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Easter services planned

The Kiwanis Club of Anna Maria Island will host its annual non-denominational sunrise service on Easter Sunday, April 24.

The service will take place at Manatee Public Beach, 4000 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach, beginning at 6:30 a.m.

All Island churches, as members of All Island Denominations, also will participate in the service with readings from Scripture and songs.

The Rev. Dee deMontmillion of the Episcopal Church of the Annunciation in Holmes Beach will deliver the invocation.

The Revs. Rosemary Backer of Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, Edward Moss of Crosspointe Fellowship and Gary Batey of Roser Memorial Community Church will read from Scripture.

The Rev. Michael Mullen of St. Bernard Catholic Church will give the benediction.

And the Rev. Stephen King of Harvey Memorial Community Church in Bradenton Beach will deliver the sermon, “The Good News.”

Worshipers are encouraged to bring beach chairs and blankets and, if possible, ride the free trolley to the beach.

In addition to the Kiwanis service, Island churches will host Easter programs, including:

• Crosspointe Fellowship, 8605 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach, will hold a contemporary Easter service at 9 a.m. and a traditional service at 10:15 a.m.

Also, a Good Friday service will take place on April 22 at 7 p.m.

• The Episcopal Church of the Annunciation, 4408 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach, will hold services at 7:30 a.m., 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. on Easter Sunday. An Easter egg hunt will take place at 10:15 a.m.

The church will observe Maundy Thursday on April 21 at 6 p.m. with services, the stripping of the altar, foot washing and a vigil.

On Good Friday, at noon, the church will observe the seven last words from the cross, concluding with stations of the cross.

• At Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, 6608 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, there will be two Easter services, at 8 a.m. and at 10:30 a.m. An Easter potluck brunch will take place at 9 a.m.

Also, the church will observe Maundy Thursday at 7 p.m.

On Good Friday, the church will hold services at noon and 7 p.m.

• Harvey Memorial Community Church, 300 Church Ave., Bradenton Beach, will hold Easter and Palm Sunday services at 9:30 a.m.

• Roser Memorial Community Church, 512 Pine Ave., Anna Maria, will hold two services in the sanctuary on Easter, one at 9 a.m. and one at 11 a.m.

The church also will hold a 7 p.m. service in the sanctuary on Holy Thursday and a noon service in the chapel on Good Friday.

• St. Bernard Catholic Church, 248 S. Harbor Drive, Holmes Beach, will celebrate Easter with Mass at 8 a.m., 10 a.m. and noon.

An egg hunt will take place at 1 p.m. on Easter Sunday.

Also, the church will observe Holy Thursday with a service at 7 p.m.

On Good Friday, a Passion of Our Lord program will take place at 3 p.m. and Stations of the Cross at 7 p.m.

Holy week masses April 18-22 will take place at 8 a.m.

Back to the future in Holmes Beach

The city of Holmes Beach hosted its fourth annual Founder’s Day reception April 15 at city hall chambers.

At the presentation, Mayor Rich Bohnenberger invited guests to share memories about the city’s history before recognizing some key members of the community.

The vestibule contained a collection of photographs, articles and documents pertaining to Holmes Beach’s history.

It also contained a table of breakfast rolls, fruit and juice, coffee and plenty of people to enjoy them as well as the proceedings.

Guests were entertained by representatives of the Anna Maria Island Concert Chorus and Orchestra in the chambers, where Bohnenberger addressed guests, including city officials and other elected officeholders.

He recognized the Community Emergency Response Team members present and added the agency to his honor roll of community partners.

And he recognized descendents of Maud and John E. Holmes Sr., for whom the city was named some 61 years ago, including Betty, widow of the late John Holmes Jr., and Jean and Hugh Holmes Sr. and some of their children, grandchildren and at least one great-grandchild.

He then invited guests to join him outdoors, where he proclaimed city hall to be officially named the John E. “Jack” Holmes Sr. City Hall. Vice Mayor Sandy Haas-Martens unveiled a bronze plaque bearing Holmes’ name as the mayor made his announcement.

From there, the group enjoyed a few stories from the past and some guests returned indoors for tours or for a better look at the collection of photos, scrapbooks and documents on display.

Among the documents was the minutes of the important “Incorporation of the Town of Holmes Beach Transcript of Proceedings.”

It specifies who attended the meeting of incorporation, names which voters cast votes for and against incorporation, and provides a detailed account of the discussion that took place.

The following recounts the city’s founding meeting from the transcript taken by Ruth Mahar, who served as meeting secretary:

At 8 p.m., March 13, 1950, a meeting was held at the Anna Maria Island School house at Mid Island in Manatee County to incorporate the municipal government within the boundaries of the city limits of Anna Maria and continuing easterly and southerly to the property known as Cobb’s Corner.…

The schoolhouse filled up with 62 freeholders and registered voters — the voters sitting on one side of the room and non-voters on the other side.…

Robert E. Willis stated possible disadvantages to incorporating so small an area, namely, he said the loss of tax money derived from the sale of cigarettes and liquor and a possible withdrawal of assistance by the county for the maintenance of roads and streets.

There was some discussion of incorporating the entire Island as a whole, and Willis believed this could be accomplished in 30 days.

Everett Holden stated that Bradenton Beach had about 200 voters compared to the 50 or so in this area and that they would be outvoted by Bradenton Beach four to one. He said “it would hardly be fair for this area to take money from them and spend it, and it would hardly be fair to expect Bradenton Beach not to spend their money in their own area.”

John Miller advised that the area’s 600 acres of land had about 50 voters and that Anna Maria, with only 300 acres of land, had twice as many voters.…

“In both cases we would be out voted and the only solution [Miller] could see is to support the large property owners in the area under consideration for incorporation at this time, since these owners are desirous of properly zoning their land and protecting all of us in the area,” Miller said.

Miller, according to the transcript, felt that a house of 500 square feet and lots only 40 feet wide were inadequate and that with building restrictions, codes and zoning, people would have larger, better and more comfortable homes and that the insurance companies and mortgage loaning agencies would then be willing to loan money to finance the construction of new homes and help build the Island up faster.

Both Miller and J.E. Holmes Sr. stated that everyone was working for the same result, the incorporation of the Island as a whole, but there was a question in the minds of many if Bradenton Beach would incorporate the Island as a whole by March 20, and it was felt the action scheduled for the present meeting should be placed before voters.

After much discussion it was determined that the question of incorporating the Island as a whole had been under consideration for a number of years with nothing being done about it, and the question of incorporating as the 600 acres area described in the legal notice was put to a vote.

According to the minutes, 46 voters were in favor, 13 voted against and one person abstained.

Naming the city

Oscar Russell and Miller thought that no person’s name should be used for the naming of the town.

Other suggestions included: Palm City, Mid-Island Beach, Coquina Beach and Tarpon Beach. Among all the suggested names, voters selected Holmes Beach by a narrow two-vote margin over Coquina Beach, not enough for a clear majority.

With such a narrow margin, voters cast again just between the names Coquina Beach and Holmes Beach. In the second round of voting, Holmes Beach won by 15 votes.

The final business conducted at the meeting of incorporation was the election of Halsey T. Tichenor Jr. as mayor and R. Maxwell Ingham, Frank Giles, John R. Miller Jr., Oscar Russell and John E. Holmes Jr. as alderman.

Clifton Walker was named town clerk and Louis Meyer was elected as marshal.

And, so began the city of Holmes Beach. The mayor and alderman met the first and third Tuesdays of the month either at the home of the mayor or the town clerk throughout April and May of 1950.

By June 6, John E. Holmes had added an office in the Holmes Supply Building, which the alderman unanimously agreed to permit for use by the town clerk and for the town’s regular meetings.

The documents enacted by the city’s governing boards from 1950-1955 are on display throughout the month at city hall.

County, city resolve Kingfish lighting issues

Holmes Beach Mayor Rich Bohnenberger recently met with Manatee County administrator Ed Hunzeker to iron out a dispute over the county’s plan to install 11 40-foot light poles at Kingfish Boat Ramp.

On March 9, at the city commission’s direction, Bohnenberger wrote Hunzeker to remind him that site-plan approval and a permit from city staff was required before the county implemented its lighting project.

Bohnenberger said when Holmes Beach annexed Kingfish, an agreement was reached for the city to review and approve any improvements. There also was an understanding that any work would adhere to the county land development code.

On April 5, the mayor and Hunzeker discussed the issue. “We agreed the number of proposed lights was not necessary, and it was further agreed that the contractor would apply for a permit from the city,” said Bohnenberger.

Manatee County planning division manager John Osborne said lighting is an accessory use and a site plan is not necessary. He noted that under the county’s LDC site plans are only required when a new building or structure is proposed, more than 1,000 square feet. Therefore, the additional lighting at the boat ramp property will only require permitting.

Following their meeting, Hunzeker wrote to Bohnenberger stating that the county already had a permit from the Florida Department of Transportation using FDOT approved lighting design criteria.

However, in a discussion with FDOT District 1 Secretary Stan Cann, Hunzeker said he learned that the FDOT-approved lighting criteria is not a mandate for the Kingfish Boat Ramp.

“It is our intent to install lighting that meets the operational and safety needs of those who wish to use the boat ramp,” Hunzeker wrote to Bohnenberger. “We will work closely with you and your staff to ensure that the lighting a Kingfish Boat Ramp … satisfies the community’s desires.”

Bohnenberger said there will be continuing dialogue with the county regarding the lighting before permitting.

BBPD arrests 2 in vehicle burglaries

The Bradenton Beach Police Department arrested two people in connection with a series of break-ins to vehicles.

BBPD arrested Kyle Dale of Bradenton Beach and Alyssa Trichter of Bradenton following reports of burglaries to vehicles April 12-14 on Gulf Drive and Avenue C, according to detective Lenard Diaz.

Dale faces four counts of felony burglary to a conveyance and one count of dealing in stolen property. Trichter faces one count of dealing in stolen property.

Diaz said the two were arrested after a BBPD officer reviewed a videotape of the suspects returning clothing stolen in one of the break-ins at a St. Armands store.

Police break up beach, street parties

Police late April 9 broke up a large party involving an estimated 200 young people gathered around the 65th Street beach access and in nearby streets.

When officers with the Holmes Beach Police Department arrived, the revelers fled, according to reports from both the HBPD and the Manatee County Sheriff’s Office, which assisted in the law enforcement response.

HBPD was called to the area at about 10:40 p.m. on the Saturday night.

Juveniles were “standing in the roadways drinking,” stated the HBPD report. “The roadway was covered in juveniles and young adults from Holmes Boulevard down 65th Street to the beach access and up and down Gulf Drive.”

When they saw HBPD arrive, people quickly ran to other streets and to the beach.

Officers pursued the partiers, going as far north as the Sandbar Restaurant in Anna Maria, according to one report, and issuing warnings for camping and alcohol.

“Almost everyone on scene had alcoholic drinks in hand,” the HBPD report continued.

Officers did not make arrests, but disposed of the alcohol and called parents.

“We were able to clear out the streets and beach,” the police report said.

In the vicinity on April 10, a MCSO deputy arrested Sam K. Lee, 33, of Bradenton, for contributing to the delinquency of a minor and violation of felony probation.

Lee allegedly was with four juveniles hanging around the White Avenue beach area with a cooler containing a bottle of alcohol. One of the juveniles was so intoxicated he couldn’t stand, according to the MCSO report.

Later, after checking records, the MCSO arrested Lee for allowing the youths to drink and the felony probation violation. Lee is on probation until November 2013 for a conviction of dealing in stolen property.

Island police blotter – 04-20-2011

Anna Maria

• April 7, 700 block of North Shore Drive, complaint. The Manatee County Sheriff’s Office responded to a woman’s complaint that a fisher in the Gulf of Mexico behind her property was trespassing and violating an alleged law against fishing in swim zones. The MCSO determined that the licensed fisher was not trespassing and that no such law exists.

• April 8, 200 block of Gladiolus, domestic disturbance. The MCSO responded to an argument. One person involved agreed to stay at a hotel for the night.

• April 9, 100 block of South Bay Boulevard, vandalism. The MCSO received a complaint of three juveniles tampering with plumbing under the Anna Maria City Pier boardwalk.

• April 10, 200 block of Oak Ave., grand theft. The MCSO investigated a report that an unknown person took personal property hidden in a family room.

Bradenton Beach

• April 9, 2100 block of Gulf Drive South, theft. The Bradenton Beach Police Department responded to Coquina Beach, where a woman reported the theft of several bags.

• April 9, 300 Gulf Drive North, child abuse. Witnesses reported seeing a man shake a crying baby, as well as spank the child. The BBPD is investigating.

• April 10, 100 block of First Street North, operating a vehicle on a suspended license. A BBPD officer stopped a motorist, a man known to have his license suspended following a DUI crash, and arrested him.

• April 12, 1800 block of Gulf Drive North, burglary. The BBPD responded to a report of stolen vehicle accessories.

• April 13, 2200 block of Avenue C, vehicle burglary. The BBPD responded to a vehicle burglary, which is under investigation.

• April 14, 1500 block of Gulf Drive North, vehicle burglary. The BBPD responded to a report of a vehicle break-in, which is under investigation.

• April 14, 1300 Gulf Drive North, vehicle burglary. A vehicle burglary was reported, which the BBPD is investigating.

Cortez

• April 10, 4500 block of 123rd Street West, battery. Two friends who had been living together for about a week and who had started drinking alcohol early in the day, got into a disagreement. One man called another names and slapped him.

• April 11, 4500 block of 121st Street West, trespass. The MCSO issued a trespass warning to a person after receiving a complaint from a man who said he had power of attorney to oversee the property.

Holmes Beach

• April 9, 65th Street beach access, underage drinking. The Holmes Beach Police Department, with the assistance of the MCSO, responded to a call from the area and found more than a hundred juveniles and young adults near the beach access and in the road. Parents were called.

• April 10, 100 block of Beach Avenue, violation of felony probation, contributing to the delinquency of a minor. The MCSO arrested a Bradenton man for allegedly giving alcohol to teenage boys. The man also was arrested for violating probation.

Streetlife is based on incident reports and narratives from the Bradenton Beach and Holmes Beach police departments and the Manatee County Sheriff’s Office.

Sports – 04-20-2011

Mini ‘Masters’ held at Fish Hole

The Fish Hole 18-hole adventure golf course on Bridge Street in Bradenton Beach hosted its first “Master’s” mini-golf tournament April 10. Eighteen participants gave it their best in the 36-hole competition for the prized Green Jacket, which came complete with and Island logo.

Tim Shaughnessy won the inaugural event with an impressive 15-under-par 36-hole total against pre-tournament favorite Danny Canniff.

Canniff’s rather pedestrian effort of 12 under par was punctuated by his troubles on the final hole. There he chunked his “tee shot” into the water to end any hope of living up to his pre-tournament favorite status.

Brea Shaughnessy, who finished in third place, also had her troubles, but on the second round she finished at 9 under par.

It was all for fun, and now groundskeepers at The Fish Hole will work on growing the course rough and increasing green speeds for the upcoming U.S. Open.

Stay tuned for entry information.

Key Royale golf news

It was another busy week of golf at the Key Royale Club. On April 8, golfers played their weekly coed tourney in a nine-hole, best-ball-of-foursome format. The team of Don Ledford, Bob Dickenson, Tom Warda and Terry Westby combined to card a 7-under-par 25 and clubhouse bragging rights for the day.

April 7 saw the men play a nine-hole team scramble  that produced a tie for first place. The team of Larry Pippel, Lex Halakan, Ron Buck and Bill McMiller matched the 5-under-par 27 carded by Ron Harrold, John Estoc and Dean Christiensen.

The team of Peiter Thomassen, Dave Kruger, Jim Krumme and Jim McVicar combined to shoot a 25-under par 103 to win the 18-hole, two-best-balls-of-foursome match played April 12. Pete Weir and Tom Lewis teamed up with the Proxy brothers, Paul and Peter, to finish one shot back at 104.

The men played nine-hole, team- and individual-modified Stableford system or quota points game April 11. Saul Ladd carded a plus-nine to win the individual title, while also helping teammates Merrit Fineout, John Estoc and Dieter Burckhardt to capture the team title at plus five.

April 10 saw the men play a nine-hole, two-best-balls-of-foursome match. Chris Collins, Bob Jorgenson and Don Ledford took first place with a 13-under-par 51 to finish one shot ahead of three other teams.

An 18-hole, men’s individual- and team-low-net-golf game was played April 9. The team of Gary Harris, Jim Thorton and Bob Elliott obliterated the competition with a 1-over-par 257. The team of Jim Mixon, Gino DiClemente and Vince Mercadante were 13 shots back in second place. Mixon’s 7-under par 57 gave him first place in the individual category.

Horseshoe news

Only two teams emerged from pool play during April 16 horseshoe action at the Anna Maria City Hall horseshoe pits. Hank Huyghe and Sam Samuels found themselves in a 13-13 tie with Fritz Eddigh and Rod Bussey, but closed the match out with a 9-0 run to win 22-13.

Ron Pepka and John Johnson were the only team to emerge from April 13 horseshoe action and were the day’s outright champions.

Play gets under way at 9 a.m. every Wednesday and Saturday at the Anna Maria City Hall pits. Warm-ups begin at 8:45 a.m. followed by random team selection. There is no charge to play and everyone is welcome.

Got sports? E-mail Kevin@islander.org with your news.

Island real estate transactions – 04-20-2011

5311 Sunrise Lane, Holmes Beach, a 3,400 sfla / 5,337 sfur 4bed/4½bath/4car bayfront pool home built in 2010 on a 70×242 lot was sold 03/21/11, By the Shore Investments to AMI Beach Inn LLC for $1,700,000; list $1,899,000.

6804 Marina Drive, Unit A, Marina Vista, Holmes Beach, a 2,700 sfla / 3,381 sfur 5bed/2½bath/2car land condo with pool built in 2009 was sold 03/25/11, Bayer to Carden for $650,000; list $699,900.

110 Palm Ave., Anna Maria, a 1,225 sfla / 1,830 sfur 4bed/3bath home built in 1963 on a 75×110 lot was sold 04/01/11, Gulbin to Roaldi for $645,000; list $669,000.

5400 Gulf Drive, Unit 36, 5400 Gulf Drive Condos, Holmes Beach, a 1,188 sfla / 1,268 sfur 2bed/2bath Gulfview condo with shared pools built in 1969 was sold 03/31/11, Newhart to Fitzpatrick for $465,000; list $550,000.

2210 Avenue B, Bradenton Beach, a 2,022 sfla 3bed/2bath home built in 1959 on a 50×100 lot was sold 04/01/11, Young to Whitney for $417,500.

312 64th St., Holmes Beach, a 2,040 sfla / 2,184 sfur 2bed/2bath half duplex with pool built in 1993 was transferred 04/01/11, Guzzino to Federal National Mortgage Association for $408,700.

204 76th St., Holmes Beach, a 1,764 sfla / 2,052 sfur 3bed/1bath home built in 1964 on a 90×78 lot was sold 03/30/11, Webb to Dunne for $355,000.

2111 Avenue B, Bradenton Beach, a 1,132 sfla / 1,220 sfur 2bed/2bath pool home built in 1962 on a 50×100 lot was sold 03/25/11, Woodson to So for $340,000; list $364,900.

6250 Holmes Blvd., Unit 33, North Beach Village, Holmes Beach, a 1,536 sfla / 1,955 sfur 3bed/2½bath/2car condo with shared pool built in 1990 was sold 03/25/11, Marsicano to MacDougall for $335,000; list $360,000.

1301 Bay Drive N., Unit 6B, Bay Watch, Bradenton Beach, a 1,079 sfla / 1,225 sfur 2bed/2bath bayview condo with shared pool built in 1982 was sold 03/29/11, Terschluse to 1835379 Ontario Inc. for $250,000; list $299,000.

4307 Gulf Drive, Unit 205, Cayman Cay, Holmes Beach, a 1,027 sfla / 1,123 sfur 2bed/2bath condo with shared pool built in 1974 was sold 03/30/11, Larosa to Langevin for $200,000; list $232,900.

2601 Gulf Drive N., Unit S1, Sandpiper Resort Co Op, Bradenton Beach, a 720 sfla 2bed/1bath mobile home with share built in 1968 was sold 03/29/11, Dunlop to Sierra for $110,000; list $139,000.

Jesse Brisson, broker/associate at Gulf-Bay Realty of Anna Maria, can be reached at 941-778-7244.

Obituaries – 04-20-2011

Joseph O. Elizarde

Joseph O. Elizarde, 85, of Anna Maria, died March 14.

He attended Jefferson High School in Tampa and then served in the U.S. Army from 1944 to 1946 in the European theater. He was a firefighter in Miami for 27 years before retiring to Anna Maria Island. He worked 11 years at Publix Super Market in Holmes Beach.

Services were held March 17 at Manasota Memorial Park and Funeral Home, Bradenton. Graveside services with military honors will took place at March 18 at Sarasota National Cemetery, Sarasota.

Mr. Elizarde is survived by wife Irma; son Joseph; daughter Valerie Rosas; grandsons Vincent and Steven and Anthony Rosas; and great-granddaughter Jasmine.

Fishing – 04-20-2011

Hail to the king — kingfish that is

No, I’m not talking Elvis. I’m talking about the king mackerel or kingfish. Kingfish have moved into local waters around Anna Maria Island, ravaging bait schools and entertaining fishers with drag-screaming action. Most fish reported have been in the 10- to 25-pound range although it’s not uncommon to see fish from 50 to 75 pounds. We call the big ones smokers.

A variety of methods can be used to catch these high-activity fish. Trolling with artificials such as spoons and plugs can be an effective way to cover an area if the fish are spread out. Also drifting or slow trolling live bait works well when fishing over ledges and hard bottom. The most productive way often is to fish with live shiners, threadfins or cigar minnows. Chumming up the kings with live shiners is effective. You get to see the kings explode on the surface eating chummers, then you can throw a bait out on a long shank hook and get a hit fairly quickly.

If you get a king to the boat, be aware of its sharp teeth. One false move on your part could result in a trip to the hospital and stitches.

Remember, the minimum size for kings is 24 inches measured to the fork of the tail. You can keep two per day, so pick a couple of nice ones. Good luck on the kingfish and don’t put your fingers near their mouths.

Capt. Mike Greig is fishing nearshore structures as well as offshore reefs, and is catching limits of gag grouper in the 12-pound range. Greig is reeling in kingfish up to 20 pounds using live threadfin herring. “There is a lot of schoolies out there, but if you’re persistent you can catch some really nice kings,” Greig says.

Moving into the backcountry, Greig is catching spotted sea trout and redfish. Fishing the deeper flats is resulting in trout, while targeting mullet schools is the key to finding redfish.

Capt. Sam Kimball of Legend Charters is fishing the offshore waters around Anna Maria Island catching a variety of species. In the shallower depths, 30-50 feet, Kimball is targeting and catching kingfish up to 25 pounds. Live threadfin herring, live white bait and even cut baits are attracting these razor-mouthed kings of the mackerel family. Also on the shallower structures, Kimball is catching gags up to 15 pounds, Key West grunts, porgies, triggerfish and catch-and-release shark.

Moving out to depths of 100 feet and more, Kimball is catching plenty of amberjack up to 40 pounds. Again, live bait is the ticket for these tackle-busters. Kimball is catching mangrove, yellowtail and lane snappers fishing smaller baits on the bottom. “We’re still catching plenty of red grouper,” Kimball adds.

Capt. Rick Gross of Fishy Business Charters is catching a mixed bag of offshore and inshore species. While fishing the nearshore structures, Gross is targeting kingfish, gag grouper, mangrove snapper and flounder. “The kingfish bite is on fire out there,” Gross says.

Gross is using white bait with a small wire leader and long shank hook to catch and boat kings. Keeper gag grouper have been readily available on Gross’ charters as well. Fish up to 28 inches are being caught on white bait fished on the bottom at depths of 30-40 feet.

In the backwater, Gross is catching speckled trout in abundance. Spanish mackerel are being reeled in, while targeting trout. Also in the backwater, Gross is catching slot-size catch-and-release snook.

Capt. Wayne Genthner of Wolfmouth Charters is getting good results fishing nearshore and close-to-shore structures with threadfin herring and whitebait. Genthner is using light tackle as an entertaining way to fish targeted kingfish on the nearshore structure. “I like to tie a long shank hook on 30-pound fluorocarbon baited with a half fillet of thready on it.” Genthner says. “You might get cut off more often, but the bite is a lot more aggressive.” On a previous trip, Genthner says he had a barracuda bite a 36-inch kingfish in half. “Unfortunately he came back and ate the other half,” Genthner says. “It’s entertaining to watch a big cuda skyrocket at the end of your line.”

Also while fishing nearshore structures, Genthner is catching limits of gag grouper in the 25-inch range and hogfish in the 16- to 25-inch range using half of a select shrimp.

Moving inshore, Genthner is targeting redfish and trout in Sarasota Bay. Black drum, flounder and mangrove snapper have also been on the roster for his backwater trips.

Capt. Warren Girle is having success in the Gulf of Mexico at depths of 35-45 feet with both king and Spanish mackerel. Live threadfins and white bait are working well. In the same depths, Girle is catching keeper gag grouper and “lots of hog fish.”

Girle’s highlight of the week while fishing offshore was the sighting of a 40-50 pound sailfish. “We had a blue runner on a flat line behind the boat,” Girle says. “That’s when this sailfish came up and inhaled him.”

Girle and his charter watched the sailfish eat the bait in close proximity to the boat. Once hooked up, the fish tail walked, made a strong run and pulled the hook. It goes to show, you never know what to expect while fishing around Anna Maria Island.

Although it’s tough to beat catching a sailfish so close to shore, Girle has been producing nice catches of kingfish up to 25 pounds. Also, Girle and his charter caught and released a 150-pound hammerhead shark.

Jonny Keyes at Island Discount Tackle says reports of kingfish and gag grouper are the highlight of the week. Live bait presentations such as shiners or threadfin herring, are working great, although dead bait is working, too. “A lot of fishers are slow trolling live threadfin herring on stinger rigs to target the kings,” Keyes says.

Cobia are being caught on nearshore structures using live pinfish. Goliath grouper have begun to make a showing, so don’t forget to reel your grouper or snapper up quickly. If you don’t, they might get eaten by a hungry goliath.

Moving inshore, Keyes says spotted sea trout are still the No. 1 catch. Live shrimp under a popping cork is working well, or you can use DOA Cal jigs on a 1/4-ounce jig head. Sheepshead are still around and eating fiddler crabs. Rocks and docks are the targeted areas to find these striped fish. And shark fishing is proving prosperous off the beaches using frozen squid and shrimp.

Reports of jack crevalle, catfish and ladyfish have been abundant. “Anglers targeting the trashcan slam are being successful using frozen shrimp or squid,” Keyes says.

Send fishing reports to fish@islander.org.