Late Fall Fishing Report 2017
INSHORE – The inshore bite is still going good with Snook, Redfish, Trout, and many other species. The white bait is still around and the fish are still chewing on it. Soon the fish will switch their eating habits to shrimp and crustaceans. Then it will switch to winter time fishing around the first or second week of December. Sheephead, Blackdrum, Trout, Redfish, and Flounder will be the winter time target species. a great way to fill the freezer with good eating fish!! Also, for the experienced angler, winter time is a great time of year to get up shallow and find that trophy Redfish or Trout. Watching these fish in shallow water can be the most exciting fishing experience there is!
NEARSHORE – The nearshore bite is going off before the cold of winter switches it up. The Kingfish, Mackerel, Bonito, and sharks are plentiful along the beaches of Bradenton and Anna Maria Island. Live bait fishing is your best bet. Anchor up and chump with live baits out the back and baits on the bottom as well. Can still pick up that keeper Gag or Mangrove Snapper. Also keep an eye out for that free swimming Cobia while fishing. When running to and from your spot always check crab traps and floating debris for triple tail. Triple tail are one of the most hard fighting and delicious fall/winter time fish to frequent our area. Once the waters drop below 70 degrees the nearshore bottom fishing will heat up!! Hogfish, Snapper, Porgys, Sheephead, and Flounder will fill the box on the nearshore trips in the winter time. Bottom fishing with shrimp and squid will produce your best bet.