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Fishing Anna Maria Island Midsummer

Fishing Anna maria Island midsummer has still been a good one. The temperature has been hot but the bite has been hotter. So get ready!

Fishing Anna Maria Island Midsummer

Fishing Anna Maria Island starts with Bait early in the morning or in the middle of the day it doesn’t matter. Bait is everywhere from the mouth of the Manatee River to the beaches of Anna Maria Island. We are fishing with shiner or white day and you need a live-well before you start fishing to be able to Chum. If you don’t tell me a lot you won’t get those fish moving. I chum a lot to catch a mess of fish.


Snook fishing the past few weeks has been great! We are catching snook everywhere from the beaches of Anna Maria Island to almost every shoreline of Tampa Bay and Sarasota Bay. Snook have made a tremendous come back since the freeze of 2010.

Red Fish

Red fish fishing Anna Maria Island midsummer still is a little off for this area. Although we have still managed to catch a few on most charters. The last few weeks most of the redfish we are catching are 18 inches to 27 inches… “slot fish”.  I’m hoping we have some new schools of redfish show up in the next month because they are fun to catch.

The Trout and snapper bite has been excellent as well on Anna Maria Island. Most of the trout have been in 3 to 5 feet of water in Tampa Bay and the mouth of the Manatee River. Most of the trout we have been catching on sandy bottoms surrounding shallow grass. Trout are ranging from 17 inches to 23 inches. Snapper remains a staple for clients to take home since they are one of the most delicious fish of Tampa Bay to eat. Snapper that we are catching are 12 inches to 15 inches and it usually doesn’t take long to catch enough for dinner.

If you are in the Anna Maria Island, Bradenton, Tampa Bay, Sarasota, Longboat key area and looking for a place to stay please check out and  don’t forget to book your fishing trip with Captain Ryan.

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Fishing Tampa Bay

It has been a great summer fishing Tampa bay.  There is still plenty of larger bait around the range markers in Tampa Bay and Anna Maria Island. There’s lots of smaller “fry” bait  showing up everywhere from Sarasota to Anna Maria Island too.

Fishing Tampa Bay

The Tarpon (picture) season has come pretty much to an end over the past couple weeks. There are still a few Tarpon around if you’re looking to catch a late season Tarpon but your time is running out.

Fishing Tampa bay for Snook has been epic from every shoreline of Tampa Bay to the beaches of Anna Maria Island. Most of my trips are catching 30 to 50 Snook  with some nice mid 30 Inch snook mixed in.  Most of the fish were reeling in our ranging from 20 to 30 inches.

Now the red fish are starting to show up in Tampa Bay. We are catching most of the redfish first thing in the morning before the boat traffic picks up. Most of the Redfish are 20 to 30 inches with a few really big ones mixed in over 35 inches.

Trout fishing Tampa Bay has been in 5 to 8 feet of water in the grass patches that are around Anna Maria Island. This Summers mangrove snapper bite has started and will only get better over the next few weeks. They are some of the best eating fish around. Something I don’t talk about that much is flounder because it is kind of a bye catch we don’t target them that much.  Although over the last two weeks we have been catching several and they are delicious .

If you are looking to book a fishing trip and are near Anna Maria Island Bradenton longboat key Sarasota or Tampa bay Saint Pete area book with me  Captain Ryan Taylor.

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