Anna Maria Island Fishing Report
Captain Aaron Lowman – Fishing Report – January 24, 2015
Island Discount Tackle Charter Desk: (941) 779-2838
—For the first time this month, The Tampa Bay fishing community finally got a couple of days with light breezes this week so we decided to try the offshore grouper and snapper fishing.
—We loaded our 25 foot SeaCat with ice, chum and frozen sardines and headed offshore on Wednesday morning. Bypassing some closer waypoints, we decided to go deep and started looking at some bottom structure about 40 miles southwest of Anna Maria Island. There was a great show on our fish finder so we anchored and gave it a shot.
—Our very first bait to the bottom was hit by a red snapper followed quickly by a big red grouper. And the game was on! The fish never stopped hitting for hours. During the day we literally caught and released at least 50 red snapper up to 25 POUNDS! And the red grouper didn’t disappoint either. The grouper were big too. There was not one undersized grouper brought to the boat all day. Two fish were in the 20-25 inch range and every other grouper was at least 30 inches.
—Everyone onboard had an “I can’t believe how many fish we caught” time and I’m looking forward to our next offshore trip. Fishing is great now. Please note that the weather is a major key to successful offshore fishing this time of year. If you would like to go offshore, please call to express your interest and I’ll contact you when the conditions start to look right for a great trip. Thanks.