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Anna Maria Island Fishing Charter Report: November Fishing Brings Myriad of Options

Anna Maria Island fishing has been nothing short of great, as of late. The water temps have dropped into the low 70's and has created a lot of opportunity for different types of fishing.

Bonito are blitzing in the gulf and creating some reel burning runs on both the fly and spinning tackle (one of the greatest sounds on earth--see video below). Any baitfish fly pattern will work with 20lb. fluorocarbon as they are not picky when they are fired up. On the spinning side, we have just been throwing silver spoons with a high rate of success.

Snook have been loaded up on the docks at night in canals and channels and on the fly they have been a lot of fun having success with both large and small baitfish patterns. They have been most active right after sunset.

Grouper fishing is also great right now as they are loaded in the channels hugging structure at the bottom edges of the channels. Use heavy tackle and free line large pinfish down and get ready to get hammered--and fill up the cooler with dinner.

Redfish have been around some docks as of late (as well as sheepshead) and the trout are roaming the grass flats. I like to use poppers with a DOA soft plastic for the trout and live bait (primarily shiners) for the redfish. If you want some sheepshead, make sure to throw on a shrimp near a piling.

Regardless of what you're going for, get out there and have fun!

Tight lines!

Capt. Scott

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