Anna Maria Thanksgiving Trip

I’m going to Anna Maria Island during Thanksgiving weekend. Does anyone have any tips on fishing without a boat? I could wade or fish from the shore it doesn?t matter. I?m staying a little south of the bridge, I can drive a little bit I?m 16, so not sure if my parents would want me driving too far though.
I just started tying hair/marabou jigs for bass in PA. Does anyone have any clue what colors or weights I would need to make some good ones? I?ve seen a lot of people using them for saltwater online usually from .5 oz to 3 oz and a lot of green and white.
Could I use any bass lures to catch anything? I have a few walking baits and poppers. Jerk baits? Crank baits? Whopper plopper lol? I have a ton of soft plastics too, what could I use there? Or if none of those work what will, links to buy stuff, amazon if possible would be great.
All my rods are 1 piece. If I should then I?ll get them down there, but is there any place I could maybe rent some decent rods?
Thanks a lot for the help, any information you can share is great.

Justin

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  • KortsmanKortsman Posts: 253 Deckhand
    Find a bridge or a jetty by the beach.
    Take 1 rod with you if you can. A medium action is all you need.
    This would be my setup. Take a ¼ to ½ oz weight and put it on the mainline. Tie a swivel to your mainline and then a section of 20lb leader. Tie a 1/0 circle hook and use some shrimp. Use fiddler crabs if you can find them. You’ll have no problem finding sheepshead, some snapper, and maybe a redfish or two around the structure. You may get into some mackerel if using shrimp. Take along some long shank hooks in case you find them. They’ll cut you off with the regular hooks. Make sure the tide is moving at some point when you’re fishing.
    That’s it. Don’t make it too complicated with too much tackle. Go have fun!
  • SaltygatorvetSaltygatorvet Posts: 1,725 Captain
    Most of your bass tackle will work on inshore species like trout reds and flounder. You can use the lures you mentioned. I've caught reds on everything you mentioned. Good advice about the sheep head, you'll need shrimp or fiddlers for them ( hard to get them on artificials). I'd bring a rod if you can, you don't want what you could rent. I don't know the area, or I'd give more specific advice. Good luck to you, I hope you wear em out.
    You should have been here yesterday
  • JustinF_KTMJustinF_KTM Posts: 14 Greenhorn
    Most of your bass tackle will work on inshore species like trout reds and flounder. You can use the lures you mentioned. I've caught reds on everything you mentioned. Good advice about the sheep head, you'll need shrimp or fiddlers for them ( hard to get them on artificials). I'd bring a rod if you can, you don't want what you could rent. I don't know the area, or I'd give more specific advice. Good luck to you, I hope you wear em out.
    Thanks for all the replies. Don’t think I’ll be able to take my good rod down because it’s a one piece but i have an old 2 piece ugly stick and some 2 piece surf rods i could take.
    I just ordered stuff to make bucktail jigs for down there i bought .75 to 2 ounce jig heads and I’ll have green, red, black, white fur and green white and black paint. I figure that whatever i don’t use I’ll sell on eBay or whatever and maybe make some money back. I was at the isle of palms in SC this summer and caught some small reds some other stuff on shrimp and minnows. Hopefully I’ll be able to catch some on artificials. All I’ve ever caught in saltwater have been from live/frozen bait.
    I can’t figure out how to post pictures but I posted pictures of my bass lures on pier and surf. I’ll attach a link so if anyone would look at them and help me narrow down what to bring that would be great. http://www.pierandsurf.com/fishing-forum/#/forums/13

    Thanks so much for the help.
  • suprastevesuprasteve Posts: 85 Greenhorn
    South of which bridge? There's Manatee Ave bridge, Cortez Rd bridge, and bridge over Longboat Pass. Several options all up and down the island, can keep you in the neighborhood depending where on the island you're staying. Jacks, mackerel, ladyfish will hit most anything you throw at them. I prefer live bait, but artificials should work fine.
  • JustinF_KTMJustinF_KTM Posts: 14 Greenhorn
    suprasteve wrote: »
    South of which bridge? There's Manatee Ave bridge, Cortez Rd bridge, and bridge over Longboat Pass. Several options all up and down the island, can keep you in the neighborhood depending where on the island you're staying. Jacks, mackerel, ladyfish will hit most anything you throw at them. I prefer live bait, but artificials should work fine.

    Sorry I should specified. Just south of the Manatee Ave bridge.
  • KortsmanKortsman Posts: 253 Deckhand
    If you can't bring your favorite setup, just bring the reel and buy yourself a $15-20 walmart rod. It'll be way better than anything you rent.
  • JustinF_KTMJustinF_KTM Posts: 14 Greenhorn
    Kortsman wrote: »
    If you can't bring your favorite setup, just bring the reel and buy yourself a $15-20 walmart rod. It'll be way better than anything you rent.

    Yeah i have an old one I’m bringing.
  • suprastevesuprasteve Posts: 85 Greenhorn
    Close to Manatee, a couple options are nearby. Both sides of the causeway leading out to the island (by Kingfish boat ramp) are potential shore fishing spots. Can wade out on the flat on the south side or fish from the docks at the boat ramp on the north. Keep following Manatee towards town, and there's a small pier on north side and a low bridge when you get to Palma Sola. Another low bridge between Palma Sola and the island at the south end of Robinson Preserve, accessible from NE side. You also have the city pier and rod and reel pier on the north end of the island, but might be a 15 minute drive.
  • JustinF_KTMJustinF_KTM Posts: 14 Greenhorn
    What brand grubs would you suggest? Berkley gulp grubs are almost $2 each, are they really that much better?
  • JustinF_KTMJustinF_KTM Posts: 14 Greenhorn
    suprasteve wrote: »
    Close to Manatee, a couple options are nearby. Both sides of the causeway leading out to the island (by Kingfish boat ramp) are potential shore fishing spots. Can wade out on the flat on the south side or fish from the docks at the boat ramp on the north. Keep following Manatee towards town, and there's a small pier on north side and a low bridge when you get to Palma Sola. Another low bridge between Palma Sola and the island at the south end of Robinson Preserve, accessible from NE side. You also have the city pier and rod and reel pier on the north end of the island, but might be a 15 minute drive.
    That’s great. Thanks a lot
    Do you have any recomendations on colors/patterns of bucktail jigs to tie? I have most of the popular colors i think
  • suprastevesuprasteve Posts: 85 Greenhorn
    Honestly, 99% of my fishing is live or cut bait, so can't help you much on colors. Normally gold/copper colors are a good choice for our water clarity, but the water has actually been really clean lately. I might lean towards white/silver, and would suggest some flurocarbon leader.
  • JustinF_KTMJustinF_KTM Posts: 14 Greenhorn
    Caught 2 snook, one around 20-25 inches and one smaller one. The smaller one broke off when I was unhooking him and swam off with my super spook down his mouth... bought another one and went back out and only snagged a striped mullet, better than nothing I guess. Tried my bucktails I made but it was too shallow and too many weeds to use them at all.
    Trying another spot shortly maybe I’ll be able to use some jigs there
    Thanks for the spot recomendations suprasteve!
  • Alex from GAAlex from GA Posts: 1,081 Officer
    You're probably home now but for next time use a 1/16th or 1/8th oz jighead with any soft plastic such as DOA CAL paddle tails in new penny, glow or silver mullet. The Walmarts usually have them there. Tie your bucktails with the same light jigheads with white bucktail. They'll catch bass as well. Do you ride a KTM?
  • JustinF_KTMJustinF_KTM Posts: 14 Greenhorn
    You're probably home now but for next time use a 1/16th or 1/8th oz jighead with any soft plastic such as DOA CAL paddle tails in new penny, glow or silver mullet. The Walmarts usually have them there. Tie your bucktails with the same light jigheads with white bucktail. They'll catch bass as well. Do you ride a KTM?

    Yeah I will use much smaller heads next time. I did have a few little ones I don’t know what size I put gulp swimming mullets on them and got some lizard fish at the surf. I caught a bunch of them on a topwater at the surf too which is better than nothing. Last day I saw 2 big profiles of fish. I think they were snook but I don’t know.

    Yeah I ride a 250 xc

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