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Anna Maria Island

Fishing is a popular Island pastime - A Lime Cottage Vacation Rental

Fishing is a favorite pastime on Anna Maria Island. A variety of fish species may be caught off any of the Island's three fishing piers and from a variety of other good fishing spots found on the island.

In Anna Maria City, the Rod and Reel Pier is a great location to cast a line for jack, mackerel, snappers, drum, snook (as pictured above and left), cobia, barracuda, king fish, ladyfish, tarpon, sand perch, sheepshead, trout, red fish, grouper and even small sharks. In 1979 a 17 foot hammerhead shark was caught off the Pier earning a world record for the largest shark ever caught off a pier. The famous Rod and Reel restaurant is located on the Pier. You can check lineups on this terrific HD webcam. The Pier is privately owned and charges older kids and adult anglers a few dollars to drop a line, but it's well worth the cost.

Just down the road from the Rod and Reel is the Anna Maria City pier. Originally built in 1910, this pier was practically destroyed by a hurricane in the 80's. It has since been restored and has a restaurant.

At the end of historic Bridge Street in Bradenton Beach is the Bridge Street Pier. This historic pier which once connected the island to the mainland was heavily damaged by a 2004 hurricane and has recently reopened after a multi-million dollar renovation. This is a convenient spot to catch grouper, mullet, flounder, bluefish and ladyfish. You can even see frolicking dolphins hunt for a meal. Since Rotten Ralph, a restaurant on the pier has closed, the City is tendering for new restauranteurs to take over the popular spot.

All three piers offer bait for sale. While you wait for the fish to bite, you may be treated to the sight of a manatee swimming lazily under the pier or a school of dolphins frolicking just offshore.

For the more adventurous, a number of deep sea fishing charters are available on the Island and in Cortez.

You do not need a license to fish from land or to fish from a structure attached to land. You do need one if you're fishing from a boat. If you charter one of the boats mentioned above, then the owner will likely have a blanket license. A good rule of thumb is, if you paid to go fishing, you likely won't need a license.

Even pink Barbie tackle will hook a catch at the Rod and Reel.  
A baby bonnet head shark, caught then released at The Rod & Reel pier.  
You never know what you'll land next, like this stingray.  
How about two jacks caught on one line?.  
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