Anna Maria Island Fishing Report: Captain Aaron Lowman – November 10, 2015

Anna Maria Island Fishing Report
Gag Grouper, Snook, Barracuda
Captain Aaron Lowman – Fishing Report – November 10, 2015
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—Tampa Bay fishing has been red hot while we wait for the weather to cool down. Snook have been in the backwaters readily eating pilchards and pinfish, while the offshore and Tampa Bay wrecks have been producing grouper, snapper, and barracuda.

—Bait has been plentiful, and easy to catch (knock on wood). The weather has been unusually hot for November, and I expect the action to continue until the next cold front comes through and changes things up a bit. Once that happens, we will likely change target species and begin to use shrimp for bait instead of shiners.

—While the going is good, let’s go fishing!

Barracuda

Barracuda

Snook

Snook

Gag Grouper

Gag Grouper

Anna Maria Island Fishing Report: Captain Aaron Lowman – July 10, 2015

Anna Maria Island Fishing Report
Seatrout
Captain Aaron Lowman – Fishing Report – July 10, 2015
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—Although winter is usually the season of choice for big female sea trout, we managed to get half a dozen 20 inchers today. The larger females may be wandering back inshore after their spawn, and we were more than happy to reunite.

—Light line, small hooks, and tiny whitebait seemed to draw more bites than big baits today. It also allowed for the lazy, high-noon fish to catch the baits more easily.

—Try your luck by fishing the grass flats, and cast your baits in the sandy patches scattered throughout. A moving tide is more productive than a dead one in most cases, especially while it is hot.

Big Girl!

Big Trout!

sea trout

Nice Trout

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 – July 6, 2015

Anna Maria Island Fishing Report
Sharks
Captain Aaron Lowman – Fishing Report – July 6, 2015
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—Shark fishing has stayed red hot this summer, and we have been catching black tip, spinner, and lemon sharks near the passes and off of the beaches.

—This week, small sardine schools have moved close to shore. We have had success by chasing the bait fish, and then casting mackerel chunks into the middle of them.

—To determine if a bait school is particularly active with sharks and other predators, watch it closely for about one minute before approaching. If there are no splashes, birds, or fins cutting through the surface, then move on until you find more commotion.

—If an active bait school is found, sharks will likely be caught every cast.

shark release

Shark Release

Blacktip

Blacktip

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 Video: Captain Aaron Lowman – July 1, 2015

Anna Maria Island Fishing Video
Tarpon
Captain Aaron Lowman – Fishing Video – July 1, 2015
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Up close & personal tarpon jump captured while fishing with Captain Aaron Lowman near Anna Maria Island, Florida – July 1, 2015.
 

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 27, 2015

Anna Maria Island Fishing Report
Sharks
Captain Aaron Lowman – Fishing Report – June 27, 2015
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—Summer shark fishing has been a blast, and my clients and I have been catching quite a few blacktip sharks, lemon sharks, and spinner sharks. These fish are fantastic fighters, and the spinner shark will usually jump multiple times when hooked.

—They are commonly caught by using dead seatrout or spanish mackerel with a cable leader and heavy-duty rods and reels.

—High water and outgoing tides near channel edges will usually produce an action-packed day.

shark mouth

Toothy

anna maria island blacktip

Jaws!

Anna Maria Island Fishing Report: Captain Aaron Lowman – June 25, 2015

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Anna Maria Island Fishing Report
Tarpon
Captain Aaron Lowman – Fishing Report – June 25, 2015
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—Yesterday, tarpon were being caught in the passes and along the beaches of Anna Maria Island, Egmont Key, and Tampa Bay. The fish have been eating best during moving tides, and will take dead or live thread fin herring or live crabs.

—Heavy tackle is the key to landing these strong and acrobatic fish, with 50 pound braid, a long 80 pound leader, and a 7/o circle hook necessary to get the job done.

—Now that the tarpon have finished spawning and the large female fish have moved back into nearshore waters, it is not uncommon to hook 100+ pounders consistently.

—Tight Lines!

bucket mouth tarpon

Bucket Mouth

silver king

Boatside

landed tarpon

At the Boat

tarpon revival

Revive

rod bend

Big Bend

tarpon jump

Jumper