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Anna Maria Island Redfish Fishing Charters Trip Report

This week we saw the approach of the “super full moon.”  It brought higher than normal tides and outstanding fishing. Bait is everywhere from the Skyway Bridge to the piers on Anna Maria Island and Ft. Desoto.

Super Moon Brings Super Anna Maria Island Redfish Fishing

Usually wherever the birds (Sea Gulls, Pelicans, and Terns) are working the water there is going to be bait. Like I stated before, the super moon brought some super fishing. The Redfish bite picked up this week as we saw incoming tides during the mornings. We have been catching all sizes of Redfish from 15″ – 30+” and in all different areas.

Most of the Redfish have been feeding on the incoming tide. Look for the Mullet schools and you should be able to get a couple of Redfish mixed in with the Mullet.

The Snook have been mixed in with the Redfish as well and most have been around the 25″ mark. Most of the bigger Snook are feeding at night on the full moon.

The Trout bite has remained consistent.

This week we found Mackerel near the shipping channel in Tampa Bay. They are also out off the public beach on Anna Maria Island. The Kingfish should be here any day and we are going to look forward to some nice “screamers” on the line!

If you are looking to book a fishing charter trip and are near Anna Maria Island, Bradenton, Longboat Key, Sarasota, or Tampa Bay book with Anna Maria Inshore Fishing LLC. call or text fishing guide Captain Kyle Taylor (941) 345-7182 www.AnnaMariaInshoreFishing.com

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Bradenton Snook Fishing Charters Report

Steady Conditions make for great Bradenton Snook Fishing.

This week has been just that, steady. We are between moon cycles and saw moderate tidal movement in combination with most fishing trips this week falling on the outgoing tide which has made fishing slow and steady.

We managed to catch plenty of fish this week, just at times we had to wait for the fish to turn on. The bite has been stronger on the incoming tide and the first part of the outgoing. The fish this week seemed to totally shut down near the bottom end of the outgoing tide.

Bait is plentiful out around the beach of Anna Maria Island and near the northern piers of the island. The Snook, Trout, and Mackerel bite has been the best this week. Most of the Snook we are catching are around the 25″ mark near the edges of creeks and outflows of flats around Terra Ceia and around the mouth of the Manatee River.

The Trout and  Mackerel have been hanging on the edges of deeper grass. They are also near the main channels around Palma Sola Bay and the Cortez bridge. We are also picking up a handful of Snapper while we are Trout and Mackerel fishing.

The Redfish bite has been tough this week and we only managed to catch a handful this week. Next week as we will have better tides. The higher water will be in the mornings which should pick up the Redfish bite.

If you are looking to book a fishing charter trip and are near Anna Maria Island, Bradenton, Longboat Key, Sarasota, or Tampa Bay book with Anna Maria Inshore Fishing LLC. call or text fishing guide Captain Kyle Taylor (941) 345-7182 www.AnnaMariaInshoreFishing.com

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Report on Redfish, Mackerel and Trout Fishing near Bradenton

Redfish, Mackerel and Trout Fishing near Bradenton has been great these days.

Lets start off with bait… its everywhere. The trick is finding good quality size bait. Finding bait that is mostly pilchards can be difficult. Most of the bait on the flats, piers, and bay structure is still a little on the small side. The weather towards the end of this week has been challenging for charter fishing trips.  We saw rain and moderate wind on Saturday and Sunday brought a band of rain and some higher winds.

Get the Rod, The Fishing is Good!

The Redfish bite has been the most challenging over the past two weeks. We have been catching Redfish but the larger schools that have been around lower Tampa Bay have not been feeding too well. Most of the Redfish we are catching have been in smaller groups near bayou’s and larger grass flats around Anna Maria Island.  The Snook bite has been steady around ambush points near or on the flats when the water is moving. We manged to get a keeper Snook that measured 29″ this past week.  The trout,mackerel, and snapper bite has been very productive on the edges of channels where the deeper grass flats met the channel edges.

If you are looking to book a fishing charter trip and are near Anna Maria Island, Bradenton, Longboat Key, Sarasota, or Tampa Bay book with Anna Maria Inshore Fishing LLC. call or text fishing guide Captain Kyle Taylor (941) 345-7182www.AnnaMariaInshoreFishing.com

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Anna Maria Island Spiny Lobster Season

Anna Maria Island – The 2015/2016 Spiny Lobster season is always a treat for seafood lovers! Starting August 6, 2015 thorough March 31, 2016 Spiny Lobster season is open to those holding a recreation saltwater fishing license with spiny lobster permit.

As trapping is an illegal method of harvest, fishing for Spiny Lobster is a delicate process, but well worth the effort. Most commonly, for non commercial fishing, Spiny Lobster are caught by hand with a net. Using a snorkel mask, individuals dive down to the ocean floor, looking for the tell tail Lobster antenna peaking out from under rocks and coral. Using what is called a tickle stick technique, Lobsters are coaxed out from under their hiding spots by lightly tapping their back. Once the Lobster starts to walk out of its hiding spot they are scooped up in a net, and brought to the surface. Below is a video on how to catch Spiny Lobster.

Not all Spiny Lobster are eligible for harvest. It is illegal to harvest egg bearing lobster and lobsters with a carpace less than 3 inches in length. The carpace is the area of the lobster connecting the head and legs to the tail as pictured below. It is extremely important to be sure the measuring device you use is correct, and illegal lobsters are thrown back.

Spiny Lobster Carpace
Florida Fish and Wildlife Spiny Lobster carpace measurement chart.

When harvesting Spiny Lobster they must be caught whole.  It is illegal to separate the tail and body in state waters. During season individuals may catch up to 12 Spiny Lobsters per person. The State of Florida does allow an exception to this rule. One additional Spiny Lobster can be harvested if the individual catches 10 lion fish.

Buying Spiny Lobster

When purchasing Spiny Lobster they may also be reffered to as warm water lobster. Spiny Lobster have sweet tender meat perfect for many applications and are served best split down the middle. Spiny Lobster lack front claws, and have a slightly harder shell.

Looking for Spiny Lobster on Anna Maria Island? Head over to the Beach Bistro located at 6600 Gulf Drive in Holmes Beach. Beach Bistro’s “Lobstercargots”  are lush chunks of Florida spiny lobster. Slow cooked in a crock with herbed spinach and seasoned garlic butter.

Happy Spiny Lobster Season!