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Seasonal Weather Changes on Anna Maria Island

Are you looking forward to the next Seasonal Weather Change on Anna Maria Island?

When a cold front comes through up north, we prepare by getting out the scarves, mittens, hats, winter jackets, and maybe even the boots because we can know that the temperatures are going to dip, possibly to below freezing, thereby bringing along some sleet or snow.

The kids get excited because they may wake up to find that school will be closed, while parents make sure the cupboards are stocked and the heat is working.   If there is a fireplace available, plenty of wood will be brought in, and everyone will look forward to family times around a cozy fire.

Cold Fronts – Who Cares!

When a cold front comes through Anna Maria Island, we look forward to turning off the air conditioning. We even go around opening up the doors and windows.  We know that the temperatures will drop a few degrees at least, but most importantly we anticipate the lower humidity.

Now we’ll be able to ride our bikes, take our daily runs or walks, and get those outside chores accomplished! We didn’t even have to get up at the crack of dawn to avoid suffering heat exhaustion.  Our lanais and docks will be enjoyed for cocktails and dinners while everyone marvels at the beautiful, clear weather and lovely breezes.

If the temperatures drop too much, we’ll see people out and about. Full-time residents will be very clearly distinguished from the vacationers.

There will be some people wearing heavy sweaters, or winter coats even, while others will be in their swimsuits and cover-ups.  Of course, the beach is never off-limits especially for those who have escaped the “really cold” weather up north!

Recently, I took a picture of a cold front approaching over the Gulf of Mexico at 9:30am.  After about an hour or so of much needed rain, we got busy opening up of the house.  Don’t forget to work on some of those outside chores I mentioned earlier.

I went back to the beach at 4:00pm where the sun was shining beautifully. There were even lots of people who were taking advantage of the warm water. These cold fronts are hard to take, aren’t they?

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Fishing Anna Maria Island in the Fall

Fishing Anna Maria Island in the fall can be really rewarding.  As fall gradually arrives and the water begins to cool,  fish begin their migration inshore to warmer waters.

Snook are headed toward creeks, rivers and bays. Redfish are targeting the flats for spawning.  You will find the tasty Pompano hiding in the deep grass flats with a bit of shrimp. Offshore, Grouper and Snapper can be found within 10 miles and even in the Bay.

King and Spanish mackerel, false albacore, tripletail and cobia should be good options in the coastal gulf as well.

You will not need a fishing license if you are fishing from a pier in Florida and Anna Maria offers a few places for you.

The Anna Maria City Pier is a great location.  It is currently heavily populated with bait fish. This provides excellent conditions for Mackerel, Ladyfish and Blue Runners.

Fishing Licenses are Required when Fishing in Florida

Don’t Forget! Fishing licenses are required. There is an exception if you are fishing on one of the many available fishing charters from Anna Maria Island.  Non-residents have the option to purchase 3 or 5-day licenses instead of an annual if they choose as well. Just visit http://myfwc.com/fishing/ for information and to purchase.

Bridges spanning Gulf passes are hot with the right equipment right now. Forget your fishing pole? There are a few places on the island that rent them such as Fun and More Rentals and Beach Bums. But no matter where you decide to fish this season, you are likely to be successful!

For more information on fishing on Anna Maria Island, click here!