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GUEST GALLERY

We encourage our guests to email us pictures and details of tactics used for fish caught from the Bateman’s dock, or Anna Maria piers and beaches during their stay. We’ll then publish them on this page for the benefit of other guests, and bragging rights!

 
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CREVALLE JACK

Caught from the Anna Maria Pier spinning a 2” gold Johnson spoon. The presence of Jacks is easily spotted when the water explodes as the school chases bait fish. Another fisherman kept this one for shark bait!

SPANISH MACKEREL

This toothy fish was caught on a Johnson spoon from the Anna Maria City Pier. Two others severed the 60lb line with their sharp teeth !

MANGROVE SNAPPER

Caught at the Anna Maria City Pier with live shrimp cast under the deck between the pilings, just after the blue ‘no cast-netting’ line. Snapper at the piers are plentiful, and good to eat (size limit applies, currently 10”). Great for guests who are content just to catch a steady stream of small, but hard fighting, fish.

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TARPON

Our friend Mike, of Once Upon a Beach Vacation Rentals, on a charter with Capt Dave White. Anna Maria is a magnet for anglers during Tarpon season, and a charter to catch them well worth considering.

NURSE SHARK

Mike again, getting some decent action on another Dave White charter! There are various shark species to be caught from Anna Maria from the beaches, piers or charters.

TARPON

Dan from Pittsburgh hooked into a nice tarpon in the bay, using free lined live bait (shiners). It fought hard and ran him right to the shallow beach waters!

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BLACK GROUPER

Caught on a freelined live shrimp at the end of Bradenton Beach Pier. Went to AMOB for lunch and ended up renting a rod and buying some bait at the pier tackle shop!

MANGROVE SNAPPER

One of several good sized snappers caught at the end of Bradenton Beach Pier. Was nice to see lots of families renting rods, and the kids catching fish.

PELICAN

These birds are so incredibly majestic. This one sat by us while we were fishing at Bradenton Beach Pier, waiting for us to catch his lunch. Please dispose of fishing line and hooks responsibly to avoid injuring them. And don’t get too close to them - they bite!

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LADYFISH

Rented a boat for a couple of hours and fished off the Key Royale Bar with freelined live shrimp, with a size 1 split shot 2ft from hook. Got into lots of ladyfish, trout, and gulf whiting. It included this, our biggest ever ladyfish. They fight hard, including regular pirouettes from the water.

LANE SNAPPER

The first one caught at Bateman’s Dock. Small, but beautiful!

TARPON

We went on an onshore charter with Capt Dave White in search of snook and redfish, but ended up hooking into a pack of nice sized Tarpon. All the more exciting on light tackle (a fast action rod with 20lb line)!

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SNOOK

Another nice fish on a Dave White charter, caught up against the mangrove on a freelined live shiner near Longboat Pass bridge

REDFISH

A nice Redfish, caught by Tony Capecchi, a Once Upon a Beach rental customer and writer for Grand View Outdoors. Tony caught our attention because of his 10 Tips For a Family Friendly Beach Vacation for Fishermen article following his visit to Anna Maria Island. It’s an awesome article, fantastically written and is available on our Useful Links page.

FUN FISHING AT INLET

Great fun fishing by the bridge on the inlet between Bayfront Park and City Pier, a 5 minute walk from Bateman’s

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YOUR PHOTO HERE

Where did you catch it and what tactics did you use?

7AM OPEN ON CITY PIER

From a guest enjoying the new 7am opening of City Pier, along with coffee and breakfast at the City Pier Grill while fishing. Can it get any better?!

Please email your photos to fishingatbatemans@aol.com