The Catch



There are plenty of water activities in the Bradenton Area. But fishing is a local classic. And take it from the pros; they’ll say the best way to fish in the Bradenton Area is via charter boat. Wake up before sunrise and head out on one of the many professionally licensed charter boats in the area. Cast your line for tarpon, grouper and everything in between. With an experienced captain and crew on deck, you’re guaranteed to reel in some fresh fish to cook.


Feeling a little adventurous? Be the captain of a different kind of fishing escapade by renting a kayak. Paddle along the coast and get closer to the fish than other boats in the shallow waters. Drop your line, reel in your catch and paddle it to the shore to get it cooked right in front you. The shallow waters create a natural fishing experience that’s perfect for the setting of Old Florida.


Stick to the mainland for a truly laid-back fishing experience. With an array of piers on Anna Maria Island, Longboat Key and Bradenton, it doesn’t get much better than posting up on the pier with rod and reel in hand. Listen to the soothing sounds of the tide while waiting for a catch without even having to step foot in a boat. It’s perfectly relaxing – just like fishing is meant to be.


The Cook


The only thing as good as fishing in the Bradenton Area is getting your epic catch cooked by a pro. Wherever you are in the Bradenton Area, there’s a restaurant within casting distance that will cook it up for you just the way you like it. Here’s your complete guide to the restaurants that participate in the area’s Catch and Cook program.


Jose’s Real Cuban Food
8799 Cortez Road West

Pier 22
1200 First Ave. W.

Anna Maria Island

200 Gulf Dr. N., Bradenton Beach

Sandbar Restaurant
100 Spring Ave.

Longboat Key

Dry Dock Waterfront Grill
412 Gulf of Mexico Dr.

Harry’s Continental Kitchens
525 St. Jude’s Drive

Mar Vista Dockside Restaurant
760 Broadway St.

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