Anna Maria island fishing report

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Anna Maria Island March 21 Fishing Report

Hello everyone, Capt. Matt here from sunny Florida on the island of Anna Maria, and do I mean sunny!  The weather has been amazing.  This past week the afternoons have been high 70’s and just breaking 80’s a few days.  Yesterday when sitting in my boat watching my customers excitedly reeling in Snook I looked out over the crystal clear water and thought to myself, “I wish everyday was like this”.  We have a lot of really nice days around here, but I have to say that at that moment it just felt perfect.

Snook fishing has been nothing short of spectacular.  We are absolutely destroying them.  If I spend the whole day targeting Snook, 50 to 60 a day is the norm & I have had days with 70 and even 80.  Most of the fish are 22 to 26 inches.  We have been getting a few slot fish around 29 to 30 inches and a few monsters up to 39 inches.  The fact is in this day and age with so many fishermen there is just not going to be many slot Snook.  They are very slow growers and they quickly make it to someone’s cooler, but none the less, they are one of the greatest sport fish on earth and the smaller ones fight like crazy and my fisherman love catching them.

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The Redfishing has just begun to pick up.  Lately I’ve been halving to work to get some nice keepers, most of which have come while Snook fishing.  There are some really nice schools out there but they have been a little tuff to stay with and approach lately.  This will change shortly & we should be killing it soon, with higher tides and warming water.

Trout fishing was a little hit or miss for me for a few weeks but I just got them dialed in early in the morning and it’s all you want to catch and plenty of keepers.

Offshore fishing the kingfish are in full swing the last two days we hammered them both days we had kings up to 35 pounds.  The snapper fishing is really good.  Grouper fishing has been picking up, a lot of shorts though.  I have been seeing some Cobia around and a few people have reported catching some large ones. There is also a ton of Mackerel and False Albacore around that offer fast action.  I might try some Permit tomorrow as I head offshore is saw some monsters today.

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I hope you have enjoyed my report.  If you would like to get out fishing let me know.  If you are heading out on your own good luck and have fun.

Capt. Matt


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