There are many reasons we chose Anna Maria as our location and Bateman’s as our home. The pristine beaches, swimming in the clear blue sea, manatees, dolphins, watching amazing sunsets, the laid-back ‘no news, no shoes’ vibe, an array of great restaurants, warm weather and sunshine - as well as the ability just to relax on the balcony and watch the world go by, or chill by the pool. These are all things we hope every guest will experience during their stay.
My mother was a ‘fishing widow’ - my father spent as much of his spare time as he could fishing. It was his passion and it inevitably infected me too from a young age. And so all the opportunities to fish on Anna Maria were a big additional benefit to the above list.
Whether you are a first-timer, an enthusiastic amateur or an experienced angler, we hope that what you read here inspires you to do some fishing during your stay, in addition to enjoying all the other family memories you’ll create....
Welcome to our little oasis of tranquility, in an increasingly crazy world.
Kevin & Julie, Owners
PS. The above photo is Gladys, our British Bulldog, on a rare visit in 2019. While we love dogs, Bateman’s has a super strict ‘no pets’ policy, for the benefit of future guests. But kids are very welcome! Bateman’s is exclusively managed by Once Upon a Beach, and is proud to hold 5 star status (“wonderful”) on VRBO.
When it comes to fishing, Anna Maria Island offers a huge range of potential options to put a line in the water - and this variety means that there is something for everyone regardless of experience or preferences of location/species.
THE DOCK AT BATEMAN’S
Whether you’re a first-timer, an enthusiastic amateur or an experienced angler why not give the dock at Bateman’s a whirl. You’ll be surprised by what’s literally right under your feet waiting to be caught - and we provide the full range of fishing gear at the home! Even better when accompanied by a cold beer or cocktail.......
PIERS & BEACHES
Turn left onto Gladiolus and a short walk to the end takes you to Bean Point. Not just beautiful sunsets, but some of the best fishing available. And then there are the piers.......
WE’D LOVE TO HEAR FROM YOU
Send us your pictures of any fish caught - no matter how big or small - from the dock at Bateman’s, on the beaches or at the piers so that we can include them on our website. Other guests will enjoy them, and you get the bragging rights! Email them to us, and we’ll upload them within 24 hours - maybe even while you’re still at the home! We will also include a selection each time we reprint the Fishing at Bateman’s hard cover book which is kept at the home for guests.
Please don’t hesitate to send us any fishing related or other Anna Maria Island questions, and we’ll do our best to answer them.