As fall gradually arrives and the water begins to cool, the fish begin their migration inshore to warmer waters. While the Snook are headed toward creeks, rivers and bays, the Redfish are targeting the flats for spawning, and you may find the tasty Pompano hiding in the deep grass flats with a bit of shrimp. Offshore, Grouper and Snapper can be found within 10 miles and even in the Bay. King and Spanish mackerel, false albacore, tripletail and cobia should be good options in the coastal gulf as well.
You will not need a fishing license if you are fishing from a pier in Florida and Anna Maria offers a few places for you. The Anna Maria City Pier is a great location. It is currently heavily populated with bait fish, providing excellent conditions for Mackerel, Ladyfish and Blue Runners. Fishing licenses are required in any other situation except on one of the many available fishing charters from Anna Maria Island. Non-residents have the option to purchase 3 or 5-day licenses instead of an annual if they choose. Just visit http://myfwc.com/fishing/ for information and to purchase. Also, tide charts can be found in The Sun and on www.NOAA.gov.
Bridges spanning Gulf passes are hot with the right equipment right now. Forget your fishing pole? There are a few places on the island that rent them such as Fun and More Rentals and Beach Bums. But no matter where you decide to fish this season, you are likely to be successful!
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