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Anna Maria Island Fishing March 2016 Report

The fishing has remained pretty strong except for a late season cold front we had push through the area early last week. The front drop the water temperature around 12 degrees and the bite slowed down for a couple days. Pilchards have started showing up on the grass flats. They can be found in abundance around structures in lower Tampa Bay.

March Fishing on Anna Maria Island has been on par this year.

The snook bite has been my most productive bite. On most days we are catching around 20+ fish a trip. Most of the fish are around spoil islands or bars. The bite seems to be better at the top end of the tide cycle.

The trout bite has been hit or miss. They are on the move and are not holding to any one area for too long.

In the early spring every year we also do pretty well with some great size flounder. On the deeper sandy edges, this year has been no exception. The redfish for me has been my biggest challenge. All the redfish I am finding are extremely shallow in clear water making the bite extremely tough.

I’ve been extremely busy trying to get the new T-craft boat on the water along with fishing non-stop. The good news is I finally took delivery of my new boat (see pics). This new boat has more room and provides more comfort features for my clients.

If you are looking to book a fishing charter trip and are near Anna Maria Island, Bradenton, Longboat Key, Sarasota, or Tampa Bay book with Anna Maria Inshore Fishing LLC. call or text fishing guide Captain Kyle Taylor (941) 345-7182 www.AnnaMariaInshoreFishing.com

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Seafood Shack – Great Seafood just over the Cortez Bridge

If you’re looking for great food with a beautiful view of the Intracoastal, take a short ride over the Cortez Bridge from Anna Maria Island to the Seafood Shack.

Located on the western shoreline of the old Cortez Fishing Village on what is called Hunter’s Point, Seafood Shack has been serving up fresh off the boat seafood since 1972.

Seafood Shack
Seafood Shack Restaurant and Marina in Cortez, Florida. Photo Credit: Seafood Shack Facebook page.

Restaurant and Marina History

Shortly after the Marina was built in 1971, the Seafood Shack opened its doors. In 2014 both the marina and restaurant were taken over by a Canadian based development firm who has implemented new management, menu items, and renovations to the marina and restaurant keeping that old Florida Feel in tact.

Menu and Dining

Today Seafood Shack is as popular as ever with a menu including something for any pallet, fabulous views, and a full service bar. The menu offers great fresh seafood such as bacon wrapped scallops, fish tacos and a grouper sandwich. If you aren’t a seafood fan try out their meat like the NY Strip or the Classic Burger.

Along with fresh caught seafood, local growers such as Geraldson Community Farms provide fresh sourced produce to this fine eatery.

Enjoy daily fresh catch specials, or have the chef cook up your own catch of the day with the “Hook to Platter” special. For just $14.99 bring in your own fresh caught and cleaned fish, and the Seafood Shack chefs will prepare it to your liking.

When dining at Seafood Shack enjoy a full service bar with Happy Hour specials from 2-5pm daily.

Seafood Shack offers three different venues for banquets along with catering services. Enjoy a gorgeous wedding destination with no detail overlooked at this gorgeous waterfront restaurant.

You’ll find fun daily specials and events at this restaurant including live music, seasonal events and half off rum drinks on Rumday Mondays.

Marina and Charters

The Marina offers several first come first serve boat slips for both large and small vessels. The Marina offers fabulous amenities including shower/bathroom facility, free wireless, boat/trailer storage and nearby gas and diesel. If you aren’t arriving by boat, experience the area with one of Seafood Shacks suggested charters.

Seafood Shack
941.794.1235
Visit Sunday-Thursday 11am-9pm and Friday/Saturday 11am-10pm.
Located at 4110 127th Street W, Cortez, Fl by land, or by sea at ICW marker 49. 27’28,215 N 82’41,425 W

Vacation Rentals on Anna Maria Island

Looking for a boat friendly vacation rental home nearby Seafood Shack? Check out Island Real Estate’s list of vacation rental homes with boat access!

Anna Maria Island vacation rental
Anna Maria Island vacation rental “513 Loquat” offers accommodations for 12 guests on a canal front leading out to the Intracoastal Waterway. Includes boat dock and lift! Click on the image for more information about “513 Loquat”.