Fishing Anna Maria Island in the fall can be really rewarding. As fall gradually arrives and the water begins to cool, fish begin their migration inshore to warmer waters.
Snook are headed toward creeks, rivers and bays. Redfish are targeting the flats for spawning. You will 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. This provides excellent conditions for Mackerel, Ladyfish and Blue Runners.
Fishing Licenses are Required when Fishing in Florida
Don’t Forget! Fishing licenses are required. There is an exception if you are fishing 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 as well. Just visit http://myfwc.com/fishing/ for information and to purchase.
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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