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Anna Maria Island Fishing Report – February 2018

Anna Maria Island Fishing Guide
Captain Aaron Lowman – February, 2018
Snook, Trout, Redfish

—With prolonged air temperatures in the 80°s, fishing here around Anna Maria Island has been red hot. I have been catching live bait (pilchards) all month, which is unusualy early in the season. All this bait around in Tampa Bay, along with some above average temperatures, equals great inshore fishing.

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Anna Maria Island Fishing Report – January 2018

Anna Maria Island Fishing Guide
Captain Aaron Lowman – January, 2018
Tripletail

—January in Cortez, Florida is the height of stone crab season. The commercial fisherman who make a living catching stone crabs usually have several hundred, to several thousand traps in the water at any given time. Each of these traps is marked with a unique identifying float. These floats are what I am interested in.

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Anna Maria Island Fishing Report – December 2017

Anna Maria Island Fishing Guide
Captain Aaron Lowman – December, 2017
Grouper, Hogfish, Snapper

—What a month here on Anna Maria Island. December of 2017 was one for the books. Near perfect fishing weather most of the month allowed me to escape the confines of Tampa Bay, and plow some of the the nearshore reefs and ledges.

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Tampa Bay Grouper Fishing In November

Anna Maria Island Fishing Guide
Captain Aaron Lowman – November, 2017
Grouper, Gag Grouper, Troll For Grouper

—As the first few real cold snaps start to push through Tampa Bay during November and December, one of my favorite fish, gag grouper, begin to move into shallow waters. Gag grouper season is now, inside Tampa Bay and in the channels surrounding Anna Maria Island.  These delicious, and heavy-hitting brawlers stay relatively deep most of the year. As the water temps start to drop below 70°, the large, legal-sized gags move into Tampa Bay, as shallow as 6′.

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Anna Maria Island Fishing – October, 2017

Anna Maria Island Fishing Guide
Captain Aaron Lowman – October, 2017
Snook, Trout, Redfish, Grouper

—We have experienced a very warm, and windy, couple of weeks here on Anma Maria Island. Despite the conditions, i am finding a good inshore and nearshore bite in Tampa Bay and Sarasota Bay.

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