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Vol. 17 No. 28 - April 26, 2017

Captains' reports

Flats around AMI holding trout, snook









Anna Maria Island Sun News Story

captain DAVE WHITE | SUbmitted

Mike Wright, of Crested Butte, Colo., shows off a 29-inch snook
caught on a Clouser Minnow with Captain David White, of
Anna Maria Charters.


Captain Dave White

Despite the windy conditions, fishing around Anna Maria Island has been great. We at Anna Maria Charters are seeing extremely large spotted sea trout in particular. These fish are found on all grass flats, but the deeper ones seem to be a bit more productive. The pockets in the shallower flats are holding snook and redfish as well, with the occasional flounder to keep things interesting.

Offshore, we're seeing more blackfin tuna due to increased water temperatures and gag grouper, red grouper, larger mangrove, lane and yellowtail snapper as well. Kingfish are getting much closer as the water temperatures are in the 75 degree range.

I've been doing a lot of fly charters lately. We've had a lot of anglers from Colorado this month. They seem to gravitate towards the fly angle of our sport. Checking new species off the list is always a good goal when visiting a foreign area. The most common pattern being thrown is the Clouser – Green and White with a bit of Crystal Flash tied in is mimicking our pilchards in the area. I'm enjoying watching an angler hook his/her first Spanish mackerel or snook on fly. The bursts of power these animals display are a thrill for all anglers. Sea trout are a fun and easy way to capitalize right now. Jack crevalle, ladyfish and bluefish are a nice fight on an 8-weight as well! Not just trash fish when it's on the fly rod.

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