Fishing Charters on Anna Maria Island.

September 24, 2016 By Tammy

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Part of the draw to Anna Maria Island is the small town charm. Relaxing on the beach is wonderful for most days, but that itch to be on open water makes fishing a great option. Taking your family and friends saltwater fishing lends the opportunity to see some of the most amazing sea creatures. Between casting and reeling is when the unsuspected manatee, dolphin, sting ray, and of course Pelicans decide to visit.  (Never feed them.)

Anticipating  what you could catch is also exhilarating. Avid fishermen know what the are fishing for, but if you are here for the adventure, the variety is unending. You may pull up something unusual like a Sailcat, Puffer fish, a small Shark,Stingray, Snake fish. or even a sheepshead( AKA Convict fish because of the stripes). They are particularly sly at pilfering your bait. Most of these we choose to throw back, but the catching is fun.

Near shore fishing offers tasty keepers like Redfish, Snook, Flounder, Trout, Mackerel, Snapper and so much more. Trust these Charter Captains who know the waters and the best fish for season. When you fish with a Captain the licenses are included for the time you are in their service. They  provide bait and tackle as well. The fish you catch are yours to keep. At the end of the trip we fillet and package them in ziplock bags at no additional cost.  Ask each Captain for their tips on the best way to prepare what you have caught.


Keys Marina~ Is staffed by local fishermen who know the best fishing areas and share their expertise and a full stocked bait shop. They hire only Licensed Captains to offer the best charter experience. If you vacation with your boat, they have slips for rent.

Captain Matt ~Captain Matt embarks from his home on the waters of Tampa Bay for each day of fishing. He is strategically located on Anna Maria Island, perfect for Tampa Bay fishing and a very short run to some great Sarasota fishing. Captain Matt offers offshore charters for everything that swims in the deep blue. So if you are looking to fill the cooler or do battle with a true sea monster, he is prepared for it.

Cortez Deep Sea Fishing~ U.S. Coast Guard Certified, they are geared to make your fishing experience fun as well as safe. Plenty of room on board to load up with enough fish to feed your crowd of anglers. Whatever the season there is plenty of tasty fish to choose from . 

Stray Dog Offshore Sport Fishing~Captain Scott has been professionally guiding offshore fishing trips full time out of the Cortez docks for over 35 years.Taking you for a more thrilling adventure, catching trophy and eating fish like, Grouper, Snapper, Blue and White Marlin, HogFish, Kingfish,  Mahi Mahi, Sailfish, and Blackfin Tuna or Tarpon, that arrive seasonally.

If you choose to fish independently, please contact Florida Fish and Wildlife  for a current license. You can get yours from your phone through the website or at Keys Marina.

The sun is reflective on the water, so bring Sunscreen and apply often. It would be wise to wear a hat and sunglasses, also have plenty of water and pack lunch for longer excursions.. Each charter offers different amenities, make sure you know ahead what isn’t included. Have fun on the water and please share your fishing photos with us at We would love to post the to our Guest Photos and Pinterest Boards. Email them to

Renting a vacation home near the fishing pier may be more up your alley. The Rod and Reel has a small daily fee to fish, also you can buy bait and rent a pole. The Bridge street pier has free fishing and a small fee to rent a pole as well as bait and tackle shop. Both locations also serve breakfast, lunch and dinner, so you can stay all day.

We have several rental homes, cottages or condos close to great fishing. Find yor accommodations at www.BeachRentals.Mobi

Offshore fishing, and in shore

4141 127 th ST West, Cortez FL 34215                                                                                          941-538-4290

100 South Bay Blvd

Anna Maria FL 34216                                                                                                                        941-779-1667

4334 127th Street West

Cortez FL 34215                                                                                                                                  941-794-3580

Tuna Breath  Fishing Charters                                                                                                        941-321-4870

Holmes Beach                                                                                                                                      941-778-1404

“The Oscar III”

Holmes Beach                                                                                                                                      941-747-3866

875 North Shore Drive

Anna Maria FL 34216                                                                                                                         941-778-1885

Cortez                                                                                                                                                    941-794-5615

Captain Mark Howard                                                                                                                       941-704-6763

Holmes Beach

5501 Marina Drive

Holmes Beach FL 34217                                                                                                                  941-778-1977


Corner of St. Jude’s Drive & Gulf of Mexico Drive

Longboat Key                                                                                                                                    941-383-0777

1505 Ken Thompson Parkway

City Island (just south of the south LBK bridge)                                                                       941-388-3050

Capt. Wayne Genthner

Longboat Key                                                                                                                                     941-720-4418

6040 Gulf of Mexico Drive

Longboat Key FL 34228                                                                                                                  941-383-1311


2 Marina Plaza

Sarasota FL 34236                                                                                                                           941-366-3373






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