Fishing on Anna Maria Island

Fishing on Anna Maria Island is always a popular activity. Recreational, sport and commercial fishing all take place around island waterways bringing a positive economic impact. There are plenty of charter boats for hire, and access to several different types of waterways. Mix that with perfect year round weather and you’ve found an anglers dream!

Fishing on Anna Maria Island

Provided below is a bevy of resources to make your Anna Maria Island excursion on the water one to remember. We have charters, places to fish, information about seasons, fishing reports from local captains, and everything you need to know about fishing while on Anna Maria Island.

Charters

Anna Maria Island has no shortage of boats for hire. There are dozens of local licensed Captains and boats outfitted for a day of fishing on briny waters. Here is a list of 7 Anna Maria Island Fishing Charters.

Places to Fish

There are several places for fishing on Anna Maria Island with the piers being the most popular for onshore catches. You’ll find several bodies of water located around the island. The Gulf of Mexico, Tampa Bay and Sarasota Bay are some great options along with the nearby Manatee River. Some folks like to fish off the beach, or the shallow grassy salt flats of the bay. The More adventurous will head into deeper gulf waters.

Reports

Check out what locals are saying weekly with up to date fishing reports! While the island has great fishing all the time, these will help you better understand what’s biting through the year. From Sport fish like Tarpon to tasty inshore fish like Flounder, these reports have it all!

fishing on Anna Maria Island

Whether you live on Anna Maria Island all year, or just seasonally, you can always be sure the fishing will be hot.

 

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Winter Fishing Is Coming

Anna Maria Island Winter fishing is coming! The island is cooling down, and while the fishing is changing from summer patterns to winter, it is still good–especially on a nice outgoing tide.

Winter Fishing
Sherry crushing some Snook!

Anna Maria Island October Fishing

While the bait hasn’t been as thick, there has still been no problem filling the live wells with pin-fish and shiners. I also like to start getting a few dozen shrimp this time of year as well before taking my clients out in pursuit of redfish, snook, trout, tripletail, and even some of the remaining mackerel and bonito off of the beaches.

October/Early November Fishing Tips

Tips: If using live bait, I’m using both circle and j-hooks in size 2 or 4 with a 6 foot 20lb. fluorocarbon leader, hooking the shiners through the nose. Fish up-current of any structure you may be fishing, or in the case of targeting triple-tail (which is both a fun catch and a delicious meal) just get your bait as close as you can to the crab-trap buoy as they are not very picky.

If using artificial bait, I have been having luck with a myriad of options; but primarily weedless silver spoons for mackerel, bonito, trout. Use gold spoons for Redfish, hard jerk-baits for Snook, and DOA shrimp for just about everything (I prefer white) and that has been getting it done consistently.

If fly fishing, light colored bait fish patterns will do the trick if targeting the mackerel, bonito, or triple tail. If targeting schools of redfish I like to use either a crab pattern, or baitfish pattern with a soft outer presentation to avoid spooking them. I use a 20lb. fluorocarbon leader for this as well, but it might not hurt to throw a 25lb. shock tippet on the end of leader as well to combat abrasion.

The seasons are changing and winter is coming, but that doesn’t mean the fishing has to cool off. Get out there and have some fun with Anna Maria Island Winter Fishing!

Tight Lines!

Capt. Scott Kinsman

AMI Charters

scott@amicharters.com

(941) 348-2035

instagram: @ami.charters

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Post Irma Fishing Report – Juvenile Tarpon and Snook

Here is the post Irma Fishing Report! Irma passed, thankfully with minimal damage, and Anna Maria Island is nearly back to normal.

Post Irma Fishing Report

In the week following the storm, the water clarity was off as one would expect it to be after Tampa Bay was nearly emptied and refilled by the storm. The fishing is still lights out right now.

Post Irma Fishing Report
Lots of juvenile Tarpon around lately!

Snook

There are still a fair amount of snook stacked up off of the beaches right now, as well as back in some of the bigger inlet mangroves. There are quite a few reports of good redfish days out there as well right now so look to the mangroves at high tide and the flats at low tide. And don’t forget about docks. When using conventional tackle, use 20 lb. fluorocarbon leaders with size 4 hooks. Use large shiners for bait (plenty can still be found off the beaches right now).

If targeting these snook on the fly, your best bet is to hit one of the dock lights at night as there are a lot of them piled up there once the sun goes down. Use 20# leader and the smallest flies you have.

Tarpon

Also, if you can find the right spots (think tucked away), the sunset bite for juvenile tarpon right now is really kicking–and there’s no better way to hook them than on light tackle or on the fly! I keep my rigs the same as above using clean 20# leaders and haven’t had a problem keeping them on.

When fishing for these tarpon on the fly you’ll want to wait until you see a roll or a boil on the surface and cast immediately in front of it. Sight-casting has been far more effective than blind casting for these tarpon. Use a small or medium sized bait fish pattern and make every cast count.

Tight Lines!

Capt. Scott Kinsman

AMI Charters

scott@amicharters.com

(941) 348-2035

instagram: @ami.charters

Facebook: www.facebook.com/amicharters

 

 

Anna Maria Island Mancation

An Anna Maria Island Mancation is an amazing way to gather all your best buds for a week of fun on the beach. There are so many activities and things to do with the guys, your group won’t want to leave.

Anna Maria Island Mancation

What’s better than getting all your guy pals together for a week? Doing it by the beach! Check out our Anna Maria Island Mancation guide for the perfect week of beach side fun.

Anna Maria Island Mancation

Anna Maria Island Beach Rentals and Accommodations for dudes

Island Real Estate has tons of guy-friendly spots to pick for any size group! All of these units have propane BBQ grills and unique features men love. While these options are extremely comfortable, they’re luxurious too. Deny it all you want, but we know men love to feel pampered in paradise!

A Pirate’s Cove is a great spot for groups of up to six guests. Here you’ll be less than a block from the beach, and there is a heated pool too. Find one king bed, a double bed and a twin bunk bed in this two bedroom Bradenton Beach rental.

Bradenton Beach vacation rental
A Pirate’s Cove is a great cottage rental with old Florida charm, and super close to the beach!

Fish House is an awesome rental for up to eight guests. This canal front home offers a boat dock and is just a short ride from the deep waters of Tampa Bay! If your group loves to fish, this is the spot! Find a room with 4 twin bunks plus a king bed and one queen bed.

Anna Maria beach rental
Fish House is great for mid-sized groups with a rustic Fish Camp atmosphere.

Waterfront Retreat will have your guys feeling like they won the vacation rental jackpot! Sleeping up to 14 guests with 6 bedrooms, your group will have everything when staying in this luxury home. Canal front with boat dock, pet friendly, heated pool, super awesome bar area, close to the beach and so much space! Find two king beds, three queens and two sets of twin bunks!

Anna Maria vacation rental
Your group will have their own private bar when visiting Waterfront Retreat!

Activities for men to bond over

The beach is the most obvious Anna Maria Island activity. There is nothing better than relaxing on the beach with friends and cold drinks! However, there are so many other fun activities to check out while vacationing.

Fishing trips and boat tours

Reserve a trip with one of the many local boat captains! Whether your group likes fishing, or just wants to sandbar hop, there are so many great options for boat tours!

AMI Charters – Fishing, Fly-Fishing, Sunsets and Fun Runs. Accommodates 6. Captain Scott Kinsman.

Anna Maria Inshore Fishing – Inshore Fishing, Intracoastal, Manatee River. Accommodates 4. Captain Kyle Taylor.

Captain Ryan Taylor Fishing –  Inshore Fishing from Tampa Bay to Sarasota Bay. Accommodates 4. Captain Ryan Taylor.

If you have a large group Captains, and brothers, Kyle and Ryan will team up to accommodate your needs!

AMI Charters
Book a Fishing tour or fun run boat cruise with AMI Charters!

Visit Bradenton Breweries

While Anna Maria Island doesn’t have any breweries, you will find several just a short drive away in the downtown area of Bradenton. Check out our Bradenton Breweries Guide!

Darwin Brewing
Visit Breweries in Downtown Bradenton

Adrenal Rush Activities

Anna Maria Island has fun activities to get your blood pumping! Flyboarding, Jet Surfing and Parasailing are all great options for a screaming good time! Find out more about these local vendors here!

Flyboarding
Top Gun Flyboards are a super fun Anna Maria Island activity for a brocation!

Bunch of Beach Bums!

Your group will definitely want to hang out and soak up the sun on the beach. Why not do something a little extra fun and rent some beach equipment? Stand up paddle boards and kayaks are always a popular option. If you happen to visit when the gulf is churning up some waves, rent a surfboard and head to White Avenue! This spot is a locals secret. Impress your buddies with your insider knowledge of the AMI salt life.

equipment rentals
Equipment rentals are a fun way to kick your beach day up a notch!

Where to eat?

After all day fun on Anna Maria Island, your group will undoubtedly work up a big appetite! Surely your guys will want to enjoy some steaks on the grill in your beach rental, but who wants to cook every meal on vacation?

Peaches is a fantastic spot for big hearty breakfasts before a long day on the beach. Find all the traditional breakfast options with fast friendly service.

Poppo’s Taqueria will be a favorite with your group. Promise you! Find huge burritos, craft beers and a casual atmosphere. Even better, Poppo’s offers organic produce, hormone free meat and locally sourced ingredients for the conscious minded consumer.

Slim’s Place offers a classic sports bar atmosphere, but with food that is much better than your typical pub-grub. Be sure to check out their “No Shower Happy Hour”! Find live music and, of course, sports on the T.V.

Slim's Place
Slim’s Place is a great spot for a casual bite to eat with friends!

Round up the crew, grab your swim trunks and plan the perfect Anna Maria Island Mancation today!

Anna Maria Island August Fishing Report – It’s Hot Out There!

Anna Maria Island August fishing has been almost as hot as the weather. While those water temps don’t always translate into the best mid-afternoon fishing, the morning and evening bite has been great – especially on a strong outgoing tide.

Anna Maria Island August Fishing

The bait has been thick, and there has been no problem blacking out the live-wells quickly with plenty of shiners and pin-fish. It also wouldn’t be a bad idea to get some shrimp as well for some of the sheepshead I have seen lounging around some of the docks in the area.

After the bait is loaded up, I have been picking my clients up in the morning and taking them to some spots a little further south of the island in pursuit of mangrove snapper, snook, trout, ladyfish, and some spanish mackerel.

August Fishing Tips

Tips: If using live bait, I recommend a size 4 or 6 hook and a 6 foot 20lb. fluorocarbon leader, hooking the shiners through the nose. When you find yourself getting into mackerel (or you get a bite and it breaks you off), switch over to long-shank hooks to combat their toothy bite.

If using artificial bait, I have been having luck with a myriad of options; but primarily weedless silver spoons, topwater spooks, and DOA shrimp (I prefer white) have been getting it done consistently.

If fly fishing, I recommend sight-fishing from the beaches (or dock lights at night) for snook using a small EP glass minnow of the chartreuse/silver/white variety. I use a 20lb. fluorocarbon leader for this as well, but it might not hurt to throw a 25lb. shock tippet on the end of leader as well to combat abrasion.

Regardless of the method, the fishing has been fun out there if you can withstand the heat so remember to get out early, watch the tides, and wear plenty of sunscreen!

Tight Lines!

Capt. Scott Kinsman

AMI Charters

scott@amicharters.com

(941) 348-2035

instagram: @ami.charters

Facebook: www.facebook.com/amicharters

Anna Maria Island August Fishing
Fly Fishing for Snook around Anna Maria Island grass flats.

6 Ways to Celebrate World Oceans Day on Anna Maria Island

Here are 6 ways to celebrate World Oceans Day on Anna Maria Island. While the powder fine sand and blue water on Anna Maria Island are worth celebrating everyday, follow our guide on how to help keep AMI waterways beautiful on this special day.

6 Ways to Celebrate World Oceans Day on Anna Maria Island

It’s easy to help keep Anna Maria Island beautiful. Follow our guide for World Oceans Day, not just on June 8th, but eveyday!

Clean it up!

Clean up the beach for World Oceans Day!
Clean up the beach for World Oceans Day!

The best way to celebrate World Oceans Day is by picking up garbage on the beach. Even though our beaches are wonderfully pristine, there is a good chance you probably encounter at least a little bit of garbage every time you visit. Today be the change, and pick it up!

You don’t have to spend hours walking along the coastline to feel like you made a difference. If you only spend two minutes picking up trash you have helped! You’ll be amazed at how much stuff you’ll find in even a short period of time. As you look for garbage on the beach check out clumps of seaweed and the areas around sea oats. Litter and trash tend to get caught up in these areas. However, be sure to keep off the sand dunes and sea oats as they are a very fragile and important environment.

When you start picking up trash there’s a good chance onlookers will see you, and be more cautious about their own garbage. You may even find your actions cause others to join in!

Every year millions of birds and marine animals die from ingesting or becoming entangled in plastics and litter. The health of these animals depends on you to help!

Donate

Another great way to help save the Oceans is by donating to organizations who support this cause. Mote Marine Laboratory is a fantastic organization that will be accepting donations for World Oceans Day. They will be hosting a 48 hour giving event June 2-4, but donations are welcome any time!

Mote Marine is an amazing facility that not only works to save Marine life, but educates people of all ages about the unique species and environments in Florida. Every year they rescue tons of endangered sea turtles along with many other programs that help humans gain better understanding of the world.

Practice Responsible Boating

Practice Responsible Boating on World Oceans Day
Practice Responsible and safe boating

A great way to help world Oceans is by boating responsibly. Never throw garbage into the water, and if you see floating debris try to pick it out. Be sure trash is in a safe receptacle to ensure it doesn’t blow off into waterways.

In Florida it is safe to say all bodies of water have marine animals. Always be aware of your surroundings when boating, and be on the lookout for wildlife. Follow signage and idle zones marked specifically to warn of Manatees. Dolphins, Manatees and Sea Turtles are too often hit by boat propellers. Do your best to avoid speeding through the areas where they are known to live.

Keep your boat in areas that are appropriate for your make and model of vessel. Running your boat aground in Florida waterways can damage sea grasses that provide food and shelter to marine life. Never tie your boat up to Mangroves or allow your anchor to drag through reef environments.

Eat Sustainable Seafood

Sustainable Seafood Anna Maria Island
Eat Sustainable Seafood to help reduce over fishing ocean marine life.

Sustainable Seafood is always the best alternative. Sure we all love those high-end Tuna cuts, but there are so many different species of seafood that often go over looked.

Over fishing is a global problem. Without careful conservation some species could disappear from the worlds oceans in just a few decades. When you choose sustainable fish you choose healthy oceans.

There are many questions to ask when purchasing sustainable fish. Was it net or line caught? was it farm raised or wild? Domestic or import? Asking these questions to your local fish monger will allow you to find more ethically sourced seafood.

When visiting Anna Maria Island you’ll find sustainable seafood isn’t hard to come by. Local examples of sustainable seafood include Lionfish, Mullet and Venus Sunray Clams. Cobia and Snapper from the Gulf are also considered good choices. Here is a handy website to assist you in choosing sustainable seafood.

Reduce your carbon footprint

carbon footprint
Reduce your carbon foot print to help negative effects of climate change.

You can help reduce the effects of climate change on our oceans by reducing your carbon footprint. This isn’t a new idea, and there are tons of ways to be mindful of your energy use. Leave your car and walk or bike when you can. This is easy to do on Anna Maria Island! Everyone knows you can bike all over, hop on the free trolley, or even walk to your destination while visiting the Island.

Other ways to reduce your energy consumption include taking the stairs, switching to compact fluorescent light bulbs, and don’t over set your thermostat. Making tiny efforts to change the way you consume energy is a great way to reduce carbon and the negative effects of climate change on world oceans

Inspire Others

Celebrate World Oceans Day on Anna Maria Island
Inspire others to help save the worlds oceans for future generations.

Take time to learn about oceans and waterways, and inspire others to help make a difference. When you learn how oceans are vital to a healthy earth you’ll find yourself taking steps to protect it.

Visit local aquariums, science centers and wildlife attractions dealing with marine life. Educate yourself about oceans then take your knowledge and inspire others to help save the ocean!

Do your part this year and celebrate World Oceans Day on Anna Maria Island!

Anna Maria Island May Activities

There are some really great Anna Maria Island May Activities going on this year! From Mother’s day to Cinco de Mayo, and new shopping spots to live music, May is great for island time!

Anna Maria Island May Activities

Check out what’s happening on and around Anna Maria Island this May with our top activities guide.

Cinco De Mayo

Florida’s biggest Cinco de Mayo celebration will be going on Saturday, May 6th at Sutton Park in Palmetto. While the holiday falls on a Friday this year, event organizers planned the celebration for Saturday to allow families to join in on the fun.

The Gulf Coast Latin Chamber of Commerce is organizing the event with tons of amazing sponsors. Expect to find vendors, food, music and more during this amazing community event.

The event is free to attend. Find Sutton park at 6th Street West in Palmetto from 2-8pm.

Cinco De Mayo Anna Maria Island May Activities

DIY work shops at Makers Market

While visiting the area enjoy a little DIY fun at the new Makers Market shop. Learn new skills, and make something beautiful too! Flex your creativity and come home with a lovely wall hanging, tote bag and more. There are a variety of projects to pick from, and you can even make it into a party with friends and family.

Find the Makers Market Workshop at 6650 Cortez Road in Bradenton.

Anna Maria Island May Activities
Island Real Estate Staff members tried there hand at DIY crafts! They had a blast!

Pickin’ Picnic

Pickin’ Picnic will also be Saturday, May 6th. Find this event happening in Downtown Bradenton’s Riverwalk Park from 1-9pm.

The event showcases local music, craft beers, top-rated food trucks, vendors and Bradenton’s millennial culture at its finest.

Bring a blanket or chair and sit on the green lawn at this family friendly annual event. Organized in collaboration between Realize Bradenton and Independent Jones this event is free to attend.

 

Mother’s Day

Mother’s Day is a fantastic time for a visit to the beach, or brunch at one of many great local restaurants. Treat Mom to both this year, and reserve her a beach rental on Anna Maria Island!

Mother’s Day brunch will be in full swing at several local restaurants across the area.

Anna Maria Island – The Sandbar and Sign of the Mermaid

Cortez – Neptune Room at Seafood Shack

Bradenton – Pier 22 and Motorworks Brewery

Palmetto – Riverhouse Reef and Grill

Sarasota – Powell Crosley Estate

Mother's Day Brunch
Treat your mom to brunch for Mother’s Day

Go Pier Fishing!

May is a fantastic time of year to do a little Pier fishing on one of Anna Maria Island’s three piers. With mild morning weather still swirling around the island, take the family out for a day of angling. All three island piers have blanket fishing licenses, so you won’t have to hold your own. You can rent fishing gear at each location.

Anna Maria Island May Things to do
Pier Fishing is always a fun activity on Anna Maria Island.

Manatee Rare Fruit Council Tree Sale

Sunday May 21st the Manatee Rare Fruit Council will be selling trees at the Bradenton Area Convention Center. Enjoy over 5000 plants from 22 reputable vendors. Parking and admission are free, and the event runs from 10am-4pm.

Find the Convention Center at 1 Haben Boulevard in Palmetto.

Manatee County Rare Fruit Council Tree Sale

Memorial Day Beach fun and Cook Outs

While Memorial Day falls in the Spring, this event really signals the kick-off of summer fun on Anna Maria Island. There is nothing better than a grilled hot dog on the beach with family and friends enjoying a day off. The water will be warm and the sun will be shining!

None of the public beaches allow personal grills, but you will find charcoal public grilling facilities at Coquina Beach, Manatee Public Beach and Bay Front Park.

Anna Maria Island May Activities
Enjoy May Activities on Anna Maria Island.

Enjoy family fun with these great Anna Maria Island May Activities!

 

National Crab Meat Day Anna Maria Island

There is no better place to celebrate National Crab Meat Day than on Anna Maria Island! While Stone Crab Season runs October 15 to May 15 on the Florida Gulf Coast, this is the perfect time of year to enjoy this tasty seafood!

National Crab Meat Day
Celebrating National Crab Meat Day on Anna Maria Island.

National Crab Meat Day on Anna Maria Island

When looking for local crab meat, we highly recommend Starfish Market in the old Cortez Fishing Village. This is the best spot to find fresh off the boat seafood! You can literally see the fishing boats right from the docks of this restaurant. It really doesn’t get fresher. Just be sure to bring cash only.

Many local seafood restaurants offer crab selections. While on Anna Maria Island also check out The Waterfront Restaurant, The Sandbar and the Rod & Reel Pier for tasty crab options. If you are on Longboat Key we suggest The Lazy Lobster!

Regina Wreck Sugar Barge – Anna Maria Island

The Regina Wreck is a great spot for those looking to snorkel or scuba dive around Anna Maria Island. While close to shore, this sunken ship is easy to access and great for any skill level.

Regina Wreck State Underwater Archaeological Preserve

The Regina Wreck became part of the national register of historical places in 2005. Also know as the sugar barge or molasses barge, the Regina is a great Anna Maria Island attraction. You’ll find the wreck about 75 yards off shore in no more than 20 feet of water. This site is great for snorkeling, scuba diving and free diving. You can charter a dive with Sea Kat Divers in Bradenton Beach.

Once in the water you’ll find a variety of tropical fish, conchs, sea urchins, sand dollars and native marine life. Because this is a State Preserve; collection, excavation or disturbance of the site is illegal. Those diving with a Florida Fishing license may collect up to two species of live shells. However, restrictions apply to some native species all together. Manatee County has more rigid shell collection regulations than other parts of Florida. Please read the link here for additional information.

The Regina sunk in 1940. The wreck has been beaten with tides, sand and storms over the years. Therefore, you may not see it until right over top depending on visibility. Today,  a great deal of sand covers the Regina. You will only see parts of the over 200 foot long ship remains.

Regina Wreck Sugar Barge
Sugar Barge remains map.

How the Regina Sunk

The Regina was built in 1904 for the Cuban Molasses Transportation Company based out of Havana. On March 5th in 1940 She left Havana bound for New Orleans under the tow from the tugboat Minima. The Regina carried 350,000 gallons of molasses. Two days into it’s trip, a cold front swept through the Gulf of Mexico bringing 8-12 foot waves. The boats were pushed closer and closer to shore despite effort to correct course. Looking for shelter, the Minima headed for Tampa Bay.

Near Egmont Key, north of Anna Maria Island, the Minima’s tow lines broke. This left the Molasses caring ship to drift helplessly down the gulf coast toward Anna Maria Island. Eventually the Regina hit a sandbar off Bradenton Beach where it became stranded in the storm. The ship began to break apart as rough winds and waves smashed into it.

The Rescue begins

On March 8th a Bradenton Beach local spotted the stranded ship, and notified the St. Petersburg Coast Guard. The ship was about 200 yards off shore, but the eight crew members couldn’t abandon ship due to the high waves. The crew huddled in the flooded broken ship. Locals built fires on the beach in an effort to let the crew know help was on the way. Coast Guard rescue craft, the Nemesis, tried unsuccessfully to rescue the crew. Next, a line throwing gun was transferred to the Nemesis. Several attempts were made, but the line fell short. At day break a sea plane dropped life jackets to the crew, but they only washed ashore.

Spectators gathered on the beach. One of the crew members and his dog jumped off the boat while a man from the mainland swam toward him with a lifeline. Unfortunately this crew mate never made it to shore.

A yachting dingy made it to the ship with life preservers, and was able to take one member from the ship. The dingy capsized close to shore, and locals made a human chain to assist the two back to safety. Locals increased efforts with the dingy to finish the rescue.

Read more about the rescue of the Regina Crew here.

With an interesting history, the Sugar Barge is a unique Anna Maria Island experience. If you are looking for a great place to see fish and history, this underwater preserve is a must.

 

License Free Fishing Days Anna Maria Island

The state of Florida allows eight license free fishing days each year. This applies to both residents and visitors to Florida.

License Free Fishing Days
Enjoy License Free Fishing Days on Anna Maria Island!

License Free Fishing Days

Each year Florida Fish and Wildlife allows fishing without a license on the following days:

Freshwater

  • First Saturday and Sunday in April
  • Second Saturday and Sunday in June

Saltwater

  • First Saturday and Sunday in June
  • First Saturday in September
  • Saturday after Thanksgiving

A great opportunity for Florida fishing!

The license free fishing days are a great opportunity for Floridians and visitors to experience a day on the water. These free days apply to onshore, pier and boat fishing. These fishing holidays only apply to recreational fishing, and do not cover commercial fishing.

Additionally, seasons, size limits and bag limits do still apply. When fishing during these times be sure you know what you may and may not keep! The saltwater dates do also cover any type of recreational harvest, in season, including scalloping, lobstering and many other angling activities.

Enjoy license free fishing days on Anna Maria Island on your next visit!

Fishing from Anna Maria Island vacation rentals

Honeywood House is a great Anna Maria Island vacation rental for a little dock fishing! This canal front home has a dock for relaxing while doing a little fishing. If you bring a boat on vacation you can dock it here too! This canal takes you out to Bimini Bay and Tampa Bay for great fishing trips! Book your stay at Honeywood House today!

Anna Maria Island vacation rentals on canals
Honeywood House has a beautiful dock for fishing!

Loggerhead Turtles visit Anna Maria Island

Anna Maria Island – Loggerhead Turtles are the most common found nesting on our shores from May through October every year. There are five different species of Sea Turtles that can be found swimming in the waters around Anna Maria Island.

Loggerhead Turtles and More

Among Loggerheads the Gulf of Mexico is also home to Hawksbill, Leatherback, Kemp Ridley and Green Sea Turtles. Occasionally on Anna Maria Island we have had Green Sea Turtles nest, but most nests are from Loggerheads.

According to Anna Maria Island Turtle Watch and Shorebird Monitoring the 2015 Sea Turtle nesting season brought Anna Maria Island 356 nests with 441 false crawls, or crawls not resulting in eggs, and a total of 12,571 hatchlings sent off to the Gulf of Mexico and Tampa Bay.

Loggerhead turtles have a large head and powerful jaw suited for eating the hard shelled organisms that make up most of their diet. In addition to eating mollusks, whelks and conchs, and sea urchins Loggerheads feast on Jellyfish and are predominantly carnivores. After hatching, baby turtles make their way to the safety of sargassum, or large patches of floating sea grass, to feed on tiny floating organisms and invertebrates.

Loggerhead turtles
A loggerhead Sea Turtle released from a rehabilitation facility.

Loggerheads aren’t just found in Florida waters, but have a very large range including the sub-tropic and tropic regions of the Atlantic, Pacific and Indian Oceans. Occasionally Loggerheads have even been seen off the coast of Oregon, but do not nest on those coasts. These turtles can be found hundreds of miles off shore in open water, around coral reefs, as well as inshore lagoons, bays, salt marshes and large rivers.

About Loggerheads

Loggerhead turtles, also know by the scientific term as Caretta caretta, have almost heart shaped shells with a red tinged top and yellow underside. Males have a longer tail with their carpace, or top shell, narrowing towards their back end. Baby Caretta caretta have a dark grey or brownish carpace with a pale yellow underside, and their flippers are dark brown with white edges. This species of turtle is typically in the 200 pound range as adults, but can grow to 400 or more pounds in weight. The adult Caretta caretta has an average length of 36-38 inches with babies hatching at just a couple of inches.

Turtles and Ecosystem

Sea Turtles play an important role in their ecosystem, with their biggest threat coming from development of habitat. It is important to be mindful when visiting the beach during nesting season. Turtles need to navigate the coastline uninterrupted. Female Loggerheads usually come up on to the shore after nightfall to nest. Often they visit the same beaches where they were hatched. Caretta caretta nests can hold around 100 eggs, but are susceptible to predation from animals foraging on the coast.

When visiting gulf beaches between May and October it is important to flatten sandcastles, fill in sand holes and remove beach equipment and garbage. This is to ensure turtles and hatchlings don’t become entangled or trapped. For tips on sharing the beach during turtle season read our “Rules to Live by during Turtle Season“. If you see a turtle or hatchlings stay back, give the animal space so they don’t become stressed.

Loggerhead turtle hatchlings
Baby Loggerhead Turtles make their way to the Gulf.

If you see an injured sea turtle or unmarked nest please contact the Anna Maria Island Turtle Watch at 941-778-5638. Also contact Florida Fish and Wildlife at 888-404-3922. If you find any type of injured wildlife contact Wildlife Inc. at 941-778-6324.

 

Anna Maria Island Beach Front Accommodations

Island Real Estate offers a large selection of beach front vacation rentals to choose from, so plan your stay today!

Anna Maria Island vacation rental
La Casa LaMar offers direct beach front accommodations for up to 5 guests! Click on the image to learn more about this beautiful home.