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Anna Maria Island Spring Fishing

Anna Maria Island Charter Fishing
Captain Aaron Lowman – March 25, 2017
Redfish, Snook, Trout

-We have experienced some heavy weather extremes here in Cortez, Florida this week. A late season cold front brought brutal wind and dropped water temps about 10° overnight!
-Despite all that, my clients pounded out a steady bag of seatrout, snook and redfish inshore in and around Tampa Bay and Sarasota Bay.

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Anna Maria March Fishing Report

Anna Maria Island Fishing Guide
Captain Aaron Lowman – March 8, 2017
Redfish, Snook, Trout, Sheepshead

—With all the wind around the Tampa Bay area this week, I’ve been forced to stay inshore. My clients have been catching snook along Anna Maria mangrove shorelines, oyster bars, and channel edges.  We are catching them on free-lined shiners, or under a popping cork. We’ve landed a few nice keeper sized fish, but the majority are sub-slot juveniles. A slot sized snook has every advantage in the fight vs. the angler! About half of big snook hooked, will win the battle and break free somehow.
—We found some nice redfish around residential docks on Longboat Key, as well as areas surrounding oyster beds. A free-lined live pinfish worked best this week. Redfish have big shoulders, and put up one of the most determined battles of all the inshore species. They provide a tough fight around structure like a dock or oyster bed!
—The sea trout bite is definitely starting to warm up. I’ve caught more this week than the past few months. We are finding the majority of these fish on relatively deep grass with clean water and good flow near the Intracoastal Waterway near Anna Maria Island. Live shiners under a popping cork and soft plastic baits on jigs produced best the best trout this week.
—Sheepshead are still making a good show in Tampa Bay and surrounding Gulf of Mexico shallow water structure. They should conclude their spawning event around the moon at the end of the month, and push out, and north again. Until then, I will continue to target them with small live shrimp or crabs on a light rig for anyone looking for some tasty fillets for dinner.


Tampa Bay Sheepshead


Anna Maria redfish


Spring snook

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Anna Maria Island Late Fall Fishing

Anna Maria Island Fishing Guide
Captain Aaron Lowman – November 30, 2016
Snook, Cobia, Grouper

—Snook fishing is on fire, in spite of the cold front this weekend.  I’m finding schools of the smaller male snook bunching up tight together, with a few large females mixed in. These fish are in panic mode, as they feel the approaching winter and must feed constantly.  Live shiners, or jumbo live shrimp are the baits of choice.

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Anna Maria November Fall Fishing

Anna Maria Island Fishing Guide
Captain Aaron Lowman – November 15, 2016
Grouper, Snook, Redfish, Mackerel

—Fishing near shore structure in Tampa Bay and around Anna Maria Island has been big this month, especially for snapper, spanish mackerel, kingfish, gag grouper, sharks and cobia.
—There is still plenty of bait around the beach with predators in tow. For bait, live shiners and threadfins have been the ticket on the reef. Heavy live chumming really turns the bite on, and keeps it lit.

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Anna Maria Island Snook Fishing In October

Anna Maria Island Fishing Guide
Captain Aaron Lowman – October 19, 2016
Redfish, Snook and Trout

—With the lingering red tide starting to clear around Anna Maria Island, I have been able to successfully fish parts of Tampa Bay, Terra Ceia Bay and Miguel Bay again this week.
—Snook fishing has been red hot. Most fish are males under 24″, with female fish to 40″+ mixed in. I’m finding the snook really bunched up by size as they stage for the fall feeding frenzy. Live whitebait on a 2/0 sized hook, combined with the lightest possible fluorocarbon leader has been the secret to keeping the bite going.

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Anna Maria Island Fall Fishing

Anna Maria Island Fishing Guide
Captain Aaron Lowman – September 15, 2016
Redfish, Snook and Trout

—When fishing around Anna Maria Island lately, you can notice that it’s starting to feel a little bit cooler in the mornings. Bait has flooded onto the beaches and Tampa Bay fall fishing is heating up.
—This week has been all about the inshore bite. I’ve been catching bait relatively easily on the beaches, and returning to the bay to fish the morning snook, redfish and trout bite. Snook have been feeding well around mangrove edges, cuts, and oyster bars. The stronger the tidal movement, the better they chew. Lots of frisky chum showered around a likely snook area will get them popping all around you. A live shiner free-lined on a 25# fluorocarbon leader with a 3/0 circle hook does the trick.

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