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Anna Maria Island Fishing

Anna Maria Island has seven miles of shoreline with fishing piers and bridges, you are bound to catch Redfish, Snapper, Mackerel, Black Drum, Snook, Trout and Amberjack. Running into the nearby grass flats you will find plenty of Spotted Sea Trout, and you may find yourself hooked up with a Tarpon during the summer run.

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Anna Maria Island Fishing Guide

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.

Flats Fishing

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

 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

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.

Anna Maria Island Fishing Map

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A Note From the Captain

Anna Maria Island is known for its beautiful white sandy beaches and those white sands displays some of the best tarpon fishing in the world! Schools of a hundred or more fish come out of the deep water of Tampa Bay, flooding the shallow sandy bottom beaches, making it a sight casting paradise! Tarpon from 60-200+ pounds moving together in droves during the run.

Its unique water flow from Sarasota Bay & Tampa Bay makes it the perfect home to thousands of snook all year. The oyster beds filtering our clear water provide a home for large schools of redfish. Vast seagrass flats surrounding the Island make the perfect refuge for our abundant supply of Speckled Sea Trout. We hope you choose us to make your Anna Maria Island Fishing trip a trip of a lifetime.

As a Anna Maria Island Fishing Guide, Rob understands that a day on the water means stalking the trophy fish of your dreams. Rob will work hard to make sure you have a fun filled day on the water and your time is not wasted.

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