Anna Maria Island Offshore Fishing Charter
If you’re looking for an adventure to have on Anna Maria Island, look no further. Captain Keith McGlade has been leading fishing charters in the Florida waters since 2010. Captain Keith is a US Coast Guard-licensed mariner who loves fishing and loves creating memorable fishing trip experiences for families and vacationers. Seafood Charters offers both offshore fishing and inshore fishing for groups of up to six people. Captain Keith’s experience SCUBA diving the area and knowledge of the underwater topography provides an advantage when searching for fish. In addition, his Carolina Skiff is equipped with advanced GPS and fish finding technology.
Fishing Charters present a great way to get out on water and have an adventurous day. You can also learn and see so many new things. On top of the experience, you also get a fresh from the ocean meal. You can choose how long you are out on the water, and what you want to fish for. You also have no worries about safety, as Seafood Charters has the necessary permits and licenses for these voyages. You also do not have to provide your own gear.
We offer different lengths of trips for up to 6 guests, setting sail in the beautiful morning hours. You can even book a double, if you already booked the morning charter, and experience the sunset on the water. Our trips are offered in 4, 6 or 8 hour increments.
Seafood Charters provides fishing trips for beginners and seasoned fishers. If this is your first time on a charter boat, we can teach you about all the necessary gear and how to cast your fishing line. More seasoned fishers can spend their time going after certain fish. Even if you have a mix of newcomers and veteran fishers, fishing charters are a great experience for the whole group. Families, friends, and co-workers can enjoy a day out on the water learning more about the beautiful Florida coast.
The Beautiful Anna Maria Island and Bradenton Beach
Anna Maria Island is a popular vacation destination located west of Bradenton in Tampa Bay. It spans seven miles long and is home to many shops, restaurants, and galleries. The broad beaches and relaxed environment provides a true escape. Anna Maria island is just 20 minutes from the city of Bradenton, and an hour outside of Tampa Bay. There are a number of great locations around the island, both inshore and offshore, to fish from and explore. It is also just north of Longboat Key, which is another popular fishing charter destination.
Anna Maria Island was first inhabited by George Emerson Bean in 1892. Anna Maria island has become a very popular location for tourists and locals alike. There are many attractions that appeal to individuals looking to escape. It has a very simple feel with great restaurants and many sights to see. There are plenty of sea turtles, fish, and birds to see. This includes, pelicans, cranes, seagulls, redfish, snappers, and trout. Anna is a Barrier Island and a migration point and nesting habitat for many birds. It features 22 miles of beach, inlet, and grass flats. It is part of the Tampa Bay fishery and attracts scholars of sciences who want to learn more about the wildlife in the area.
Offshore Fishing vs. Inshore Fishing
Unlike most of the smaller boats in our area, Seafood Charters has the Gulf of Mexico federal permits for charter fishing beyond 9 miles. Captain Keith has spent years SCUBA diving every offshore ledge, wreck, or reef that we will be fishing. His knowledge of the underwater topography gives him an edge when dropping lines. Grouper, mangrove snapper, red snapper, hogfish, kingfish, cobia, and Spanish mackerel are common target species. Be prepared to weather the waves and wind as well as handle bigger fish.
These fishing charter trips travel beyond 9 miles, and need a special permit. The 9 mile mark is where international waters begin, and why a special permit is necessary. On these trips, you may see grouper, snapper, hogfish, kingfish, cobia, Spanish mackerel, and amberjack. These trips travel into colder and saltier waters.
Inshore fishing is classified when fishing closer to the shore and in shallower water. These waters are usually calmer and within sight of land. Inshore fishing also requires less gear and less travel time. That makes these charters great for families with younger kids or those that want a more relaxing ride and to stay close to land. Tampa Bay offers amazing back-water fishing, featuring miles of untouched mangrove shorelines, which provide a thriving habitat for snook, redfish, trout, flounder, and numerous other species.
Our Inshore Fishing Charters travel within the system of islands, fishing in the mangroves, protected by land, not in open waters. Inshore Charters are within 3 miles of land and offshore is anything beyond that. Inshore Fishing charters can feature fish like snooks, redfish, trout, flounder, and many more. These trips feature warm water, but not a lot of reefs.
Introducing Captain Keith
Captain Keith McGlade is a US Coast Guard-licensed mariner. He is an easy going, down to earth guy who loves his work. A ‘nature boy’ from his youth, he grew up on the Gulf coast of Florida, catching and eating every edible creature from the ocean. Not only a charter captain, he is also a commercial fisherman who harvests stone crab and mullet in season. In addition, he is an avid SCUBA/free diver.
Want some stone crab to go along with your fish? From October to May, Captain Keith has hundreds of stone crab traps out in the gulf. Although he likely won’t have his electric trap puller on the boat during your charter, upon request, he would be happy to ‘horse in’ a few traps by hand. Captain Keith is a family man, and especially enjoys taking out families with children. Follow Captain Keith on Facebook for real time updates and new trip pictures!
What to Expect on Our Fishing Charter
We provide fishing licenses and fishing gear for those traveling on our fishing charter. We also provide live bait for your fishing needs. In addition to these needed items, we also provide ice and bottled water for you.
In order to make the experience even more enjoyable, we recommend that you bring a few items. This includes sunscreen, hats and long-sleeved shirts to help protect from the sun. We also recommend that you bring sunglasses, polarized are best. You may also want to bring beverages and snacks. You may also want to bring a camera to document the sights you see.If you plan on going snorkeling, you may want to bring a towel to dry off with. Those who are looking to fish may want to bring an empty cooler to leave in your car. Captain Keith will filet your fish at the end of the day, and provide ice for the trip home.
Our fishing charters meet at the south tip of the island or near Holmes Beach where SR 64 Manatee Avenue meets the island.