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Serious anglers are perfectly positioned at the Longbeach Cottage. Whether you’re fishing with a guide, bring your own boat, walking/wading or all of the above some outstanding fishing is close by. Check out your hosts weekly fishing columns in the Anna Maria Island Sun.

Guided Fishing

You’ll have over three decades of experience at your disposal. Rusty has been fishing area waters since the 1980’s is an award-winning fly fishing writer/photographer and served as the President of The Florida Outdoor Writers Association. He knows the area’s top guides personally and can provide you with a direct connection to them.

Guided Trips

You can have your guide pick you up at the Town dock which is only three blocks away. Choose from some of Florida’s top guides. Recommendations are available for specific time of year/species.

Bring Your Own Boat

There is a boat ramp just three blocks away. The Cottage has a separate driveway to park your boat.  The gulf and some of the world’s best tarpon fishing is literally at your door step. Decide to go and you can be fishing in half an hour. You’ll have access to Sarasota Bay, Palma Sola Bay, Anna Maria Sound, Egmont Key, Passage Key, Terra Ceia Bay, Miguel Bay and Tampa Bay as well as the Manatee River. Snook, redfish, trout, flounder, tarpon, permit, little tunny, tripletail, cobia and sharks are just a few of the species that swim local waters.

Offshore anglers have access to many reefs, wrecks and natural hard bottom to target grouper, snapper, king mackerel, cobia, amberjack, barracuda and a plethora of other pelagic species.


You don’t need a boat to unlock some of the area’s best angling opportunities. There are two public docks within a five minute walk. Walk into the bay and wade fish along the Longboat Pass docks for snook, redfish and sheepshead. Walk the beaches for snook and pompano (ten minutes on foot). Fish the Longboat Pass Bridge. Here you’ll have access to almost every fish that swims local waters. This is a good spot to target Spanish mackerel, snook and pompano.

Spin Tackle

Eight to ten-pound spinning tackle will suffice for most local fishing.
Twenty to thirty-pound spinning tackle for tarpon, grouper, snapper, cobia and larger species.
Jigs like the DOA Cal series, top water plugs, gold spoons.

Fly Tackle

7-12 weight fly tackle, floating and sink-tip lines.
An eight-weight outfit for most situations.
A 10-12 weight outfit for tarpon
Clousers, bend backs, Lefty’s Deceiver, Seaducers, poppers

Read Rusty Chinnis’ Fishing Articles HERE

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