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The island was originally used for hunting and fishing by various Indian tribes and the only way on and off the island was by boat. Visit the Anna Maria Island Historical Society for a look at this island paradise in its original form when it was discovered by the local Timucan and Caloosan American Indian tribes and then by Spanish explorers (including Hernando DeSoto) in the name of the Spanish Crown. [Read More]
Although not particularly deep, The Gulf of Mexico is an awesome body of water for fishing that surrounds most of Anna Maria Island. If offshore deep sea fishing is your goal; Barracuda, Grouper, King Mackerel, Snapper, Cobia, Key West Grunts, Porgies, Sharks, Trigger Fish, Spanish Mackerel and many other species are found off Anna Maria Island depending on the season. Fishing nearshore or back water fishing is also very popular. [Read More]
Anna Maria Island, sometimes called Anna Maria Key, is a barrier island on the coast of Manatee County, Florida in the United States. It is bounded on the west by the Gulf of Mexico, on the south by Longboat Pass (which separates it from Longboat Key), on the east by Anna Maria Sound, and on the north by Tampa Bay. Anna Maria Island is approximately seven miles long north to south. Anna Maria Island is at latitude 27.513N, longitude -82.719W. A nautical chart of the island and surrounding waters may be seen here