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

Anna Maria Island Fishing Report
Nearshore mangrove snapper
Captain Aaron Lowman – Fishing Report – June 13, 2015
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—Tarpon fishing has slowed down this week due to a few moon/tide/spawning changes, but should pick back up soon.

—In the meantime, the mangrove snapper bite has continued to be great. Live and dead pilchards have been the bait of choice, with the larger fish being caught during the strongest period of the tide. Besides being a very fun and strong fight on light tackle, they are some of the best-eating fish that swim!

—St. Pete/Tampa residents Kevin Williams & family caught their limit of big mangrove snapper today despite some rough conditions.

captain aaron lowman mangrove snapper

Biggun’

florida gray snapper

All Smiles!

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Mangrove Snapper

Anna Maria Island Fishing Report: Captain Aaron Lowman – June 11, 2015

Anna Maria Island Fishing Report
Nearshore for tarpon, mangrove snapper
Captain Aaron Lowman – Fishing Report – June 11, 2015
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—June has been hot, rainy, and action-packed.

—Tarpon are running full-bore right now, and mangrove snapper are plentiful nearshore. We have had the most success with tarpon while sight-casting at first light near the beaches, and then anchoring and chumming them to the boat as the morning progresses.

—Mangrove snapper have been consistently on shallow structure and debris, where they sometimes can be chummed into a frenzy. If so, light line and small hooks can lead to every-cast action.
Longtime Tampa residents from Philadelphia, PA; Gavin, Kieren, and Ray Hyer put a hurting’ on the mangrove snapper this morning! Great job guys! (pics below)

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Kieren’s Mangrove Snapper

mangrove snapper

Big Mango

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Ray’s Gray Snapper

Jack Crevalle

Jack Crevalle

 

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

Anna Maria Island Fishing Report
Nearshore for tarpon, grouper, and cobia
Captain Aaron Lowman – Fishing Report – May 16, 2015
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—Mid-May is usually tarpon time. This year has not disappointed. We have hooked up with plenty of fish on my boat this week,  and the next couple weeks look even better! Now is the time if you have ever wanted to hook a tarpon!

—Fishing the nearshore reefs has been another productive method this month.

—Large mangrove snapper, kingfish, cobia, and groupers have keep my customers scrambling!

—As the mercury keeps on climbing, fishing tarpon and nearshore reefs is a great way to beat the backwater heat and have a memorable day!

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Gag Grouper

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Broken Rod

2

Tarpon Boatside

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Cobia!

Anna Maria Island Fishing Report: Captain Aaron Lowman – May 16, 2015

Anna Maria Island Fishing Report
Offshore for sailfish
Captain Aaron Lowman – Fishing Report – May 16, 2015
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—–While offshore wreck fishing recently with Bill Lowman, Dan Jackson and Dale Conlon, this beautiful sailfish surprised us.

—–We were drifting live sardines through large schools of bait that were attracted to the offshore bottom structure in the area hoping to hook-up with blackfin tuna, amberjacks or kingfish. To keep our offering down, we slid a half ounce sinker above the 5/0 hook.

—–We were able to catch her and release her unharmed. It was an exciting afternoon.

Anna Maria Island Fishing Report: Captain Aaron Lowman – May 16, 2015

Anna Maria Island Fishing Report
Offshore for blackfin tuna
Captain Aaron Lowman – Fishing Report – May 16, 2015
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—Over the last month or so, a fascinating “bite” has been happening 20 to 35 miles offshore from Anna Maria Island. Large schools of bait have been “balled-up” near a few offshore structures and have attracted blackfin tuna to the area. Although we catch blackfin tuna occassionally, this is the first time I remember being able to leave the dock on several occasions with tuna firmly fixed in our minds as the “target” species of the trip.

—We have caught them trolling and casting 5-7″ floating plugs, like Bombers and Yo-Zuri’s. Live shiners have worked well, and we have used sabiki rigs to get some native bait from the offshore structures.

—I don’t know how long the tuna will stay around, but their arrival has been exciting and fun. Got wasabi??

Anna Maria Island Fishing Report: Captain Aaron Lowman – April 21, 2015

Anna Maria Island Fishing Report
Near shore reefs and wrecks for snapper, kingfish, mackerel, cobia and sharks
Captain Aaron Lowman – Fishing Report – April 21, 2015
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—–Fishing local nearshore wrecks, reefs, and areas of live bottom has been producing plenty of mangrove snappers, cobia, catch-and-release groupers, flounder, mackerel, sharks, and kingfish. I’ve been using live bait for most of these guys, although we’ve caught a bunch of kingfish trolling plugs, as well as live bait, this month.
—–The snappers were seeing this month have been abundant and hungry!

Kingfish are hard hitting.

Kingfish are hard hitting.

Hog snapper are a great surprise!

Hog snapper are a great surprise!

Everyone wants a cobia!

Everyone wants a cobia!

Lots of sharks around.

Lots of sharks around.

Anna Maria Island Fishing Report: Captain Aaron Lowman-03-29-15

Anna Maria Island Fishing Report
Snook Fishing with Cheeky Fly Reels
Captain Aaron Lowman – Fishing Report – March 29, 2015
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—Last week I had the opportunity to meet and fish with the CEO and co-founder of Cheeky Fly Reels, Ted Upton, and his wife, Liz . Designed to emphasize style rather than tradition, Cheeky Reels feature cutting-edge technology, innovative design and bold anodizing to differentiate from other products currently on the market. These qualities, coupled with the superior performance of other features like the fully sealed Evo Synthetic Drag System, MAX Arbor and B2 Channel, have established Cheeky as a leader in the fly reel market. Continue Reading…

Anna Maria Island Fishing Report: Captain Aaron Lowman-03-27-15

Anna Maria Island Fishing Report
Snook/Redfish/Trout
Captain Aaron Lowman – Fishing Report – March 27, 2015
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—–The last week has been all about snook, trout, and redfish. The inshore bite has remained strong, centered around the morning incoming tides, and afternoon outgoings. A frisky live shiner continues to be the go-to bait. Although, I have seen plenty of snook and trout eat a fly this week! Continue Reading…