Anna Maria Island Fishing Report: Captain Aaron Lowman-03-12-2014

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Captain Aaron Lowman – Fishing Report – March 12, 2014
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—–This has been one of those weeks that traditional winter fishing overlaps with early spring fishing and that’s good news for fishermen!
—–Winter fishing in Tampa Bay is still going strong. You can still expect to catch sheepshead, grouper and snapper on the artificial reefs. Fishing along the sandy beaches of Anna Maria Island and Egmont Key might get you some nice pompano too. There are plenty of spanish mackerel around. Try throwing anything bright and shiney around any structure in the Bay. Continue Reading…

Anna Maria Island Fishing Report: Captain Aaron Lowman-02-16-2014

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Captain Aaron Lowman – Fishing Report – February 16, 2014
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—–Although the weather in February dictates where you can go and what you can find to catch, there are usually some spots we can get to that hold fish. Over the last week or so, we have been fishing mainly for pompano, permit and sheepshead.
—–This is the time of year when you can catch the really big sheepshead. If they have to be measured, then we throw them back. The big ones, 15″+, will have some very nice fillets. There are many artificial reefs in Manatee County where you can catch a mess of sheepshead this month. Once you are lucky enough to locate them, you have a good chance of getting more than one. If you want to use shrimp for bait, I suggest attaching the shrimp to a 1/4 or 3/8 ounce jig head instead of hooking the shrimp and using a weight 12-18 inches up the line. The light bite/nibble of the fish is much more detectable if the weight is right at the bait. Continue Reading…

Anna Maria Island Fishing Report: Captain Mark Howard-02-16-2014

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—–Fishing this past week out of Island Discount Tackle on Anna Maria Island has been productive when the weather cooperates . The weather has been the deciding factor in where I have been fishing, typical for the winter time fishing pattern.
—–Dock fishing for redfish and black drum has been good with the fish feeding under deepwater docks with heavy barnacle growth as they will hold more crabs and crustaceans living on the pilings. Rigging with a live shrimp and a split shot weight will get the bait in the strike zone. On my recent trips we have had success with redfish in the upper slot range. Continue Reading…

Anna Maria Island Fishing Report: Captain Danny Stasny 04-15-2013

Anna Maria Island Fishing Report
Captain Danny Stasny-April-15-2013
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—–April 2—– I fished around Anna Maria with Bob Salmon joined by his two sons, Hunter and Keegan, and Bob’s friend Dan Barker. We started out fishing some near shore structure with good results. Using live shiners for bait we managed to boat 4 cobia and a 22 inch flounder. Then we switched to using live shrimp on a knocker rig which resulted in numerous keeper mangrove snapper as well as some sheepshead in the 3 to 4 lb range. To finish out the day we rallied on spanish mackerel and a few black tip sharks. Not bad for a bunch of guys from Michigan. Continue Reading…

Captain Danny Stasny – Fishing Report – 04-01-2013

Captain Danny Stasny – Fishing Report – 04-01-2013
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—–Neil and Susie Mandsager of Iowa were able to join me this week for some sheepshead action on the artificial reefs around Anna Maria island. Using live shrimp combined with a 1/2 oz. knocker rig resulted in multiple fish ranging from 1 to 4 lbs.
—–After banging away on sheepies for awhile we switched locations in search of spotted sea trout.  Fishing deep grassflats with Berkely Gulp shrimp and a 1/4 oz jig head got us connected with some nice sized fish.  Along with speckled sea trout, Neil and Susie also managed to catch some respectably sized silver trout which we promptly filleted and put on ice once back at the dock.
—–Flounder are inhabiting near-shore structure as you can see in the picture of Vivck and Ravi Kiluk of Tampa. Their father, John, was very proud of his sons after watching them reel up so many different species in one day.  Along with that 21 inch flounder, the boys caught sheepshead, kw’s, and spanish mackerel.
—–After taking a little break from the action Vivck informed me that he wanted to catch “JAWS”.  I told him that sounded like a great idea to finish out the trip, so off we went in search of some man eaters.  I knew of a spot where some bonnet head sharks had been hanging out and upon arriving I saw multiple fish from up in the tower.  Ten minutes after setting the anchor we had a bonnet head shark on the line which was exciting for the kids.
—–On the next bait we were lucky enough to hook up with a 4 1/2 ft sand shark.  Needless to say, dad had to reel this one in.  Both sharks were released unharmed.
—–On a recent trip with Eric Harvey and his family we had good action on multiple species while fishing artificial reefs.  We started the day with sheepshead, mangrove snapper and Key West grunts. Eric’s sons, Ryan and James, quickly got the hang of reef fishing after their first couple fish.  Now, this is when the story starts getting good.  Jen, Eric’s wife, was busy reeling up a mangrove snapper and as  I peered into the green water to spot the fish in the depths below I got quite a surprise. Not only did I see the undersized snapper at the end of Jen’s line but I also saw a big, brown bomber directly under the fish curiously trying to get a taste.  Immediately I reached for another rod and frantically baited-up with a nice fat shiner.  The cobia was more than willing to accommodate us and instantly whacked the unsuspecting bait. Well, six cobia later we had two keepers in the coffin along with plenty of sheepies and grunts. Great job guys.
—–I also sent in the picture of Ryan’s file fish.  What a beautiful golden little fish.  It almost didn’t look real.  It may not be the biggest fish in the world but it made a really cool pic.

Captain Rick Gross – Fishing Report – 04-01-2013

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—–Fishing out of Island Discount Tackle and Anna Maria Island this week, the weather felt more like winter than spring. The wind again was a problem to deal with. I had to shuffle some trips around until later in the week because the wind and cold were just too bad to fish.
—–On Wednesday, Jeff Schumacher and his two sons fished with me on a four hour morning trip. We caught sheepshead in the one to four pound range under one dock for two hours then went to another deep hole to fish for silver trout. We caught the sheepshead on knocker rigs and shrimp. We caught the silvers on Berkley gulp shrimp on quarter oz. jigs. Although none of the fish where very big the kids had a great time catching them on a cold windy day.
—–Thursday I had a full day with David Newlin and party. We started out by fishing some deeper grass flats in Sarasota bay with free-lined shiners. We caught nice trout up to eighteen inches, spanish mackerel to twenty and a few flounder to fourteen inches. After the tide came in enough to get up next to the mangroves, we fished for reds and landed fish up to twenty two inches.
—–On Friday I fished with Richard Henry and friends for a four hour morning trip. We again fished Sarasota bay flats and caught trout, bluefish and mackerel. All were taken while fishing free-lined shiners on aberdeen gold hooks and twenty pound fluorocarbon leader.
—–Friday afternoon I fished with Jim Keller and his wife. We had a good, strong  afternoon outgoing tide so I headed for Terra Ceia Bay. There we found redfish up to twenty two inches and speckled trout to twenty five inches.
—–Saturday I had a full day trip with Jon Stuver and Tom Haley. We started out in the gulf looking for some spanish mackerel action. We caught only a few and it got a little rough so we headed back to the flats of Sarasota bay. This proved to be a very good decision. We had only been anchored for about ten minutes when things started to heat up. I started to chum with handfuls of shiners and within minutes a big school of redfish moved in. We never moved the rest of the day and had twelve triple hook-ups with redfish from twenty three inches to the best fish of thirty three inches. While fishing for the reds we also caught trout to twenty six inches and some snook up to thirty inches.
Thank You & Good Fishing!

Captain Ryan Hackney – Fishing Report – 04-01-2013

Captain Ryan Hackney – Fishing Report – 04-01-2013
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—–The fishing this week was good even though it was winter-like weather.  Before the front we were catching a lot of redfish, snook and trout.
—–After the front had passed, the water cooled down and the target species were sheepshead, grouper, and Spanish mackerel.
—–The weather has been fickle as of late but it will warm-up soon. The shiners will flood the grassflats and the fishing will be off the hook!

Captain Mark Howard – Fishing Report – 03-25-2013

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—–Fishing out of Island Discount Tackle on beautiful Anna Maria island , this past week’s fishing has produced a variety of fishing opportunities and fillets for the dinner table .
—–On my recent charters we have been landing redfish, speckled trout and sheephead.
—–Sheephead fishing has been good this year with many big ones landed . Live shrimp rigged on a size 1 hook and a split shot will get the convict-looking fish to bite. With the passing of the full moon the sheephead fishing will slow down as they will not be schooling as thick as when they spawn. For fun action and a change of pace try catching them on the flats in potholes and around oyster bars.
—–Redfish have been chewing in a many different areas such as docks, piers ,and the flats. The high hook this past week went to Andy Markevich with his 30″ redfish that was caught on a lively pinfish rigged on a popping cork. Reds are still under deepwater docks too.
—–Speckled trout are starting to gather in big schools on the deep grass of Key Royale. Work a popping cork rigged with a small jig and your favorite Berkley Gulp . Some gator-sized trout are in shallow water ambushing baits swimming into the potholes.
—–Looking forward, the winter-time fishing is yielding to the spring-time fishing pattern as the days get longer and the water gets warmer. The fishing scene will soon explode with shiners invading the flats of Tampa Bay. This will signal some incredible fishing action.

Captain Danny Stasny – Fishing Report – 03-25-2013

Captain Danny Stasny – Fishing Report – 03-25-2013
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—–Sheepshead are still biting good from the skyway bridge all the way down Longboat Key.  Artificial reefs seem to be holding bigger fish than docks.  Live shrimp combined with a knocker rig consisting of a 1/2 oz egg sinker and a 1/0 circle hook are getting the job done.
—–John Quill of Maryland has the biggest sheepie of the season so far, all 7 pounds and 22 inches of him.  John and his longtime friend Tom Boyer joined me for an afternoon trip which resulted in numerous sheepshead, mangrove snapper, and a few stray gags.
—–The trip with John Bryant, his son Matt,  and buddy Tyler Richie was another rally on sheepies.  We returned to the dock with at least 20 fish in the 1 to 3 pound range.  These guys were on a sheepshead mission with a fish fry in mind.  They got it too.
—–While fishing with Scott Balmanno and his son Braden, we added a little variety to the mix with redfish and snook.  We were joined by Randy Fields and his son Mac.  With water temps in the low 60’s we started out dock fishing for reds.  Two hours later we had caught 15 reds and had 4 keepers on ice in the coffin.  The biggest fish was 24 inches.  So we moved on to find some sheepshead and we sure found them.  We had a good rally around docks although most were on the small side.  We managed to add 10 sheepies to our box and decided to see if we could get a snook to bite.  When we arrived at the spot I could see a lot of snook from my vantage point in the tower.  When I got down, I could also see that the water temp was only 63.5 degrees.  We started out by chumming with live shiners.  Only one fish rose from the bottom to eat a bait.  Real encouraging, huh?  Well, we managed to catch eight snook, the biggest coming in at 27 inches.  Belly hooking the baits to get them to swim toward the bottom seemed to work.  We also sight casted to a couple of fish which worked too.
—–Jigging deeper grassflats with Berkley gulp shrimp combined with a 1/4 oz jighead is producing decent numbers of big trout up to 22 inches.  While targeting trout we’re catching spanish macks and ladyfish which adds a little variety between trout bites.

Captain Rick Gross – Fishing Report – 03-25-2013

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—–Fishing around the bay this week was a challenge to say the least. Wind, wind and more wind made things a little though. The trips that did stick it out did well for their efforts.
—–Phil Baker and his family fished with me on Monday for an all day trip. They met me at the Island Discount Tackle dock at seven a.m. so they could go along to catch bait at the Skyway Bridge. While I usually get bait ahead of the trip, sometimes the charter wants to go along to see how it is done. After getting bait we headed north to fish around Joe’s Island for snook and redfish. While everyone on board caught their share of snook and reds, Amber Baker had the high hook by a long shot.
—–I had the pleasure of fishing with Paul Trovas and friends on Tuesday for a six hour trip. The day started a little slow with a couple of bonnet head sharks. They are a lot of fun on light tackle and make for a good photo to take back home. As the tide came in we moved up on the flats around Terra Ceia. Here we found snook, redfish and flounder. While we did not have a huge banner day, everyone caught fish. I think a twenty-six inch red was the fish of the day.
—–On Friday I took John Hagerty and his son, Joe, on a half day trip. We left the dock at nine-thirty, a little later than usual just to take a little chill out of the air. Sometimes it is better to leave later in the day after a cold front has passed. Joe has never fished for snook and redfish before and could hardly believe how shallow we where fishing. I had to explain to him that a sandy pothole may only be a foot or two deeper than the rest of the flat. He quickly became a believer when we started catching fish. We had doubles on more than a few times and caught good size fish up to twenty-nine inches. We ended up with maybe twenty-five or more fish that we released to fight another day.
—–Good Fishing!