Anna Maria Island Fishing Report: Captain Aaron Lowman – April 3, 2016

Anna Maria Island Fishing Report
Snook, Redfish, Seatrout
Captain Aaron Lowman – Fishing Report – April 3, 2016
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—Strong tides and a warming weather trend helped the inshore bite really get going the past couple weeks.
—Bait is on the move into Tampa and Sarasota Bays once again, sparking a good seatrout, snook, and redfish bite.
—I’m finding snook, trout and redfish close to mangroves, in potholes on grassflats, and around docks and oyster bars. A live shiner under a popping cork is my go-to rig for these situations.

snook

Snook

seatrout

Seatrout

redfish

Redfish

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-12-10-14

Anna Maria Island Fishing Report
Tripletail
Captain Aaron Lowman – Fishing Report – December 10, 2014
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—The temperature has dropped due to recent cold fronts, and tripletail have begun to appear on crab trap buoys near Anna Maria Island, Florida
—Not only are they a VERY unique looking fish, but they are also great-tasting and strong fighters. The trick is to slowly make your way down sets of crab trap lines until you see what looks like a brown/amber blotch under the water. They prefer small crabs and shrimp, but can also be enticed to take artificial baits, like this 13.5 pounder which was caught on a small shrimp fly.
—So this winter, try it yourself, make a good cast, and HOLD ON TIGHT!

Views From Island Discount Tackle 04-12-2013

Jim Keyes–Views From Island Discount Tackle 04-12-2013
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—–Well, it’s Friday and our judging crew has determined that this week’s CANAL MONSTER SNATCH award will recognize the ongoing and often futile attempts of Johnny Mattay to tame the beasts in our favorite canal!
—–Johnny has completed many a canal slam, bringing a single-day combination of catfish, pinfish, toadfish and gut-snagged mullet to his delighted family’s table after his shift behind the counter at Island Discount Tackle.
—–Lately, he’s been working his fishing wizardry on the elusive canal snook and you can see the results for yourselves! We will certainly be honoring this fine young man and his occasionally victorious canal campaigns with a delicious beer (or two) out by the shrimp tank this evening and we may have a spare cold one if you’re in the neighborhood!!

Views From The Tackle Shop 03-30-2013

Jim Keyes–Views From Island Discount Tackle 03-30-2013
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—–Congratulations to Joey Dyer who wins this week’s CANAL MONSTER SNATCH award for this impressive black drum which he wrestled into submission from a prime corner of our docks in the Holmes Beach Boat Basin!
—–Joey was visiting Anna Maria on vacation and fishing with a friend when the big drum whacked his lively shrimp.
—–After an epic battle which attracted plenty of attention and advice from passers-by, Joey managed to land the fish with the help of our own Jonny Keyes who rushed a landing net to the scene in the nick of time.
—–In keeping with tradition, the Island Discount Tackle staff will salute Joey’s accomplishment by drinking a beer in his honor at the next opportunity (maybe twice). Thanks Joey, we like this award!!

Captain Ryan Hackney – Fishing Report – 02/26/13

Captain Ryan Hackney-Fishing Report-02-26-2013
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—This past week my clients and I have been able to get consistent catches of small permit and good sized pompano. These fish have been caught while moving through the edges of the passes, and have been eating shrimp-tipped jigs. Small white bucktail jigs, pompano jigs, crazy jigs, and of course a plain old shrimp will all work fine if you locate the fish.
—To locate the fish, try slowly moving along the edges of the passes with the sun at your back. Look for groups of small dark shadows swimming quickly along the sand bottom.

– Captain Ryan Hackney

Captain Trek Hackney – Fishing Report – 02/26/13

Captain Trek Hackney-Fishing Report-02-26-2013
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—Although it has warmed up slightly these past couple of weeks, the sheepshead bite has still been red-hot around structure. My clients and I have been finding them around submerged structure, as well as near docks and bridges. The bite has been on during almost all tides, and the baits of choice have been sand fleas and shrimp.
—The trick to getting consistent bites when sheepshead fishing is to use light fluorocarbon leaders with small, size 4 hooks. A light split shot will also be needed in order to get the bait to the bottom.

– Captain Trek Hackney

Captain Danny Stasny – Fishing Report – 02/10/13

Captain Danny Stasny-Fishing Report-02-10-2013
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—My clients have been having a great time catching big sheepshead, snapper, and grouper around structure in Tampa Bay. The Egmont Reef has also been holding fish during the slack tides, and the grassflats have been producing redfish and trout.
—The key to enticing the sheepshead to bite has been by using fiddler crabs or live shrimp with a light fluorocarbon leader and a small size 4 hook. Split-shot weights, or 1/4-1/2 oz. jigheads have also been working well as the tide picks up.

– Captain Danny Stasny

Captain Mark Howard – Fishing Report – 02/10/13

Captain Mark Howard-Fishing Report-02-10-2013
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—We caught this gator trout recently while fishing the grassflats near Anna Maria Island. The trout bite has been strong inshore, and we’ve also been managing to consistently get some sheepshead, redfish, grouper, and snapper.

– Captain Mark Howard