Anna Maria Fishing Charters in Florida

Anna Maria Fishing Charters in Florida
The picturesque Anna Maria Island, nestled on the Gulf of Mexico along Florida's southwest coast, is a favorite destination for sport fishing. The nutrient-rich Gulf waters are home to permit, cobia, snapper and grouper. Fishing for tarpon--Florida's number one gamefish--is also popular. Tarpon in the waters near Anna Maria Island range from about 60 to 150 pounds and the best time for catching them (and releasing) is from May through July. The backwaters and flats surrounding Anna Maria Island are popular places for snook, redfish and trout fishing. Several local outfitters offer a variety of fishing charters year-round.

Captain Logan Bystrom

Owner and captain Bystrom is a fourth-generation islander. He offers half-day to full-day charters in the Gulf of Mexico and Tampa Bay. Anglers head out in a 2009 25-foot Dorado Open Fisherman boat (reservations required) and Bystrom supplies fishing license, rods, reels and tackle. Charters are offered daily for a maximum of four people. Bystrom also offers half-day sightseeing excursions.

Captain Logan Bystrom
941-713-1265
captainlogan.com

Stray Dog Charters

Captain Scott Greir specializes in offshore stand-up bottom fishing for grouper, snapper and amberjack in the Gulf of Mexico near Anna Maria Island. Trips can last from four to 16 hours depending on your interests. Everything is provided except food and drink and any fish you catch you can keep. The crew will fillet and package your fish at the end of the trip for no additional cost.

Stray Dog Charters
941-794-5615
straydogcharters.com

Anna Maria Island Fishing Charters

Tom Chaya, owner and captain of Anna Maria Fishing Charters, has more than 30 years of experience fishing the waters around Anna Maria Island. His specialty is light tackle sport fishing and he offers a variety of trips, including backwater fishing, flats, open bay angling and offshore game fishing. Half-day or full-day trips for a maximum of four people are available year-round aboard a custom-built 26-foot boat.


Anna Maria Island Fishing Charters
941-778-4498
annamariafishingcharters.com

Capt. Mike's Charters

Captain Mike Greig, who was raised on Anna Maria Island and licensed by the U.S. Coast Guard since 1995, offers half-day and full-day fishing charters. He'll take up to four anglers to his favorite backwater spots to catch snook, redfish and trout, or head into the Gulf of Mexico to land permit, cobia, snapper and grouper. Summer tarpon fishing is also popular (advance reservations required.) Greig also offers nighttime charters and shark fishing excursions aboard a 24-foot custom-built Robin.

Capt. Mike's Charters
941-778-1404
fishannamaria.com

Article Written By Pamela Wright

Pamela Wright is a freelance writer, author of more than two dozen guidebooks, and hundreds of articles. Her work has appeared in a variety of publications, including "National Geographic Traveler," "Family Circle," "Family Fun," "Backpacker," "Hemispheres," "Cooking Light," "Yankee" and more. An active member of the Society of American Travel Writers, she holds a Bachelor's from Michigan State University

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