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With great access to some of the most prolific waters in Florida, this stunning barrier island owes its fishing reputation to its convenient location. The Gulf of Mexico to the west, Anna Maria Sound to the east, and Tampa Bay to the north – you’ll be in prime position for some spectacular angling! Hop aboard one of the numerous Anna Maria fishing charters and check it out for yourself.

While it’s a beautiful summer resort, there’s another reason tourists flock to this lively island. It’s one of the top inshore fisheries in the country, where you can go after Tarpon, Redfish, Snook, Trout, Pompano, and Mangrove Snapper. If you decide to sample the deep offshore waters, you’re in for a treat, with Amberjack, Grouper, Snapper, Marlin, Sailfish, and Mahi Mahi all in the cards.

Depending on what you’re looking for, there’s a variety of trips you can choose from. If you’re new to the area, you might want to start with the shallow waters, in which case a half day trip is a great choice. If you’re a more experienced angler, consider booking a full day trip to explore the deep waters of the Gulf, or an extended full day trip if you’re looking for a real adrenaline rush.

This is an island after all, so there’s water all around. This means one thing – there are fishing charters wherever you look! Head on down to Bimini Bay or visit Holmes or Bradenton Beach for an even wider variety of charters. One thing’s for certain, you’ll find the perfect one for you!

Rules & Regulations

If you’re heading out on your own, you’ll need to buy a Florida fishing license. However, If you’re fishing aboard a charter, your fishing license will be covered by the captain. Heading out with a reputable captain is the best way to make sure you’re sticking to the law.

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January

Snook, Trout, and Tripletail are around in good numbers. Inshore action is warm but can turn into a super productive day on the water. You can also check out the rivers and nearby lakes.

February

Fishing is getting better. Besides Tripletail, Snook, and Trout, you can now get brutish Redfish as well as some Kingish around the bay waters. Black Drum is another option. Offshore you might get some Wahoo, but it’s tough.

March

As spring slowly approaches, there are more fish to sample. You can get Redfish, Black Drum, Snook, and Kingfish. Go trolling for Spanish Mackerel and look for Cobia. Amberjacks are around in high numbers.

April

Inshore fisheries are lit up with Trout, Flounder, some Snook, and of course, Tarpon. The action is super hot near the northern tip of the island where the Silver Kings pass. Offshore you can get Wahoo and Mahi.

May

You can enjoy great trolling offshore, catching Mahi and Wahoo. Bottom fishing can be super productive and can yield pretty impressive Amberjack. Tarpon are still abundant inshore, so it’s the right time for fly fishing.

June

More and more game fish start biting hard out there. Kingfish, Mahi, Sailfish, and some Tuna are on the run. You can also get Snapper and Grouper. It’s a perfect way to start the summer.

July

Bottom fishing is a really productive way to spend a day on the water. Check out the reefs and pull up Amberjack, Grouper, Snapper, and Triggerfish. Trolling can get you Mahi, Wahoo, and Mackerel.

August

The bite is on fire, with Amberjack, Cobia, Snapper, Grouper, Mackerel, and Wahoo all out there in the open. Whether it’s trolling or bottom fishing, you’re most likely coming home with a big catch.

September

If you’re up for some fine offshore fishing, go after King Mackerel, Amberjacks, and Wahoo. Inshore saltwater fishing is still good, but you can also try freshwater for Bass, Bream, and Crappie.

October

Wahoo make their second run of the year, as ferocious and hard-hitting as their spring streak. Inshore waters are growing rich with Redfish and Black Drum.

November

Inshore, Redfish are all over the place, followed by their cousins, Black Drum. It’s inshore fishing at its finest, with some of these creatures also requiring solid skills and almost heavy tackle. You can get some Tuna offshore.

December

It’s getting colder, but not so much for fishing. On an average day you’ll be coming back home with bags of Redfish, some Trout, Flounder, as well as Bream. If you head offshore, you can target Sailfish, Wahoo, and Tuna.

Anna Maria Island Fishing Calendar

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Erwin D. fished with Niche Fishing Charters on August 1, 2019
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Check out Niche Fishing Charters and take out the guesswork.
Half day with Captain Jeremy
Charles R. fished with Something Catchy Fishing Charters Llc on July 29, 2019
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Be prepared to have a big bull red break your arm!
Half Day Trip with Captain Rooster
Brent E. fished with Roosterfish Charters on July 7, 2019
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Get an experienced guide and you'll be good to go!
5 Hour Trip w/ Captain Keith
David M. fished with Seafood Charters – 34' Calypso on July 3, 2019
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Great fisrt time our with my son's deep sea fishing.
5 hour trip with captain Ethan.
Rick O. fished with Kick Azz Fishing Charters on June 28, 2019
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Just listen to your captain that is what they are there for. They will put you on the fish.
Great Trip with patient knowledgeable guide!
Marc R. fished with She’s Way Out There Charters on June 26, 2019
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It’s hot and humid but the bite was on.
Half Day with Captain Zac
Kevin R. fished with Niche Fishing Charters on June 20, 2019
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Check weather conditions and try to get a day with low wind. Our captain was awesome but the wind wouldn't let us go out very far. Even the bigger boats around us were turning back.
5-hour trip with Captain Kieth
Karla B. fished with Seafood Charters – 34' Calypso on June 19, 2019
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Take sunscreen and a long sleeved shirt. Be prepared for a rough ride if you are in a smaller boat. Ours was probably about 25 feet. Was not expecting it to be so rough. Well worth it though.

FAQs about Fishing Charters in Anna Maria Island

According to customer reviews, Fishing with Salty, Jewel Of The Bay Charters, and Prime Time Fishing Charters are some of the most popular fishing charters in Anna Maria Island. Full list of top fishing charters in Anna Maria Island.

Fishing with Salty and Jewel Of The Bay Charters received great reviews from families who booked fishing trips in Anna Maria Island.

The best way to experience fishing in Anna Maria Island is to book a private charter with a licensed fishing guide. See the full list of charters available for online booking here: List of fishing charters in Anna Maria Island.

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Inshore fisheries are lit up with Trout, Flounder, some Snook, and of course, Tarpon. The action is super hot near the northern tip of the island where the Silver Kings pass. Offshore you can get Wahoo and Mahi. Check availability for local fishing charters in Anna Maria Island.