Fishing Anna Maria Island in mid August. The weather around here has been hot but not unbearable. Over the last few weeks we have had a land breeze in the morning and a sea breeze in the afternoon, making it more enjoyable.
Fishing Anna Maria Island in mid August.
After my last report I was hoping for more redfish to come around, and right after I wrote that report wouldn’t you know they showed up. Depending on tide and day we have been catching 10-50 redfish a trip. Fishing Anna Maria Island for Redfish give anglers a great fight being a better sport fish. They are one of my favorite fish to catch! When you find them and chum with live bait they usually eat every bait that hits the water. Most of the fish we are catching in 5-10 feet of water. Usually ranging from 18 inches to 30 inches, and these fish don’t give up. Catching schools of redfish from the mouth of the manatee river to Anna Maria Island. September and October are the best months to fish for redfish so don’t miss out on the action this fall.
Fishing Anna Maria Island Snook remains strong and steady on good moving tides. Water temperature has come back up to 90 degrees and that’s hot. Most of the Snook will be fished for during the best tides with the strongest flow. Still being able to catch 10-30 a trip ranging from 20 inches to 35 inches. Snook season will open September 1st. There are still a lot of Snook on Anna Maria Island making their way back to shorelines of Tampa bay. Now is the time to book your trip to fish for slot size Snook 28 inches to 33 inches one per person per day.
Anna Maria Island Snapper fishing has still been a great for quick action and great table fare for clients looking to end a great day with a fish fry. We haven’t spent a lot of time targeting the snapper the last two weeks because most clients want to stick with the fast action of the redfish.
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Fishing Anna Maria Island in June and summer is here. Usually summer fishing is hot and slow but this year it comparable to spring fishing. On Fire! Bait has still been a little more work, and is still out on the grass flats. To bring this white bait home you start chumming and don’t stop. Chum…throw the net(picture) and chum some more before you pull it all the way in. On the good mornings I can fill up my bait well after three throws of a 12ft net. The Skyway has been holding large schools of whitebait and threadfins. These schools are bigger bait great for Tarpon fishing.
Fishing Anna Maria Island
Fishing Anna Maria Island for Snook (picture) has huge! These Snook have been hungry this time of year, Eating every bait that hits the water. Needless to say my clients have been catching 100 plus Snook with every rod reeling one in. Sizes have ranged from 20-26 inches and a few throughout being 27-33 inches. One hour is plenty of time to fish for Snook and move on to next spot.
Fishing Anna Maria Island for Redfish(picture)…also on fire! I’m telling you this summer is like spring fishing! Everything is on fire. Redfish have been best to catch early in the morning. You have to be up for the challenge, because these Redfish have been 26-34 inches. This year the biggest being a 42 inches. With that being said you need to be up for the challenge because this will be your morning workout. Redfish have been hiding out around docks, but this particular larger school hasn’t been traveling to far. I’ve been able to stay on them.
Fishing Anna Maria Island for Trout (picture)… well its been good. None of my clients have had a whole lot of time for it. Clients have been wanting to stay on the Redfish and Snook. Many of them say they have never seen it this good. Back to Trout fishing there have been some really nice trout out there. Still out in the grass flats. Catching them with white bait. Not to much to say about them due to catching nice Snook, Redfish, some really nice flounder (picture), and snapper.
Fishing Anna Maria Island for Tarpon has been slow.
Unfortunately I can not control mother nature. Tarpon trips booked this year have been on the most windy days. Clients were able to get in on the some of the action. Found some smaller tarpon up in the river. Under the Skyway we hooked and fought more than we landed. That’s the name of the game Tarpon fishing.
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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.
The Lionfish around Anna Maria Island are a non-native invasive species. Naturally occurring in Indo-Pacific waters, Lionfish came to the Gulf of Mexico, Atlantic and Caribbean due to exotic pet owners releasing collections. The first Lionfish sighting happened in 1985 on the Atlantic coast at Dania Beach. Lionfish have also been spotted as far north as Rhode Island in the summer. However, they cannot survive North Atlantic winters. The population has really thrived in new waters.
Lionfish around Anna Maria Island
A very interesting fish, there are actually two species that are visually identical. Almost all Lionfish around Anna Maria Island are Red Lionfish. Also commonly known as Devil Firefish. They are a beautiful species with white, brown and red Zebra like stripes. They also have 18 venomous spines along the front of the dorsal, pelvic and anal fins. The meat and flesh of the Lionfish are not poisonous. In fact, its delicious!
Lionfish have an extreme impact on the Florida environment because they have no naturally occurring predators. They are reef dwellers that compete for food with species like Yellowtail Snapper. Lionfish will also stalk their prey. They use their long flowing spines to herd prey into corners of reef environments. Lionfish create an imbalance in the reef environment by harming species of organisms that keep algae in check.
FWC and other organizations encourage anglers to take as many of them from gulf and Atlantic waters as they can. There are no bag or size limits. The best way to control this species is through removal with FWC giving incentives for individuals who do so.
A fishing license is required for individuals using a hook and line method for catching Lionfish. It is not required for spearing devices exclusively for Lionfish such as a Hawaiian Sling, pole spear or handheld net. A license is required for commercial sales of Lionfish. There are spearfishing restrictions listed on the FWC website. FWC provides incentives such as a 2015 initiative allowing anglers one extra Spiny Lobster for each 10 Lionfish caught per person on July 29 and 30th.
In cooperation between FWC, The Gulf Coast Lionfish Coalition and the Reef Rangers, in 2015 a new event was created. This event helps remove Lionfish and promote awareness of their invasion. The Second Annual Lionfish Awareness Day tournament will happen May 14-15, 2016. Hosted in Pensacola, FL the event is free to attend. Participating anglers can win awards. Patrons enjoy tastings, filet demonstrations and family activities. Awareness day kicks off a statewide program going through the end of September encouraging Lionfish harvesting. Find details here about the 2016 Lionfish Challenge and Panhandle Pilot Program. If you aren’t comfortable removing Lionfish you can also report a sighting here.
Typically Lionfish aren’t caught by hook and line, but by spear or handheld net. Local company Blue Water Explorer Dive Charters offers regularly scheduled spear fishing tours. They encourages patrons to take as many Lionfish as they can during a fishing session. Captain Bob Eskew says “We welcome certified divers to take as many lionfish as possible on any of our charters. I ask only that hunters have the proper collection equipment to avoid unnecessary injury from the lionfish spines”. While visiting Anna Maria Island Blue Water Explorer Dive Charters is your best bet for catching this species.
How to Fillet a Lionfish.
Below is a great youtube video from FWC on proper techniques to fillet a Lionfish. It is imperative to use caution when handling this species. They are venomous, and can inflict a very painful “sting”. Reports of Lionfish stings vary greatly depending on how many spines puncture the skin, and personal tolerance. Stings take a few minutes to feel painful as venom works its way into the body. You should seek medical attention as stings can cause extreme pain. In rare situations a sting can cause temporary paralysis, and can lead to infection.
Lionfish Recipes are simply delicious.
This fish offers a firm texture, and a flavor similar to Mahi Mahi. Lionfish is high in Omega 3’s and low in saturated fats and heavy metals. Lionfish can prepared in many ways making it a versatile addition to your diet. Check out the Pinterest Board “Anna Maria Island Local Seafood and Recipes” for dozens of suggested preparations. From fried to blackened and ceviche to sushi, you’ll find many great ways to eat this fish!
Enjoy Anna Maria Island just like the locals do, and try out some of our locally sourced seafood selections!
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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)
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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