Yhewww! It’s been hot!!

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Captain Wes Wildman – June 4, 2019
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   Yhewww! has it been hot! and the fishing has been pretty spectacular as well. This week we accomplished a little bit of everything, plenty of Snook around the flats to be caught with a few nice Mangrove Snapper and flounder in the mix to take home for supper. There is also plenty of action on the bay reefs with a lot of Spanish Mackerel being caught. These fish are an absolute blast to catch, such an aggressive and fast fish. I also like to make Sashimi out of the larger Mackerel, very tasty. Continue Reading…

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

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Snapper Double Header

big gray snapper

Big Gray Snapper

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

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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

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At the Boat

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Revive

rod bend

Big Bend

tarpon jump

Jumper

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

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

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Flounder Trio

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-06-23-14

Anna Maria Island Fishing Report
Tarpon-Snook
Captain Aaron Lowman – Fishing Report – June 23, 2014
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—June has been hot and sticky. We saw rain in the area most afternoons and the flotilla of boats on the water assure us summertime is in full effect! On my boat, snook and tarpon have been the main Anna Maria Island targets in June. Also being routinely caught in and around the bay and local beaches are; seatrout, mangrove snapper, grouper, mackerel and sharks.
—Snook fishing this time of the year tends to move out of the back bays and into the passes and beaches. This is an annual migration pattern that these fish follow year after year in order to breed. We have been capitalizing on their need to feed while on this journey. Whitebait and small hard-bodied lures have been baits of choice.
—There are still good numbers of tarpon moving up and down the beaches and passes. We have been catching these fish on live bait on moving tides. The trick with tarpon is being very stealthy. Getting up wind / up tide from the fish, cutting the engine and drifting and/or anchoring have been proven methods. The tarpon fishing has really heated up this last week of the month on the moon.
—One of the best things about summer time fishing, here around Anna Maria Island and Tampa Bay, is the great variety of species you can encounter in a single four hour fishing trip. Snapper,  grouper and flounder along with and mackerel and sharks can be found on many shallow rock piles and reefs.

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Anna Maria Island Fishing Report: Captain Aaron Lowman-06-03-14

Anna Maria Island Fishing Report
Permit
Captain Aaron Lowman – Fishing Report – June 3, 2014
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—Josh Sato and Joey Mattay have the permit dialed in. They found May and early June to be an action-packed time period, with the nearby offshore wrecks and structure holding spawning fish. Joey and Josh said that the best way to pull off a catch of big permit was to drift baits back to the fish after anchoring up-current of structure within 20 miles of Anna maria Island.
—Small pass crabs were said to be the bait of choice, and they were most effective when suspended just above the targeted structure.
—This action may be slowing down as June draws to a close, but if you get a chance to try these techniques and hook into some big permit, be sure to HOLD ON TIGHT!

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Anna Maria Island Fishing Report: Captain Aaron Lowman-06-02-2014

Anna Maria Island Fishing Report
Snook
Captain Aaron Lowman – Fishing Report – June 2, 2014
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—Don’t forget about the action-packed June summer snooking around Anna Maria Island. Many fish move through the passes and onto the beaches this time of year, and my clients and I have been able to capitalize on the opportunity.
—Live baits such as small sand perch, or pilchards have an irresistible affect on these moving snook, and even the large females have been readily feeding.
—This movement of snook, and the fun sight-casting action that can go with it should last through July, and maybe even into August if we’re lucky.

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