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 – December 23, 2015

Anna Maria Island Fishing Report
Kingfish, Sharks, Mangrove Snapper
Captain Aaron Lowman – Fishing Report – December 23, 2015
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—This week, Tampa Bay and Anna Maria Island fishing has been defined by strong South winds, and tough, but surprisingly productive fishing. Nearshore fishing has produced Spanish mackerel, mangrove snapper, sheepshead, and some flounder. Offshore reef fishing has been providing larger mangrove snapper bites, as well as sharks in high numbers, and the occasional kingfish.

—We managed to get a nice kingfish on wire leader and heavy tackle while chumming with pilchards over structure off of the beaches. Sharks have begun to congregate over structure off of the beaches this time of year also due to the annual mullet run. They are tons of fun, and can be caught by hanging a chum bag over structure and using live or dead baits. Pinfish, ladyfish, or mackerel chunks will work fine, and be sure to rig your tackle with a steel leader to combat their sharp teeth. Large mangrove snapper over 20 inches are being caught by my clients while fishing with shrimp and small pilchards over these same reefs, and can’t be beat as table fare. Light line, and small hooks/sinkers are the key to enticing these smart fish to bite.

—Have fun and stay safe!

Kingfish

Kingfish

Mangrove Snapper

Mangrove Snapper

Blacktip

Blacktip

Mango

Mango

Anna Maria Island Fishing Report: Captain Danny Stasny-12-14-14

Anna Maria Island Fishing Report
Pompano
Captain Danny Stasny – Fishing Report – December 14, 2014
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—With the Christmas season approaching, another season is doing the same. Yes, that’s right — it’s time to start stalking the shorelines for pompano.
—The beaches of Anna Maria Island are a great place to start searching. Despite the beach renourishment totally changing our local shoreline, pompano fishers should be able to find a bite.

—Some of the more popular pompano spots are now buried with sand so you may need to do your homework to find the fish. And by homework I mean cruising up and down the beach until the right conditions appear. Look for spots along the beach where the trough still exists. The trough is the stretch of water between the shoreline and the first sandbar. Pompano use this as a highway to hunt for sand fleas up and down the shore. If you can find the trough, you’re looking in the right place. You just have to hope the fish are there.

—To catch pompano, fishers use a variety of baits and lures. Pompano like crustaceans, so using live shrimp, sand fleas and even small crabs will produce a bite. Small jigs also work well for pompano. There are a variety of sizes and shapes so it’s best to carry a few of each to see which one works. You can also have the best of both worlds by taking the jig you’re using and tip it with a small piece of shrimp. This way, you have the action of the jig combined with the smell of the shrimp — a deadly combination that can give you an edge when the pomps are finicky.

—Remember, according to FWC, pompano have to be a minimum size of 11-inches to the fork of the tail. There is no maximum size. The bag limit for pompano is 6 per person per day.

Egmont Key Sightseeing Tour: Captain Kasay Gunter-04-29-2013

Egmont Key Sightseeing Tour-April 29, 2013
Captain Kasay Gunter
Coastline Dolphin & Snorkeling Excursions
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—–Last Wednesday, on April 24th, we took the O’Brian family on our 3 hour trip to Egmont Key. We went to the “secret” sandbar and found sand dollars, a sticky starfish, a black seahorse and plenty of conch shells. We even saw some manatees on our way home to Keyes Marina.

Captain Kasay Gunter – Coastline Dolphin and Snorkeling Excursions – April-08-2013

Captain Kasay Gunter – Coastline Excursions – April-08-2013
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—–Last week, the Greenough family took our sightseeing boat tour around Anna Maria Island and Jewfish Key. We saw a bunch of dolphins and manatees and went snorkeling on my secret sandbar. It was the girls’ first time snorkeling. As we snorkeled over the grassflats, they found sand dollars, coral and shells. They had an awesome time. We also had a good time watching lots of dolphins in Palma Sola Bay.

Captain Kasay Gunter – Coastline Dolphin and Snorkeling Excursions – 04-01-2013

Captain Kasay Gunter – Coastline Excursions – 04-01-2013
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—–Last week, on Thursday the 28th, the Ridings family took our 1 1/2 hour sightseeing boat tour around Anna Maria Island and Jewfish Key. We had a good time and saw tons of dolphins in Palma Sola Bay.