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August Tampa Bay Fishing Report-2018

—Fishing around Anna Maria Island and Tampa Bay remains fantastic this month, despite a pretty serious red tide bloom to our south. Admittedly, conditions may have been a little challenging at times this month but we’ve been catching a lot of nice fish. The algae bloom moves around each day, making some areas out of reach but Tampa Bay is still pristine, and full of fish.

—My clients have been catching snook, seatrout, spanish mackeral, mangrove snapper, gag grouper and sharks inside Tampa Bay and around Egmont Key this month. There is still a ton of bait around Tampa Bay and all of these gamefish are going wild chasing it!

—Nearshore Gulf of Mexico waters have been clean and the fishing has been fantastic out there too. I am fishing ledges and natural hard bottom for gag & red grouper, mangrove snapper, hogfish, porgies, grunts and flounder.

—The bottom line this month is that yes, there is some red tide to work around, but there are plenty of hungry fish, and clean water, within a 5 minute ride of Anna Maria Island.

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Anna Maria Island Fishing Report-July 2018

—The bite was hot the entire month of July in the waters around Anna Maria Island and Longboat Key. Fishing action was the typical “heat of the summer” fishing frenzy, both inshore and near shore.

—Inshore fishing, July was the month for catching a ton of trout. The majority of seatrout are right at, or under, the “keeper” 15″ min. There have been some big female trout mixed in as well, some to 25″. I’ve been using live greenbacks over areas of live seagrass. The two most important factors have been to fish where the water is both clean, and moving. My clients are also finding jacks, juvenile grouper, ladyfish and mangrove snapper in these same areas.

—On calm days in July, I usually fished near shore structure, like rocky ledges or artificial reefs, for mangrove snapper, spanish mackerel, big snook, permit and sharks.

—This time of year, I like to leave the dock early, and get back to the dock to fillet some fish before it gets too hot out there. It is usually quite a bit cooler out on the water than it is on land.

—Come book a charter now and “beat the heat”!

Summer snapper!

Nice Trout!

Fighting snook!

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June 2018-Summer Fishing Anna Maria Island

—The weather, and fishing, here on Anna Maria Island has been phenomenal throughout the month of June.
—Calm seas and clear skies, have allowed my clients and me the opportunity to spend some time fishing near shore (up to 9 miles offshore) in the Gulf of Mexico. Out there, I’m looking for spanish mackerel, mangrove snapper, gag grouper, permit and cobia.

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May 2018-Fishing Anna Maria Island

—Fishing action in the Gulf of Mexico and Tampa Bay, around Anna Maria Island and Egmont Key, has been explosive so far this month, May 2018. My clients have been catching a crazy variety of fish including mangrove snapper, spanish mackerel, kingfish, permit, cobia, bonito, groupers, sharks and more.

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Fishing Anna Maria Island – April 2018

—Here around Anna Maria Island, spring is quickly turning into summer. The water temperature in Tampa Bay has broken through the “magic”  70°F” mark, and has stayed there for weeks now. This has opened the floodgates, so to speak, on all sorts of fishing. Inshore fishing for snook, trout and redfish, as well as the near shore fishing action for snapper, permit and king mackerel, has been red hot. 

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Tampa Bay – Anna Maria Fishing-April 2018

—Tampa Bay spring break fishing has been on fire here around Anna Maria Island the past couple of weeks. Snook, redfish, seatrout and the occasional jumbo flounder have been on tap even though we have had some very breezy conditions so far this month.

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