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Fishing Anna Maria Island-February 2019

  Fishing around Tampa Bay and Anna Maria Island this time of February can really be a challenge when the cold winds are whipping. I had to re-schedule some trips over the last couple weeks but all in all we have been able to catch nice fish in the backwater areas. On the cold, windy days, fishing around docks in the Intracoastal Waterway or Holmes Beach and Longboat Key canals has been very productive for sheepshead, black drum and redfish.

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Anna Maria Island Snapper Fishing – February 2019

—It’s unusual to have a beautiful, calm day in February with no obligations so I decided to take advantage of the situation and try to find some big mangrove snapper in the Gulf. I called my Dad and we ran out about 20 miles to an area consisting of several small ledges within a couple hundred yards of each other. We had been very successful in this area last spring with large snapper and I hoped we could have a repeat performance.

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Anna Maria Fishing Report-January 2019

—Late January usually finds some pretty good sheepshead fishing here around Anna Maria Island and Tampa Bay, and 2019 is no exception. Sheepshead are a great winter-time target. They will feed aggressively when most of our other local species are sluggish from the cold water. Sheepshead are also fantastic on the plate, sporting firm, white, flaky fillets.

Sheepshead near the docks
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December Tampa Bay/Anna Maria Fishing

—What a beautiful fishing month we had here around Anna Maria Island. December 2018 was one for the books! We finally saw a complete reprieve from the ferocious red tide outbreak of this summer. This combined with a long stretch of great weather, provided some outstanding fishing opportunities in and around Anna Maria Island and Tampa Bay.

Grouper in Tampa Bay
Grouper in Tampa Bay
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Fishing Anna Maria- Oct.and Nov. 2018

—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.

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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.

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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.

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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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