Fishing Charters and Boat Services

Anna Maria Island attracts visitors from far and wide for its fabulous fishing and its crystal clear waters are also a haven for serious sailors or those who just like to get out on the water. The last thing you want to be worrying about when you come here on holiday is where to get you bait, where to fish from, how to fish, where to moor your boat, or even where to hire one. Thankfully, Anna Maria has everything you will need to ease the serious business of your pleasure. With three piers, a long list of experienced sea captains ready to take you on the fishing trip of your dreams, and a wide range of charter, marina and support services, you will soon discover why fishermen and boaters return to Anna Maria Island year after year.


Anna Maria Island truly is an angler’s paradise in which you are spoilt for choice at every turn. Fish from a boat, the beach, or one of the piers or bridges joining the island to the mainland and be prepared for a run in with any of the many species swimming in our beautiful blue waters. From bluefish to bonefish, trout to tarpon, grouper to flounder and everything in between including mackerel, drum, amberjack, snapper, sea bass, snook and shark. As Forrest Gump might say: ‘Fishing in Anna Maria is like a box of chocolates; you never know what you’re gonna get.’

Fishing Piers

Anna Maria Island City pier
Anglers fishing from the city pier catch a wide variety of saltwater fish. For those who don’t, located at the end of the pier is the Anna Maria Oyster Bar, a great place to watch a perfect sunset and think about the one that got away.

Bradenton Beach Historical Bridge Street Pier
A great spot to fish for grouper, flounder, mullet, bluefish, ladyfish. The pier has been recently refurbished and includes a restaurant located at the entrance to the pier. This is very popular spot with fishermen so you might want to arrive early to secure your favourite spot.

Rod and Reel Pier
In 1979 one lucky angler reeled in a giant 1,386 pound hammerhead shark, a world record, from this pier – we told you to expect anything. It was and still is the largest shark ever caught off a fishing pier. This is a specially good place to fish for a wide variety of species, including tarpon, snook, sheepshead, redfish, barracuda, drums, ladyfish, jack, mackerel and flounder. Another perfect spot for just relaxing in the Sunshine State, and enjoying some great food at the Rod and Reel Restaurant. For those of you who want a truly unique fishing experience, and can tear themselves away from Anna Maria Island for a moment, why not try the Sunshine Skyway State Fishing Pier off the I-275 between St Petersburg and Bradenton on Tampa Bay. The longest fishing pier in the world is open 24 hours a day, has a bait shop on it and you don’t need a permit. Again, be prepared for anything, like the man who hooked into a 1,200 pound tiger shark on the pier with traffic was whizzing by.

Charter fishing

One of the best ways to be sure of taking home some fish as well as your perfect memories is to employ the services of one of the many charter captains on Anna Maria Island. Taking a charter trip means you don’t have to worry about getting your bait, tackle, license or a lack of local knowledge – that’s where these guys comes in. With years of experience and being able to reach some of the hottest fish-filled spots in our waters, Anna Maria Island’s charter boat captains give you the best chance of filling your boots and going home with arm-ache. From heading out into the bright blue yonder in search of the Gulf’s deep water species, to stalking the flats and backwaters in search of some hard-fighting prey, Anna Maria Island has a fishing experience for everyone – all you have to do is haul ’em in. Here are some of the best local charter captains in Anna Maria Island and the surrounding area.

Florida Fishing Adventure
As a beginner or avid angler, wanting to experience light-tackle, inshore and near shore fishing at its best. Our captains are top premier guides whose knowledge and skill give you the opportunity to experience a spectacular world-class fishing adventure. Don’t wait – Contact Sunshine State Fishing Charters today. Don’t let this one get away!

Capt Josh Charters
Captain Josh is a full time professional fishing guide with over 15 years of experience fishing Anna Maria Island and Tampa Bay waters. Charter fishing out of a 2007 24ft PathfinderTE bay boat docked on Anna Maria Island specializing in light tackle sportfishing charters. Captain Josh will custom built each fishing trip individually to make sure you have the most exciting or relaxing experience in Anna Maria’s waters.

Captain Mike’s Charters
Half and full day and evening fishing charters inshore on 24ft custom sport vessel. Fish the backwaters for snook, redfish, trout or in the Gulf for permit, tarpon, cobia, snapper and grouper. Beat the heat with 5pm-dark shark and other rod-benders. USCG licensed, fully Insured, all equipment provided. Phone: 941-778-1404

Stray Dog Fishing Charters
Stray Dog Charters offshore sportfishing in beautiful sunny southwest Florida. We offer a variety of fishing trips ranging from the ‘family fun’ 4 and 6hr trips to the full day 8 and 10hr trips to the longer range of 12, 14 and 16hr trips. Call 941-794-5615

Dolphin Dreams Charters Fishing
Captain Tom Chaya has been fishing Florida’s Tampa Bay area – including Bradenton, Sarasota, Longboat Key and Anna Maria Island – for over 20 years. His local knowledge will allow you the opportunity to fish the local Tampa Bay waters like a native. Capt. Tom’s specialty is light tackle sport fishing with live bait. He offers backwater/backcountry, flats, bay, and offshore fishing charters on Florida’s west coast.

Mahina La Sailing Adventures
Dolphin sails, sunset sails, Egmont Key trips for ruins, shelling and snorkelling, also kayaking trips. Choose between a sleek and stable 36ft catamaran, Mahina La, or LEX-SEA, a 65ft performance yacht. Convenient location caters for Anna Maria Island, Bradenton, Longboat Key and Sarasota beaches, and allows easy Gulf access and the possibility of remote island adventures!

Mystic Dolphin Tours
Boating, sight seeing, shelling, snorkling and dolphin watching aboard a 28ft Pontoon Boat with bathroom. Six person max. Owned and operated by Capt. George Glaser. Phone: 941-778-2761. Email:

Spice Sailing Charters
Join Captain Ed Hartung aboard the 30ft Catalina Zig Zag for a cruise on the beautiful emerald green waters of Tampa Bay and the Gulf of Mexico. Take a turn at the helm or just relax and watch the dolphins play. Located next to Rotten Ralph’s Restaurant on Anna Maria Island Tampa Bay, Capt. Ed is available for 2 1/2 and four-hour cruises on Tampa Bay. Call or email for further information and to schedule a charter.

Fun and Sun Parasail
See the beauty of Anna Maria Island from 500 feet! Gently floating high above the clear, blue water of the Gulf of Mexico, you’ll see dolphins, turtles, rays, fish and stunning views of Anna Maria Island, Longboat Key and Lido Key. Parasailing with us will be the most exciting thing you do all year! One, two or three can fly together side by side. You’ll have a dry take off from the back deck of the boat and return to the back deck, so you never get wet unless you want your feet dipped in the water as you return to the deck. Our courteous, experienced Coast Guard licensed crew enjoys making sure you have the experience of a lifetime!

As a general rule of thumb, if you have to pay for your fishing you don’t have to buy a fishing license. Otherwise, remember, if you are going to go fishing in the waters off Anna Maria Island you have to purchase a license and obey the local fishing regulations. For more information on the laws and regulations visit or call 1(888) Fish-Florida. To buy a fishing license to fish Anna Maria Island waters, go to any of the tax collector offices (Bradenton, Palmetto or Holmes Beach). You can also buy a license at any Wal-Mart or Kmart store in Manatee County. Also remember to check the legal limits for taking fish, and the bag limits and closed seasons for each separate species.


If you have your own boat or want to find out about renting one for fishing or simply for fun, you will want to contact one of the marinas on Anna Maria Island. Bradenton Beach Marina is a full service marina and boatyard offering vessel repairs and maintenance, wet and dry boat storage, boat sales, boat rentals for fishing, cruising or sightseeing for groups of up to 14 people. Cannons Marina, in Longboat Key, has the area’s largest rental boat fleet with a complete ships store selling fishing bait, tackle, fuel, oil, and beach and boating supplies. For those wishing to rent a craft for cruising with friends, spending a day with the family on the water or fishing, Cannons has a wide range of boats to suit.

Bradenton Beach Marina
Aa full service marina and boatyard with services including vessel repairs and maintenance, wet and dry boat storage, boat sales, boat rentals for fishing, cruising or sightseeing for groups of up to 14 people. Located just off the Intracoastal Waterway on beautiful Anna Maria Island. Centrally located between Tampa Bay and Sarasota Bay, we are just minutes from the Gulf of Mexico via Longboat Pass. We are a family owned and operated business, established in 1982. We are committed to meeting the needs of our resident and visiting boaters.

Cannons Marina
The area’s largest rental boat fleet with a complete ships store including bait, tackle, fuel, oil, beach and boating supplies. For 54 years Cannons Marina has been committed to providing the highest quality boating products with the ultimate experience in customer service and product knowledge, ensuring their customers a safe and pleasurable boating lifestyle. Whether you are cruising with friends, spending a day with the family on the water or fishing with your best friend, Cannons has a boat that’s right for your needs and boating fun.

Galati Yachts
Galati Yacht Sales is the largest ‘Five Star Re-Certified’ dealer in the marine industry today. Galati Yacht Sales maintains a team in excess of 175 members who all take great pride in their commitment to customer service. Galati Yacht Sales has 11 locations spanning the gulf coast from Florida to Texas and has been named the Number One dealer in the country by Boating Industry.