Anna Maria Island Fishing Report
Snapper – Trout – Snook – Redfish
Captain Aaron Lowman – Fishing Report – August 27, 2014
Island Discount Tackle Charter Desk: (941) 779-2838
——-What a beautiful week it has been to get in a little fishing around Anna Maria Island. Frequent morning rains have subsided and we’re back to a more typical weather pattern for this time of year. Bait has been abundant, and getting bigger by the day. I’ve been finding plenty of shiners and small pinfish on the grass flats, in the bay and on the beach.
—–Snapper. mackerel, trout, snook and redfish have made up the majority of our catches over the past few weeks. I have been finding plenty of snapper in close proximity to reefs, rocks, and residential docks. Flounder have been an exciting by-catch in these same areas. I am using live shiners as well as jigs such as a Berkley Gulp shrimp to fish these rock piles and docks. Island Discount Tackle has just about every color and size of the Gulp shrimp in stock. Another exciting bite beginning to happen is the redfish and snook. Snook are beginning to funnel back through the passes on their way to their winter backwater haunts. Along this route they are easily intercepted with a live shiner or a small hard bait such as a Mirrolure or Yo-Zuri. Large schools of redfish are beginning to show around the southern end of Tampa Bay. We have found quite a few this week along the beaches as well. These redfish are hungry and cannot refuse a live shrimp or shiner offering or a well presented lure.
—–Spending some time on the Manatee County near shore artificial reefs and nearby wrecks should produce an interesting variety of fish over the next couple weeks. Be on the lookout for cobia, sharks, permit and king macks near the surface. Don’t forget to look for grouper, snapper and flounder on the bottom.