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Vol. 17 No. 32 - May 24, 2017

Captains' reports

Fishing takes off









Anna Maria Island Sun News Story

captain DAVE WHITE | SUbmitted

Kyle and Kelly Cannon, of Chapin, S.C., show off a hogfish, yellowtail and
lane snapper caught with David White, of Anna Maria Charters.

Captain Dave White

It's finally been nice and flat out there on the Gulf! We at Anna Maria Charters have taken the opportunity to get offshore. Fishing the area's wrecks and hard limestone bottom areas. We're searching for species like red grouper, hogfish, blackfin tuna, mangrove, lane, and yellowtail snapper.

Wreck fishing has been a lot of fun. I'm anchoring up out front of the wreck and chumming live pilchards heavily. This gets the amberjack, snapper and tuna feeding. The amberjack are targeted with a large top water popper. It's fun to watch a 40-pound animal smash one off of the surface. The snapper are caught by drifting a bait back over the wreck with a light jighead hidden inside it. Tuna are picked up with a large, live free lined bait as far out the back as possible. Hopefully these calm conditions persist and we can continue to capitalize on the excellent fishing!

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