Fall Fishing in Florida – Anna Maria Island

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Fall is a great time to visit Sarasota, Florida, especially for a fishing trip off the coast of Anna Maria Island. The weather is very mild, ranging from 90° to 79°. And the crowds have thinned out, which means less people in the water.

Though the changes are very subtle, fall does impact the area. The angle of the sun changes, the days are shorter, and temperatures decrease slightly. This triggers all sorts of fish activity and migrations along the west coast of Florida.

So, what can you expect on your lines when fall fishing in Florida? There’s a variety of fish in the area during the fall season.

Backwater fishing

When fishing in the backwater areas, you’ll find plenty of snook. These fish spawn near the beaches and move to the backwater to feed in preparation for winter. With mild water temperature, snook will be on the prowl for their next meal.

For those fishing in the grass flats in Sarasota Bay, expect fast action from all sorts of species. Here you’re likely to catch:

  • Spanish mackerel
  • Speckled trout
  • Ladyfish
  • Pompano
  • Jacks

You may even hook a shark or two!

Shore fishing

With the right conditions, fishing off Sarasota beach is sure to bring tons of excitement. East wind creates flat seas and attracts schools of bait fish, which attract all sorts of game fish, including shark, king mackerel, Spanish mackerel, and false albacore.

Because of the large amount of bait, it’s not uncommon to see game fish breaking the surface as they enjoy a meal.


On days when the fish aren’t feeding on the surface, trolling is a great option. In fact, this is the best way to catch king mackerel, as they rarely feed on the surface, unlike Spanish mackerel and false albacore.

If you’re looking to land a trophy king mackerel, troll with large live baits.

Come fish with us!

Reel Time Fishing Charters provides all you need to make your fall fishing trip a huge success! We get the fishing license, bring the poles and gear,  and steer the ship to the best fishing spots off the coast of Anna Maria Island, Tampa Bay, and Sarasota, FL. Make your offshore fishing charter with us as your fishing guides! Call Captain Jared today!