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Vol. 17 No. 40 - July 19, 2017

Captains' reports

Offshore action









Anna Maria Island Sun News Story

captain DAVE WHITE | SUbmitted

Mike Rain, of Anna Maria, shows off a hefty mangrove snapper
caught offshore with Captain David White, of Anna Maria Charters.


This past week has been a good one offshore! We here at Anna Maria Charters have been spending a lot of time targeting various snapper species out there. Big mangrove, lane, yellowtail, and American red snapper are being caught in depths over 100 feet.

Tactics vary depending on the conditions. But yellowtail and mangroves respond well to chumming. I prefer cutting pilchards in half and getting a good line of them going out behind the boat. Once the snapper start making their way through the chum, I slip a circle hook in one and freeline it back with the chum. This keeps you from dealing with goliath grouper or getting hung up in the wreck.

Bottom and wreck fishing is providing red grouper, African pompano and gag grouper as well as many catch and release amberjack.

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