Thunderstorm, snook, old fisher: My night at AMCP

It was nearing 6 o’clock in the evening as I steered the boat toward the Mainsail Marina. My clients sat in front of me, talking about how many fish they had caught and enjoying the warm air that was blowing over the hull as we traveled at 20 mph over the flat. It was fall […]

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Crystal clear waters replaced by sweet water, fish still bite

If you’re looking to dip a line into the crystal-clear waters surrounding Anna Maria Island, it’s not going to happen this week. Of course, you can go fishing, but as for the clear water, you may have to wait for Lake Manatee to stop draining blackened “sweet water” into Tampa Bay via the Manatee River. […]

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Fish more accommodating by morning, easier on anglers

Fishing around Anna Maria Island remains productive despite the heat and water temps of 90 degrees or better. Fishing early morning around sunrise is most favorable when the winds are calm and the tide is right. On my Southernaire fishing charters, I’m trying to fish the flats first thing in the morning. My reasoning behind […]

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Temps still hot, resulting in mixed bag for anglers

Despite water temps in the high 80s, flats fishing is still productive so long as you fish early morning as opposed to midday. Spotted seatrout and catch-and-release snook seem to be the predominant bite, especially during swift-moving, early morning tides. Redfish are present, although the numbers of fish are not what they should be this […]

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Brave the heat for hookups in-, near- and offshore of AMI

If you can deal with the heat, there is some great fishing waiting in the waters around Anna Maria Island. Venturing offshore is resulting in numerous yellowtail and mangrove snappers. Keeper gag and red grouper are being caught with some consistency. And, if you’re staying inshore or nearshore, the list goes on. Spotted seatrout are […]

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Correct tide and bait produces productive fishing
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Correct tide and bait produces productive fishing

Fishing around Anna Maria Island is consistently good for those willing to take on the summer heat. I am noticing a couple of factors fall into play. For one, a swift moving tide is in your favor. In fact, I’ve noticed the stronger the tide the better when fishing the flats for keeper trout and […]

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