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

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Anna Maria Island Fishing Report
Tarpon
Captain Aaron Lowman – Fishing Report – June 24, 2015
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—After a slow week, Anna Maria Island’s tarpon fishing has begun to heat back up again. The fish that had traveled offshore to spawn have returned, and they are HUNGRY.

—We have being fishing the beaches in the early morning with crabs and threadfin herring, then anchoring and chumming on the edges of passes and deep channels as the day progresses.

—They say there is nothing like fighting a silver king, and my clients and I have to agree. Once you fight a big tarpon and witness their acrobatic jumps, you’ll be hooked for life (no pun intended).

Anna Maria Island Tarpon

Tarpon Jump

Anna maria Island Tarpon Fishing

Tarpon Flip

Anna Maria Island Fishing Report: Captain Aaron Lowman – June 23, 2015

Anna Maria Island Fishing Report
Mangrove Snapper
Captain Aaron Lowman – Fishing Report – June 23, 2015
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—Tampa Bay mangrove snapper have continued to gather heavily on structure near the beaches and passes, with a strong morning bite seeming to be the ticket to a full cooler.

—They have been eating shrimp, small crabs, pinfish, dead/live pilchards, and have responded well to chum.

—Very strong fighters for their size, if we don’t get them to the boat quickly they will pull us into the structure or be lost to sharks, goliath grouper, and barracuda. It seems that we aren’t the only ones who love the taste of fresh snapper!

anna maria snapper

Fat Mangrove Snapper

tampa bay snapper

Tampa Bay Mangrove Snapper

Anna Maria Island Fishing Report: Captain Aaron Lowman – June 20, 2015

Anna Maria Island Fishing Report
Nearshore Flounder
Captain Aaron Lowman – Fishing Report – June 20, 2015
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—This past week, big flounder have begun to show themselves off of the beach as they head offshore to spawn. Their movement usually lasts from late Spring until early Fall, and will continue to give my clients great action for the next few months.

—Sandy areas close to nearshore structure seem to be the best hangouts, and live or dead pilchards have been the bait of choice. Jigs will also entice these fun, tasty, and unique fish to eat.

—After an exciting morning, Bill Sr., Bill Jr., and Chad from Riverview, Florida managed to get a nice flounder catch along with some snapper and grouper.

anna maria island flounder

Nice Flounder

doormat flounder

Doormat!

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Flounder Trio

Anna Maria Island Fishing Report: Captain Aaron Lowman – June 13, 2015

Anna Maria Island Fishing Report
Nearshore mangrove snapper
Captain Aaron Lowman – Fishing Report – June 13, 2015
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Cell: 941-465-8932
Island Discount Tackle Charter Desk: (941) 779-2838
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—Tarpon fishing has slowed down this week due to a few moon/tide/spawning changes, but should pick back up soon.

—In the meantime, the mangrove snapper bite has continued to be great. Live and dead pilchards have been the bait of choice, with the larger fish being caught during the strongest period of the tide. Besides being a very fun and strong fight on light tackle, they are some of the best-eating fish that swim!

—St. Pete/Tampa residents Kevin Williams & family caught their limit of big mangrove snapper today despite some rough conditions.

captain aaron lowman mangrove snapper

Biggun’

florida gray snapper

All Smiles!

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Mangrove Snapper

Anna Maria Island Fishing Report: Captain Aaron Lowman-03-17-15

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Anna Maria Island Fishing Report
Snook/Redfish/Trout
Captain Aaron Lowman – Fishing Report – March 17, 2015
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—The inshore bite has exploded back onto the scene this week with snook leading the charge. Live bait fishing with greenbacks has been the ticket to plenty of action following our recent warming trend.
—Morning and afternoon charters have both been producing plenty of action.
—My clients are also catching piles of trout, redfish, flounder, and pompono in these same general areas.
—The action is red hot, come and get some!!

Anna Maria Island Fishing Report: Captain Aaron Lowman-02-20-15

Anna Maria Island Fishing Report
Permit/Sheepshead/Redfish/Flounder
Captain Aaron Lowman – Fishing Report – February 20, 2015
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—So far, February has been a paradox of warm, sunny days and blustery cold temperatures. However, in the face of this less than ideal weather pattern, the inshore/nearshore bite is gathering steam. We really started hammering the big spawning sheepshead around the beginning of the month. Almost any of the public inshore/nearshore reefs will be holding nice sheepies this month.
—Redfish, black drum, and flounder have been a staple around inshore residential docks and canals. Live shrimp as well as jigs such as the gulp shrimp have been top producers.
—Pompano and permit remain hit or miss so far this month. Probing the edges of deeper grass flats, or the local passes and adjoining beachfront, with a 1/4oz. pompano jig tipped with a chunk of shrimp has been the ticket.

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.

Anna Maria Island Fishing Report: Captain Aaron Lowman-07-01-14

Anna Maria Island Fishing Report
Grouper
Captain Aaron Lowman – Fishing Report – July 1, 2014
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—July is an exciting time because it marks the beginning of gag grouper season! My clients are excited to finally be able to keep a few grouper to bring home for dinner after releasing so many. The regulations allow for each person on my boat to keep four grouper per day, two of which can be gag grouper.
—The morning bite has been very strong with any sort of moving tide, and seems to slow down as the sun and temperature rise. Target structure around Anna Maria Island, and don’t ignore Tampa Bay or the Skyway Bridge; these areas produce this time of year.
—Threadfins are plentiful right now, so I recommend using a sabiki rig to catch a few for the baitwell. Pinfish and small grunts are also great baits.
—These nice grouper were caught while fishing this morning with my brother and dad in Tampa Bay.

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Anna Maria Island Fishing Report: Captain Aaron Lowman-06-23-14

Anna Maria Island Fishing Report
Tarpon-Snook
Captain Aaron Lowman – Fishing Report – June 23, 2014
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—June has been hot and sticky. We saw rain in the area most afternoons and the flotilla of boats on the water assure us summertime is in full effect! On my boat, snook and tarpon have been the main Anna Maria Island targets in June. Also being routinely caught in and around the bay and local beaches are; seatrout, mangrove snapper, grouper, mackerel and sharks.
—Snook fishing this time of the year tends to move out of the back bays and into the passes and beaches. This is an annual migration pattern that these fish follow year after year in order to breed. We have been capitalizing on their need to feed while on this journey. Whitebait and small hard-bodied lures have been baits of choice.
—There are still good numbers of tarpon moving up and down the beaches and passes. We have been catching these fish on live bait on moving tides. The trick with tarpon is being very stealthy. Getting up wind / up tide from the fish, cutting the engine and drifting and/or anchoring have been proven methods. The tarpon fishing has really heated up this last week of the month on the moon.
—One of the best things about summer time fishing, here around Anna Maria Island and Tampa Bay, is the great variety of species you can encounter in a single four hour fishing trip. Snapper,  grouper and flounder along with and mackerel and sharks can be found on many shallow rock piles and reefs.

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Anna Maria Island Fishing Report: Captain Aaron Lowman-06-03-14

Anna Maria Island Fishing Report
Permit
Captain Aaron Lowman – Fishing Report – June 3, 2014
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—Josh Sato and Joey Mattay have the permit dialed in. They found May and early June to be an action-packed time period, with the nearby offshore wrecks and structure holding spawning fish. Joey and Josh said that the best way to pull off a catch of big permit was to drift baits back to the fish after anchoring up-current of structure within 20 miles of Anna maria Island.
—Small pass crabs were said to be the bait of choice, and they were most effective when suspended just above the targeted structure.
—This action may be slowing down as June draws to a close, but if you get a chance to try these techniques and hook into some big permit, be sure to HOLD ON TIGHT!

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