Bradenton Fishing Guide
Capt. Rob Gilbert roots exists in fishing the waters of Bradenton. Having spent a lifetime studying flows and structure, he has developed strategies in the Bradenton fishery that exceeds that of most. This is one area where one can find a successful slam or a once in a lifetime catch. Bradenton is a short distance from such Gulf shores as Anna Maria Island, Holmes Beach and Bradenton Beach.
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 in Bradenton you may experience some opportunities to come your way. All in all, expect to make tarpon an extra, but you may very well complete that Grand Slam here. 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.