Anna Maria Island Fishing Report: March 2018
The fishing charters on Anna Maria Island through the first part of March have been nothing short of great as spring seems to officially be here now. On days with lots of sun and warm water temps we have been having a lot of luck targeting snook and trout on live white bait and even jacks and juvenile tarpon--some on top-water flies and lures which is even more exciting (see video below of a jack crevalle crushing a client's fly on the surface).
Offshore we have had a steady run of kingfish, which have officially made their way into the area, and have had a lot of luck filling the cooler with grunts and snapper jigging over reefs.
Inshore, and on days when the weather isn't cooperating, we have been having a lot of success targeting sheepshead and the occasional pompano using live shrimp as bait.
March is one of my favorite months on the water due to the plethora of different fish you can target as well as the ability to adjust your targets with the fickle weather that can come with spring.
They key is to just get out there and wet a line, if for no other reason than to relax and unwind and have some fun in the sun.