Fishing Vacation At Anna Maria Island – What To Catch From Where

Located forty miles to the south of Tampa and off Florida’s west coast, Anna Maria Island offers several activities to the visitors. These include spending time on the beach, riding a hot air balloon, golfing, fishing and boating.

Catch Fish from Piers and Bridges

A favorite activity that the visitors to the island indulge in is fishing. This is because the waters in the Gulf of Mexico provide scope for productive fishing during most part of the year. Though canals and back bays are low-key fishing areas, they enable quality fishing.

Visitors can fish from bridges and piers or from a chartered boat. The three fishing piers that are there in the island are the Rod and Reel Pier, Historical City Pier and Bradenton Street Pier. In addition to fishing, the other activities at these piers include strolling, cast netting, photography, baits shopping and eating at restaurants.

One of the top spots that enable visitors to catch different varieties of fish is the Historical City Pier that stretches into the Tampa Bay. Fishermen can always be seen around at the pier, enjoying great luck. The other pier that stretches into the Tampa Bay, Rod and Reel Pier, is also a great fishing spot. The third pier is located at the farthest point of the historical Bridge Street on the bay side.

Chartered Boats

Visitors to the island can arrange chartered boats to the ocean to get a panoramic view of the island, for water sports or fishing in the Tampa bay, Gulf of Mexico, Sarasota Bay and Intracoastal Waterways. Visitors can charter boats for an entire day or part of a day. They can also have captains who will take them to some of the famous spots. After the outing, the fish are cleaned so that visitors can carry them back to their homes.

Vacationers can hire power boats, fishing boats and sail boats on rent from Anna Maria rentals. Experienced fishermen can even rent fishing gear so as to have a private fishing experience. Vacationers who fish from spots other than land or structures fixed to land (bridge or pier) are required to have Florida fishing license.

Catch Different Varieties of Fish

The variety of fish that a visitor can catch from the piers include tarpon, red fish, snook, flounder, trout, jacks, snappers, drums, mackerel, cobia, barracuda, ladyfish, sand perch, king fish, sheepshead, grouper and sharks. From chartered boats, vacationers can do bottom fishing and catch snapper, grouper, amberjack, kingfish, mahi-mahi, black fin tuna and cobia.

It does not matter whether you are a novice or an experienced fisherman; fishing on Anna Maria Island can give you an once-in-a-lifetime experience.

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