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

Anna Maria Island Fishing Report
Grouper, Flounder
Captain Aaron Lowman – Fishing Report – November 23, 2015
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—A cold front has finally arrived, and has brought with it a change in the bait. It is becoming harder to find shiners off of the beaches and near structure. It is also a bit smaller. A switch to shrimp is probably your best bet with the cooler temperatures arriving.

—Grouper and flounder have still been biting, along with mangrove snapper, ladyfish, mackerel, and snook. Sheepshead will soon be plentiful, and these delicious fish are also great fighters.

—This week should be quite windy, with forecasts of 20+mph. If you can find a place out of the wind, you may still be able to catch a ton of fish. Good luck and have fun.

doormat flounder

Doormat Flounder

four grouper

4 Grouper

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

Anna Maria Island Fishing Report
Trolling for gag grouper
Captain Aaron Lowman – Fishing Report – September 24, 2015
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—This is the time of year that I like to start trolling large artificial plugs in the shallow backwaters looking for gag grouper. Grouper are suckers for a well-placed lure that comes within their attack zone. I usually try along some rocky edges of the Intracoastal Waterway or Tampa Bay ships’channel. Who knows, you may even suprise yourself with a 25 inch flounder!
—We are also fishing the nearshore reefs for snapper and mackerel and finding turned-on redfish and snook in the backwaters.

Gag grouper

Gag grouper

Flounder

Flounder

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

Anna Maria Island Fishing Report
Flounder, Snapper, Seatrout
Captain Aaron Lowman – Fishing Report – July 24, 2015
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—A strange weather pattern last week with wind and rain in the mornings led to some action-packed inshore fishing.

—Fishing around inshore/nearshore structure, bridges, and docks produced good catches of mangrove snapper, flounder, gag grouper, and a few redfish. This seems to be that time of the summer when the snook and trout fishing starts to heat up.

—These fish are finishing their spawning cycles offshore, and are returning to the bay. The next month or so can be the hottest of the year, so fishing early and late is going to be the way to go.
 

flounder

Flattie!

seatrout

Seatrout

snapper

Snapper

Anna Maria Island Fishing Report: Captain Aaron Lowman – July 7, 2015

Anna Maria Island Fishing Report
Flounder
Captain Aaron Lowman – Fishing Report – July 7, 2015
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—Flounder fishing is great near Anna Maria Island, Florida in July. The large females move out of the backwater shallows and into the Gulf.

—This flow of big female fish allows for us to take advantage by fishing the passes and structure within ten miles of the beaches.

—We have been catching big flounder with live pilchards and weights to keep them on the bottom. Sandy areas surrounding rock and debris are the most productive areas to fish for these tasty doormats.

big anna maria island flounder

Doormat

Anna Maria Island Fishing Report: Captain Aaron Lowman – June 29, 2015

Anna Maria Island Fishing Report
Mangrove Snapper, Sea Trout, Flounder
Captain Aaron Lowman – Fishing Report – June 29, 2015
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—This morning’s wind whipped the gulf into a soup, but the mangrove snapper bite was as good as I have ever seen it. The strong tide, wind, low-light, and dirty water made these finicky fish feel more comfortable than they usually are. They seemed to have trouble seeing the hook, lines, and sinkers, and were easier to fool. Whatever the case, my clients managed to get their limit within an hour or so.

—Sea trout were eating well this afternoon, and we managed to get into some nearly every-cast action near the grass flats and channel edges with a moving tide. Pilchards, shrimp, jigs, and pinfish are the baits of choice for this ambush predator.

—Flounder are also showing up off of the beaches near structure and the sandy areas surrounding it. They feed on smaller fish and crustaceans, and will readily take artificials.

Sea trout

Sea Trout

snapper double header

Snapper Double Header

big gray snapper

Big Gray 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!

anna maria june flounder fishing

Flounder Trio

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-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 Aaron Lowman-08-12-2013

Anna Maria Island Fishing Report
Captain Aaron Lowman – Fishing Report – August 12, 2013
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—–Fishing over this last week or so out of Island Discount Tackle in Holmes Beach has been great. The wind has been less than July and live bait (shiners) has been easier to get.
—–We started on Wednesday, July 31st with a nice catch of redfish and snook. There was a high, outgoing tide from early morning through mid afternoon. This let us fish some mangrove shorelines before the water was too shallow.
—–Over the next few mornings, the tide was high but not moving very fast so I changed our strategy. We fished some rock piles in Tampa Bay for mackerel and then moved to some intracoastal waterway docks where we found some big, hungry flounder. Continue Reading…

Anna Maria Island Fishing Report: Captain Aaron Lowman-Flounder-08-09-2013

Anna Maria Island Fishing Report
Captain Aaron Lowman – Fishing Report – August 9, 2013
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—–A few years ago, a red tide outbreak decimated the Tampa Bay area flounder population. BUT..this year, the late summer flounder fishing around Anna Maria Island has been nothing short of spectacular. Live bait, dead bait, cut bait strips and artificials have all been catching flatties.
—–Flounder are ambush feeders. If you can find some sandy bottom near structure, such as artificial reefs, docks or bridges, then you can catch some flounder. The sandy bottom, some structure and a nice tidal flow are the keys! Continue Reading…