Anna Maria Island Fishing Report: Captain Aaron Lowman-02-26-2014

Anna Maria Island Fishing Report-Black Drum-Pompano-Sheepshead
Captain Aaron Lowman – Fishing Report – February 26, 2014
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—–Fishing during the last half of February has been a lot of fun this year. My charters have caught lots of snapper, sheepshead, pompano and some amazing black drum. I have been taking along some big tarpon-style rods on our trips and calling them the “drum sticks”. Continue Reading…

Anna Maria Island Fishing Report: Captain Aaron Lowman-02-16-2014

Anna Maria Island Fishing Report-Pompano-Permit-Sheepshead
Captain Aaron Lowman – Fishing Report – February 16, 2014
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—–Although the weather in February dictates where you can go and what you can find to catch, there are usually some spots we can get to that hold fish. Over the last week or so, we have been fishing mainly for pompano, permit and sheepshead.
—–This is the time of year when you can catch the really big sheepshead. If they have to be measured, then we throw them back. The big ones, 15″+, will have some very nice fillets. There are many artificial reefs in Manatee County where you can catch a mess of sheepshead this month. Once you are lucky enough to locate them, you have a good chance of getting more than one. If you want to use shrimp for bait, I suggest attaching the shrimp to a 1/4 or 3/8 ounce jig head instead of hooking the shrimp and using a weight 12-18 inches up the line. The light bite/nibble of the fish is much more detectable if the weight is right at the bait. Continue Reading…

Anna Maria Island Fishing Report: Captain Mark Howard-02-06-2014

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—–With the passing of all the recent cold fronts ,the 55-59f water temperature, and the influx of the snowbirds the winter fishing pattern has arrived in full force . Taking advantage of what mother nature gives you can yield a nice creel of fish for fun action and a bag of fillets. Fishing out of Island Discount Tackle on Anna Maria island, redfish, sheep head ,mangrove snapper and black drum have made a strong appearance in our area.
—–Redfish of varying sizes from 12″rats to 30″ stumps been feeding under the deep water docks . Use a live shrimp rigged on a size 1 hook tied to a 30lb fluorocarbon leader with a size 5 or 7 split shot . Toss your bait with a side arm casting motion to get the bait deep underneath the dock .It is important to get the bait deep under the dock to where the predators are living. Wait for the thump of the fish chewing the bait and slowly lift your rod to feel the fish on and then set the hook.
—–Sheephead have been feeding heavily as they are starting to gather in big schools . Using the same rig as mentioned above, my recent charters have brought some 18″ convicts to the fillet table. Mangrove snapper and black drum are also coming to the party .
—–Looking forward the speckled trout fishing will start to turn on as the fish will school in deeper water and school in areas where the water temperature is a few degrees warmer. Until next time keep the slack out of your line and feel the thump of the predator inhaling your bait.

Anna Maria Island Fishing Report: Captain Aaron Lowman-02-05-2014

Anna Maria Island Fishing Report-Pompano
Captain Aaron Lowman – Fishing Report – February 5, 2014
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—–During the calm days of January and early February we have been able to locate beautiful, big pompano on several occasions. They tend to move in schools along sandy bottoms and shorelines where there is ample tide movement. Donald Wallace from Atlanta and his twin brother, David, from Knoxville were with me last week when the pompano were biting.
—–Once you are lucky enough to locate them, you have a good chance of getting more than one. Light tackle is the name of this game. 8 or 10 pound test line with a clear, fluorocarbon leader in the 20 pound test range along with a colorful lead headed jig makes a great terminal setup. Continue Reading…

Captain Josh Peurifoy – Fishing Report – 02/10/13

Captain Josh Peurifoy-Fishing Report-02-10-2013
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—Redfish have been plentiful in and around docks and structure this winter, and can usually be enticed to eat with live shrimp, small crabs, or pilchards. This large redfish was taken while fishing a grassflat with pilchards.

– Captain Josh Peurifoy

Captain Rick Gross – Fishing Report – 02/10/13

Captain Rick Gross-Fishing Report-02-10-2013
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—Even though this winter has been mild, we have still been managing to catch some great trout and redfish. This one was caught using a live pilchard. The best bites have been on high outgoing tides, while casting into sandy patches near a shoreline.

– Captain Rick Gross

Captain Harrison King – Fishing Report – 02/10/13

Captain Harrison King-Fishing Report-02-10-2013
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—We had some great action at the Egmont Reef this week using live shrimp, 30# flourocarbon leaders, and 1/2 oz. jigheads.  The key was to fish during the tide change when the current was at a minimum. Overall, we managed to catch snapper, grouper, cobia, and even a few rare hogfish.

– Capt. Harrison King