Fishing around Anna Maria Island has continued to follow a wintertime pattern for yet another few weeks. Although this is nothing new, spring doesn't arrive until March for us. So we are dealing with it for a few more weeks. As the water temperatures both in the bay and in the golf of Mexico are struggling to reach the upper 50s on nice days fishing has been surprisingly good. On the calm days, when the wind is 10 knots or less, we are fishing hard bottom of the beaches of Anna Maria Island with study action of pompano, whitening, sheeps head, black drum, and snapper. With even an occasional redfish or trout out there. As a result this season so far has been a lot of fun for all of my clients and I. They love the change and style of fishing considering we usually only get six or seven weeks of this kind of fishing. On most trips we are using a live shrimp with a 1/4 ounce of Jig head working it really slow around hard bottom areas. As most people know we don't always have a beautiful day to fish this time of year so on the windy days we are fishing way up in the Manatee River catching redfish, black drum and a few sheep head. The river fishing this year has not been so good as years post it for me. So we are only doing this when we just can't make it out of the beach. March is going to be here in just a few weeks, it's going to be back to catching bait every day. The smoke redfish and trout are going to be fired up. So book your spring trips for March April or May soon.