Inshore Fishing Charter Anna Maria Island
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.
What is inshore fishing?
Inshore Fishing takes place in shallow waters, usually within nine miles of the coast. The water here is warmer and less salty. Fish found here are often of estuarine or migratory species.
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.
Types of Fish you might catch on your Inshore Fishing charter
Typically around 18 inches, the Snook, aka the Soapfish, is one of the most prized inshore gamefish because of its reputation for putting up a good fight. The Snook usually has some brown and yellowish coloring on top and is lighter on the bottom. It is marked by its protruding lower jaw, elongated body, and a dark stripe on its side.
TASTE: Mild taste, but be sure to remove the skin because it tastes like soap (thus the nickname). Captain Keith can help clean and filet your fish.
These are the flat, oval-shaped bottom-dwellers. There are two kinds found in the Gulf: the larger Southern Flounder and the Gulf Flounder. They are often the size of a fat football but can grow to be bigger than a man’s torso.
Interesting Fact: They are born with an eye on both sides of their body, but as they become an adult and move to the bottom of the sea, one eye moves to the other side.
TASTE: Flounder have lean meat that is high in protein, but still mild and a little sweet.
Also called the Red Drum, this fish is Florida’s most widespread estuarine (water connected to open sea) fish. It is marked by a bronze-colored body and a dark spot on the base of its tail.
TASTE: The Redfish has a sweeter taste than most fish and a similar texture to the red snapper.
Trout is a name used for a number of different fish related to the salmon. The Florida Trout is also known as a spotted seatrout or speckled trout. As the name suggests they are marked by dark spots on their silvery upper body and a lighter underside.
TASTE: Trout are flaky, mild and moist.