Anna Maria Island, Florida Saltwater Fishing

Anna Maria Island, Florida Saltwater Fishing
Anna Maria Island is off the coast near Tampa Bay, Florida. The area has several opportunities for saltwater fishing, and there are many charter operations to take you out for redfish, tarpon and snook. If you are from out of state, you will need a valid Florida fishing license. Purchase a license at a sporting goods store in the state, or online through the Florida Department of Fish and Wildlife.

Captain Matt - Tampa Bay Charters

Tampa Bay Charters has offered guided fishing charters for 15 years. Charters depart from the harbors or docks on Anna Maria Island. Tampa Bay Charters specializes in snook, tarpon and redfish. Charters include all fishing gear, tackle, iced coolers (for your catch) guides, and boat services. You should bring sunscreen, sun hat and glasses, motion sickness medication, soft-soled deck shoes (no hard-soled shoes allowed,) and a lightweight long-sleeved shirt or windbreaker for sun protection. Keep an eye out for dolphin and sea birds during your day on the water.

Captain Matt - Tampa Bay Charters
941-447-9888
captainmatt.com

Stray Dog Charter Boat

Stray Dog Charter Boat operates from Anna Maria Island into the offshore waters of the Gulf of Mexico. Charters go for tarpon, grouper, snapper and amberjack. Trips go into deep waters so take along motion sickness meds if needed. Charters provide all fishing gear, tackle, guides, boat services, and iced coolers. Bring your own lunch, drinks, sunscreen, sun-hats and glasses, and a camera. Do not bring hard-soled shoes. The company accepts credit cards for deposits only. During your trip, watch for pelicans, dolphin and seabirds.

Stray Dog Charter Boat
2507 Cortez Road
West Cortez, FL 34215
941-794-5615
straydogcharters.com

Dolphin Dreams Charters

Dolphin Dreams Charters operates out of Anna Maria Island. Charters can go for tarpon, snook, redfish, cobia, sea trout, and shark. The charter provides all fishing gear and tackle. Your captain acts as fishing guide and will assist with your choice of gear. Bring your own sunscreen and clothing, sun hats and glasses, lunch, drinks and a camera. Dolphin Dream's Charters has been guiding for 30 years in the waters off Anna Maria Island. Trips use light tackle and live bait techniques. Charter rates include fishing licenses and fees.

Dolphin Dreams Charters
Anna Maria Island, FL
941-778-4498
fishtampawaters.com

Article Written By Eric Cedric

A former Alaskan of 20 years, Eric Cedric now resides in California. He's published in "Outside" and "Backpacker" and has written a book on life in small-town Alaska, "North by Southeast." Cedric was a professional mountain guide and backcountry expedition leader for 18 years. He worked in Russia, Iceland, Greece, Turkey and Belize. Cedric attended Syracuse University and is a private pilot.

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