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 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 – 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 – November 17, 2015

Anna Maria Island Fishing Report
Gag Grouper, Sharks, Redfish
Captain Aaron Lowman – Fishing Report – November 17, 2015
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—This past week the wind has picked up. We have been able to fish a few days, but only in sheltered areas and close to shore. Although red tide is present, it is mainly South in Sarasota bay, so trolling for grouper has stayed productive. Redfish have begun to move to the docks. Sharks and mackerel have been roaming the beaches and large schools can be found following the thread fin herring.

—Live pilchards are still being caught. As the temperature begins to drop they should  disappear, causing a switch to shrimp as the main bait/food source. When trolling for grouper, I use lipped diving plugs and drag them slowly over structure. If you decide to target sharks and mackerel off of the beach, be sure to keep some wire handy as regular monofilament line will be easily cut by their sharp teeth.

—Good luck and have fun out there.

trolled grouper

Trolled Grouper

anna maria redfish

Redfish

blacktip shark

Blacktip

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

Anna Maria Island Fishing Report
Gag Grouper
Captain Aaron Lowman – Fishing Report – November 13, 2015
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—The warm weather has continued to hold, and the gag grouper have continued to bite well. Bait has stayed plentiful with the unusually late warmth, and pinfish and pilchards have been the bait of choice.

—Large spanish mackerel and small sharks have been roaming the beaches in large numbers chasing thread fin herring, and have provided non-stop action. However, the main show has been inshore gag grouper. By finding structure in Tampa Bay, you may be able to get some big gag grouper with pinfish as bait. We have been getting them up to 20-25 pounds consistently.

—Heavy tackle is key, and leaders less than 100# test will not be able to withstand the punishment that these strong fish dish out. Good luck out there.

Big Gag

Big Gag

Inshore Grouper

Inshore Grouper

Nice Grouper

Nice Grouper

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 – 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-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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