Anna Maria Island Fishing Report: Captain Aaron Lowman – November 10, 2015

Anna Maria Island Fishing Report
Gag Grouper, Snook, Barracuda
Captain Aaron Lowman – Fishing Report – November 10, 2015
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—Tampa Bay fishing has been red hot while we wait for the weather to cool down. Snook have been in the backwaters readily eating pilchards and pinfish, while the offshore and Tampa Bay wrecks have been producing grouper, snapper, and barracuda.

—Bait has been plentiful, and easy to catch (knock on wood). The weather has been unusually hot for November, and I expect the action to continue until the next cold front comes through and changes things up a bit. Once that happens, we will likely change target species and begin to use shrimp for bait instead of shiners.

—While the going is good, let’s go fishing!

Barracuda

Barracuda

Snook

Snook

Gag Grouper

Gag Grouper

Anna Maria Island Fishing Report: Captain Aaron Lowman – November 2, 2015

Anna Maria Island Fishing Report
Gag Grouper
Captain Aaron Lowman – Fishing Report – November 2, 2015
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—In Tampa Bay and surrounding Anna Maria Island waters, the inshore gag grouper fishing report is that they usually turn on in a noticeable way after the first cold snap of the year. But this year, even though the weather has remained warm, the late October grouper fishing has been on fire. Continue Reading…

Anna Maria Island Fishing Report: Captain Aaron Lowman – October 25, 2015

Anna Maria Island Fishing Report
Reef, Bay and Backwater morning
Captain Aaron Lowman – Fishing Report – October 25, 2015
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One of the great things to report about October fishing around Anna Maria Island, Tampa Bay and Longboat Key is the diversity of species that we can catch on any given day.

Reef Fishing. As an example, one day last week we started our day at one of the near shore reefs west of Anna Maria. After anchoring, I hung a chum bag in the water and started chumming with some live pilchards. Very quickly snapper rose to investigate to chum and behind the boat, spanish mackerel were ripping the chummed shiners. We caught mackerel after mackerel for the next half hour and then caught a big barracuda that had been lurking nearby. Continue Reading…

Anna Maria Island Fishing Report: Captain Aaron Lowman – October 20, 2015

Anna Maria Island Fishing Report
Kingfish – King Mackerel
Captain Aaron Lowman – Fishing Report – October 20, 2015
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—As October draws to a close, the fall fishing bite is continuing to fire on all cylinders.
Even through there was a persistent northeast wind this week, kingfish or king mackerel, spanish mackerel, black tip sharks, and bonita made a very strong showing within sight on the Anna Maria Island beach. Continue Reading…

Anna Maria Island Fishing Report: Captain Aaron Lowman – October 1, 2015

Anna Maria Island Fishing Report
Cobia
Captain Aaron Lowman – Fishing Report – October 1, 2015
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—Fishing around Anna Maria Island, Longboat Key and the rest of Tampa Bay in October is truly one of the best times of the year. Snapper are everywhere. Redfish make a big showing. Snook start moving into the backwaters. But one of the things I always try to remember is that on any given day we may run across some cobia.
—A typical run-in with a cobia usually starts by anchoring on some reef or structure to fish for snapper or spanish mackerel while we are keeping one eye peeled for anything big back in our chum line. We chum to bring-in the baitfish. The snapper and mackerel follow. Hopefully the cobia are nearby and can also be lured within casting distance. If we’re lucky, we’ll be able to slap a slab of cobia on the grill that evening!

Tampa Bay Cobia

Tampa Bay Cobia

Paris with Cobia

Paris with Cobia

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

Anna Maria Island Fishing Report
Trolling for gag grouper
Captain Aaron Lowman – Fishing Report – September 24, 2015
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—This is the time of year that I like to start trolling large artificial plugs in the shallow backwaters looking for gag grouper. Grouper are suckers for a well-placed lure that comes within their attack zone. I usually try along some rocky edges of the Intracoastal Waterway or Tampa Bay ships’channel. Who knows, you may even suprise yourself with a 25 inch flounder!
—We are also fishing the nearshore reefs for snapper and mackerel and finding turned-on redfish and snook in the backwaters.

Gag grouper

Gag grouper

Flounder

Flounder

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 21, 2015

Anna Maria Island Fishing Report
Night Fishing
Captain Aaron Lowman – Fishing Report – July 21, 2015
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—Summers in Southwest Florida are hot, humid, and sometimes downright mean. A fun and cool alternative to the heat is to fish at night. Anna Maria Island canals are a great place to look, especially near lighted docks and underwater lights. Redfish , snook, and trout are the common targets near these beacons.

—Last week I had a lot of fun night fishing with Derek Purves from Scotland. We started at twilight by fly fishing for trout along edges of the grassflats. After a good bite there, we switched to glass minnow imitations, then moved into the canals after dark.

—After finding active lights that held baitfish, we had a blast catching redfish and seatrout. The trick is to cast on the edges of the light where the predators are waiting, instead of directly underneath.

night redfish

Redfish

night docks

Night Docks

Anna Maria Island Fishing Report: Captain Aaron Lowman – July 10, 2015

Anna Maria Island Fishing Report
Seatrout
Captain Aaron Lowman – Fishing Report – July 10, 2015
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—Although winter is usually the season of choice for big female sea trout, we managed to get half a dozen 20 inchers today. The larger females may be wandering back inshore after their spawn, and we were more than happy to reunite.

—Light line, small hooks, and tiny whitebait seemed to draw more bites than big baits today. It also allowed for the lazy, high-noon fish to catch the baits more easily.

—Try your luck by fishing the grass flats, and cast your baits in the sandy patches scattered throughout. A moving tide is more productive than a dead one in most cases, especially while it is hot.

Big Girl!

Big Trout!

sea trout

Nice Trout

Anna Maria Island Fishing Report: Captain Aaron Lowman – July 7, 2015

Anna Maria Island Fishing Report
Flounder
Captain Aaron Lowman – Fishing Report – July 7, 2015
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—Flounder fishing is great near Anna Maria Island, Florida in July. The large females move out of the backwater shallows and into the Gulf.

—This flow of big female fish allows for us to take advantage by fishing the passes and structure within ten miles of the beaches.

—We have been catching big flounder with live pilchards and weights to keep them on the bottom. Sandy areas surrounding rock and debris are the most productive areas to fish for these tasty doormats.

big anna maria island flounder

Doormat