Anna Maria Island Fishing Report: Captain Aaron Lowman – February 25, 2016

Anna Maria Island Fishing Report
Pompano
Captain Aaron Lowman – Fishing Report – February 25, 2016
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—I have FINALLY begun to see pompano show up in Anna Maria Island waters. As water temperatures slowly rise, some much-needed energy is being brought to the whole system.
Fishing with small, brightly colored jigs is one of the most effective ways to catch pompano. We are also catching plenty on a corked live shrimp inside the bay, and around areas of deep grass.
Most “first-timers” can’t belive how hard a 15 inch fish can pull! Pompano is a firm and mild white meat fish, making it particularly popular for the dinner table. Book a trip while it’s on!

captain aaron lowman pompano

Pompano!

anna maria island pompano fishing

Nice Pomp

Anna Maria Island Fishing Report: Captain Aaron Lowman – February 14, 2016

Anna Maria Island Fishing Report
Sheepshead, Snapper, Permit, Hogfish
Captain Aaron Lowman – Fishing Report – February 14, 2016
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—In between cold snaps this week, clients still found plenty of jumbo sheepshead.
Fishing live baits, such as shrimp around structure was the ticket.
Sheepshead are often underestimated – they can be super cautious, are hard fighters, and taste great.
—Permit have made a showing around some of the local beaches and passes this week, and are the larger cousin of the highly-sought pompano.
As with the pompano, permit will aggressivly strike small, brightly colored jigs.
This makes jigging for permit a really exciting way to catch these elusive fish.
Hogfish and mangrove snappers have been the highlight offshore a few miles.
Red grouper and throw-back gag grouper have been consistent offshore, as well.

sheepshead sheepshead permit hogfish

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 – January 9, 2016

Anna Maria Island Fishing Report
Hogfish, Grouper, Pompano
Captain Aaron Lowman – Fishing Report – January 9, 2016
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—Hope that everybody had a great New Year! Despite the poor weather lately, fishing has been good. Redfish and sheepshead have begun to show around docks and structure. Shrimp or fiddler crabs are a killer sheepshead bait, and when paired with shiners or small pinfish, you should be able to catch quite a few of both species. Pompano are also trickling in, and can be caught near sandy areas using jigs or shrimp.
—Offshore fishing has been productive, and we have been catching red and gag grouper, hog and mangrove snapper, sheepshead, and an occasional cobia or kingfish. Sharks are also still around, and are usually eager to eat a dead bait.

red grouper

Red Grouper

pompano

Pompano

hogfish

Hog Snapper

gag grouper

Nice gag

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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— 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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—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 – December 07, 2015

Anna Maria Island Fishing Report
Triple Tail
Captain Aaron Lowman – Fishing Report – December 07, 2015
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—Winter is slowly creeping in, and some great triple tail fishing has come with it. Triple tail are strange-looking and hard-fighting fish that come close to shore during the winter months. They can usually be found far offshore under floating debris, but from November to February they come close to land and huddle under the numerous crab trap buoys.

—Triple tail are hearty eaters, and can be enticed to eat both artificial baits and flies. That being said, live bait always works best. Shrimp, crabs, and small shiners entice most every triple tail to eat this time of year. Ten pound braided line and a twenty to thirty pound monofilament leader should be a general line choice. Small hooks, light rods, and spinning reels will allow for a great fight while being plenty strong for these fish.

Big Triple Tail

Big Triple Tail

Huge Tripletail

Huge Tripletail

Triple Tail

Triple Tail

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

Anna Maria Island Fishing Report
Grouper, Flounder
Captain Aaron Lowman – Fishing Report – November 23, 2015
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—A cold front has finally arrived, and has brought with it a change in the bait. It is becoming harder to find shiners off of the beaches and near structure. It is also a bit smaller. A switch to shrimp is probably your best bet with the cooler temperatures arriving.

—Grouper and flounder have still been biting, along with mangrove snapper, ladyfish, mackerel, and snook. Sheepshead will soon be plentiful, and these delicious fish are also great fighters.

—This week should be quite windy, with forecasts of 20+mph. If you can find a place out of the wind, you may still be able to catch a ton of fish. Good luck and have fun.

doormat flounder

Doormat Flounder

four grouper

4 Grouper

Anna Maria Island Fishing Report: Captain Aaron Lowman – November 17, 2015

Anna Maria Island Fishing Report
Gag Grouper, Sharks, Redfish
Captain Aaron Lowman – Fishing Report – November 17, 2015
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—This past week the wind has picked up. We have been able to fish a few days, but only in sheltered areas and close to shore. Although red tide is present, it is mainly South in Sarasota bay, so trolling for grouper has stayed productive. Redfish have begun to move to the docks. Sharks and mackerel have been roaming the beaches and large schools can be found following the thread fin herring.

—Live pilchards are still being caught. As the temperature begins to drop they should  disappear, causing a switch to shrimp as the main bait/food source. When trolling for grouper, I use lipped diving plugs and drag them slowly over structure. If you decide to target sharks and mackerel off of the beach, be sure to keep some wire handy as regular monofilament line will be easily cut by their sharp teeth.

—Good luck and have fun out there.

trolled grouper

Trolled Grouper

anna maria redfish

Redfish

blacktip shark

Blacktip

Anna Maria Island Fishing Report: Captain Aaron Lowman – November 13, 2015

Anna Maria Island Fishing Report
Gag Grouper
Captain Aaron Lowman – Fishing Report – November 13, 2015
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—The warm weather has continued to hold, and the gag grouper have continued to bite well. Bait has stayed plentiful with the unusually late warmth, and pinfish and pilchards have been the bait of choice.

—Large spanish mackerel and small sharks have been roaming the beaches in large numbers chasing thread fin herring, and have provided non-stop action. However, the main show has been inshore gag grouper. By finding structure in Tampa Bay, you may be able to get some big gag grouper with pinfish as bait. We have been getting them up to 20-25 pounds consistently.

—Heavy tackle is key, and leaders less than 100# test will not be able to withstand the punishment that these strong fish dish out. Good luck out there.

Big Gag

Big Gag

Inshore Grouper

Inshore Grouper

Nice Grouper

Nice Grouper