Between a rock and a hard place...
Well the past two weeks have been trying to say the least, between the red tide and Hurricane Matthew we have seen our fair share of natural "adversities" over the past two weeks. We will start off with the red tide issue, the red tide did not dramatically affect fishing around Anna Maria Island, but I did receive countless phone calls regarding the issue. The red tide had more of an affect on the beach/ gulf side of Anna Maria Island from Bradenton Beach south. The further north you went on the island the less impact the red tide had. Hurricane Matthew had more of an impact on fishing than the red tide. We were not able to get out and fish Thursday through Saturday due to high winds, but Hurricane Matthew was a blessing in the fact that it should of blew the red tide well offshore or at the very least dispersed it. Here's some video from my Marina, it was taken Friday morning when Hurricane Matthew was passing us on the East Coast (Video 1) (Video 2). Now onto fishing, the fishing has been pretty tough with regards to Snook and Redfish. The Snook have been around but not feeding that well, we are still managing to pick up some on each trip but not as many as we should be getting for this time of the year. The Redfish on the other hand have been feeding well but are moving around a lot. The Redfish are not holding anywhere for too long which makes it challenging to stay on top of where they are. We did catch several Redfish (Picture 1) (Picture 2) during this reporting period, with the largest being 29" (Picture 3). The Trout, Mackerel, and Snapper bite have been doing extremely well and have been a saving grace on most trips. Most of the places I have been fishing the bite has been ferocious, every time the bait hits the water a Trout or Mackerel hit it instantaneously. As we move further into fall the water temperatures will drop and the fishing will turn on. On a side note: This past week we had a group of 8 Manatees come up to the boat while we were fishing, here's a picture of two Manatees close to the boat (Picture 4).
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