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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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Anna Maria Island Spring Kingfish

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

Spring Has Sprung!
March 12, 2017
King Mackerel, Spanish Mackerel

—Around Tampa Bay and Anna Maria Island, fishermen usually relate the arrival of spring with two events: shiners in the grass flats and skyrocketing king mackerel. Well, shiners are in the grass and we caught our first kingfish of the season yesterday. I guess it’s springtime!
—I have been fishing around 10 miles offshore on most of the charter fishing trips lately, using live shrimp and other frozen baits. Snapper and hogfish have been the main targets. Yesterday, in addition to live shrimp, the live well was also filled with shiners, in hopes that we could find our first kingfish of the season.

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