Anna Maria island fishing report December 2017
Anna Maria Island fishing report and forecast
Hello everyone I hope you all had a nice thanksgiving! It couldn’t be more pleasant around here the weather has been perfect this past week light east wind, calm, dry and a perfect daytime high of around 75 degrees.
The fishing has been as equally as good. With water temps holding in the low 70s everything is biting. Inshore we have been killing the snook, as usual a lot of 22 to 27-inch fish, but gradually falling water temps have brought some larger fish around and we have been catching more 30 plus inch snook as well. We are still getting some redfish mixed in, though not as many as a month ago. The trout fishing has also been good and will become even more of a target as water temps fall.
The fishing off the coast of Anna Maria Island has been superb. Finally, the kingfish have been really consistent. I have been spending more time offshore lately because of near perfect winds. Every day except for one this past week we have hammer the kings. Most of the kings are running 10 to 20 pounds but I have had them as large as 35 pounds this past week. They have been awesome, but everything is biting out there. Tons of grouper, nice size mangrove snapper, lesser amberjacks, greater amber jacks, large flounder, false albacore, mackerel and everything else under the sun. We also had a few goliath grouper as well. I hope this winter ends up like last year right now it is really starting to look that way. Those perfect light east winds, we had them all winter last year and it was the best offshore fishing I have ever done in the winter, it was really incredible.
I think December is going to be a great month this year for Anna Maria Island fishing. Great weather, lots of fish and with everyone getting ready for Christmas a lot of water all to ourselves.
I hope everyone enjoyed my report. This is really a great time to be on the water so get out there and enjoy it. Until next time good luck fishing. Capt. Matt