Anna Maria Island Summer Fishing!
We are in June and the Anna Maria Island summer fishing season is here. Usually summer fishing is very warm and slow, but this year it comparable to fast easy spring fishing, on Fire! Bait has still been a little more work; still being out on the grass flats. White bait can be brought home with a lot of chumming, and don’t stop. Chum…throw the net(picture) and chum some more before you pull it all the way in. I can fill up my bait well on the good mornings after three throws of a 12ft net. The Skyway has been holding large schools of whitebait and threadfins; these schools are bigger bait great for Tarpon fishing.
Fishing Anna Maria Island for Snook (picture) has huge! These Snook have been hungry this time of year, Eating every bait that hits the water. Needless to say my clients have been catching 100 plus Snook with every rod reeling one in. Sizes have ranged from 20-26 inches and a few throughout being 27-33 inches. One hour is plenty of time to fish for Snook and move on to next spot.
Fishing Anna Maria Island for Redfish(picture)…also on fire! I’m telling you this summer is like spring fishing! Everything is on fire. Redfish have been best to catch early in the morning. You have to be up for the challenge, because these Redfish have been 26-34 inches. This year the biggest being a 42 inches. With that being said you need to be up for the challenge because this will be your morning workout. Redfish have been hiding out around docks, but this particular larger school hasn’t been traveling to far. I’ve been able to stay on them.
Anna Maria Island summer fishing for Trout (picture)… well it’s been good. None of my clients have had a whole lot of time for it. Clients have been wanting to stay on the Redfish and Snook. Many of them say they have never seen it this good. Back to Trout fishing… there have been some really nice trout out there. Still out in the grass flats. Catching them with white bait. Not to much to say about them due to catching nice Snook, Redfish, some really nice flounder (picture), and snapper.
Anna Maria Island summer fishing for Tarpon has been slow. I unfortunately can not control mother nature. Tarpon trips booked this year have been on the most windy days, as a result a lot missed out. Although some clients were able to get in on the some of the action. We did however find some smaller tarpon up in the river. Under the Skyway we hooked and fought more than we landed. That’s the name of the game Tarpon fishing. In conclusion this has a great start to summer!
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Anna Maria Island Summer Fishing
with Captain Ryan Taylor