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Winter 2020 Fishing Around Anna Maria Island

—What a weather roller coaster ride, here on Anna Maria Island, in January! We started out January 2020 with record setting heat, only to plunge into the 50°’s on most days, during the latter half of the month! 

—I started out the month fishing many of the same areas that I was frequenting in December.

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Anna Maria Island December 2019 Fishing

—Christmas and New Year’s Every aren’t the only things to celebrate in December here on Anna Maria Island. Inshore and nearshore fishing opportunities abound late in the year. 

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Tampa Bay and Gulf of Mexico in November

November 2019. —Tampa Bay and Anna Maria Island boast some incredible inshore and nearshore fishing opportunities in November. My clients and I found many of the usual suspects in the backwater shorelines. Snook, redfish and seatrout fishing was incredible, especially when the tide is strong. The highlight this month has to be in the Gulf and the open expanses of Tampa Bay. Spanish mackerel, kingfish, barracuda, sharks and bonito are on the hunt as tons of migratory baitfish schools pour into the bay. We find these predators in association with shallow water structure, whether it be a wreck, natural rock, or hard live bottom areas. Live bait and light tackle make the pursuit that much more enjoyable!  

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October 2019 Fishing “Turns On”

—October 2019 fishing around Bradenton and Anna Maria Island has been as exciting as it gets. The weather was on a welcome “cooling trend,” and the fish started to get excited as well. There were redfish dumping out of the rivers with each rainstorm, providing some great opportunities to catch and release mature redfish in shallow water.  Snook fishing built up to a fever pitch before the inevitable winter lean months when the water temperature chills. The nearshore (1 – 9 miles offshore) fishing experience exploded with excitement as permit, spanish mackerel, bonito (little tunny), mangrove snapper and gag grouper all came into play as possible catches.

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Hot Fishing in August and September 2019

—The inshore fishing around Anna Maria Island has been almost as hot as the thermometer! Morning charters have been the ticket during August and September. Getting on the water early has allowed us to beat the heat, and the afternoon storms. I’m catching bait early, and back at the dock by 7:30/7:45, ready to go

—My clients are having a blast catching snook, seatrout, redfish, spanish mackerel, mangrove snapper and more in Tampa Bay. 

—This is the month that I start to venture into the Gulf on calmer days looking for mangrove snapper, spanish mackerel, gag grouper, tripletail and permit.  You definitely need a calm day to make this work, but when it all comes together it can make for an awesome day! 

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Anna Maria Island Fishing Report – Summer 2019

—So far, July 2019 has paid off big for fishing charters aboard my 24′ Carolina Skiff. We are having fun charter fishing the waters around Anna Maria Island, Sarasota Bay and the Manatee River in Bradenton. The weather has been hot and muggy, as expected this time of year, but the inshore bite has been equally hot! My fishing excursion clients have been finding continual, exciting backwater action with snook, seatrout, redfish. We have also been able to zero-in on spanish mackerel, mangrove snapper and gag grouper in and around Tampa Bay. We are locating the spanish mackeral, snapper and gag grouper over inshore structure, such as wrecks, rock, even bridge pilings.

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Big snook…Big smile!!

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