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 – 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 – July 2, 2015

Anna Maria Island Fishing Report
Mangrove Snapper, Sea Trout, Cobia
Captain Aaron Lowman – Fishing Report – July 2, 2015
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—Things are still too hot to be very productive in the backwater areas, but nearshore action has stayed exciting.

—Snapper, grouper, sharks, and the occasional cobia have been biting on the reefs, although getting our catch past the goliath grouper and barracuda is always a challenge.

—Small sardines have begun to show off of the beaches, which has lead to bonito and mackerel action. We just follow the diving birds and cast live pilchards into the fray when we find an active school of fish.

sea trout

Sea Trout

snapper

Snapper

cobia

Cobia

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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—–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.

Anna Maria Island Fishing Report: Captain Aaron Lowman-04-28-2014

Anna Maria Island Fishing Report
Snook-Trout-Redfish-Kingfish-Cobia
Captain Aaron Lowman – Fishing Report – April 28, 2014
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—–The last few weeks have seen the completion of the transition from cool to warm water fishing around Anna Maria Island. Snook, redfish and trout dominate the backwater scene while the near shore chatter revolves around cobia, mackerel, kingfish and permit. Offshore boats will be looking for red grouper, amberjack and snapper. Continue Reading…

Anna Maria Island Fishing Report: Captain Aaron Lowman-09-09-2013

Anna Maria Island Fishing Report
Captain Aaron Lowman – Fishing Report – September 9, 2013
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—–This is a great time of year to fish near Anna Maria Island and Tampa Bay. Although a short snook season has been opened, redfish, trout, flounder, snapper, cobia and permit have taken center stage for near shore fishing.

Dani O'neal has been catching big trout near Anna Maria island.

Dani O’neal has been catching big trout near Anna Maria island.

Paul Keyes tips his hat to this beautiful fall Tampa Bay redfish.

Paul Keyes tips his hat to this beautiful fall Tampa Bay redfish.

—–Shiners have been easier to catch over the last few weeks, so we have had no problem getting the trout, snook and redfish to turn-on. Artificial lures will work well but it’s easier to get the bite going with live bait. Continue Reading…

Anna Maria Island Fishing Report: Captain Danny Stasny 04-15-2013

Anna Maria Island Fishing Report
Captain Danny Stasny-April-15-2013
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—–April 2—– I fished around Anna Maria with Bob Salmon joined by his two sons, Hunter and Keegan, and Bob’s friend Dan Barker. We started out fishing some near shore structure with good results. Using live shiners for bait we managed to boat 4 cobia and a 22 inch flounder. Then we switched to using live shrimp on a knocker rig which resulted in numerous keeper mangrove snapper as well as some sheepshead in the 3 to 4 lb range. To finish out the day we rallied on spanish mackerel and a few black tip sharks. Not bad for a bunch of guys from Michigan. Continue Reading…

Captain Danny Stasny – Fishing Report – 04-01-2013

Captain Danny Stasny – Fishing Report – 04-01-2013
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—–Neil and Susie Mandsager of Iowa were able to join me this week for some sheepshead action on the artificial reefs around Anna Maria island. Using live shrimp combined with a 1/2 oz. knocker rig resulted in multiple fish ranging from 1 to 4 lbs.
—–After banging away on sheepies for awhile we switched locations in search of spotted sea trout.  Fishing deep grassflats with Berkely Gulp shrimp and a 1/4 oz jig head got us connected with some nice sized fish.  Along with speckled sea trout, Neil and Susie also managed to catch some respectably sized silver trout which we promptly filleted and put on ice once back at the dock.
—–Flounder are inhabiting near-shore structure as you can see in the picture of Vivck and Ravi Kiluk of Tampa. Their father, John, was very proud of his sons after watching them reel up so many different species in one day.  Along with that 21 inch flounder, the boys caught sheepshead, kw’s, and spanish mackerel.
—–After taking a little break from the action Vivck informed me that he wanted to catch “JAWS”.  I told him that sounded like a great idea to finish out the trip, so off we went in search of some man eaters.  I knew of a spot where some bonnet head sharks had been hanging out and upon arriving I saw multiple fish from up in the tower.  Ten minutes after setting the anchor we had a bonnet head shark on the line which was exciting for the kids.
—–On the next bait we were lucky enough to hook up with a 4 1/2 ft sand shark.  Needless to say, dad had to reel this one in.  Both sharks were released unharmed.
—–On a recent trip with Eric Harvey and his family we had good action on multiple species while fishing artificial reefs.  We started the day with sheepshead, mangrove snapper and Key West grunts. Eric’s sons, Ryan and James, quickly got the hang of reef fishing after their first couple fish.  Now, this is when the story starts getting good.  Jen, Eric’s wife, was busy reeling up a mangrove snapper and as  I peered into the green water to spot the fish in the depths below I got quite a surprise. Not only did I see the undersized snapper at the end of Jen’s line but I also saw a big, brown bomber directly under the fish curiously trying to get a taste.  Immediately I reached for another rod and frantically baited-up with a nice fat shiner.  The cobia was more than willing to accommodate us and instantly whacked the unsuspecting bait. Well, six cobia later we had two keepers in the coffin along with plenty of sheepies and grunts. Great job guys.
—–I also sent in the picture of Ryan’s file fish.  What a beautiful golden little fish.  It almost didn’t look real.  It may not be the biggest fish in the world but it made a really cool pic.