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 – December 31, 2015

Anna Maria Island Fishing Report
Mangrove Snapper, Hogfish, Cobia, Grouper
Captain Aaron Lowman – Fishing Report – December 31, 2015
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Cell: 941-465-8932
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— Despite the persistent South wind last week, we got offshore to do some reef fishing. Bait has been harder to find, but live pilchards and shrimp on offshore structure have been productive when paired with a moving tide.

— Grouper, mangrove snapper, hogfish, and cobia have all been hanging around on the reefs, and we managed to have some great days out there!

snapper

Mango

mangrove snapper

Mangrove Snapper

big hogfish

Big Hog

hog snapper

Hog Snapper

hog snapper

Hogfish

hogfish

Hogfish

gag grouper

Gag

2x mangrove snapper

2X Mangrove Snapper

cobia

Cobia

 

mangrove snapper

Mango

Anna Maria Island Fishing Report: Captain Aaron Lowman – December 23, 2015

Anna Maria Island Fishing Report
Kingfish, Sharks, Mangrove Snapper
Captain Aaron Lowman – Fishing Report – December 23, 2015
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Cell: 941-465-8932
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—This week, Tampa Bay and Anna Maria Island fishing has been defined by strong South winds, and tough, but surprisingly productive fishing. Nearshore fishing has produced Spanish mackerel, mangrove snapper, sheepshead, and some flounder. Offshore reef fishing has been providing larger mangrove snapper bites, as well as sharks in high numbers, and the occasional kingfish.

—We managed to get a nice kingfish on wire leader and heavy tackle while chumming with pilchards over structure off of the beaches. Sharks have begun to congregate over structure off of the beaches this time of year also due to the annual mullet run. They are tons of fun, and can be caught by hanging a chum bag over structure and using live or dead baits. Pinfish, ladyfish, or mackerel chunks will work fine, and be sure to rig your tackle with a steel leader to combat their sharp teeth. Large mangrove snapper over 20 inches are being caught by my clients while fishing with shrimp and small pilchards over these same reefs, and can’t be beat as table fare. Light line, and small hooks/sinkers are the key to enticing these smart fish to bite.

—Have fun and stay safe!

Kingfish

Kingfish

Mangrove Snapper

Mangrove Snapper

Blacktip

Blacktip

Mango

Mango

Anna Maria Island Fishing Report: Captain Aaron Lowman – July 24, 2015

Anna Maria Island Fishing Report
Flounder, Snapper, Seatrout
Captain Aaron Lowman – Fishing Report – July 24, 2015
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—A strange weather pattern last week with wind and rain in the mornings led to some action-packed inshore fishing.

—Fishing around inshore/nearshore structure, bridges, and docks produced good catches of mangrove snapper, flounder, gag grouper, and a few redfish. This seems to be that time of the summer when the snook and trout fishing starts to heat up.

—These fish are finishing their spawning cycles offshore, and are returning to the bay. The next month or so can be the hottest of the year, so fishing early and late is going to be the way to go.
 

flounder

Flattie!

seatrout

Seatrout

snapper

Snapper

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 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 – June 23, 2015

Anna Maria Island Fishing Report
Mangrove Snapper
Captain Aaron Lowman – Fishing Report – June 23, 2015
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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 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 – June 11, 2015

Anna Maria Island Fishing Report
Nearshore for tarpon, mangrove snapper
Captain Aaron Lowman – Fishing Report – June 11, 2015
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Cell: 941-465-8932
Island Discount Tackle Charter Desk: (941) 779-2838
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—June has been hot, rainy, and action-packed.

—Tarpon are running full-bore right now, and mangrove snapper are plentiful nearshore. We have had the most success with tarpon while sight-casting at first light near the beaches, and then anchoring and chumming them to the boat as the morning progresses.

—Mangrove snapper have been consistently on shallow structure and debris, where they sometimes can be chummed into a frenzy. If so, light line and small hooks can lead to every-cast action.
Longtime Tampa residents from Philadelphia, PA; Gavin, Kieren, and Ray Hyer put a hurting’ on the mangrove snapper this morning! Great job guys! (pics below)

anna maria island mangrove snapper

Kieren’s Mangrove Snapper

mangrove snapper

Big Mango

anna maria snapper

Ray’s Gray Snapper

Jack Crevalle

Jack Crevalle

 

Anna Maria Island Fishing Report: Captain Aaron Lowman – April 21, 2015

Anna Maria Island Fishing Report
Near shore reefs and wrecks for snapper, kingfish, mackerel, cobia and sharks
Captain Aaron Lowman – Fishing Report – April 21, 2015
www.AnnaMariaFishingGuide.com
Cell: 941-465-8932
Island Discount Tackle Charter Desk: (941) 779-2838
www.KeyesMarina.com

—–Fishing local nearshore wrecks, reefs, and areas of live bottom has been producing plenty of mangrove snappers, cobia, catch-and-release groupers, flounder, mackerel, sharks, and kingfish. I’ve been using live bait for most of these guys, although we’ve caught a bunch of kingfish trolling plugs, as well as live bait, this month.
—–The snappers were seeing this month have been abundant and hungry!

Kingfish are hard hitting.

Kingfish are hard hitting.

Hog snapper are a great surprise!

Hog snapper are a great surprise!

Everyone wants a cobia!

Everyone wants a cobia!

Lots of sharks around.

Lots of sharks around.