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 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 23, 2015

Anna Maria Island Fishing Report
Mangrove Snapper
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—Tampa Bay mangrove snapper have continued to gather heavily on structure near the beaches and passes, with a strong morning bite seeming to be the ticket to a full cooler.

—They have been eating shrimp, small crabs, pinfish, dead/live pilchards, and have responded well to chum.

—Very strong fighters for their size, if we don’t get them to the boat quickly they will pull us into the structure or be lost to sharks, goliath grouper, and barracuda. It seems that we aren’t the only ones who love the taste of fresh snapper!

anna maria snapper

Fat Mangrove Snapper

tampa bay snapper

Tampa Bay Mangrove Snapper

Anna Maria Island Fishing Report: Captain Aaron Lowman – June 20, 2015

Anna Maria Island Fishing Report
Nearshore Flounder
Captain Aaron Lowman – Fishing Report – June 20, 2015
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—This past week, big flounder have begun to show themselves off of the beach as they head offshore to spawn. Their movement usually lasts from late Spring until early Fall, and will continue to give my clients great action for the next few months.

—Sandy areas close to nearshore structure seem to be the best hangouts, and live or dead pilchards have been the bait of choice. Jigs will also entice these fun, tasty, and unique fish to eat.

—After an exciting morning, Bill Sr., Bill Jr., and Chad from Riverview, Florida managed to get a nice flounder catch along with some snapper and grouper.

anna maria island flounder

Nice Flounder

doormat flounder

Doormat!

anna maria june flounder fishing

Flounder Trio

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

Anna Maria Island Fishing Report
Nearshore mangrove snapper
Captain Aaron Lowman – Fishing Report – June 13, 2015
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—Tarpon fishing has slowed down this week due to a few moon/tide/spawning changes, but should pick back up soon.

—In the meantime, the mangrove snapper bite has continued to be great. Live and dead pilchards have been the bait of choice, with the larger fish being caught during the strongest period of the tide. Besides being a very fun and strong fight on light tackle, they are some of the best-eating fish that swim!

—St. Pete/Tampa residents Kevin Williams & family caught their limit of big mangrove snapper today despite some rough conditions.

captain aaron lowman mangrove snapper

Biggun’

florida gray snapper

All Smiles!

mangrove snapper anna maria isle

Mangrove 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.