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Fish Anna Maria Island With A Local

Tampa Bay – Anna Maria Fishing-April 2018

—Tampa Bay spring break fishing has been on fire here around Anna Maria Island the past couple of weeks. Snook, redfish, seatrout and the occasional jumbo flounder have been on tap even though we have had some very breezy conditions so far this month.

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Anna Maria Island Late Fall Fishing

Anna Maria Island Fishing Guide
Captain Aaron Lowman – November 30, 2016
Snook, Cobia, Grouper

—Snook fishing is on fire, in spite of the cold front this weekend.  I’m finding schools of the smaller male snook bunching up tight together, with a few large females mixed in. These fish are in panic mode, as they feel the approaching winter and must feed constantly.  Live shiners, or jumbo live shrimp are the baits of choice.

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Anna Maria Island Redfish in August

Anna Maria Charter Fishing Guide
Captain Aaron Lowman – August 15, 2016
Redfish, Reds, Red Drum

—Fishing around docks and piers in Tampa Bay and near Anna Maria Island has been a very successful way to find redfish this week. The cooler, shaded water provides a bit more oxygen than the open waters and the structure provides a natural ambush point for the predator redfish. In addition to using live shiners and pinfish for bait, we have successfully thrown a lot of different lures this week, from surface plugs to soft plastics.

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Anna Maria Fishing Charters in July

Anna Maria Island Fishing Guides
Captain Aaron Lowman – July 31, 2016
Grouper, Seatrout, Snapper, Flounder

—Snapper fishing in Tampa Bay, and near shore structure around Anna Maria Island, has been hot this week. As we move away from last week’s full moon, snapper fishing has improved during daylight hours. Early and late in the day have been most productive. Live and cut shiners on small circle hooks with a split shot, or knocker style sinker, have been the best rigs. Remember to bounce a jig on the bottom for the bonus fish this month…jumbo flounder in areas where snapper congregate.

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Snook & Flounder-July-Anna Maria Island

Anna Maria Island Fishing Guide
Captain Aaron Lowman – July 6, 2016
Snook and Flounder

— Snook and big flounder have recently been exciting anglers all around Anna Maria Island and Tampa Bay.
—The snook are all over the Gulf beaches and passes as the summer exodus from the backwaters to Gulf waters continues. We have had great luck early in the morning along the beach throwing live pinfish and/or shiners with the lightest line possible.
—Flounder also move offshore this time of the year and bouncing a baited jig on the bottom around near shore reef structure has been an effective way to catch them.

Early Morning Snook

Early Morning Snook

Summer Flounder

Summer Flounder

Flounder hit a shiner

Flounder hit a shiner

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