Anna Maria Island Fishing Guide
Capt. Rob Gilbert grew up fishing the Anna Maria Island area. His roots began with a family of guides and outfitters who brought him up in the local skinnies. Whether looking to fish with the fly or on light tackle spinning gear, Anna Maria Island has an abundance of flats fishing opportunities. Let Reel Aggressive Charters put you on the fish.
Light Tackle Fishing: On light tackle you will have a choice between live bait and artificial. For live bait you would be looking at white bait, shrimp, and small crabs. On artificial- top water, suspending twitch baits, soft plastics, and jigs can all have a fair share of success.
Fly Fishing: For inshore fly fishing you would most likely utilize 7wt or 8wt gear. We recommend and utilize Clutch Fly Rods. A weight forward floating line and a tippet between 12-30lb can be used- with plenty of backing. A wide variety of flies will see success, but a standard clouser will attract the attention of a wide range of fish.
Tarpon Fishing: During the summer tarpon run at Anna Maria Island you can expect a large number of opportunities to come your way. On spinning gear you can expect hits on both artificial and live baits, while the fly fisherman will see a jump from 7/8wt rods to 10/11wt fly rods and a stronger tippet.