Call 1(888) Fish-Florida
Anglers must buy a saltwater fishing license when fishing in the coastal
waters of the state or taking marine species. The license is required
for finfish, shellfish and shells.
Separate permit stamps costing $2 each are required for taking snook and
crawfish. A special $50 stamp is needed to take and possess a single
tarpon. No stamp is needed to catch and release snook or tarpon. Florida
residents pay $13.50 per year or $11.50 for 10 days. Nonresidents pay
$31.50 per year, $16.50 for seven days and $6.50 for three days.
The following persons are exempt:
• Children younger than 16 and Florida residents older than 65.
• Florida residents fishing in saltwater from land or a structure
fixed to land.
• Persons fishing with a licensed operator of a boat charging fees for
• Florida residents who are members of the United States Armed Forces,
stationed out of state and home on leave. state of Florida department of
veterans and community affairs or worker compensation notice of action.
• Handicapped residents and residents certified totally and
• Non-Florida residents fishing from a pier that has paid a license
McCain bowl law allows a resident
deficient the County of his or her resident with live or natural bait
using a bowl or hand lined that are not equipped with real
for saltwater licenses any Florida
resident waiting in less than 4 ft. of water.
A good rule of thumb is that if you have to pay to fish,
you don't need a license, but ALWAYS make sure.
people who are required
to purchase a fishing life
anyone fishing from a
pleasure craft each person fishing must have 8th license with them
No. 2 anyone fishing from
the sand bar or other land mass that is accessible by boat or by
swimming through water deeper than four feet
anyone diving who takes
attempt to take or possess any marine fish
all non-Florida residents
who were fishing
anyone who operates any
vessel where a fee is paid either director and erect or purpose of
taking attempting to take or possessing any marine fish or noncommercial
Note this is not cover
all activities were licenses required to some of the more common ones
also paid in addition to a fishing license a permit is required to take
or attempted takes note or crawfish and other fish.
See the latest Florida
fish and wildlife conservation commission regulations for
to purchase a fishing license by Anna Maria Island go to
any of the tax collectors offices, in Bradenton Bradenton location 819
301 Boulevard West , in Palmetto at 415 10th Street West and on Anna
Maria Island at 3340 East Bay Drive in Holmes Beach next Walgreen's.
You can also purchased licenses at any Wal-Mart or Kmart stores in
legal lengths for fishing
|species as of April 2002
||minimum size limits
|greater amber Jack
||28 " Fork
||one per day per person
|lesser amber Jack banded rudderfish
|not less than 14 " or more than 22 " fork
||5 aggregate or lesser amber Jack
in banded rudder fish
|sailfish 63 ", blue Marlin 99 ", white
Marlin 66 "
||1 person per day aggregate bag
||species includes marlins, beer fish, and
sailfish. measured from the tip of the lower jaw to Fork.
federal size limit applies. all landed fish must be reported to
NOAA within 24 hours 1-800-894-5528
|not less than 14 "or more than 24 "
||5 per person per day
||may possess one over 24 "
|12 " Fork
||10 per person per day
||1 per person per day
|clams -- hard
||1" thick across hinge
||May not harvest half hour after official sunset
until half hour before official sunrise
||one 5 gallon bucket per person or
2 per vessel whichever is less per day
||illegal to harvest from closed areas.
|33 in. fork
||1 per person per day. 6 per vessel
per day whichever is less
||10 gallons whole per day
||5 traps minimum, traps
requirements apply, harvest or egg bearing crabs prohibited
||2 3/4 in. claw
||May 15 -- Oct. 14
||1 gallon Stone Crab claws per
person or 2 gallons per vessel whichever is less
||5 trap maximum. Drab
requirements apply the illegal to posses whole grabbed.
Harvests of a egg-bearing crabs prohibited
|crawfish (spiny lobster)
||larger than 3 in. carapace is measured in the loosely
||April 1st -- August 5th exceptions sports men season
-- last consecutive Wednesday and Thursday of July each year
|| 6 per person per day
||recreational trapping prohibited. Crawfish
permit required, special bag limit for today's sportsmen's season
call DLE for current information on sportsmen's season
per person per day
||10 per person per day
||may be harvested by Spear
|gray trigger fish
||five aggregate of all species per person per day
||includes yellow fin, red, yellow mouth, misty,
scamp, yellow edge. Harvest of Nassau and Jew fish
|grouper -- black and gag
||24 in.Atlantic & Monroe County
22" Gulf ( excluding Monroe county)
||2 per person per day Atlantic and
Monroe County. 5 per person per day gulf ( excluding
|| included in group
aggregate bag limits
|grouper -- Warsaw speckled hind
||1 per vessel per day of each
|| included in group or
aggregate bag limit.
||12 in. fork
||5 per day per person
person per day
||bag limit in Gulf Atlantic fishery reduced to one
when federal water for close to all harvests call DLE for
||15 per person per day
||transfer of Spanish mackerel to other vessels at sea
|mullet-striped (Black & sivler)
||50 per person,100 per vessel whichever is less per
day feb- August 31
||June, July, Aug., in Dixie, Levy, counties July,
Aug., Sept and all others
||2 bags per person or vessel
whichever is less per day. one bag equals 60 lbs. or two 5 gallon
buckets holdings shall
||Appalachicola Bay as summer and winter season areas
harvest from approve shellfish there's only
|permit and Pompano
|not less than 10" or more than 20" fork
||10 per person per day of permit and pomp but
no. Ten aggregate sales prohibited for pop but no more than
||may possess one over 20 inches of either permit or
||not less than 24 in. fork
||to fish per person per vessel per day whichever is
||look and line gear only
|red drum (redfish)
|not less than 18 in. or more than 27 in.
person per day
||J. gain, sparing, snatching prohibited
||Sept. 11 -- June 30th
||2 gallons whole or one pint meat
per person no more than 10 gallons whole or 1/2 gallon meat per
||restricted harvest areas apply to certain state
waters call SMP for current information
||size limit applies to all sea bass
is (centropristis) except black sea bass
|black sea bass
||20 per person per day Atlantic
||10 aggregate per person
||American, Alabama, and hickory are
part of aggregate limit.
||1 per person, to per vessel
whichever is less
||protected species, practice of finning and delaying
at sea prohibited. No harvest of saw fish basking in whale
shark or spotted Eagle rays
per person per day
||must be landed in hold condition
contact DLE FOR Close area. Measured from the most forward point of
head to the rear center edge of the tail
||April and May closed to NASAu, Duval, St. John,
Putnam, Flagler, and clay counties
||5 gal. heads on per person or vessel per day,
Whichever is less
||must be landed in a hold condition.
contact DLE for closed areas
|great snapper (mangrove)
||five per person per day aggregate bag limit
||no more than 10 snappers aggregate or all snappers
with a bag limit
||10 bag limit Snapper aggregate if harvested in Atlantic
||Lane snapper harvested in Gulf of Mexico not subject
to aggregate bag limit
||10 per person per day aggregate
|20" Atlantic, 16" gulf
||Nov -1 -April
||4 per person inGulf of Mexico or 2 perperson/ day Atlantic
||included within 10 per
person per day snappers aggregate of all snappers with bag limits
||10 per person per day aggregate
|| 10 per person per day
||not counted in snapper aggregate bag limit
|all other snappers
||10 per person per day aggregate of
all snappers with a bag limit
||includes black fin, dog, Mahogany,
Queen, Silk and Yellow Tail
||not less than 26" or more than 34"
||December 15th -- Jan 31st June
July and August- Atlantic: May, June , July, Aug Gulf , Monroe
County, Everglades Nat. Park
person per day- Atlantic.
per day- gulf
|still snug permit required when saltwater licensed
required, illegal to possess any more than 34 inches illegal to
buy are to sell
|spotted sea trout
| not less than 15" not more than
20". not more than 20 inches
||N.E. and N.W. Regions February S.
Region - November to December
||South region 4 per person. N.W
and N.E. region 5 fish per person.
||requires 50 dollar tarpon tag to possess or harvest
||2 per person per day
||hook and line gear only ( no snags Hooks
person per day
it is unlawful the harvest possess land purchase sell or exchange the
following species. Nassau grouper, Jew fish, saw fish, basking
shark, whale shark, spotted Eagle Ray, sturgeon, white shark, sand Tiger
shark, big eye sand Tiger shark, manta Ray, Spiny Dogfish, Long spine
Urchin, Stony, Hard and Fire Coral, Sea Fans, Florida Queen Conch and
Amber Jack 28 inches
bill fish sailfish 57 inches
blue Marlin 86 inches
White Marlin 62 inches
Bluefish 12 inches
Anna Maria Island Historic City
101 Bay Blvd.
The pier is at the end of Pine Avenue. Stretching 710' into Tampa Bay,
this is the perfect spot to drop in a line and catch a wide variety of
saltwater fish. The pier was first built in 1910. Located at the end of
the pier is the Anna Maria Oyster Bar, a perfect place to enjoy a gulf
Bradenton Beach Historical Bridge Street Pier
200 Bridge Street, Bradenton, FL
Located on the bay side. This is a great spot to fish for grouper,
flounder, mullet, bluefish, ladyfish. A restaurant is located on the
first part of the pier. Pier is open 24-hours a day.
Anglers flock to this popular spot, which is at the end of historic —
and newly refurbished — Bridge Street.
BRADENTON MEMORIAL PIER
Downtown, north end of 12th St. West.
GREEN BRIDGE PIER BAIT & TACKLE
101 8th Avenue West, Palmetto, FL 34221
Rents rods and reels, sells bait for fishing. No alcohol allowed. A
family-oriented fishing spot. Fishing classes for kids; rents rod and
reel offers bait for $1.25 per kid. Good wholesome fun for the whole
6106 Braden River Road, Bradenton, FL
(941) 756-6745 Open daily from 6:30 am.
Enjoy fresh water fishing and boating on the pastoral Braden River.
Fishing, tackle and bait shop.
Longboat Pass Bridge
There always seems to be someone casting a line from the bridge that
connects Bradenton Beach to the north end of Longboat Key.
ROD AND REEL PIER
875 North shore Drive, Anna Maria, FL,
Open from 7:00 am - 10:00 PM.
Here’s a nice spot to cast a line — and maybe swap some fish tales.
Pier stretches 350' into Tampa Bay. Back in 1979 a whopping 17 ft, 1,386
pound Hammerhead Shark was caught off the Rod & Reel Pier, the world
record Hammerhead Shark. It is the largest shark ever caught off a
fishing pier. Good place to drop a line in for Tarpon, Snook, Red fish,
Trout or Flounder. Even if you don't get a 1,300 pound fish off the Pier
you can still catch a plentiful variety of Jacks, Mackerel,
Snappers, Drums, Snook, Cobia, Barracuda, King Fish, Ladyfish, Tarpon,
Sand Perch, Sheepshead, Trout, Red Fish, Grouper and a variety of
Sharks. Perfect for fishing, manatee watching or dining at the Rod and
SUNSHINE SKYWAY FISHING PIER
4901 US 19 South
Sunshine Skyway State Fishing Pier
Skyway Sunshine State Pier
One 1/2 mile long pier is open 24-hours a day.
4901 US 19 South Palmetto, FL 34221 Phone: 941/729-0117Fax: 727/906-8085
Park and fish on the world's longest fishing pier. A unique fishing location, directly off I-275 between St. Petersburg and Bradenton on Tampa Bay. View of the Sunshine Skyway Bridge. No fishing license required. Complete bait shop. Rod rental available.
Hours: Open 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
4330 127th St. W. Cortez, Fl. 34215.
We do have 4, 6 and 9 hour trips with the prices being $30.00 for the 4
hour trips, $39.00 for the 6 hour trips and $47.00 for the 9 hour trips. Senior
and children rates are available on all trips. License, rod, bait,
tackle and stringers are included. Drinks are available on board
but passengers must bring their own food. Reservations are
recommended and we will offer a 10%
discount if they mention this site 2fla.com.
People may bring their own coolers (and make sure you pack
along a supply of sunscreen). The boat can carry up to 60 people. Party boat trips. 65 ft. vessel for 4-, 6- & 9-hour trips
CHARTER FISHING BOAT
ANNIE'S OF CORTEZ
4334 127th St. W., Cortez, FL
Capt. Calvin Brannen
15408 Waterline Road,
6040 Gulf of Mexico Dr., Longboat Key, FL,
(941) 383-1311 Call for charter information.
CAPTAIN C's CHARTERS
Deep sea / offshore fishing
CAPTAIN "DOC" LEE
Fly fishing, freshwater fishing
5501 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, FL 34217
Call for Full and Half-day rates.
Enjoy an Around-the-Sound Cruise and see the world from a different
angle! Take a sunset Cruise, famous for dolphin watch potential or
choose our Midnight Shark Expedition, monster fishing at night when the
CAPT'N JL DAVIS
Flats, backwater fishing
CAPTAIN MIKES CHARTERS
Capt. Heifend Anna Maria Island,
Deep sea fishing
CAPTAIN THOM SMITH
saltwater and backcountry fishing charters.
CORTEZ CAT CHARTERS
The Cortez Fishing Center
12507 Cortez Road West, Bradenton, FL 34215,
We offer deep-sea, backwater, fly-fishing, diving, snorkeling trips for
individuals or groups. Or if you feel like relaxing, come aboard for
dolphin and manatee watching with your favorite picnic. Or for you
history buffs, come enjoy a scenic trip to Egmont Key. Call for rates
NEVA-MISS FISHING CHARTERS
Deep Sea Offshore/Inshore Fishing
Great Fishing Fun & Sun for All Ages
Docked at the Cortez Fishing Center
Dee Jay II
Capt. Zak Zaccarios
Annies Bait & Tackle
4334 127th St. W., Cortez, FL,
(941) 778-1725 or795-5026
Day, near shore, flats and backwater fishing.
Cast a line for snook, trout, redfish, tarpon and more with Capt. J.A.
“Zach” Zacharias aboard the 22-foot center-console boat Dee Jay II.
Zacharias takes parties of up to three people out for light tackle, bay
and beach fishing trips that go everywhere from Sarasota Bay to the
Sunshine Skyway. Half-day trips run $185, with three-quarter-day trips
set at $240 and full-day trips at $285. Included in the price are bait,
tackle, ice and license, so just bring along something to eat and drink
DOLPHIN DREAM CHARTERS
306-A 58th Street, Holmes Beach, FL 34217
(941) 748-4498 Anna Maria Island
Capt. Tom Chaya takes parties of one to four people out on his 25-foot
boat for gulf and inshore sport fishing. Bait, tackle and license are
included in the price, with half-day trips running $190 and full-day
trips running $290. Plan to bring your own food and drink, and also a
good supply of sunscreen, as you cast a line for everything from snook
to redfish to sharks.
Enterprise Sailing Charters
2 Marina Plaza, Marina Jack Bay Front, Sarasota 34236 Phone (941) 951-1833 Website: http://sarasotaboating.com/sailingcharters.html Email:email@example.com
Affordable sailing adventures aboard a 18 ton 41ft Morgan Ketch flying three big sails. Sightseeing, Dolphin watching and romantic sunset sails. Reservations required.Please give me a call if you have any questions. The Enterprise is a 24 year old local attraction the oldest sailing charter business on the west coast.
Enterprise Sailing Charters
Capt. Mitch Cockrell
Tampa Bay flats fishing, 1/2 day, full day, night fishing.
FISHY BUSINESS II
Capt. Rick Gross
Backwater and flats fishing.
FLATS LADY CHARTER
Capt. Tom Smith
(941) 795-7637 or 776-1187
Backwater, flats fishing.
Capt. Dave Pinkham
7809 San Juan Ave., Bradenton, FL 34209
Offshore, deep sea fishing.
10125 Manatee Ave. W.
Bradenton, FL 34209 795-8299
Manatee Airboat Tours, Inc.
12310 Manatee Ave W
Bradenton 34209 795-5353
The Mystic Dolphin Sight-Seeing
5325 Marina Dr
Holmes Beach 34217 778-2761
12507 Cortez Rd., Bradenton, FL 34209
31-ft. fishing charter boat, up to 6 people.
PO Box 594
Anna Maria 34216 778-2727
Galati Yacht Basin
Bay Blvd. S., Anna Maria 778-2727
When Capt. Phil Shields takes people out on deep-sea fishing and
sightseeing trips, it’s with this in mind: “It’s like we’re
going out and just taking some friends along.” Shields, who lives in
Anna Maria, offers half-day ($300) and full-day ($525) trips on his
31-foot custom sports fishing boat, with six people maximum. Ice, bait,
tackle and fishing license are included in the price. And don’t worry
if you don’t have six people to share the expense: Shields said he
will “split” charters and try to find others to share a charter with
REGATTA POINTE MARINA
985 Riverside Drive, Palmetto, FL 34221
Docked at Captain's Marina ,5501 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, Florida
6hr - 9hr - 11hr Nights & Custom Trips
Fish For :Grouper - Snapper - Tuna - Spanish & King Mackerel Bonita
- Cobia - Amberjack - Barracuda - Shark - Mahi Mahi
USCG Licensed Master, USCG Approved Safety Equipment, License, Bait,
Tackle & Ice Provided, Courteous Crew - Full Electronics, Free
Capt. Rick Grasset
Flats, backwater fishing
Spice Sailing Charters
902 Bay Blvd S
PO Box 4101
Anna Maria 34216 778-3240
SUNSAIL YACHT CHARTERS
1015 Riverside Drive
Palmetto, FL 34221
Phone - 941-723-1610 Fax - 941-729-7520
If you ever dreamed of a tropical sailing vacation, your dream can come
true at Sunsail Yacht Charters. Go bareboating for a weekend or a week,
lots of places to cruise on the beautiful Gulf of Mexico.
BOAT RENTALS, SALES & SERVICE
Anna Maria Boat Club
5322 Marina Dr.
Holmes Beach, FL 34217 /778-7990
Bradenton Beach Marina
402 Church Ave.
Bradenton Beach 34217 778-2288
6040 Gulf of Mexico Dr.
Longboat Key, FL 34228 / 383-1311
5501 Marina Drive
Holmes Beach, 34217 778-1977
Cortez Parasail, Inc.
12507 Cortez Road West
PO Box 581
900 South Bay Blvd
PO Box 862
Anna Maria 34216 778-0755
Mahinola La Catamaran
402 Church Street
Bradenton Beach, FL 34217 / 713-8000
Stem To Stern Boat Care
5807 Imperiore Ave.
Holmes Beach FL 34217 / 778-0436
Water & Bridge
Off SR 64 bridge.
Bay side of Coquina.
Redfish, sheepshead and spotted seatrout are available. During spring
and summer, a good concentration of sharks can be found.
US 41 north of Palmetto - fish from bridge.
INTRACOASTAL WATERWAY EDGES
Southward from markers 45 and 46 at Longboat Pass to marker 15.
Sheepshead, black drum and spotted seatrout in the winter, mangrove
snapper, redfish, flounder and some surprisingly big gag grouper in the
6101 Braden River Rd., off SR 70 about 4 miles east of Oneco.
LAKE MANATEE RECREATION AREA
Fish off of the boat dock and below the dam
4000-acre cooling pond open to public fishing.
Largemouth bass, bluegill.
Anna Maria Island south end. Coquina Beach.
MANATEE AVENUE BRIDGES AND
Three bridges: Palma Sola Bay, Perico Bayou and Anna Maria Sound and
Palma Sola Bay.
MANATEE RIVER SWASH CHANNELS
Snook, redfish spotted seatrout
MYAKKA RIVER STATE PARK
SR 72 SE Freshwater fishing.
Snook, redfish, spotted seatrout, silvertrout, jewfish, grouper,
sheepshead, mangrove snapper, cobia, flounder, sharks and Spanish
THE OLD GREEN BRIDGE
Riverside Park, 8th Ave. West, over the Manatee River, Palmetto.
TIDY ISLAND - SISTER KEYS FLATS
Snook, redfish and spotted sea trout. The area is roughly three square
miles and consists of shallow grass flats, some potholes and the
vestiges of the old Sarasota Bay Channel.
UPPER MANATEE RIVER
9 miles east of SR 64, Bream, Bass, Catfish in summer, sometimes Snook
Sheepshead, black drum and spotted Sea trout in cold weather, snook,
redfish, and mangrove snapper on warmer days.
Full service marina and boat rentals. Hours: Monday-Sunday 8am-6pm
6040 Gulf of Mexico Drive
Longboat Key, FL34228
Phone: (941) 383-1311
Captain Mark Claire invites you to experience custom trips, fishing,
nature & diving excursions, sunset cruises, sightseeing trips,
parties & more aboard his 40ft. excursion vessel, the "Pride
and Joy". Locally famous with a taste of real Florida. Other
services include: "I'll move your boat"; private instructions;
learn on your boat; safety techniques; facts on local waters; proper
bait and tackle practices, etc. Hourly rates.
PO Box 14081
Phone: (941) 518-9649
Great Escape Charters
Catering exclusively to those with a desire to boat the crowd. Offering
Dolphin cruises, Egmont Key trips, sunset cruises, island tours, etc. We
create special memories for every client.
10215 manatee Ave W #3
Phone: (941) 761-4522
Fax: (941) 795-7271
The Regal Empress sails from our winter home Port Manatee on Tampa Bay
with cruises from our one-night sun spree "Cruise to Nowhere"
to our classic 11-night Caribbean cruise. Our new and exclusive port of
call, Costa Maua-Mexico, featured on our 6-night Mayan Riviera cruise.
Call your travel agent or Regal Cruises.
300 Regal Cruises Way
Phone: (800) 270-SAIL
Fax: (941) 723-0646
Tackle Shops & BAte
Full service bait and tackle store with live and frozen bait, tackle,
fishing licenses, etc. Also serves food such as 1/2lb burgers, grouper
sandwiches for eat in or take out. Beer and wine available. Inshore and
off shore fishing charters available. Hours: Monday-Sunday
4334 127th St. W
Phone: (941) 794-3580
David A. Miller, Owner
6040 Gulf of Mexico Drive
Longboat Key, Florida 34228
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