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Sightseeing Anna Maria Island Piers

Sightseeing Anna Maria Island Piers is a great activity during your visit. All located on the bay side of the island, there are three different piers to see.

Sightseeing Anna Maria Island Piers
The Bradenton Beach Pier is great for Fishing and Sightseeing.

Sightseeing Anna Maria Island Piers

Each of the three island piers has a little something different to offer, but all have beautiful views. Enjoy a peaceful stroll along with a respite from time on the beach.

Rod & Reel Pier

The Rod & Reel Pier is the northern most of the three. Here you’ll enjoy views of Tampa Bay and the Sunshine Skyway Bridge. At the end of the pier you’ll find the Rod & Reel Restaurant. The small downstairs bar is a great stop for a beer. Grab a drink and sit down on one of the outdoor benches. Upstairs you’ll find the dining room with both indoor and outdoor seating.

For a small fee you can fish off the pier too! This is a great place for family fun with a view. If you are looking for a taste of old Florida, you’re sure to find it on this pier.

Anna Maria City Pier

The Anna Maria City Pier is located just a few blocks south of Rod & Reel pier. Here you’ll also enjoy views of Tampa Bay and the Sunshine Skyway. The city pier is a historical site with an important past. This is where boats would drop off “Day Trippers” from the mainland before a bridge was built.

At the end of the city pier is a restaurant and small gift shop. The menu here offers a little of something for everyone. Find the city pier at the end of Pine Avenue. There are also some bay beaches to visit around the base of the pier.

Bradenton Beach City Pier

On the south end of the island you’ll find The Bradenton Beach city pier at the end of Bridge Street. The pier is in the location of what was the first bridge connecting the island to the main land.

Here you’ll enjoy views of Sarasota Bay and the old fishing Village of Cortez directly across the Intracoastal Waterway.

At the base of the pier is the Anna Maria Oyster Bar restaurant. The menu has great seafood in addition to chicken and burgers. Anna Maria Oyster bar offers a full service bar along with both indoor and outdoor seating.

The Bradenton Beach City Pier is a popular spot for fishing too. Bring your own pole, or rent one from the bait shop. You can also catch a dolphin watching boat tour here.

Be sure to enjoy a walk on one of the three island piers on your next visit to Anna Maria Island.

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Fishing Anna Maria Island in the Fall

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!

For more information on fishing on Anna Maria Island, click here!

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The Mackerel Run and Fishing Anna Maria City Pier

It’s a great time to be fishing Anna Maria City Pier.  The Mackerel Run is ON and they are showing up in spades.

Last evening we decided to take a quick ride up to the Anna Maria City Pier…our favorite college team Penn State was ahead at half time, and our dinner still had another 45 minutes to finish in the oven.

Fishing Anna Maria City Pier? Buckets of Fin!

As we walked down the recently re-built pier we were greeted by lots of anglers fishing in the beautiful blue-green waters of the Tampa Bay.  The fisherman told us that the mackerel were biting and they were not kidding; there were buckets and buckets filled to the brim with fish.

It was such fun to see people of all ages, casting and catching fish…  Then we enjoyed a guitarist playing great Neil Young songs, one of which my husband requested and enjoyed.

As we listened and looked out over the lovely Gulf Of Mexico waters and the silhouette of the outstanding Skyway Bridge, we were, once again, amazed at the glory of this unbelievable place in which we have the privilege to live.

We walked back down the pier to return to our car watching the setting sun highlight the clouds. It is far too often that we don’t take enough advantage of Anna Maria Island.  We got back home and ate a great dinner while we watched our team win the game in FOUR overtimes!

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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