Anna Maria Island Fishing Charters March 27th-April 9th 2017 Report

Anna Maria Island Fishing Charters March 27th-April 9th 2017 Report

April winds bring May flowers...

During the first week of April we seen strong winds all week, starting out of the south at 20-25 knots then ending the week with a strong 20-25 knot winds out of the north as a cool front passed over our area.  During the first part of the week fishing was steady with the South wind and the cool front approaching. The end of the week, when the front finally passed over, left the biting a lot tougher as high pressure from the cool...

Anna Maria Island Fishing Charters March 13th-26th 2017 Report

Anna Maria Island Fishing Charters March 13th-26th 2017 Report

Cold to HOT...

We started the second week of March with the remits of a significant cold front that pushed though the region, leaving us water water temperatures in the high 50's. The week prior we had water temperatures in the mid to high 70's, so we have a 20 degree temperature drop which slowed down the Snook, Redfish, and Trout bite. We ended up heading for some deeper water to target Sheepshead and...

Anna Maria Island Fishing Charters March 1st-12th 2017 Report

Anna Maria Island Fishing Charters March 1st-12th 2017 Report

This reporting period has seen its ups and downs as far as the water temperature. We started the 1st week off in March with water temperatures reaching 78 degrees and then this past week they struggled to reach 70 degrees. The wide swing in temperatures made the fish feeling a little confused and lethargic at times. Bait is everywhere from the flats...

Anna Maria Island Fishing Charters February 2017 Report

Anna Maria Island Fishing Charters February 2017 Report

Catching Convicts (AKA Sheephead)...

Sorry its been a couple months since my last report, I commercial fish for Mullet in the months of December and January every year. Well lets start out with how well the commercial mullet fishing season was.  This mullet season was better than the 2015 season, but still was slower than average. Record high temperatures in December left the fish feeling confused and left me thinking it was July or August as pools of sweat dripped from...

Anna Maria Island Fishing Charters August 29th - September 11th Report

Anna Maria Island Fishing Charters August 29th - September 11th Report

Hemine the Hurricane...

Well the last part of August and the 1st couple days of September were a washout as Hurricane Hemine brought record amounts of rain and gusty winds for most of the week. Prior to Hemine fishing was pretty good and we had no complaints. After Hemine brought record rain fall amounts it took a couple days for the fish to get back into their normal state. The bite was tough for the first couple days after the storm, but we still managed

Anna Maria Island Fishing Charters August 1st - 14th Report

Anna Maria Island Fishing Charters August 1st - 14th Report

Well, the past two weeks we have seen a low pressure system that sat on top of Anna Maria Island and Florida for six days straight. The low pressure system brought daily rain and dropped the water temperature considerably in some areas. In most of the areas I fish the water temperature went from the mid 80's to around 78 degrees.  I was able to get in most of my trips this past week...

Anna Maria Island Fishing Charters July 18th-30th Report

Anna Maria Island Fishing Charters July 18th-30th Report

Fishing has been as Hot as the weather...

This time of the year inshore fishing traditional slows down a little bit as our water temperature rises to the 90 degree mark, but as of lately fishing has been remarkably good. The daily afternoon thunderstorms have keep the water temperature in the mid 80's which has keep the fish biting. Bait is everywhere from the grass flats around the mouth of the Manatee River to the gulf side/ beach side of Anna Maria Island. The Snook bite this year has been...

Anna Maria Island Fishing Charters July 4th-16th Report

Anna Maria Island Fishing Charters July 4th-16th Report

Summer is here to stay for the next couple months, which means the small bait has shown up. We have all the small bait (pilchards) you want on the flats around Anna Maria Island, just make sure you are throwing a 1/4" mesh net or you will have a Christmas tree of bait on your hands and a lot of clean up.  The Trout fishing has still been strong and a lot of smaller Trout have been showing up and sometimes its hard to get the bigger Trout to bite before...

Anna Maria Island Fishing Charters June 20th - July 2nd Report

It's been a great start to the summer fishing season. There is plenty of larger bait still around and lots of smaller (fry) bait showing up on all the shallow grass flats from Sarasota to Anna Maria Island. The Tarpon bite has been pretty disappointing over the past couple weeks. Most of the guides that I have been talking too have said its the toughest...

Anna Maria Island Fishing Charters May 16th - June 4th Report

Anna Maria Island Fishing Charters May 16th - June 4th Report

Bait everywhere from the flats of Lower Tampa Bay, the Skyway Bridge, and Fort Desoto. Again, the fishing has been RED HOT. The Snook bite has been the most predictable, productive, and consistent. Over the past couple weeks we have caught well over 450+ Snook (video 1) (video 2) (video 3). Most have been in the 25" range but we have manged to catch a few that were bigger. The biggest Snook has been 42" (Picture) ...

Anna Maria Island Fishing Charters May 9th -15th Report

Anna Maria Island Fishing Charters May 9th -15th Report

Last week I took a vacation with the family so I was off the water for a week but the fish were on fire when I finally got back to work. We did real well with Redfish this past week with several fish over the 30" mark. Most of the Redfish have been along the mangroves on the higher water and when the water starts to drop they have been feeding well near outlet creeks and near pinch points. The Snook bite has been the most consistent...

Anna Maria Island Fishing Charters April 11th- 16th Report

Anna Maria Island Fishing Charters April 11th- 16th Report

We had excellent weather and fishing all week, a perfect "chamber of commerce" week. Pilchards (Bait) have been slowly moving away from the middle of Tampa Bay and showing up to spawn on the grass flats near Anna Maria Island. The Trout have been making their way to the passes, including Longboat Pass, to get ready to spawn as well. Most of Trout we have been catching...