Anna Maria Island is known for so many things including phenomenal fishing. Whether it is your first time casting out or you're a seasoned pro, you won't want to miss these amazing local fishing spots on Anna Maria Island.
Pier Fishing on Anna Maria Island
Starting at the north end of the island there are two locations to choose from that just can't be beat. Whether you pick the historic Rod and Reel Pier or The AMI City Pier, you won't be disappointed. Both piers offer incredible views of the Tampa Bay and Skyway Bridge, have on site restrooms, restaurants, bait shops where you can rent out fishing gear and multiple cleaning stations. It doesn't get any more convenient than this! Heading south to Bradenton Beach you'll find that its city pier offers a lot of the same amenities plus some added bonuses. The Bradenton Beach City Pier has lots of covered benches and spots to get out of the sun and even offers great night time fishing for those looking to fish after the sun sets.
Just across the street from the city pier you will find Three Pier Beach which is a favorite spot amongst visitors and locals! Although there are no restrooms, bait shops or any of the other amenities as with the piers listed above you simply can't come to Anna Maria Island without experiencing fishing on the Gulf side.
Following the Fishing Rules and Regulations around Anna Maria Island
There are some important regulations that you have to familiarize yourself with when fishing on Anna Maria Island. If you plan to fish on AMI and are over the age of 16 you will have to obtain a fishing license which can easily be purchased at many local tackle shops like Keyes Marina Island Discount Tackle or even at a tax collectors office. However, you do not need a fishing license if you are a Florida resident over the age of 65 or if you are fishing from land or an attached structure like a pier.
We also highly recommend checking out The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation website and getting to know the different seasons and rules regarding certain types of fish.