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Fish Anna Maria Island With A Local Charter Fishing Guide

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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Snook On Artificial Lures- April 2019

   Anna Maria Island fishing excursions for folks on vacation have been great in April. The Tampa Bay weather has been windy but there are myriad stretches of mangrove shoreline to hide from the wind. That’s where the springtime snook lay in wait to attack unsuspecting shiners, shrimp, crabs and other prey as they are washed across sandy potholes with the tides.

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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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