Anna Maria Island Fishing Report: Captain Aaron Lowman – January 26, 2016

Anna Maria Island Fishing Report
Sheepshead, Snapper
Captain Aaron Lowman – Fishing Report – January 26, 2016
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-This latest cold snap has finally started to push the big sheepshead into the bay. I’ve found them this week between 5 to 20 feet on docks, rock piles, reefs, wrecks, and edges. Live shrimp on a light knocker rig or jig head has been the ticket for hooking the tricky sheepshead. While looking for sheepshead, we are also catching mangrove snapper, flounder, and grouper. Plenty of action and good eats out in the bay this month, book a trip while it’s happening!

Double Trouble

Double Trouble

Good Eats

Good Eats

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-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-03-04-2014

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Captain Aaron Lowman – Fishing Report – March 4, 2014
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—–Don “The Snake” Prudhomme, who was visiting fellow NHRA Hall of Famer and Anna Maria resident, Fred Miller, had a good weekend fishing Tampa Bay for snapper and sheepshead. Using small jigheads and live shrimp, Don and Fred had good luck fishing around some of the artificial reefs scattered around the Bay.
—–Now that we have turned the corner into March, we will start looking for more opportunities to catch redfish and big trout.
—–Although shiners are not an easy catch on the grassflats, there are bait schools around the Skyway Bridge and these shiners will be fun to throw at the redfish and trout.

Don Prudhomme and a nice Tampa Bay snapper.

Don Prudhomme and a nice Tampa Bay snapper.

Fred Miller was catching big sheepshead on live shrimp.

Fred Miller was catching big sheepshead on live shrimp.

Anna Maria Island Fishing Report: Captain Aaron Lowman-02-26-2014

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Captain Aaron Lowman – Fishing Report – February 26, 2014
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—–Fishing during the last half of February has been a lot of fun this year. My charters have caught lots of snapper, sheepshead, pompano and some amazing black drum. I have been taking along some big tarpon-style rods on our trips and calling them the “drum sticks”. 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

Capt. Mark Howard
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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 Mark Howard-02-06-2014

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—–With the passing of all the recent cold fronts ,the 55-59f water temperature, and the influx of the snowbirds the winter fishing pattern has arrived in full force . Taking advantage of what mother nature gives you can yield a nice creel of fish for fun action and a bag of fillets. Fishing out of Island Discount Tackle on Anna Maria island, redfish, sheep head ,mangrove snapper and black drum have made a strong appearance in our area.
—–Redfish of varying sizes from 12″rats to 30″ stumps been feeding under the deep water docks . Use a live shrimp rigged on a size 1 hook tied to a 30lb fluorocarbon leader with a size 5 or 7 split shot . Toss your bait with a side arm casting motion to get the bait deep underneath the dock .It is important to get the bait deep under the dock to where the predators are living. Wait for the thump of the fish chewing the bait and slowly lift your rod to feel the fish on and then set the hook.
—–Sheephead have been feeding heavily as they are starting to gather in big schools . Using the same rig as mentioned above, my recent charters have brought some 18″ convicts to the fillet table. Mangrove snapper and black drum are also coming to the party .
—–Looking forward the speckled trout fishing will start to turn on as the fish will school in deeper water and school in areas where the water temperature is a few degrees warmer. Until next time keep the slack out of your line and feel the thump of the predator inhaling your bait.

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.