|Winners were announced Sunday in the Anna Maria Island Community Center Fishing Tournament 2006 included offshore division champs, left to right, Steve Kajciemski, Bill Wasden, Capt. Hank Williams of Wet Willy Charters and Kevin Gies. Inshore division winners on “Hold On” were Keith Stonestreet, Arron Miller, Jon Schurr and Richard Campbell. The winning teams received gift certificates to Island Discount Tackle, Galati Marine and Discount Tackle Outlet, prizes valued at $1,100 and a crystal trophy. Forty teams participated. In the youth division, smallest fish prize-winner was Logan Reiber; Mikey Ellsworth took the prize for most fish caught; and the biggest fish award was a tie between Michelle Oldham and Ashley Clark. Prizes for the kids included a fishing trip, gift certificates and fishing tackle. Islander Photo: David Futch
Kurt Janisch caught this 22-pound permit 10 miles out in the Gulf of Mexico while fishing with Capt. Mark Howard of Sumotime Charters.
Kingfish and dolphin, both somewhat rare for this late in the spring, are still thick out in the Gulf of Mexico.
Redfish are also a great bet in the backwater, as well as catch-and-release snook. Trout should start to hit what with all the rain in the past week, and, hopefully, tarpon should finally start to bite.
Capt. Thom Smith at Angler’s Repair on Cortez Road said he’s putting his charters onto mackerel and bluefish along the beaches as well as redfish and snook, plus a few trout, in the backwater.
Bill Lowman at Island Discount Tackle at Catchers Marina in Holmes Beach said there are lots of mackerel being caught on the artificial reefs and dolphin catches are still being reported close to shore in the Gulf less than 10 miles out. Snapper and grouper have moved farther offshore in deeper water in the Gulf. Tarpon are also a good bet for the charter captains, Bill added.
Capt. Zach Zacharias on the Dee-Jay II out of Parrot Cove Marina saidthat "things settled back to normal fairly quickly since the passage of Alberto. The Gulf got muddied up pretty good and the backwaters are showing some signs of freshwater runoff that we usually begin to see this time of year." Inshore fishing remained good with numerous catch-and-release snook, scattered reds, big jacks and some trout. A few mangrove snapper are beginning to school up and bite. The big shot of freshwater should flush a lot of trout out of the rivers, creeks and bayous and they will begin bunching up on the deep seagrass of Anna Maria Sound and Sarasota Bay." He also advised that the storm should spur the tarpon to bite, which has been lacking so far this season.
At Perico Island Bait and Tackle, reports include good catches of redfish in Palma Sola Bay on the higher tides, plus plenty of baitfish to serve as chum.
Bob Kilb at the Rod & Reel Pier said fishers there are catching a few Spanish mackerel, plus jacks, ladyfish, bluefish, "tons" of catfish and a few tarpon are still rolling past the pier.
Jesus Rosario at the Anna Maria City Pier said there are good mackerel hookups in the morning and a few catch-and-release snook at night. Snapper have left for now, he said, but there are lots of whitebait around the pier.
Dave Johnson at Snead Island Crab House said plenty of redfish are coming out of Terra Ceia Bay, and lots of mackerel from the Sunshine Skyway Bridge area in Tampa Bay. Tarpon are also a good bet in front of Terra Ceia Bay.
At Skyway Bait and Tackle, reports include lots of mackerel from the Skyway Bridge area, plus some small sharks, grouper and a few sheepshead.
On my boat Magic, we’ve been catching dolphin, kingfish, huge mackerel, a few mangrove snapper just 6 miles out in the Gulf, and lots and lots of redfish.
Good luck and good Fishing.
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