Anna Maria Island Fishing Report: Captain Aaron Lowman – July 6, 2015

Anna Maria Island Fishing Report
Sharks
Captain Aaron Lowman – Fishing Report – July 6, 2015
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—Shark fishing has stayed red hot this summer, and we have been catching black tip, spinner, and lemon sharks near the passes and off of the beaches.

—This week, small sardine schools have moved close to shore. We have had success by chasing the bait fish, and then casting mackerel chunks into the middle of them.

—To determine if a bait school is particularly active with sharks and other predators, watch it closely for about one minute before approaching. If there are no splashes, birds, or fins cutting through the surface, then move on until you find more commotion.

—If an active bait school is found, sharks will likely be caught every cast.

shark release

Shark Release

Blacktip

Blacktip

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 Video: Captain Aaron Lowman – July 1, 2015

Anna Maria Island Fishing Video
Tarpon
Captain Aaron Lowman – Fishing Video – July 1, 2015
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Up close & personal tarpon jump captured while fishing with Captain Aaron Lowman near Anna Maria Island, Florida – July 1, 2015.
 

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 27, 2015

Anna Maria Island Fishing Report
Sharks
Captain Aaron Lowman – Fishing Report – June 27, 2015
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—Summer shark fishing has been a blast, and my clients and I have been catching quite a few blacktip sharks, lemon sharks, and spinner sharks. These fish are fantastic fighters, and the spinner shark will usually jump multiple times when hooked.

—They are commonly caught by using dead seatrout or spanish mackerel with a cable leader and heavy-duty rods and reels.

—High water and outgoing tides near channel edges will usually produce an action-packed day.

shark mouth

Toothy

anna maria island blacktip

Jaws!

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

Anna Maria Island Fishing Report
Tarpon
Captain Aaron Lowman – Fishing Report – June 25, 2015
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—Yesterday, tarpon were being caught in the passes and along the beaches of Anna Maria Island, Egmont Key, and Tampa Bay. The fish have been eating best during moving tides, and will take dead or live thread fin herring or live crabs.

—Heavy tackle is the key to landing these strong and acrobatic fish, with 50 pound braid, a long 80 pound leader, and a 7/o circle hook necessary to get the job done.

—Now that the tarpon have finished spawning and the large female fish have moved back into nearshore waters, it is not uncommon to hook 100+ pounders consistently.

—Tight Lines!

bucket mouth tarpon

Bucket Mouth

silver king

Boatside

landed tarpon

At the Boat

tarpon revival

Revive

rod bend

Big Bend

tarpon jump

Jumper

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

Anna Maria Island Fishing Report
Tarpon
Captain Aaron Lowman – Fishing Report – June 24, 2015
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Cell: 941-465-8932
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—After a slow week, Anna Maria Island’s tarpon fishing has begun to heat back up again. The fish that had traveled offshore to spawn have returned, and they are HUNGRY.

—We have being fishing the beaches in the early morning with crabs and threadfin herring, then anchoring and chumming on the edges of passes and deep channels as the day progresses.

—They say there is nothing like fighting a silver king, and my clients and I have to agree. Once you fight a big tarpon and witness their acrobatic jumps, you’ll be hooked for life (no pun intended).

Anna Maria Island Tarpon

Tarpon Jump

Anna maria Island Tarpon Fishing

Tarpon Flip

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 20, 2015

Anna Maria Island Fishing Report
Nearshore Flounder
Captain Aaron Lowman – Fishing Report – June 20, 2015
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—This past week, big flounder have begun to show themselves off of the beach as they head offshore to spawn. Their movement usually lasts from late Spring until early Fall, and will continue to give my clients great action for the next few months.

—Sandy areas close to nearshore structure seem to be the best hangouts, and live or dead pilchards have been the bait of choice. Jigs will also entice these fun, tasty, and unique fish to eat.

—After an exciting morning, Bill Sr., Bill Jr., and Chad from Riverview, Florida managed to get a nice flounder catch along with some snapper and grouper.

anna maria island flounder

Nice Flounder

doormat flounder

Doormat!

anna maria june flounder fishing

Flounder Trio