As we move into May, fishing around Anna Maria Island presents endless possibilities. With water temps still hovering in the mid-70s, inshore fishing is proving to be excellent. Spotted seatrout seem to be dominating the bite. Fishing the lush grass flats of Sarasota Bay is proving to be most productive for these ever famous flats species. Limits of slot size trout are attainable on most days with numerous fish 18-20 inches.
Larger trout of 20-inches and up are in abundance. Snook fishing —although catch-and release as of May 1 — is providing great backwater action. Many slot-size snook are being caught as they stage up on the grass flats, heavily feeding before migrating to the beaches to spawn.
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