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Fishing Charter with Captain Ryan Taylor

Anna Maria island fishing charter with Captain Ryan Taylor is always lovely in the Fall!

Fishing Charter with Captain Ryan Taylor

Welcome to fall fishing! We are starting to feel it in the air. The past two weeks we have seen a persistence 10-15 knot north-east or east wind which has made fishing a challenge at times. The wind has made it especially tough going to get bait in the mornings. Most days from the time I pull out of my marina I’m faced a 2-3 tight chop of waves until I get on the gulf side of Anna Maria island where the bait has been. This is nice because the wind we have had has made it flat clam on the beach. Perfect for a Anna Maria island fishing charter with captain Ryan Taylor.

The Catch

Taking all that into account fishing had been very productive and some days have been epic! Fishing off the beaches of Anna Maria island the mackerel and king mackerel bite has been good. The best bite has been from 1 to 3 miles out. Just look for the birds.

Moving to inshore Snook bite has been awesome towards the end and beginning of the tide cycle. A large number of Snook have started their winter migration towards the back bays and rivers. Which has been great for as hard as the wind has been blowing. The back bays are protected from the wind.

Redfish bite has been hit or miss. Some day it’s every cast other days we only catch 4 or 5 in a trip. Like I said in my last report we have been catching Snook, Redfish and Trout all in the same spots. So most days we catch more redfish then Snook then the next day may be the opposite.

We have also been catching some really nice flounder and trout mixed in almost everyday.

If you’re in the Anna Maria Island Bradenton Sarasota or Tampa bay area and you are looking to go fishing, and catch some fish, give me a call Captain Ryan Taylor 941-812-7435 . Or if you are looking for a place to stay check out



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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 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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