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Anna Maria Island Winter Fishing Report: January/February 2019

Anna Maria Island water temperatures have been warmer this year than last year; and I think the cold that we did experience, is finished (fingers crossed for this Florida-soft captain). Over the past month we have been targeting sheepshead, mangrove snapper, lane snapper, pompano, grunts, and redfish at a mix of both nearshore reefs and inshore structure/flats. But, as these water temps start rising, we will be chasing snook, bonita, kingfish, and other species as white bait becomes easier to find and fish start to move. We have been catching sheepshead both inshore and at the nearshore reefs on the same rigs with the only difference being how much weight we are using. My preferred method is

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