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March 2017 Monthly Fishing Report

Posted by on Mar 31, 2017 in March | 0 comments

Anna Maria Island Fishing in March
March 31, 2017
Hogfish, Sheepshead, Snapper, Mackerel, Pompano, Permit

—Fishing around Anna Maria Island and Tampa Bay this March has been fun. We have been fishing as far from shore as the wind allowed us to go. On calmer days, I have been taking my 26 foot SeaCat offshore 5 to 10 miles to bottom fish for hogfish, porgies, sheepshead, snapper, kingfish and mackerel. When the weather kept us closer to shore, the target species’ have included sheepshead, snapper, pompano and permit. All month, live shrimp have been our primary bait. As the water warmed, shiners began to appear locally and we used them as well.

Gulf of Mexico snapper

Nice Mangrove Snapper

king mackerel

First kingfish of the season

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Tampa Bay Sheepshead Fishing

Posted by on Mar 12, 2017 in March | 0 comments

Anna Maria Island Sportfishing
March 9, 2017

—The bright full moon this week has changed offshore fishing a little. The mangrove snapper and hogfish bite has slowed down. These reef predators seem to prowl the reefs at night when the moon is bright. Although we have been able to catch some snapper and hogfish, they have been finicky and not very aggressive during the daylight hours.

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Anna Maria Early March Fishing

Posted by on Mar 7, 2017 in March | 0 comments

Anna Maria Island Fishing Guide
March 6, 2017
Sheepshead, Mangrove Snapper
Tampa Bay, Sarasota Bay, Anna Maria Island Waters

—Fishing near shore structure over the last few weeks in Tampa Bay and the Gulf of Mexico west of Anna Maria Island has often been an exciting story. Sheepshead, hogfish, mangrove snapper, lane snapper, triggerfish, porgies, grunts and more have been eagerly taking live bait fished near the bottom.

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Anna Maria Island Sportfishing – January

Posted by on Feb 10, 2017 in January | 0 comments

Anna Maria Island Sportfishing
Captain Bill Lowman – January, 2017
Tampa Bay, Sarasota Bay, Anna Maria Island Waters
Redfish, Sheepshead, Hogfish

—We have had an unusually mild January so far which has allowed us to get offshore to do some bottom fishing for snapper, porgys and hogfish. Red grouper and gag grouper usually make an appearance too. Although grouper, snapper and porgies are great fish to catch and eat, the real star of the show has been hogfish. They are elusive, put up a tremendous fight and are great table fare.

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