April Fishing Captain Ryan Taylor captainryantaylor.com Fishing report April 1st -16th
April has been great, the weather has been beautiful a little windy most days but the snook, redfish, and trout have seemed to love it. The water temperature around Anna Maria island is in the mid 70’s. The bait has invaded Tampa bay gathering around every piece of structure and every grass flat surrounding Anna Maria Island. Spring fishing is one of my favorite times of the year.
April Fishing Captain Ryan Taylor
My clients always ask what are we fishing for here? My response, is we’re probably going to catch it all snook, redfish, trout, because they all hangout together this time of year. It’s always exciting never knowing what your going to have on the line.
With the comfortable water temperatures these fish are eating all day. On most half day trips this week clients were catching 20 to 30 snook with the biggest being 36″. We catch about 5 to 10 redfish and 10 to 20 trout. If you are looking for an excellent table fare the trout are 15″ to 20″.
Tarpon fishing is right around the corner I generally start fishing for them every morning in May June, and July. If you are looking for a place to stay on Anna Maria Island check out Island Real Estate.
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Between the red tide and Hurricane Matthew we have seen our fair share of natural “adversities” over the past two weeks. It has been trying to say the least.
We will start off with the red tide issue. It 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 However, 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 get some, but not as many as we should 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 them. We did catch several Redfish (Picture 1) (Picture 2) during this reporting period, with the largest being 29″ (Picture 3).
Trout, Mackerel, Snapper
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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Anna Maria Island beaches remains pristine during the Florida algae outbreak crisis. While no algae is reported in Manatee County, conditions remain beautiful.
Florida algae outbreak
Martin, St. Lucie, Palm Beach and Lee are suffering from the outbreak. All of these areas are south of Anna Maria Island. The majority of the blue-green algae is on the Atlantic coast of Florida, while little is on the Gulf coast.
The Blue-green algae in the four affected counties is described as a guacamole thick mat floating toward the waters surface. The algae has a putrid smell, and is also harmful to both people and wildlife.
A state of emergency is in affect in the four counties by Governor Rick Scott. High amounts of rainfall, high temperature, pollution and nutrient rich water cause the outbreak. The bloom originated in lake Okeechobee, and was spread to St. Lucie and Caloosahatchee Estuaries that lead out to coastal areas. Lake Okeechobee water was released to mitigate flooding. Subsequently, as the water made its way through the estuaries it brought the algae with it.
What is causing it?
Historically water from Lake Okeechobee in the center of the state makes its way south through the Everglades watershed. This is where it goes through a more natural filtering process. This historic process reduces the amount of algae. Water is moved to coastal estuaries for flooding risks per water management decisions.
The Army corp of Engineers began reducing the amount of water released into the Caloosahatchee and St. Lucie Estuaries as of July 1, 2016 to help reduce the effects of the blue-green algae on coastal areas. The full impact of the algae bloom is still playing out.
With the devastating impact on the south Florida coastlines, Anna Maria Island has remained unaffected. It is north of Lake Okeechobee and the south Florida watershed.
If you are planning or have planned an Anna Maria Island vacation you are safe to swim. No reports of algae are in effect. Red tide is not currently around Manatee County during the bloom.
While on Anna Maria Island enjoy a gorgeous day on the beach!
The fishing has remained pretty strong except for a late season cold front we had push through the area early last week. The front drop the water temperature around 12 degrees and the bite slowed down for a couple days. Pilchards have started showing up on the grass flats. They can be found in abundance around structures in lower Tampa Bay.
March Fishing on Anna Maria Island has been on par this year.
The snook bite has been my most productive bite. On most days we are catching around 20+ fish a trip. Most of the fish are around spoil islands or bars. The bite seems to be better at the top end of the tide cycle.
The trout bite has been hit or miss. They are on the move and are not holding to any one area for too long.
In the early spring every year we also do pretty well with some great size flounder. On the deeper sandy edges, this year has been no exception. The redfish for me has been my biggest challenge. All the redfish I am finding are extremely shallow in clear water making the bite extremely tough.
I’ve been extremely busy trying to get the new T-craft boat on the water along with fishing non-stop. The good news is I finally took delivery of my new boat (see pics). This new boat has more room and provides more comfort features for my clients.
If you’re looking for great food with a beautiful view of the Intracoastal, take a short ride over the Cortez Bridge from Anna Maria Island to the Seafood Shack.
Located on the western shoreline of the old Cortez Fishing Village on what is called Hunter’s Point, Seafood Shack has been serving up fresh off the boat seafood since 1972.
Restaurant and Marina History
Shortly after the Marina was built in 1971, the Seafood Shack opened its doors. In 2014 both the marina and restaurant were taken over by a Canadian based development firm who has implemented new management, menu items, and renovations to the marina and restaurant keeping that old Florida Feel in tact.
Menu and Dining
Today Seafood Shack is as popular as ever with a menu including something for any pallet, fabulous views, and a full service bar. The menu offers great fresh seafood such as bacon wrapped scallops, fish tacos and a grouper sandwich. If you aren’t a seafood fan try out their meat like the NY Strip or the Classic Burger.
Along with fresh caught seafood, local growers such as Geraldson Community Farms provide fresh sourced produce to this fine eatery.
Enjoy daily fresh catch specials, or have the chef cook up your own catch of the day with the “Hook to Platter” special. For just $14.99 bring in your own fresh caught and cleaned fish, and the Seafood Shack chefs will prepare it to your liking.
When dining at Seafood Shack enjoy a full service bar with Happy Hour specials from 2-5pm daily.
Seafood Shack offers three different venues for banquets along with catering services. Enjoy a gorgeous wedding destination with no detail overlooked at this gorgeous waterfront restaurant.
You’ll find fun daily specials and events at this restaurant including live music, seasonal events and half off rum drinks on Rumday Mondays.
Marina and Charters
The Marina offers several first come first serve boat slips for both large and small vessels. The Marina offers fabulous amenities including shower/bathroom facility, free wireless, boat/trailer storage and nearby gas and diesel. If you aren’t arriving by boat, experience the area with one of Seafood Shacks suggested charters.
Visit Sunday-Thursday 11am-9pm and Friday/Saturday 11am-10pm.
Located at 4110 127th Street W, Cortez, Fl by land, or by sea at ICW marker 49. 27’28,215 N 82’41,425 W
Anna Maria Island, Florida, is said to be the recreational fishing capital of the world. With 1300 miles of coastline, 7,700 lakes, 10,550 miles of rivers, and 2,276 miles of tidal coastline Florida is a natural choice for avid anglers.
Over 2 million individuals fish in Florida waters each year. And the industry generates an economic impact for the state in the range of 7 billion dollars.
Florida offers a diverse array of sports fish species along with responsible management of the population allowing state fishing to thrive.
Below is the Island Real Estate top ten list of things to know about Anna Maria Island fishing to assist you in making the most of your angling experience on island time.
1. Why Fish Anna Maria Island?
Nestled just off the Gulf coast of central Florida in Manatee county, Anna Maria Island is an amazing fishing destination for both sport, commercial or recreational fishing.
Anna Maria Island is situated near many different fishing environments from grass flats to deep sea, and even brakkish waters there are opportunities for any type of Florida fishing on and around Anna Maria Island.
Local bodies of water near Anna Maria Island include the Gulf of Mexico, Tampa Bay, Intracoastal waterways of Anna Maria sound, Palma Sola Bay and Sarasota Bay, and the Manatee River.
Pier fishing is a popular pass time on Anna Maria Island, and does not require any sort of fishing license as long as the pier offers a blanket license.
There are three piers to fish off of on Anna Maria Island including the Rod and Reel pier, Anna Maria city pier and the Bradenton Beach city pier. Rod and Reel and the Anna Maria city pier are located on north end and stretch out over Tampa Bay waters offering gorgeous views of the Sunshine Skyway Bridge.
The Bradenton Beach city pier overlooks Sarasota Bay, Cortez Fishing Village, and the Bradenton Beach Anchorage where long term boats may reside.
Anna Maria Island is a seven mile long barrier island offering plenty of powder sand beaches for casting a line. During the busy high season times of year beaches may become crowded in popular spots like the Manatee Public beach making fishing a bit difficult.
Many anglers have success fishing off the beaches especially during the summer months in areas with less individuals in the water. Fishing from the beach does require a fishing license for most, but there are a few exceptions to the rule.
You may fish off the beach if you are a:
– resident fishing with a pole or line without a line retrieval device
– resident over the age of 65
– Florida resident and a member of the U.S. Armed Forces not stationed in Florida and are here on leave for 30 days or less.
– Anyone eligible for food stamps, temporary cash assistance or medicaid. or under 16 years of age from any state may fish off of beaches.
4. Respect Wildlife While Fishing
Anna Maria Island is home to a gorgeous array of wildlife from mammals to birds and sea critters. When fishing it is extremely important to mind the wildlife that locals hold so dear.
Be sure to mind boating rules in Manatee zones as this sea relative of the elephant is slowly making a comeback in Florida waterways. Never feed birds fish bones or scraps when cleaning fish, and if you snag a pelican with a hook slowly reel it in, and follow the guidelines of how to remove the hooks and monofilament line.
Anna Maria Island offers many different type of fishing charters from inshore to deep sea. There are several different companies offering charters like Anna Maria Island Inshore Fishing Charters. Find a few additional charters here.
6. Inshore Fishing
Fishing along the intracoastal waterway can be a fun and relaxing day spent between Anna Maria Island and the mainland. With fabulous mangrove environments there are many species of fish found inshore.
7. Tampa Bay Fishing
Fishing in Tampa Bay produces great catches like Tarpon. Head out into the bay, and enjoy fishing around the Sunshine Skyway Bridge.
8. Gulf of Mexico Fishing
If you are looking to schedule a deep sea fishing trip the Gulf of Mexico will be your best bet. Charters will take you miles off shore to find the prize catch you’ve had on your bucket list.
9. Cortez Fishing Village
One of the oldest in the country, Cortez Fishing Village offers old Florida charm, endless character and the area’s freshest seafood. In Cortez you’ll find the Florida Maritime Museum. Great charters, amazing seafood restaurants and markets too!
10. Popular Fishing Seasons
Anna Maria Island offers year round fishing with many different open seasons available. In additional to line fishing Florida Spiny Lobster Season and Stone Crab season are highly anticipated on Anna Maria Island.
Fishing on Anna Maria Island? Obey the fishing laws. Employ safe boating and angling practices. Respect the wildlife and have a great time!
Well before we start talking about Florida Fishing on Anna Maria Island in the new year lets start out with December. In December every year I commercial fish for mullet in the world renowned mullet run.
This years mullet run was pretty dismal with record high temperature in December. Red-tide hit from Tampa Bay to Boca Grande and made mullet fishing down right tough. (Related News Article)
Florida Fishing Done Right!
We managed to catch our fair share. We really had to work our butts off for them. All told we were about 55%-60% down from where we normally end up. Oh well, some years are good and some are bad. You have to take the good with the bad.
I have not been fishing too much since the 1st of the year and am waiting on my new boat (see pics below) which should be finished in the middle toward the end of February.
According to several other guides, the Sheephead fishing is on fire. Most of the fish are being caught around the dock near the passes on shrimp.
Also, the Redfish have been biting on the warmer days on the shallow grass flats. The best results were around the Bulkhead and Terra Ceia Bay. The Trout bite is picking up as the water temperature starts to stabilize. Some have been biting jigs and others have been eating pilchards when you can find them.
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
North East Wind over the Gulf of Mexico slows down fishing on Anna Maria Island
This week we saw a persistent NE wind in the Gulf of Mexico all week off of Anna Maria Island. During the beginning of the week we saw gusts up to 30 knots. Towards the end of the week we saw NE winds at 15-20 knots. Thankfully, this allowed us to get out and do some fishing.
The Redfish and Snook bite around Bradenton has really picked near the full moon (see video). The bite seemed to be better on the incoming tide. They slowed down towards the top end of the tide.
Most of the Snook and Redfish we caught this week mixed in with the larger schools of mullet. The best spots were near the vast grass flats and mangrove shorelines off Palma Sola, Terra Ceia, and Bradenton.
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.
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!