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Anna Maria Island Gulf of Mexico Fishing Charters Report

Gulf of Mexico fishing has been HOT this week, with the winds being almost non-existent. The heat index was hovering around 100. The fish were settling into their summer patterns.

Bait has been very plentiful with most of the bait (Tread-fins and Pilchards) hanging around deeper structure. This week I have been able to get all the bait I have needed in a couple of throws. I used my 12′ Lee Fisher Humpback 1/2″ mesh net. We are starting to see fry/ hatch bait on the flats.  Soon the bait will be off the beach.

NEAR SHORE:

We are still fishing in deeper water along and  around structure in Tampa bay. The bite in the deeper water (15′ – 30′) has been the most consistent and productive. We are still doing real well on Mangrove Snapper, with most days catching close to or our limit of Snapper.  While we are fishing for Snapper we are also catching Grouper, small Sharks, and this week we also caught some keeper Cobia. The Tarpon bite has slowed down a little, but we are still managing to hook some fish when we are targeting them. The best best bite this week was on Sunday (Father’s Day). I took my dad out at 5:30 am, we caught bait and by 7:30 am we boated two Tarpon. (Tarpon #1 Video) (Tarpon #2 Video)

INSHORE:

The trout bite has remained strong with most of the fish being caught in 3′-5′ of water on deeper grass patches near Anna Maria Island Sound. This week were catching a lot of trout and about half of the trout were of keeper size (15″+). TheRedfish bite is still remaining difficult, I have seen a couple schools of approximately 50+ fish but I have not be able to get them to eat. All my trips this week have been on a weak outgoing tide or a moderate incoming tide. Late afternoon has seen a strong outgoing tide and I believe that’s when those fish are feeding.

We have still managed to pick up a Redfish here and there but the bite has been tough. The Snook bite on the other has have been crazy. Most of the fish we are catching   are around the mouths of larger bays and inlets along the mangroves or deeper grass edges when the tide is moving.  If you are looking to book at fishing charter or fishing trip and are near Anna Maria Island, Bradenton Beach, Holmes Beach, Longboat Key, Bradenton, Sarasota, St. Pete, or Tampa areas book with Anna Maria Inshore Fishing, LCC call Fishing Guide Capt. Kyle (941) 345-7182  www.annamariainshorefishing.com

Fishing Gulf of Mexico and Anna Maria Island

Tarpon Fishing Gulf of Mexico Anna Maria Island and Tampa Bay
Nice pic of Gulf of Mexico fishing near Tampa Bay
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Tampa Bay Fishing Charters Report

This week has been down then up for Tampa Bay fishing. I started off the week with a couple trips that were tough fishing. Bait did a disappearing act at the begging of the week.  All the bait the was holding at the Skyway Bridge took off for deeper waters.  Later in the week I started going out off the beach to get smaller bait (barley fish-able). Luckily, it has been plentiful and the fish seem to like it as well.

TARPON:

This week has been slow and steady with the Tarpon bite. We are still managing to get a couple fish, especially towards the end of the week.  I worked my tail off trying to get bait and to get the bites.  Sometimes its just not your day and the fish don’t always want to corporate! Towards the end of this week the bite picked up (Video) as we got closer to the full moon and better tide cycles. While  Tarpon fishing, we are still managing to pick up Mangrove Snapper, Grouper, and small Sharks.

INSHORE:

Even the inshore bite was tough a the beginning of the week. Snook and Trout were the easiest finds.  We were finally able to get the Redfish going on Friday. We caught about 8 fish around 24″-31″. The Snook bite was pretty awesome toward the end of the week. I believe this next week should be pretty good for fishing.

There are several smaller schools of Snook and Redfish being found on the flats in 2′-3′ of water around bigger potholes. I only trout fished 1 day this week and the bite has remained consistent with fish moving towards a little shallower water around 3′. Also, this week we picked up a couple of flounder fishing in about 4′-5′ of water on the sand near deep grass patches. If you are looking to book at fishing charter or fishing trip and are near Anna Maria Island, Bradenton Beach, Holmes Beach, Longboat Key, Bradenton, Sarasota, St. Pete, or Tampa areas book with Anna Maria Inshore Fishing, LCC call Fishing Guide Capt. Kyle (941) 345-7182  www.annamariainshorefishing.com

Anna Maria Island Tarpon

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Bradenton Fishing Charters Report June 1

Well the 1st of June started out soggy for Bradenton Fishing. I, along with most all the captains had to cancel due to the fact that it rained and lightened most of the day.  The rest of the week was beautiful. None of my clients this week wanted to Tarpon fish, so I stayed inshore most of the week, but the reports I’m getting are still saying that the tarpon bite is remaining strong at Bean Point and along the beach.

Inshore proving to be great fishing!

Bradenton Fishing RedfishAll my clients this week  wanted to stay inshore to take home some fish for the dinner table. The bite this week was slow in the morning but picked up at the tale end of the high tide and was good through the outgoing tide.  Most days we were able to catch 20 or so trout with about half being in the keeper range.

The big trout of the week was 23″ with most of the trout being caught in 3′-4′ of water on small grass patches. The Redfish bite has been slow but we are managing to catch a couple each trip during the higher water along the mangroves. The Snook bite has been good as long as the tide is moving. Most trips we were able to catch around 15-20 with most being in the 25″ range.

If you are looking to book at fishing charter or fishing trip and are near Anna Maria Island, Bradenton Beach, Holmes Beach, Longboat Key, Bradenton, Sarasota, St. Pete, or Tampa areas book with Anna Maria Inshore Fishing, LCC call Fishing Guide Capt. Kyle (941) 345-7182  www.annamariainshorefishing.com

Snook Bradenton Fishing
Another Great catch. This is Bradenton Fishing!
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Longboat Key Fishing Charters Report May

May has been very productive for Longboat Key fishing, especially the Tarpon  bite. We have jumped over 100 fish this past month. Let’s look for June to be just as impressive. The bite has been the best at the tide change near Bean Point. We have also been pretty successfully out at the bigger bridges in the Bay.

Inshore, the Snook bite has remained strong.  Most of the fish are around the 25″ mark.  We did manage to land several lager fish this past month along with lose a couple of big ones as well.

Redfish Near the Mangroves

The Redfish bite has been better on the higher part of the tide around deeper edges of mangroves. The Trout bite picked up at the the end of May. It will most likely get better into June with most fish being caught in 3′ – 4′ of  spotted grass areas. June is filling up fast as school is out and summer break begins.

If you are looking to book at fishing charter or fishing trip and are near Anna Maria Island, Bradenton Beach, Holmes Beach, Longboat Key, Bradenton, Sarasota, St. Pete, or Tampa areas book with Anna Maria Inshore Fishing, LCC call Fishing Guide Capt. Kyle (941) 345-7182  www.annamariainshorefishing.com

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Florida Fishing Gulf of Mexico Charters Report April

Well April was a month of ups and downs for Florida Fishing. With above average water and air temperatures, fishing was really good during the beginning of the month. It slowed as the water temperature approached the mid to upper 80’s on some days. The Snook bite has been consistent and this month we landed several fish at and around the 40″ mark.

Snook season ends at the end of the month

The last day in April ends Snook season (as far as keeping the fish) we can still catch them for sport and the bite should remain strong through May. The Redfish bite has been been better near the full and new moons as the tide cycle is in its full swing. The Tarpon have definitely moved in and we jumped several Tarpon during April. This May should be a banter month with the Tarpon.

If you are looking to book at fishing charter or fishing trip and are near Anna Maria Island, Bradenton Beach, Holmes Beach, Longboat Key, Bradenton, Sarasota, St. Pete, or Tampa areas book with Anna Maria Inshore Fishing, LCC call Fishing Guide Capt. Kyle (941) 345-7182  www.annamariainshorefishing.com

 

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Having fun! Nothing better than Florida Fishing!
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Fishing The Gulf of Mexico Near Anna Maria Island Florida

Fishing the Gulf of Mexico near Anna Maria Island has been great this year.  Gags are still in close, inside state water in the 4 to 7 mile range.  Target hard bottom and ledges.

The water has warmed up, the bait is thick and the Kingfish are here in full force.  Snapper and Amberjack are plentiful on your wrecks and springs.

WHAT’S BITING? Fishing The Gulf of Mexico

These day trips are averaging 150 Grey Snapper, a few Porgies, Sea Bass, little Red Groupers (for catch & release),  King fish, Spotty, and a  couple of Reef Sharks.

Lots of Spanish Mackerel are around the Anna Maria City Pier.  Bring some Squid Spoons, Crappie Jigs, or cast net White Baits off  the pier and  grab some Shiners.

Free line Sabiki Rigs on the edge of the schools of bait to catch bigger feeders.

Looking for more information on fishing check in with one of our Anna Maria Island Vacation Rental Specialist?  We have canal front homes where you can store your boat and access the waterways on your own.  We will have an updated fishing report each moth from Captain Gary of the Cortez Kat.

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Anna Maria Island Fishing Report

Goliath Grouper

Goliath Grouper

The fishing off of the piers, bridges, and along the shoreline on Anna Maria Island has been very promising catching Redfish, Snapper Black drum, Snook, Trout, Spanish mackerel, and Amberjack. There are 3 piers on Anna Maria Island that allow fishing, and have bait shops.

Anna Maria Pier Fishing Report

triggerfish

Triggerfish

The Historic Bridge Street Pier in Bradenton Beach offers free fishing on the pier, a bait shop, floating boat dock, a restaurant, and the pier is well lit at night. The City of Anna Maria has 2 piers that you can fish from the City Pier and The Rod & Reel Pier just down the beach. Both of the Piers have a restaurant and bait shop. The City Pier allows cast netting up to the yellow line before the restaurant.

Cobia

Cobia

Anna Maria Off Shore Fishing Report

If you would like to fish off shore you can launch your boat at the Kingfish Boat Ramp in Holmes Beach.  Large game fish like Tarpon, Mackerel, and Grouper can be found in deeper water.

If you did not bring a watercraft for an off shore adventure it is always worth going out on a fishing charter.  You can also rent a boat for the day to catch these larger game fish.

Go Fishing

Whether fishing from a boat, the beach, piers or bridges, fishing enthusiasts have the opportunity to reel in the next big fish anywhere on the Island. Don’t forget to try some fresh Florida seafood from Anna Maria Island’s best restaurants.

If you are looking for more information check in with one of our Anna Maria Island Vacation Rental Specialist. We have canal front homes where you can store your boat and access the waterways on your own.

We will have an updated fishing report each month from Captain Gary of the Cortez Kat.

Cortez Kat Off Shore & Near Shore Fishing Charter

12507 Cortez Road West,

Cortez, (Bradenton) Florida 34215

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