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Fishing Anna Maria- Oct.and Nov. 2018

Gag Grouper

—Even though backwater fishing has been outstanding lately, a persistent red tide outbreak, and associated fish kills, continues to dominate the headlines here on Anna Maria Island, Bradenton and Sarasota. This natural algae bloom consumes the available oxygen in the water as it completes its life cycle, in turn quickly suffocating nearby fish. This has made fishing a little more challenging than usual over the past couple of months but that being said, my clients and I have been experiencing some fantastic fishing despite the bad news.

—There are certain areas surrounding Sarasota, especially, that have been hit very hard and may take a few months to recover to a somewhat normal pattern. Then, there are other areas surrounding neighboring Anna Maria Island that have seen very few effects from the red tide.

—It is in these cleaner areas that I, and many of the other full-time fishing guides, have been “hiding out” the majority of the past 3 months. Inshore fishing here around Anna Maria Island and Tampa Bay has been outstanding.

—The snook bite just doesn’t get much better than it was during October and November. My boat is seeing great catch-and -release snook fishing along with redfish around docks, mangroves and oyster beds.

—Seatrout (speckled trout) got hit pretty hard the past few months by the red tide. However, November has seen the trout really start to bounce back and shallow water gag grouper have been on the menu over the past couple months as well, as conditions have allowed. When the tide, weather, and other factors come together just right, we have been able to find some nice keeper-sized gag grouper inside Tampa Bay. I use a combination of live baiting and trolling.

—Don’t believe everything you read, or see on the news. The fishing is great here around Anna Maria Island and Tampa Bay! Book a charter today!!

Snook

Redfish

Grouper

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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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