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Winter Fishing Is Coming

Anna Maria Island Winter fishing is coming! The island is cooling down, and while the fishing is changing from summer patterns to winter, it is still good–especially on a nice outgoing tide.

Anna Maria Island October Fishing

While the bait hasn’t been as thick, there has still been no problem filling the live wells with pin-fish and shiners. I also like to start getting a few dozen shrimp this time of year as well before taking my clients out in pursuit of redfish, snook, trout, tripletail, and even some of the remaining mackerel and bonito off of the beaches.

October/Early November Fishing Tips

Tips: If using live bait, I’m using both circle and j-hooks in size 2 or 4 with a 6 foot 20lb. fluorocarbon leader, hooking the shiners through the nose. Fish up-current of any structure you may be fishing, or in the case of targeting triple-tail (which is both a fun catch and a delicious meal) just get your bait as close as you can to the crab-trap buoy as they are not very picky.

If using artificial bait, I have been having luck with a myriad of options; but primarily weedless silver spoons for mackerel, bonito, trout. Use gold spoons for Redfish, hard jerk-baits for Snook, and DOA shrimp for just about everything (I prefer white) and that has been getting it done consistently.

If fly fishing, light colored bait fish patterns will do the trick if targeting the mackerel, bonito, or triple tail. If targeting schools of redfish I like to use either a crab pattern, or baitfish pattern with a soft outer presentation to avoid spooking them. I use a 20lb. fluorocarbon leader for this as well, but it might not hurt to throw a 25lb. shock tippet on the end of leader as well to combat abrasion.

The seasons are changing and winter is coming, but that doesn’t mean the fishing has to cool off. Get out there and have some fun with Anna Maria Island Winter Fishing!

Tight Lines!

Capt. Scott Kinsman

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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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Anna Maria Island Fishing in May 1st through May 12th

Anna Maria Island fishing in May has been interesting.

Anna Maria Island Fishing in May

first with a late season cold front making its way to beautiful Anna Maria Island this May made fishing pretty tough for just a few days, but fishing is back on track now!

Anna Maria Island fishing for Snook has been good… when you can find them.

They are on the move. Snook  around Anna Maria Island are in big groups making their way to the passes on both north and south sides of Anna Maria Island to get ready to spawn. Snook usually spawn around the full moons May, June, and July. when they are out and about spawning is some of the best times to catch a really big one. (photo) Which doesn’t happen every trip. Most Snook will range from 20-26inches. With only a few being over 30inches.

Anna Maria Island fishing for tarpon. (photo)

The Season is here. We started out the month doing some juvenile tarpon fishing  up in the river with a lot of success. Now the water off the beaches surrounding Anna Maria Island has cleared up. Tarpon have shown up in the last few days. This is the time to book your tarpon fishing trips. Tarpon off the beach range from 60lbs to 200lbs so get ready for a fight of a lifetime.

Anna Maria Island fishing for Redfish

Anna Maria Island redfish fishing has been awesome. We have had some really large schools of redfish showing up out in the Tampa bay. These Redfish have made my clients very happy over the last few weeks. These fish have been ranging from 26 inches to 36 inches. Fishing with the right tackle my clients who bring their children have been smoking it. kids from the age of seven have caught as big as a 36 inch redfish. (photo) I am also still catching a few redfish around oyster bars on the shorelines of Anna Maria Island.

Anna Maria Trout Fishing (photo)

Anna Maria Island trout fishing still remains strong and consistence. Most Trout are making their way to deeper water from four to eight feet deep. Finding most of these trout in grass patches in beautiful Tampa Bay. that’s all for this week. Thank you so much for reading. Don’t forget to book your trip if your a local or coming to visit in Anna Maria Island, Bradenton, longboat key, Sarasota, palmetto give me a call. I look forward to meeting you.

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Fishing Anna Maria Island

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.

Thanks for reading. If you are In the Anna Maria Island, Bradenton, Tampa bay, Sarasota, or Longboat area looking for a place to stay check out Or looking for a great day out in the water give me a call to book your trip.

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Anna Maria Island Fishing Charters Sept 26th-Oct 8th Report

Anna Maria Island Fishing Charters Sept 26th-Oct 8th Report.

Between a rock and a hard place…

Anna Maria Island Fishing Charters Sept 26th-Oct 8th Report.

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.

Red Tide

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

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).

Anna Maria Island Fishing Charters Sept 26th-Oct 8th Report
Manatees! Anna Maria Island Fishing Charters Sept 26th-Oct 8th Report

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Anna Maria Island Fishing March 2016 Report

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 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

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