Anna Maria Island – Tarpon have been on every anglers mind lately, and from what We hear they have been biting like crazy along the beaches of Longboat Key and Anna Maria Island. Try using crab for bait, and when you hook into a tarpon be ready for a fight. We have been hearing of battles that have lasted up to an hour and a half.
Inshore fishing around Anna Maria Island has been excellent, producing big numbers of trout. The reports have been coming in about lots of catch and release Snook and gag grouper.
Cobia have been lurking under the piers and bridges feeding on pinfish. The outgoing tides in the afternoon are your best bet to catch redfish and mullet that are patrolling the flats.
Offshore red snapper are being caught in about 120 feet of water, and mangrove snapper have been biting in 60-80 feet of water. Try using live shiners or live shrimp. A chum block is a great way to bring the snapper closer to the boat and get them in the mood to start biting.