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 – June 10, 2016

Anna Maria Island Fishing Report
Cobia
Captain Aaron Lowman – Fishing Report – June 10, 2016
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—During the heat of the day, when the tarpon bite slows down, I’ve been taking my clients to look for hard fighting cobia. Cobia are nomadic wanderers, and can be difficult to pin down to a pattern most of the year.
—Right now I’m finding a pretty consistant cobia bite on many nearshore/inshore structures, as well as free swimming fish on sandbars.
—9 year old angler Alex Jorgensen, from Iowa caught this stud 25# cobia in between mangrove snapper and spanish mackeral this week!
Mark Winters and crew doubled up on cobia earlier in the week, while snapper fishing as well. Cobia are delicious, fast, and hard hitting. Come get em while it’s hot!

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Big Cobia

Big Cobia

Anna Maria Island Fishing Report: Captain Aaron Lowman – February 25, 2016

Anna Maria Island Fishing Report
Pompano
Captain Aaron Lowman – Fishing Report – February 25, 2016
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—I have FINALLY begun to see pompano show up in Anna Maria Island waters. As water temperatures slowly rise, some much-needed energy is being brought to the whole system.
Fishing with small, brightly colored jigs is one of the most effective ways to catch pompano. We are also catching plenty on a corked live shrimp inside the bay, and around areas of deep grass.
Most “first-timers” can’t belive how hard a 15 inch fish can pull! Pompano is a firm and mild white meat fish, making it particularly popular for the dinner table. Book a trip while it’s on!

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Pompano!

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Nice Pomp

Anna Maria Island Fishing Report: Captain Aaron Lowman – February 14, 2016

Anna Maria Island Fishing Report
Sheepshead, Snapper, Permit, Hogfish
Captain Aaron Lowman – Fishing Report – February 14, 2016
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Cell: 941-465-8932
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—In between cold snaps this week, clients still found plenty of jumbo sheepshead.
Fishing live baits, such as shrimp around structure was the ticket.
Sheepshead are often underestimated – they can be super cautious, are hard fighters, and taste great.
—Permit have made a showing around some of the local beaches and passes this week, and are the larger cousin of the highly-sought pompano.
As with the pompano, permit will aggressivly strike small, brightly colored jigs.
This makes jigging for permit a really exciting way to catch these elusive fish.
Hogfish and mangrove snappers have been the highlight offshore a few miles.
Red grouper and throw-back gag grouper have been consistent offshore, as well.

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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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Cell: 941-465-8932
Island Discount Tackle Charter Desk: (941) 779-2838
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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.

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Red Grouper

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Pompano

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Hog Snapper

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Nice gag

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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Cell: 941-465-8932
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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 – April 21, 2015

Anna Maria Island Fishing Report
Near shore reefs and wrecks for snapper, kingfish, mackerel, cobia and sharks
Captain Aaron Lowman – Fishing Report – April 21, 2015
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Cell: 941-465-8932
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—–Fishing local nearshore wrecks, reefs, and areas of live bottom has been producing plenty of mangrove snappers, cobia, catch-and-release groupers, flounder, mackerel, sharks, and kingfish. I’ve been using live bait for most of these guys, although we’ve caught a bunch of kingfish trolling plugs, as well as live bait, this month.
—–The snappers were seeing this month have been abundant and hungry!

Kingfish are hard hitting.

Kingfish are hard hitting.

Hog snapper are a great surprise!

Hog snapper are a great surprise!

Everyone wants a cobia!

Everyone wants a cobia!

Lots of sharks around.

Lots of sharks around.