Anna Maria Island is home to some of the best fishing on the planet! There’s always a group of fish to catch no matter the time, day, or season you visit this beautiful place. However, despite its amazing fishing opportunities, it can be challenging to find these fish without an experienced, local, dedicated guide. With so many fishing guides to choose from, the process of picking the right one can be quite stressful. While I have immense respect for all the guides on Anna Maria Island, I believe I am the perfect choice for showing you, your family, and friends around our fishery.
Anna Maria Island Charters Fishing in Spring
As we approach the busiest time of the year on Anna Maria Island, I’m thrilled to create lasting memories with different families every day. Nothing in the world makes me happier than putting someone in the position to catch a fish they’ve been wanting to for some time. Witnessing the joy that a fish can bring to a family is truly special. There’s no better place in the world to go fishing with your family than Anna Maria Island, and I am confident that I am the right person for your Anna Maria Island Fishing Experience.
Spring fishing on Anna Maria Island is nothing short of incredible! The Redfish and Snook have been abundant in the rivers and creeks over the past few months while the water has been cold. Especially the Snook, which have been almost starving up the river, waiting for the water temperatures to rise. Late February and early March are when the Snook and Redfish are on the grass flats, eagerly feeding to make up for lost time. This is when we approach the fish with a livewell full of bait and catch almost as many fish as we can imagine!
In my personal opinion, there’s no better time to book an Anna Maria Island Fishing Charter than in the springtime. The inshore spring bite on Anna Maria Island is a world-class fishery that everyone must experience, especially with AMI Excursions! The Redfish are so plentiful that it’s hard to keep them off your line! And there are plenty more fish to catch on your Anna Maria Island Fishing Charter besides Snook, Redfish, and Speckled Sea Trout.
Nearshore Charter Fishing on Anna Maria Island
There’s also the “nearshore” side of things to explore. A nearshore Anna Maria Fishing Charter, a couple of miles off the beach, offers the chance to catch Kingfish, Permit, and Cobia. These migratory species work their way up and down the coast during the spring months, providing an exciting fishing experience for the whole family. Cobia and Kingfish are also present during the fall months and occasionally in other months as well.
Both Cobia and Kingfish make for delicious meals after an exciting day of fishing. The thick filets of Cobia are perfect for a few nice dinners, while the oily texture of Kingfish lends itself well to fish dip or grilling on a “half-shell” style. As for Permit, while they can be tasty, I prefer not to keep them as they are a trophy game fish on Anna Maria Island. Their fierce fight makes them, in my opinion, the best pound-for-pound fighting fish in our beautiful Gulf.
The thrill of hearing the drag scream when a Permit crushes your bait on the water’s surface is an experience like no other. I’m eagerly looking forward to fishing with you all this year! Remember, when looking for an Anna Maria Island Fishing Charter, AMI Excursions will have you covered!