Cooler nights, moderate days provide fishers hot action

Fall fishing around Anna Maria Island is getting better and better as we experience cool overnight temperatures, moderate days and calm waters. As a result of the two cold fronts we recently experienced, the waters have cooled down just enough to trigger fish to start feeding and fatten up for winter. Fishing offshore is proving […]

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Night tarpon hunt at Rocky Bluff goes sideways

Night fishing has always held a special place in my heart. When I was single, having fewer responsibilities and obligations, I was an avid night fisherman. Whether targeting snook, trout or tarpon, the tranquility and solitude of night fishing satisfied me. Now, being a family man and entrepeneur with a busy guide business, I have […]

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Fast-action species keep island anglers busy

Fall fishing around Anna Maria Island is host to some fast-action species that are sure to keep local and visiting anglers occupied. While patrolling the beaches, I’m seeing schools of Spanish mackerel as close as 100 yards from the shore to about a mile of the beach. Looking for the feeding shorebirds — seagulls and […]

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Fall fishing pattern starts up, seasonal species arrive

Fishing around Anna Maria Island is falling into the familiar autumn pattern, including the arrival of seasonal species. Kingfish are making a showing along the beaches of Anna Maria Island, as well as the artificial reefs. Slow trolling large shiners or threadfin herring on a light wire rig is producing a bite. Numerous Spanish mackerel […]

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Cooler weather forecast, great fishing to come

A slight drop in temperature around Anna Maria Island has local and visiting anglers anticipating some great fishing. Cooler breezes and cooler water temps are settling in on our coastal areas and with them comes a forecast for some great fishing. Snook are starting to meander back to the flats after a long, hot summer […]

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Fishing improves after passage of Hurricane Irma

For most of us the chores that follow a storm, especially one such as Hurricane Irma, can be long and lengthy. For me, it’s kind of hard to say, “Honey, I’m going out fishing for the day,” when the yard is covered with fallen tree limbs, sections of fence are blown down, the windows are […]

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