Anna Maria Island boasts some of the best game fishing around. Not only does our little island have some of the best fish, but we also have some excellent locations available to fish from! Between the multiple rental facilities to take you out locally or deep-sea fishing, there are many piers, docks, and rock jetties where you can catch some of these tasty fish. Here are some of our Anna Maria Island fishing tips to help you out on your island vacation.
Go to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission website and obtain your saltwater fishing license. It is better to do this ahead of time this way you can get right out there and start fishing. Each person fishing will need a license if you are between the ages of 16 and 65. The licenses can be purchased for 3 or 7 days, or annually for non-Florida residents, if you are a resident of Florida, then you can purchase one for a year for only $17.00.
If you have already traveled with your own fishing gear, great! If you didn’t want to carry that with you on your travels, don’t worry, there are rentals available for that right here on Anna Maria Island! Rod and Reel Pier located at 875 N. Shore Dr., Anna Maria Island, FL is not only a great place to fish from, but they offer rentals. Even if you’re not fishing, it is a must-stop on your vacation. You can also fish from Bradenton Beach City Pier located at 200 Bridge Street Bradenton Beach, FL 34217.
The best times to fish on Anna Maria Island are at dusk and dawn. Not only are those times of day best for beating the heat and sun. Dusk and dawn are when many types of fish are most active, those are the hours that they are typically feeding.
Anna Maria Island has 7 miles of white sandy beaches. Littered among those beaches are jetties, several beach access points, and public docks. Many times these areas aren’t as crowded as the piers and make for excellent fishing. The local fisherman favors these areas. They are likely to give you some great fishing tips too!