“Inshore Fishing Anna Maria Island”

Inshore Fishing Anna Maria Island

Inshore Fishing Anna Maria Island


The Best Inshore Fishing Anna Maria Island

Inshore Fishing Anna Maria Island  Fishing here on the Florida Gulf Coast is some of the best Snook fishing, Red fishing, and Trout fishing that Florida has to offer. Then, off to some of our breathtaking beaches and islands for some more Trout, Redfish, Snook, Flounder, plus Tarpon fishing.

As an expert fishing guide, I will go above and beyond to make your day on the water the most memorable and enjoyable fishing trip for you and your family 1-4 persons, (per boat) novice to expert angler’s, private fishing charters. Groups of any size can be accommodated with multiple boat fishing charters,  from large corporate outings to family reunion’s, big birthday bash, fishing charters for every occasion.

With 25 years of local waters fishing and a lifetime of experience fishing in general, I will give you 100% effort and know how,  to have the fishing adventure you’ve always dreamed of.  YEAR ROUND FISHING ! ! !

Inshore Fishing Anna Maria Island

We welcome Experienced, novice & junior anglers to some quality inshore flats fishing, backcountry fishing with an experienced and seasoned fishing guide, that has a great attitude and a gentle nature.My number one objective is to deliver the best service that Manatee and Sarasota counties fishing charter industry has to offer while providing an extremely fun, safe and exciting fish catching atmosphere. All you need to bring is your food, drinks, sunscreen and appropriate clothing depending on weather conditions. All other gear is supplied including licenses and ice.

At the end of our day when we return to the dock, all fish that can be kept will be cleaned, filleted, skinned, and bagged. You may want to bring a cooler to transport your fish home, or you can have your catch cooked fresh at one of our local restaurants.

Start your day on the beautiful flats of the southwest gulf coast of Florida on a Florida fishing charter with calm waters teaming with tarpon, snook, redfish, speckled sea trout, cobia, mackerel, flounder and more with longtime local guide, Capt. Phil Dyer . Novices to experienced anglers all receive personal instruction to get you started using light to medium spinning tackle for most species to heavier tackle for larger species, like tarpon, sharks, inshore grouper, and other species that may require this type of gear.

Awestruck Fishing Charters knows that tidal flows,  barrier islands, sand bars with distinct drop offs, beautiful turtle grass flats dotted with sand potholes, oyster bars, rock piles, deep channels, deep holes bumping up against mangrove shorelines, creeks and mouths of rivers, sand and grass points along with varying water temperatures  and food sources all determine the best chances to find hungry fish concentrations.  Capt. Phil would love to help you find these fish and maximize your time on the water.

All this just minutes from the dock, not to mention the southern climate and sun that we have to offer.  It is an angler’s world where your guide’s knowledge, skill and experience combine to connect the fisherman to the screaming drags, bent rods and “bragging rights” pictures that you’re looking for.

Inshore Fishing Anna Maria Island

Awestruck Fishing Charters will help you have an excellent experience on our beautiful water, where  a normal inshore fishing charter includes multiple species of fish caught on the same day, and often multiple species caught in individual locations.  whether it be a tarpon fishing charter, snook fishing charter, redfish fishing charter, trout fishing charter, plus catching many other species of fish on the same charter.

Fishing for tarpon, there are many choices along the Florida Gulf Coast, Boca Grande area, backcountry, harbor, bays, sounds, passes and beaches. Unfortunately, Boca Grande Pass has become a very crowded area and much of the basic etiquette, rules on how to fish the Pass, tactics, techniques, attitudes and self control are not observed these days by many others fishing there. There is too much fishing pressure on these tarpon and these fish now tend to relocate up and down (North and South) on the Florida gulf coast.  They also use the sounds, harbors, bays and flats for comfort zones, and bite better.  As a result, Awestruck Fishing Charters will be tarpon fishing on the beaches, bays, flats and barrier islands of the south west Florida gulf coast area.

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The Florida west coast beaches from Homosassa to Marco Island hold an incredible concentration of fish from early May to July.  Yet on most weekday mornings, it’s rare to spot another boat as you cast your plug or live bait at seemingly unlimited schools of passing fish.  When they are 30 yards away, cast your bait in their direction, throwing ahead of and beyond the school.  Beach/flats tarpon fishing is buck fever time as the horse like fish roll toward the baits, gulping air through bucket-sized mouths.  It’s remarkable fishing and yet only a few locals regularly enjoy it.  It is ironic, considering that Boca Grande Pass, the world’s best known and hardest fished tarpon spot, sits dead in the middle of this stretch of the FL gulf coast.  While boats regularly bump rub rails to get to tarpon and chase back and forth in the big Pass, the thousands of west central FL tarpon that roam the beaches and flats are largely ignored.

Some nicknames for tarpon, most notably is the Silverking and also Sabalo and Grande Ecaille.  Their habitat is in nearly all Florida Gulf coast areas.   They eventually spawn offshore and migrate some to the north right around the Gulf coast all the way to Central America and some back to the south to the Florida Keys, Cuba and other Caribbean locations.

Some mid size 60 to 70 pounds return to all the Florida Gulf Coast backcountry fishing areas and are found in estuary systems, back bays, rivers and river mouths, power plants and very deep dark water canals along the west central Florida Gulf coast.

Inshore Fishing Anna Maria Island

Tarpon has a back of dark green or grey, while the rest of the fish seems to be fashioned from silver.  The scales are huge.  The body of adult fish is deep and thick with a forked tail.  The mouth is large and scoop shaped.  There is a long streamer at the rear of the dorsal fin.  Florida tarpon fishing’s optimal water temperatures are between 75 and 88 degrees Fahrenheit.

Awestruck Fishing Charters offers excellent snook fishing in our home base out of Anna Maria Island, Bradenton, Sarasota, and Tampa Bay,  Snook fishing Florida in the backcountry, inshore flats, bays and barrier islands of the Florida Gulf Coast is the best in the continental United States.  Snook fishing offers one of the very best pound for pound light tackle fishing.  There is no tactic a snook doesn’t use – powerful runs, jumps that are often spectacular, and an unerring eye for any kind of obstruction.  Juvenile snook of 4 to 5 pounds leap high and often while the really big ones of 12 to 30 pounds manage to clear only about half their bodies trying to wear through the shock leader or throw the hook.  Florida fishing charter boats use the lightest leader possible tied to 10 to 30 pound braided line on light tackle spinning gear.  Florida snook fishing covers all the Florida flats fishing areas as during the seasons they migrate east to west on the Florida Gulf coast, not north and south as the tarpon fishing charters go.  Snook travel way up into the backcountry rivers and bayous to the near shore barrier islands and all the flats in between.  Awestruck Fishing Charters cover all of these areas with anglers using live bait to catch these exciting fish.  Any small baitfish makes good live bait as do live shrimp and small blue crabs.  Migratory schooling baitfish such as pilchards and thread herring work wonders when they show up on the fishing flats and beaches.  Large dead baits soaked on the bottom, such as half a small mullet or ladyfish, take some big snook too.  Nicknames for snook include Robalo, Sea Pike, Linesiders and Ravillia.  Snook fishing is as addictive as it gets.  You have to think like the snook to take the snook.  Sixty-eight degrees Fahrenheit and higher is the magic number for water temperature, but snook will feed in peak warmth hours when cooler.

Awestruck Fishing Charters  present great opportunities to catch a good number of fish on the Florida Gulf Coast Red fishing.  Fishing for redfish is a blast for any angler and these fish are available year round.  They are found in many of the same backcountry and inshore fishing spots any month of the year.  Redfish school up normally on the Florida Gulf coast and are willing feeders if approached in the right manner – Stealth, Stealth and Stealthy moves as they are found in the shallow gin clear waters around oyster bars, saw grass, grass flats dotted with sand potholes, sand and grass drop-offs, docks, flat rock piles, creek mouths, and under mangroves.

Most redfish here run from 2 to 3 pounds to 10 to 12 pounds with some in the 30” and up range to 25 pounds.  Redfish on the Florida Gulf coast are one of the best gamesters of inshore fishing waters, displaying strength, stamina and determination not to come boat side with long hard runs.  Although redfish can be as moody and spooky as any fish, redfish are usually ravenous feeders on the inshore flats fishing scene that will gobble up live baitfish, small crabs, live shrimp and also dead fresh cut bait.  Most productive artificials are weedless gold spoons, plastic scented jig tails and noisy top-water plugs.  Red Fishing charters offer some great sight fishing opportunities.  Water temps that are optimal is 63 degrees Fahrenheit and higher.  Short of hard cold fronts, there doesn’t seem to be a bottom range for their temperature tolerances, but the bite sure gets softer as the mercury plunges.

Awestruck Fishing Charters knows that in our area there is year round excellent trout fishing charters on the southwest Florida gulf coast.  From our home base of Bradenton Florida we fish Tampa Bay, Anna Maria Island, Palma Sola Bay, and Sarasota Bay, as well as other local bays, barrier islands.  Awestruck Fishing Charters frequently take good size trout to gator trout (nickname for big trout) on shallow turtle grass flats, rock piles, oyster bars and dump banks and virtually any inshore eater from the surf of outside islands to far up coastal rivers where they often seek refuge during cooler weather.  Other nicknames include Speckled Sea Trout, Specks, Truite Gris and Trucha De Mar.

The fight is positively showy with much thrashing at the surface and an occasional jump and grey hounding tactics.  Trout are not quite as powerful as the aforementioned species, but they make up for that with aggressiveness and just wait until they see the boat or landing net!

Awestruck Fishing Charters use light  to medium tackle-spinning outfits with light line and leader when on a trout fishing charter.  Pilchards and live shrimp to the list of natural baits, but small live fish are superior when going after big trout.  Artificials we use that also work well in certain seasons area plastic jerk baits rigged Texas style, jigs with shrimp imitation plastic tail, silver spoons and top water plugs and hard swim baits.  Trout on the coldest of days gang up in deep holes and short of the hardest cold front or Alberta Clipper, there doesn’t seem to be a bottom range for their temperature tolerances.

Inshore Fishing Anna Maria Island

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Everything is included on our trips: license, bait, tackle, lures, ice, etc.  All we recommend you need to bring are sunglasses, camera, hat, sun block and favorite snack, food or beverage.  We take care of the rest.

WELCOME ABOARD on a flat, all fishable, flats fishing boat, rigged & ready with 3 live wells, one forward of the center console and two directly behind, to maximize the ability to spread out on this vessel and cast to multiple targets at the same time.

NOVICE TO EXPERT FISHERMAN can enjoy a full or half day of friendly-guided fishing trips with a one to four person capacity for Tarpon, Snook, Redfish, Trout, Grouper, Snapper, Jack Crevalle, Flounder, and Spanish Mackerel & More!!!

Inshore Fishing Anna Maria Island

CAPTAIN PHIL is exceptional shallow water professional guiding novice and expert clients on the west coast of FLORIDA fishing charters.   INSHORE FLATS FISHING SPECIALIST !


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Florida inshore fishing in beautiful ecological settings from the famous Florida backcountry to the main shoreline, out to gorgeous barrier islands, big sand bars to near shore rock piles and inshore reefs and wrecks.  These saltwater sports fishing charters in Florida, “the fishing capitol of the world,” are available. We can accommodate both small and large groups, business company outings, corporate groups, family reunions, birthdays and class reunions with the areas most experienced FL fishing guide’s.

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