Ana Banana Fishing Company

611 Destiny Dr
Ruskin FL, United States

The Ana Banana Fishing Company is a family business that has been putting smiles on all of their guests’ faces for the past 15 years since it was established in Ruckin, Florida. The friendly and outgoing Captain Joel has been fishing for most of his life in the Gulf waters and is able to take you on a fishing trip of your dreams.

The lovely yellow Ana Banana boat is a 24 foot Hanson built in 2015 which accommodates up to 6 guests. It is very spacious with a beam 10 feet wide, which gives everyone onboard plenty of space. The boat has a powerful Yamaha engine of 200 HP, with a cruising speed of 45 knots. The Lowrance electronics will put you on the best fishing spots using a fishfinder, and you will be safe no matter where you go as it has a GPS, a radar and a VHF radio for communication with the Coast Guard. This attractive boat has a 2 seated tower with dual steering and dual controls, as well as a toilet in the center console - an essential when taking your kids out for a long time.

Since you will be fishing in the beautiful and clear warm waters of Florida, you will likely be catching lots of different species. In the extensive area of the Gulf of Mexico you can catch Redfish, Trout,Flounder, and Tarpon on the inshore trips. If you decide to take a longer trip and venture further out on a nearshore trip you can catch Black Drum, Snapper, Kingfish, Spanish Mackerel, Jack Crevalle, and even some mighty Sharks.

At Ana Banana Fishing Company, the fishing technique mostly used is light spinning tackle, but heavy tackle is also available. Specialist techniques such as Bowfishing, Spearfishing, and Flounder Gigging can also be arranged with this accommodating captain. Fishing will mostly be done with very fresh live bait caught on the day including Sardines, Mullet and Blue Runners. Captain Joel will also happily clean, fillet and cook your catch for you at the end of the trip.

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Boat Specs

Hanson (Center console) originally built in 2015. Powered by 200HP Yamaha engine, with a maximum cruising speed of 45 knots.

24 ft
6 persons
Types of Fishing
River Fishing
Little Manatee,Manatee, Alafia,
Lake Fishing
Local lakes for spawning Largemouth Bass
Inshore Fishing
Tampa Bay and intracoastal waterways
Nearshore Fishing
Anna Maria, Egmonte Key, Ft Desoto
Offshore Fishing
Gulf of Mexico - up to 10 miles out
Reef Fishing
Many reefs
Wreck Fishing
Many wrecks
Flats Fishing
Grass, sand and oyster
Backcountry Fishing
Mangroves and esturaries
Fishing Techniques
Light Tackle
Live bait spinning rod and reels
Heavy Tackle
Bottom Fishing
Grouper and Snapper digging
Grouper and Pelagics in Tampa Bay and the Gulf
Most of the time
For Trout, Reds, and Grouper
Pop for Trout
Fly Fishing
We have the biggest saltwater fly tourney on earth
Drift Fishing
Trout, Snapper, Grouper
Kite Fishing
Cobia and Sheepshead
We hand line Goliath Grouper
If it swims and it's legal we spear it
Flounder Gigging
Targeted Species
Black Drum

Grouper (Gag)
Jack Crevalle

King Mackerel (Kingfish)

Shark (Blacktip)
Snapper (Mangrove)

Spanish Mackerel

Speckled Trout
in center console
Air Conditioning
Fighting Chair
Life Jackets
Fly Fishing Equipment
Upon request
2 seated tower with dual steering and dual controls
Snorkeling Equipment
Live Bait Well
90% live bait fishing
Multimedia System
Wireless Trolling Motor
Tuna Tubes
Spearfishing Equipment
Ice Box
in center console
Life Jackets
Fly Fishing Equipment
Upon request
Trip Includes
Rods, reels & tackle
Live Bait
Caught fresh daily
Yes, we have them
Catch cleaning & filleting
Yes, we do it all
First Mate
Fishing License
Yes, included
You hook em we cook em
Fly Fishing Equipment
Upon request
FREE Cancellation
You can cancel or change your booking free of charge up to 3 days before the trip date.
Pickup included in price
Transfer from hotels or jetties in Ruskin to departure site is available and included in trip rates.

Other Policies  
Child Friendly
You Keep Catch
You hook em we cook em included in the charter fee
Catch and Release Allowed
keep or release what you want as long as it's legal
Disabled Accessible
Take out wounded warriors in wheel chairs weekly

25% deposit charged upfront by FishingBooker to guarantee your reservation. The remaining balance is to be paid directly to the captain on or prior to your trip date in one of the following payment methods: Cash, Visa, Mastercard, Checks, Bank Transfer, American Express, PayPal.

About the Captain

Joel Brandenburg
Ruskin, Florida, United States
Member since March 2015
This very experienced Captain is a 3rd generation fishing captain in his family. Captain Joel is on the water 300 days per year and he loves every minute of it. He is native to Florida and has traveled the world over for fish. He used to be a child psychologist for 20 years and had focused on childhood grief issues and grief counselling. Our captain is also a co-creator of two published kids books. Captain Joel loves acquainting his guests with the most epic fish which he believes are exactly where he is from - the Gulf of Mexico.
Response time: 1 hour
Response rate: 100%

Ruskin Fishing Calendar

Customer Reviews

4.93 out of 5 stars from 5 reviews

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Our group had a great time with Joel and Josh! They were knowledgeable and friendly. Helped my daughter (6 yrs old) have a blast in her 1st fishing trip. I would highly recommend them and look forward to going out with them again.

Mickey Fernandez  • Fished February 18, 2017
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I don’t think we expected the day to be such a success. We caught so many Drum that, my lower back started to bother me and I needed to sit down for a bit. Later we moved inland and we caught 2 dozen Snook in a little over an hour. It was surreal. Looking back, I feel bad for the guy in the Kayak off in the distance that didn’t land a single fish that I could see during our time in his proximity.  Best of all, fishing with Captain Joel and his crew was like hanging out with family. The boat, rods and tackle were perfect. There was no shortage of anything that was needed for a successful trip. You can’t get much cooler then Captain Joel. We kept a few drum and had them cooked up at Hooks Waterfront bar and grill, we probably sat there for two hours drinking beer and talking about how great a day we had. This was the highlight of our boys weekend 2017 and one we won’t forget!

Daniel Fox  • Fished February 17, 2017
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A great afternoon with a very knowledgeable and interactive captain. Not a lot of hype and low key but very effective. Captain Joel knew where the fish were and how to put us on them. My wife Laura & I will definitely hook up with the Ana Banana again sometime soon!! By the way we also caught a dozen Sheepshead on the reef which were not listed in the species targeted. Being from the north I related to them as a bluegill on steroids:)

Laura Baird  • Fished February 5, 2017
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