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Best Ways to Fish Anna Maria Sound

Anna Maria Sound is a bonafide fishing paradise. Cast your line in the Gulf, saltwater bays, lagoons, and even freshwater lakes that surround Anna Maria Island, Bradenton and Holmes Beach. Here, the fish bite all year round! Plan your trip with the whole crew at Compass. 

What’s In the Water
Variety is the name of the game in Anna Maria Sound. Anglers can cast off in the Gulf, calm bays, and even freshwater--and the fish to target are just as plentiful. Favorites to the area are Redfish and Spotted Seatrout usually found inshore. Warm-up your muscles for Snook, Tarpon, and Kingfish because these trophy-worthy catches are a fight on the reel. And a trip to the Gulf isn’t complete without a Red Snapper or Grouper in hand. Make sure to check what’s in  season before heading out. Review Florida Fish & Wildlife rules and regulations before you obtain a license. 

Fishing Charters 
Easily the best way to get on the water is with a fishing charter. Work with a local outfitter for insider knowledge and an experienced captain. Use our preferred local partner Anna Maria Boat Company. Don’t want to charter? You can fish from shore or on nearby piers. 

BYOB - Bring Your Own Boat 
The Compass Hotel shares space with a marina. Go from your boat to bed in less than five minutes!  Bring your vessel for a fishing extravaganza and book our VIP Fishing Package, which includes a boat slip (available Sunday-Thursday). Bring the whole crew to the town where fishing is just one choice for fun. Relax by the Compass pool or bikes around, there’s plenty to keep everyone busy

Catch & Cook
Bring in your catch to Floridays Anna Maria Sound where their talented culinary team will cook it up. Relax with the satisfaction of knowing just how fresh your meal is and who caught it. This old-school Florida Fish House serves up classic Margaritaville cocktails and family-friendly eats. 

Take your next fishing trip with a stay at Compass Hotel in Anna Maria Sound. Explore our special deals and amenities to help you plan. 

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