passes at a steady idling speed; remember this is not wahoo trolling! Lipped plugs that have the ability to dive to depth work the best, and a heavy leader (80lb.) is in order with a ball-bearing snap-swivel connection to avoid line twist.
—When the conditions are right, my clients and I have even had grouper rise to the trolling plugs while fishing mid-water for kingfish. Be patient out there, find structure or a location that you are confident in, and have an action packed day on the water!

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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Captain Josh Peurifoy – Fishing Report – 02/10/13

Captain Josh Peurifoy-Fishing Report-02-10-2013
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—Redfish have been plentiful in and around docks and structure this winter, and can usually be enticed to eat with live shrimp, small crabs, or pilchards. This large redfish was taken while fishing a grassflat with pilchards.

– Captain Josh Peurifoy