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 – 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-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-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-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!!