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Fishing On Anna Maria Island

The fishing report is in and excellent along the shores of Anna Maria Island.  I went out in search of some proof last week, and started at the Anna Maria City Pier.  There were about a dozen people standing at the end of both the Rod & Reel Pier and the Anna Maria City Pier with poles in hand waiting to catch the next big fish.  I spoke with a couple of local fisherman and people in the bait shops to get the scoop.

The fishing off of the piers, bridges, and along the shoreline on Anna Maria Island has been very promising catching Redfish, Snapper, Jacks, and the fishermen are saying that we have an excellent Snook season to come.

Tarpon, Mackerel, and Grouper have been biting in deeper water and are always worth going out on a fishing charter to catch these larger game fish.  If you hook into a Tarpon be ready for a fight!

Anna Maria City Pier Fishing

Don Kuhn was cast netting for Jacks and Silver Mullet off of the City Pier today.  He told me that I could find him there most days in the spring.  Don told me about the schools of Silver Mullet and Jacks that were running through the area.  The schools of fish had numbers in the thousands and Don was grabbing about 12-16 per toss.

While chatting with Don at the City Pier he told me about the dolphin with the white tip on his dorsal fin.  The dolphin was after the same fish in that area and “he chased down a huge redfish earlier this morning.”

Don told me about this dolphin that got wrapped up in a cast net and did not fight or resist. Instead when the fisherman pulled him in the dolphin remained calm until the fisherman could set him free.  This very dolphin was swimming alongside the pier as we spoke; Don was able to identify him by the white markings on his dorsal fin.

Cast Net Fishing Anna Maria City Pier

At the Anna Maria City Pier you can throw your cast net on most of the pier.  There is a yellow line painted the width of the pier indicating the designated net fishing area.  As far as fishing off the pier with a pole you can go anywhere.

The bait shop opens at 7am and closes with the restaurant in the evenings. Feel free to call the restaurant for bait shop hours.  The bait shop consists of a small selection of hooks, bait, basic tackle, and draft beer!  If you get hungry while you are fishing grab a bit to eat in the restaurant.  They have a great selection for both fisherman and land lovers.

Rod & Reel Pier Fishing

Just down the beach from the City Pier is the Rod & Reel Pier, stop in and talk to my friend Derek Olson, he knows everything about the Rod & Reel Pier and is chock full of Island history.

The Rod & Reel Pier is a great place for fishing, and has a bait shop that is open from 7am-closings (around 9pm) feel free to call the restaurant for bait shop hours.

Cast netting is not permitted at the Rod & Reel Pier but they do offer fishing pole rentals, a small selection of hooks, bait, basic tackle, and of course cold draft beer right in the bait shop!  The bait shop has both live and frozen bait for your complete Anna Maria Island fishing experience.

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Anna Maria Island Fishing Report

Goliath Grouper

Goliath Grouper

The fishing off of the piers, bridges, and along the shoreline on Anna Maria Island has been very promising catching Redfish, Snapper Black drum, Snook, Trout, Spanish mackerel, and Amberjack. There are 3 piers on Anna Maria Island that allow fishing, and have bait shops.

Anna Maria Pier Fishing Report

triggerfish

Triggerfish

The Historic Bridge Street Pier in Bradenton Beach offers free fishing on the pier, a bait shop, floating boat dock, a restaurant, and the pier is well lit at night. The City of Anna Maria has 2 piers that you can fish from the City Pier and The Rod & Reel Pier just down the beach. Both of the Piers have a restaurant and bait shop. The City Pier allows cast netting up to the yellow line before the restaurant.

Cobia

Cobia

Anna Maria Off Shore Fishing Report

If you would like to fish off shore you can launch your boat at the Kingfish Boat Ramp in Holmes Beach.  Large game fish like Tarpon, Mackerel, and Grouper can be found in deeper water.

If you did not bring a watercraft for an off shore adventure it is always worth going out on a fishing charter.  You can also rent a boat for the day to catch these larger game fish.

Go Fishing

Whether fishing from a boat, the beach, piers or bridges, fishing enthusiasts have the opportunity to reel in the next big fish anywhere on the Island. Don’t forget to try some fresh Florida seafood from Anna Maria Island’s best restaurants.

If you are looking for more information check in with one of our Anna Maria Island Vacation Rental Specialist. We have canal front homes where you can store your boat and access the waterways on your own.

We will have an updated fishing report each month from Captain Gary of the Cortez Kat.

Cortez Kat Off Shore & Near Shore Fishing Charter

12507 Cortez Road West,

Cortez, (Bradenton) Florida 34215

Local – (941) 795-6969

Toll Free – (888) 844-4140

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Shop in Paradise At Publix Super Market On Anna Maria Island

There are lots if great restaurants on Anna Maria Island but you can’t eat out every night of the week. Lucky for you Anna Maria Island has Publix Super Market.  It is an Anna Maria Island full service Super Market with a great deli, bakery, meat department, fresh produce, fresh fruit and fresh seafood.

Publix Super Market is located at 3900 East Bay Drive in Holmes Beach just south of Manatee Avenue.

It is a great place to pick up supplies for a month or just one meal. You will find an excellent selection of meat, seafood, produce, and fresh fruit. If you are in the mood for a quick lunch or snack, stop  at the deli and grab a sandwich, they will make it to your liking.

Boars Head Anna Maria Island

I order mine with Boars Head Mesquite Turkey, salami, extra sharp cheddar cheese, lettuce, tomato, pickles, and mayo, you should try one!  They have fountain drinks, and refrigerated beverages, as well.  You can even pick up one or two of your favorite bottles of wine, wine coolers, cider, lager and cold beer.

Publix deli also has great prepared foods like fried chicken, potato salad and ready-made sandwiches. (you  In the bakery you will find excellent cakes, doughnuts, bagels, fresh breads, and other tasty treats.

Contact Publix Bakery and Deli Anna Maria Island

You can call ahead to 941-778-5422 to both the bakery and deli and they will have your items ready for pick up.  They can customize your cakes for birthday parties and events.  Check out some of the amazing  selections from Publix Bakery.

There is always something on special at the seafood counter, and they will even steam your pick for you, free while you are shopping.  We like to enjoy those tasty Gulf shrimp, steamed with either Old Bay Seasoning or Cajun spices.

Right next to the Seafood counter, you will find the fresh Sushi.  Sushi is rolled fresh every morning, even on the weekends.  Grab your favorite spicy or savory combo, and some chopstix, and enjoy!

The Anna Maria Island Publix has all your Super Market needs.

You can grab anything from deodorant and cotton balls, to pet food and plastic baggies.  There are coolers, and coozies, lottery tickets, and lazy day reading.  The lobby boasts beach supplies like cover ups, hats, pool toys and beach floats.  Customer Service will even blow them up for you.  There’s a Redbox Movie Rental Box too.  Grab a flyer from the rack that will give you a list of all the Buy 1 Get 1 Free specials for that week, and head inside for all your supplies.

If you are looking for the perfect restaurant, shopping, fishing, entertainment check in with one of our Anna Maria Island Vacation Rental Specialist.  Make sure that you get the most out of your Anna Maria Island Vacation. We have beach house rentals all over Anna Maria Island.  Call Island Real Estate today 877-778-6066 and book your island getaway!

Publix Super Market

3900 East Bay Drive

Holmes Beach, FL  34217

941-778-5422

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Anna Maria Family Fun Shopping The Things that Locals Know!

Anna Maria Island’s Annual Bayfest Fun for All Ages!

Anna Maria Island is celebrating BayFest again this year!  This fantastic family festival is set to take place on Pine Avenue in Anna Maria October 21, 2017.  It is a wonderful celebration with fun for all ages.   The FREE BayFest features, live music, arts, crafts & retail vendors.  Bayfest also has a “Taste of the Island” food court, and even a children’s play area.

The festivities start on Friday evening with a Kickoff Party on the corner of Pine Avenue and Bay Boulevard in Anna Maria City.  Mike Sales will emcee the evening which will include live music starting at 5pm.  There are always a wide array of tasty treats and dinner tidbits at hand.

Food Vendors at Anna Maria Island BayFest

Drinks are also for sale ranging from Water to Rum Runners.  Kids, parents, nieces, nephews, neighbors, friends all head to the North end to enjoy dinner and music on the lawn.  There are chairs and tables set up so you can sit and enjoy your meal. Kids can eat pizza and chicken.

Grown-ups have great options with exceptional fish tacos, bar-b-q, gyros, yummy chips, fries, crab cakes and sliders.  Dessert include funnel cakes, pies and cakes or all kinds.  There is also an open area for dancing and laying blankets to picnic.

Things To Do at Anna Maria Island BayFest

Whether you are on the East or West side of Pine Avenue, there is something to do.  The Anna Maria Island Community Center  hosts a Kid’s Fishing Tournament on the Anna Maria City Pier.

On the West End of Pine Avenue you can start your day by enjoying the Island’s Largest Classic Car Show, which will run until 3pm.  There are great Oldies playing as you stroll around these beautiful cars.  There are awards handed out for several categories, starting at around 2:30pm.

The wide variety of cars to enjoy include something for everyone from antique, to classic, to custom, to muscle, to high performance vehicles.  With 100 pre-registered cars, this show is already at capacity, and sure to be great fun for onlookers of all ages!  My Dad appreciates the intricacies of all the vehicles, while my kids appreciate how cool they are to look at and listen to! You’re bound to find one that catches your fancy!

Moving down Pine Avenue, you can grab a beverage, and walk through the outstanding display booths.   Every year we are able to pick out holiday gifts of all sorts.  Jewelry, home decorations, cool crafts and artistic wonders abound.  The kids LOVE the marshmallow blasters they got last year, while I am still wearing the anklet I got!

There are clothes, and gadgets, decor, and displays- definitely something for everyone!   I even nabbed a new pair of sunglasses, to help extend the day’s enjoyment!  Toward the Eastern end of Pine Ave you will find the EVER popular Children’s Play Area, with festival classics like bounce houses, and prize games.   There are always fun demonstrations and activities for the kids to participate in, as well as games to play and crafts to make.  We are hoping to see the bubble cup craft again this year…always a big hit with my crowd!

The Pirates at Anna Maria Island BayFest

Before grabbing more tasty treats my kiddos HAVE to pay a visit to the Privateers at the far end of Pine Avenue, near the City Pier.  Their ship always has a stronghold on the corner, and the kids love to see the crew dressed to the nines in full pirate regalia!  The privateers are always eager to share pirate spirit and usually a little pirate bounty!

So, you can be sure you will enjoy a fantastic day on beautiful Anna Maria Island when you come out for Bayfest!  As always, Island Real Estate is happy to help you find that perfect Anna Maria Island Vacation Rental.  With all the Vacation Rentals we have on Anna Maria Island you are sure to find what you are looking for.

Contact one of our Vacation Rental Specialists, to help you book your Island Vacation.  Or call us at 877-778-6066 and let us make your Anna Maria Island experience a celebration!

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Bradenton Beach Restaurants Shopping The Things that Locals Know!

Welcome to Bridge Street on Bradenton Beach

Welcome to historic Bridge Street on beautiful Anna Maria Island.  After the first bridge was built in the 1920’s Bridge Street was the center of the island community. Today the island side of that old wooden bridge still stands, and Bridge Street is a great place for walking, Shopping, Dining, Family Activities, and breath taking views of both the Gulf of Mexico and Sarasota Bay.

There are plenty of things to do on Bridge Street from morning to night. Start your day off with breakfast at the Island Creperie on Bradenton Beach Pier, and then keep on top of your putting game at The Fishing Hole Adventure Golf.  When you’re in the mood for shopping, stop at Two Sides of Nature for some island wear, or walk over to Hive Creations for handmade jewelry and exotic décor.

Grab a Steak or some fresh seafood at The Bridge Tender Inn or Island Time Restaurant as the sun slowly slips away into the Gulf of Mexico and island night life is about to begin. Blow off dinner completely and go for drinks at the Sports Lounge or the Drift Inn.

After you have finished your perfect day on  Bridge Street let one of our Anna Maria vacation rental specialists help you get the most from your Anna Maria Island vacation. We have beach houses around the corner from Bridge Street, or anywhere on Anna Maria Island.  Call Island Real Estate today 877-778-6066 and book your Island getaway!

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Anna Maria Island Visitor Guide & Business Directory

Anna Maria Island’s Chamber of Commerce Visitor Guide & Business Directory is a great resource of visitors to the island.   Get online access to the Island Visitor Guide by visiting their Anna Maria business directory here.

Find What You Need with the Anna Maria Visitor Guide

With over 500 local companies listed in their directory, you can find an island business to tackle any of your needs.  From deep sea fishing to pool maintenance, there is someone on the island who can help get you what you need.

Anna Maria is a barrier island in the Gulf of Mexico.  It is located just south of Tampa Bay and has some of the best food and entertainment in the area.  Look for island vibe restaurants and lots of happy vacationers heading down to the powdery white beaches.

 

 

 

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Anna Maria Island Florida City Pier Fishing Information

Are you looking for Anna Maria Island City Pier fishing information?

There are plenty of spots to fish on Anna Maria Island.  Many come to Anna Maria, Fl for the sun, the beach, and the fun.  Some come to Anna Maria for some serious fishing.  There are three primary areas one can fish while visiting Anna Maria Island.   Of course people fish on the island.  Off piers, off canals, and off bridges provide fair fishing.  Fishing in the Bay provides for more entertainment as well as more consistent results.  Finally, many go deep sea fishing into the Gulf of Mexico.

There are lots of spots to fish while staying on Anna Maria Island.  You can reserve a canal property and fish right off the canal although results are pretty inconsistent.  If you need some help finding a vacation rental be sure to visit Anna Maria Island’s leading vacation rental company for real time accurate on-line availability.

Many reserve canal front properties and bring down their boat and head out into the waters on their own.  Lastly you can pick up a canal vacation rental and RENT a boat for $800 – $1500 per week.  In fact, Island Real Estate of Anna Maria Island, Inc has a special offer that if you rent a canal property and a boat you will receive a 5% discount off the boat rental.

Fishing the Piers on Anna Maria Island

Fishing can also be had on the public pier in Anna Maria City or on the Rod and Reel pier.  The Rod and Reel pier charges a small fee to fish and will supply bait if needed.  Net fishing can be used up to a certain point on both piers and is clearly labeled.  There are fishing stations supplied with water if you need to cut up bait or big catch.  On my last visit to the public pier I saw a big one get away and one side was filled with young local boys fishing for shark.

I thought different about the boys fishing after I spoke to several other fishermen that were fishing for shark also.  One had caught a bull shark about an hour prior and threw him back because he was told it was not good eating.  Please note, both the Anna Maria City pier and the Rod and Reel pier are not young child friendly as there is no fence enclosing the pier.  Of course both piers in Anna Maria City can double for lunch or dinner also in the restaurants at the end of the pier.

Fishing Bradenton Beach Pier

Bradenton Beach has fishing on the pier also.  At the East end of Bridge street just past Anna Maria Oyster Bay you will find plenty of people fishing.  I have personally witnessed fish being caught at the end of the pier however they were all thrown back due to their size.  At the base of the pier there is a new bait shop that should help with what the fish are biting on.  The Bradenton pier is perfect for the whole family with convenient fishing pole holes all along the fence line.  The pier is fully fenced in so it is more child friendly than the piers in Anna Maria City.  The Bridge street pier also has several swings that the family can sit on and watch the fun.

Fishing The Bridges

I also see several people fishing on any one of the draw bridges off the island as well as some of the smaller bridges along the causeway.  I have never spoken to anyone regarding their success rate however I have seen individuals on several occasions pulling nets with fish in them.  Most of the folks I see on the bridges are pretty serious as the traffic passing by is not usually a visitors idea of fun.

Bay fishing is also known as backwater fishing and is less expensive than deep sea fishing.  A good deal of the catch must be returned to the waters due to size however it is best to discuss specifics with guides you interview.  Most Bay guides have smaller boats and can accommodate about 3-5 passengers however once again check with the experts.  Backwater fishing guides do not have a crew and the cost is about $400 for 1/2 a day.

Off Shore Fishing

Gulf Fishing also known is as deep sea fishing and provides for more action and usually more time on the boat.  Obviously the longer the tour, the deeper the fishing.  Gulf Fishing requires a crew and the boats are larger and typically can accommodate 4-12 passengers.

In addition, you can expect larger tackle to support larger game that should be caught.  Most deep sea captains guarantee entertainment but not the amount of fish they will catch.  They all abide by bag limits and are concerned about keeping the sea healthy since is supports their livelihood.  The cost for deep sea fishing is $650 – $1000 and usually the more passengers the less cost per passenger.  A successful catch will include grouper, snapper, and bigger game.

Booking Fishing Charters on Anna Maria Island

All captains suggest booking ahead of time and Christmas week normally books out one year in advance as well as other popular holiday weeks.  Make no mistakes, I am a beginner when it comes to fishing so I strongly suggest you call Anna Maria local captains for additional information.  If you have additional information please post comments below as our readership will appreciate any added information you can provide.