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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Don’t let the cold weather put a damper on your fishing plans

After experiencing some of the coldest weather of the year, it’s hard not to get discouraged when trying to catch some fish. But, you’re in luck. Wintertime fishing around Anna Maria Island can be quite productive if you practice some tried and true methods. First, you’ll want to target species of fish that can tolerate […]

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Unseasonable chill cools off fishing action for area anglers

Due to the recent arctic blast we experienced to start off 2018, there’s really not a lot of fishing going on. With temperatures and the chill factor ranging from the 30s to the 50s, most anglers in our area were staying indoors. Not many folks were venturing out on the water looking for a bite. […]

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Mild winter temps produce stellar fishing action

For yet another week, mild temperatures and stellar fishing conditions make the little paradise we call Anna Maria Island attractive to visiting and local anglers alike. Fishing nearshore and offshore is producing a variety of species, ranging from bottom dwellers — grouper, snapper and hogfish — to migratory fish — cobia, amberjack, kings and tuna. Things […]

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Fishing between cold fronts brings on winter bounty

Once again fishing the calm weather before the cold front is supplying excellent fishing experiences for the fishers of Anna Maria Island. Venturing into the Gulf of Mexico seems to be the ticket for the most consistent action. Bottom fishing around ledges, reefs, wrecks and hard bottom is resulting in a variety of species, including […]

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