I have fished on the west coast of Florida many times and always enjoy it.
The Sarasota/Bradenton area is where I have done most of my Florida fishing.
I can only ever remember once or twice not catching fish on an outing there.
I have always caught a nice mixed bag down there.
Anna Maria Island has two piers on the Tampa Bay side that can be very productive.
On all my visits there I always caught a good many fish.