As local weather improves, so does the fishing forecast

With some of the best weather of the year upon us, Anna Maria Island fishing is following suit. The inshore bite is excellent. That is, of course, if you’re lucky enough to be in the right spot, on the right tide, on the right day. The waters of the Intracoastal Waterway heading south from Tampa Bay into Sarasota Bay are clear and in the mid-70s, which is the perfect recipe for a great day of flats fishing. With only a couple of weeks...

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Cold fronts provide perfect sheepherding conditions

As yet another cold front engulfed Anna Maria Island with chilly temperatures and windy conditions in mid-March, area anglers endured the elements in search of a bite. And luckily, there was one — and it came in a black-and-white striped package. Yeah, you guessed it. The sheepshead have arrived in full force and ,not only […]

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Warm weather or cold, fishing remains hot around AMI

Anglers are experiencing both ends of the spectrum of fishing while venturing into the waters surrounding Anna Maria Island. Spring-like conditions — where temperatures in the 80s are prevalent — is providing excellent action on the flats. Snook, trout and redfish are on the feed when the sun warms the water. Fishing offshore is proving […]

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Sunshine, light breezes perfect combo for fishing success

The quality of fishing continues to increase as warm sunny skies and light breezes surround Anna Maria Island. Backwater species — snook, trout and redfish — are gradually making their way back to the grass flats in the bays, rivers and the Intracoastal Waterway. Live shiners as bait are eagerly being taken by all three […]

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Fog might put a damper on pleasure boating, but not fishing

Well, how about that fog? Yes, I was fortunate to have charters numerous days and go fishing in near-zero visibility. It’s not that the fog affects the fishing one way or the other, but it sure makes it hard to get around. Safety is the most important factor on any trip on the water. So […]

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Wintertime fishing proves productive inshore, offshore

Fishing around Anna Maria Island continues to follow a wintertime pattern for yet another week. Spring doesn’t arrive until March 20. And as water temperatures both in the bays and in the Gulf of Mexico are striving to reach the upper 50s, fishing may require a little patience. On the calm days, when the waves […]

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