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 – 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 – 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-03-27-15

Anna Maria Island Fishing Report
Snook/Redfish/Trout
Captain Aaron Lowman – Fishing Report – March 27, 2015
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—–The last week has been all about snook, trout, and redfish. The inshore bite has remained strong, centered around the morning incoming tides, and afternoon outgoings. A frisky live shiner continues to be the go-to bait. Although, I have seen plenty of snook and trout eat a fly this week! Continue Reading…

Anna Maria Island Fishing Report: Captain Aaron Lowman-03-17-15

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Anna Maria Island Fishing Report
Snook/Redfish/Trout
Captain Aaron Lowman – Fishing Report – March 17, 2015
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—The inshore bite has exploded back onto the scene this week with snook leading the charge. Live bait fishing with greenbacks has been the ticket to plenty of action following our recent warming trend.
—Morning and afternoon charters have both been producing plenty of action.
—My clients are also catching piles of trout, redfish, flounder, and pompono in these same general areas.
—The action is red hot, come and get some!!

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-10-23-14

Anna Maria Island Fishing Report
Snook – Redfish
Captain Aaron Lowman – Fishing Report – October 23, 2014
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—We are in a transition period, summer is turning to fall in the fishing is on fire. I have been fishing inshore for snook redfish and trout with live shiners, top water plugs and flies. The key to our success this time of year is always having plenty of live bait. Through the past couple months, live shiners have been relatively easy to come by. They swarm the beaches in droves throughout the summer. As the first cold front signals falls arrival the shiner situation can be fickle to say the least. I have found beat relatively easy over the flat this week, but charming with a dry chum is critical.
—I wait until I have plenty of live bait before I think about going fishing. The second thing I consider is the tide stage. An incoming tide will typically cause fish to move up onto a flat, and ultimately into and under mangrove shorelines. Conversely, an outgoing tide will typically cause fish to move from the relative safety of the mangrove roots out onto a flat, and ultimately into adjacent deeper water.
—I’m fishing the smaller shiners on a number 4 straight shank hook, on the end of about a three foot piece of 30 pound fluorocarbon leader, under a popping cork. The popping cork will help keep your shutter out of the grass as well as give you some extra weight to help throw the small beats a long way up to the fish. Remember to enter the area you want to fish quietly, A push pole or trolling motor is almost a must.
—If you’re quiet and persistent, have plenty of bait or some lures you should be able to have a great time in sure over the next month or so! Have fun!

Anna Maria Island Fishing Report: Captain Aaron Lowman-08-27-14

Anna Maria Island Fishing Report
Snapper – Trout – Snook – Redfish
Captain Aaron Lowman – Fishing Report – August 27, 2014
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——-What a beautiful week it has been to get in a little fishing around Anna Maria Island. Frequent morning rains have subsided and we’re back to a more typical weather pattern for this time of year. Bait has been abundant, and getting bigger by the day. I’ve been finding plenty of shiners and small pinfish on the grass flats, in the bay and on the beach. Continue Reading…

Anna Maria Island Fishing Report: Captain Aaron Lowman-04-28-2014

Anna Maria Island Fishing Report
Snook-Trout-Redfish-Kingfish-Cobia
Captain Aaron Lowman – Fishing Report – April 28, 2014
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—–The last few weeks have seen the completion of the transition from cool to warm water fishing around Anna Maria Island. Snook, redfish and trout dominate the backwater scene while the near shore chatter revolves around cobia, mackerel, kingfish and permit. Offshore boats will be looking for red grouper, amberjack and snapper. Continue Reading…