Offering seven miles of shoreline with fishing piers and bridges, anglers are bound to catch Redfish, Snapper, Mackerel, Black Drum, Snook, Trout and Amberjack.
Casting is easy from one of three piers with bait shops on-site ready to supply your tackle needs.
Bradenton Beach’s Historic Bridge Street Pier includes a down home eatery known as the Anna Maria Oyster Bar offering daily breakfast lunch and dinner with a friendly staff and great water views. There’s a bathhouse with restrooms, bait and tackle shop, a Harbormaster’s Office and a great 300 foot lighted floating dock.
The City of Anna Maria offers two Piers… The first is on the northeast side of Anna Maria called The Rod & Reel. Extending 350 feet over the waters of Tampa Bay, it features a bait shop and two story restaurant called The Rod and Reel. There is a $2.00 fee to cast a line at this location.
Just south and within walking distance of the Rod & Reel is Anna Maria Island’s City Pier on South Bay Boulevard. It extends some 700 feet into southern Tampa Bay.
Other hot locations can be found at:
Longboat Pass Bridge – located at the southern end of Anna Maria.
It connects Bradenton Beach to the north end of Longboat Key.
Longboat Pass – At the southern end of Coquina Beach.
Coquina Beach Bayside – directly across from Coquina Beach.
Fishing Rules, Regulations and License for Anna Maria Island
If you are going to go fishing in the waters off Anna Maria Island you MUST purchase a fishing license and you have to obey the fishing regulations.
Anna Maria Island Saltwater Fishing Licenses
It is necessary to buy a saltwater fishing license when fishing in the coastal waters of the state of Florida (or taking marine species). The waters off the shores of Anna Maria Island are no exception. The license is required for finfish, shellfish and shells. Separate permit stamps are required for taking Snook and crawfish. A special stamp is needed to take and possess a single tarpon. No stamp is needed to catch and release Snook or tarpon. Go to MyFlorida.com or Call 1(888) Fish-Florida.
Freshwater Anna Maria Island Fishing Licenses
All non-Florida residents who are 16 or older, fishing in freshwater or brackish water for freshwater fish must have a Florida State Freshwater Fishing License. To obtain a Fishing License, you may go to local bait & tackle shops, sporting goods departments at discount stores, some marinas and hardware stores, as well as any tax collector office.
Who is Exempt from Purchasing a Fishing License in Florida?
- Children younger than 16
- Florida residents older than 65
- Florida residents fishing in saltwater from land
- Florida residents fishing in saltwater from a structure fixed to land
- Persons fishing with a licensed operator of a boat charging fees for fishing
- Florida residents who are members of the United States Armed Forces, stationed out of state and home on leave.
- State of Florida department of veterans and community affairs or worker compensation notice of action.
- Handicapped residents and residents certified totally and permanently disabled.
- Non-Florida residents fishing from a pier that has paid a license fee.
- For saltwater licenses, any Florida resident wading in less than 4 ft. of water.
A good rule of thumb is that if you have to pay to fish, you don’t need a license, but ALWAYS make sure.
Where to Get a Fishing License on or near Anna Maria Island
To purchase a fishing license to fish Anna Maria Island waters, go to any of the tax collectors offices. In Bradenton – location 819 301 Boulevard West. In Palmetto – location 415 10th Street West. In Anna Maria Island – location 3340 East Bay Drive in Holmes Beach next to Walgreen’s.
You can also purchased licenses at any Wal-Mart or Kmart stores in Manatee County.
If fishing with a Charter
Persons fishing with a licensed operator of a boat, charging fees for fishing, are not required to purchase a fishing license.
No matter the season, there’s always something biting!