Publix, where shopping may be a pleasure, but trying to stop shoplifting can be hazardous to your career. Following a story about Publix store manager Mark Bryant stopping a Cuban sandwich thief, Bryant announced his retirement after serving the company for 40 years. Islander Photo: Mark Young
The details of Publix store manager Mark Bryant and Publix employees tackling and sitting on a Cuban sandwich thief made national news.
Within days of The Islander reporting the May 26 incident, Bryant — a 40-year Publix employee — retired without providing any notice to his employees at the Publix, 3900 East Bay Drive, Holmes Beach.
The nature of Bryant’s quick departure has left the Island community abuzz with speculation and some Publix employees sad and angry.
Was he fired? Did he violate policy? Was he forced to retire or did he just simply decide it was time?
These questions and more are being asked by some Publix employees, who have sent comments to The Islander stating their support for Bryant and their disappointment that Publix maintains Bryant’s retirement was voluntary.
Some employees don’t believe the dedicated “shepherd of our flock,” as one employee wrote, would leave without saying goodbye — unless forced to do so.
Employees also told The Islander they question why they were being told not to discuss the matter, if Bryant chose to retire.
Bryant had stopped a 21-year-old man outside the door of Publix May 26 when the man apparently had failed to pay for a Cuban sandwich. Like so many other shoplifting attempts, Bryant escorted the man back into the store, at which time the suspect initiated a physical altercation.
Bryant found himself in a scuffle with the man, and was quickly aided by other Publix employees, who eventually subdued the suspect by sitting on him until police arrived.
“Mark has worked diligently, helping us to keep our needed jobs,” said one letter writer. “Then in reciprocation for an act of bravery, an honorable man, defending Publix is quietly dismissed.”
The letter was written in “hopes Publix corporate office will reconsider and re-evaluate their actions in this matter and offer to reinstate this very dedicated, honest and honorable man.”
At least one employee said the news of Bryant’s quick departure was “a distressing shock within our work family. The here-today and gone-tomorrow activity that just took place has considerably shaken many, and most of our associates and department managers.”
Those who spoke feared retribution and were provided anonymity, while others wished to go on record, stating they realized they were risking their jobs, but wanted to support Bryant. The Islander opted to protect their identities.
Whether Bryant violated corporate policy is unknown.
Publix media and community relations manager Shannon Patten told The Islander that policy on the handling of shoplifters “is considered proprietary information and not something I am able to share,” she said.
When asked if Bryant retired on his own accord, Patten said, “In all associate situations, including Mark’s, Publix thoroughly reviews the facts and strives to be fair and consistent. Out of respect for our associate’s privacy, Publix keeps personnel matters confidential. The details of this situation are between Mark and Publix.”
Patten said she understands there has been some concern over Bryant’s sudden departure, but “the fact is that Mark made the decision on his own to retire,” she said.
Attempts to contact Bryant for comment were unsuccessful, as of press time for The Islander.
The Manatee County Utilities Department is continuing preparation for new sewer line installation along North Shore Drive, Anna Maria. The project is expected to take several months to complete, a MCUD press release said.
The Florida Department of Transportation said this week no DOT road or bridge projects are planned on Anna Maria Island.
Island Cup champions Don Meilner & Son Construction: Tim Tidesco, Stephen Perry, Nate Talucci, Rich Bell, Paul Heyward, Amy Talucci, Matt Plummer, Dave Greene and Lindsey Weaver pose with the Island Cup, completing a 10-1 season. Islander Photo: Courtesy Troy Shonk
Adult soccer, basketball crown championships
The Anna Maria Island Community Center adult basketball and soccer leagues saw seasons come to a close last week and each crowned a champion. The soccer season ended June 14, while basketball finished June 15.
Gator Man Pools lived up to its No. 1 basketball league seed, defeating a shorthanded Bowes Imaging 64-51 behind 23 points, six rebounds and two assists from Aaron Duduks and 18 points from Evan Wolfe, who scored all of his points from behind the 3-point arc. Sean Hubbad and Chris Smith rounded out the Gator Man scoring with 8 points each in the victory. Other team members are Larry Berkery, Sean Sanders and Erica Smith.
Jason Mickan scored a game-high 29 points for Bowes Imaging, which also received 11 points from Mike Hanes and 9 points and 18 rebounds from Mark Templeton in the loss.
Gator Man advanced to the finals thanks to a 66-52 semifinal victory over The Feast June 12 behind 34 points from Aaron Duduks and 16 points and seven rebounds from Evan Wolfe. Sean Hubbard chipped in with 13 points and 11 rebounds in the victory.
Matt Morgan scored 18 points and grabbed nine rebounds and Brent Moss scored 11 points and grabbed six rebounds to lead The Feast scoring efforts. Jonathan Moss added 9 points, five rebounds and five assists, and Ryan Moss chipped in with 6 points in the loss.
Bowes Imaging advanced to the finals by earning a 65-60 victory over No. 2 seed BeachHouse June 12. Tyler Bekkerus scored a game-high 33 points to lead Bowes Imaging, which also received 16 points from Mike Hanes and 15 points and eight rebounds from Mark Templeton in the victory.
Antwaun Jackson scored 29 points and grabbed 16 rebounds to lead Beach House, which also received 22 points from Brandon Kern and 5 points from Ian Fetters in the loss.
Meilner earns top soccer spot
Don Meilner & Son Construction obliterated Florida Discount Signs 8-0 to win the Island Cup. Tim Tidesco led the way for Don Meilner with four goals. Matthew Plummer added two goals for Meilner, which also received one goal from Amy Talucci and a pair of assists from Lindsey Weaver in the victory. Goalie Nate Talucci finished with five saves in the shutout victory. Other members of the Island champions are Rich Bell, David Greene, Chris Kazanas, Paul Heyward and Stephen Perry.
Key Royale golf news
The Key Royale Club women played a nine-hole, individual-low-net golf match June 12. Kris Landkammer, Diane Miller and Tootie Wagner each carded even-par 32s to finish in a three-way tie for first place in Flight A. Hellen Pollack was a shot back in second place.
Sue Wheeler’s 1-under-par 31 gave her first place in Flight B. Sally Martin was two shots back in second place, while Lu Ann Collins finished in third place with a 2-over-par 34.
Sue Hookem had a birdie on the sixth hole.
Three teams emerged from pool play during June 16 horseshoe action at the Anna Maria City Hall horseshoe pits. Ron Pepka and George McKay drew the bye and watched as Steve Doyle and Debbie Rhodes rolled Steve Grossman 21-8 in the semifinal match. Doyle and Rhodes then edged Pepka and McKay 22-17 in the finals to earn the day’s bragging rights.
Larry Livrago and Steve Grossman were the only team to achieve three pool-play wins during June 13 action and were the day’s outright champs.
Play gets under way at 9 a.m. every Wednesday and Saturday at the Anna Maria City Hall pits. Warmups begin at 8:45 a.m. followed by random team selection.
There is no charge to play and everyone is welcome.
Surf camps planned
West Coast Surf Shop will be hosting three weeks of one-week surf camps starting July 9, July 16 and July 23.
The camps run 9 a.m. to noon weekdays and the cost is $175 per student. With 11 instructors, participants are ensured of both safety and plenty of one-on-one instruction.
Participants will learn the basics of surfing, including paddling skills, how to stand up and catch a wave and water safety.
Each week’s camp is limited to the 25 participants. To register, call the surf shop at 941-778-1001.
Top Notch past winner by Carolyne Norwood.
If you’ve got a great snapshot, we’ve got a contest you could win.
The Islander Top Notch photo contest will began publishing weekly winning photos July 11. Six weekly winning pictures will be featured on the cover of The Islander, and one photo will be a grand prize winner of $100 cash prize from The Islander and other prizes and gift certificates from local merchants. Weekly winners receive a “More Than a Mullet Wrapper” Islander T-shirt.
The weekly deadline is noon Friday throughout the contest, with the first deadline July 6.
Top Notch judging begins with a selection of pictures that may include family, landscapes and scenics, candid snapshots, action, holidays, humor and animal pictures. Nothing is overlooked, including kid pics, sentimental moments and moments of personal triumph. This year judges also will be looking for photos in a category of its own: Pets. First- through third-place pet photos will earn special prizes appropriate to the pet from Perks 4 Pets and The Islander.
Digital contest entries should be submitted in original camera format via e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org or on a non-returnable disc.
Only photo cropping is allowed. No retouching, enhancements or computer manipulation is allowed.
Digital entries are encouraged, but contestants may send or deliver photo prints to Top Notch Contest Editor, The Islander, 5404 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach FL 34217.
Complete rules and entry criteria for the contest are published weekly and online at www.islander.org.
E-mail entries must include only one photo attachment/entry per e-mail with the required information in the e-mail text. There is no limit to the number of weekly entries. Entries need not be repeated weekly. Any photos not selected but preferred by the judges are moved forward each week of the contest.
Photos without the required entry information will be disqualified.
Top Notch contest rules
1) The Islander Newspaper Top Notch Photo Contest is strictly for amateur photographers — those who derive less than 5 percent of their income from photography.
2) Black-and-white and color photographs taken after Jan. 1, 2011, are eligible. Photos previously published (in any format/media) or entered in any Islander or other competition are not eligible.
3) Photographs may be taken with any camera. No retouching or other alteration (except cropping) is permitted; no composite or multiple print images will be accepted. Digital photos must be submitted in JPG file format. Prints from digital or film are accepted. Slides are not accepted.
4) Entrant’s name, address and phone number must be included either in the e-mail or affixed to the back of each print submitted. One e-mail per photo submission. E-mail single entries to email@example.com. Mail or deliver print entries to The Islander, Top Notch Photo Contest, 5404 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach FL 34217.
5) Entrants by their entry agree that The Islander may publish their pictures for local promotion. Entrants must provide the original digital image or negative if requested by the contest editor. All photos submitted become the property of The Islander. Photos will not be returned. The Islander and contest sponsors assume no responsibility for materials submitted.
Entrant must provide the name and address of any recognizable persons appearing in the picture with the entry.
6) Employees and paid contributors to The Islander and their immediate family members are not eligible to enter the contest.
Wesley J. ‘Mike’ Cantrall
Wesley J. “Mike” Cantrall, 73, of Holmes Beach, died June 8. He was born in Carlinville, Ill., and moved to Holmes Beach in 2009 from Round Hill, Va., where he lived from 1974-2009.
Mr. Cantrall was a veteran of the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War, he was a member of Loudoun Volunteer Care Givers, and he was past president of the Northern Virginia Chapter of Associated Builders & Contractors.
Memorial Services will be at a later date in Virginia. Memorial donations may be made to Loudoun Volunteer Care Givers, 704 S. King St., Suite 2, Leesburg VA 20176 or online at www.lvcaregivers.org. Brown & Sons Funeral Homes & Crematory 43rd Street Chapel, Bradenton was in charge of arrangements. Condolences www.brownandsonsfuneral.com.
Mr. Cantrall is survived by wife Jane; sons Nelson Wayne Ellmore of Big Pool, Md., Jason Michael of Berryville, Va., James Wesley of Round Hill, Va., John Alexander of Round Hill, Va.; daughter Laura Jane Valle of Lucketts, Va.; sisters Alice Jean Shafer of Rock Island, Ill., Jane Marie Leigh of Harpers Ferry, W.Va.; 15 grandchildren; and four great grandchildren.
Sara Elizabeth Vance Carner
Sara Elizabeth Vance Carner, 98, of Bradenton, formerly of DeLand, died June 11. She was born Oct. 22, 1913, in Fort Valley, Ga.
Mrs. Carner graduated from Asbury College in Wilmore, Ky., where she met Gerald Carner and they were married in December 1936. The couple served from 1937 to 1984 as missionaries in India where they ministered to the physical and spiritual needs of impoverished rural people. She was dearly loved by the Indian people with whom she worked, and they called her “Auntie.”
A service was held June 16 in Fort Valley, Ga. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Council of the Ramabai Mukti Mission, P.O. Box 4912, Clinton NJ 08809. Brown & Sons Funeral Homes & Crematory 43rd Street Chapel, Bradenton, was in charge or arrangements. Condolences may be made online at www.brownandsonsfuneral.com.
Mrs. Carner is survived by her children, Laura Scribner, Ruth Richardson and husband, Alex of Holmes Beach, Gerald and wife Virginia, and David and wife Kay; 12 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren; and her caregivers, Maria Lombardo and the staff of the Lombardo Home.
Christopher Madden, 52, of Holmes Beach, died June 9. He was born Nov.12, 1959, in Sarasota.
Mr. Madden graduated Southeast High School, Bradenton, and earned his barber’s license in Sarasota. According to his sister, Kelly Warne, “Christopher was a man of infinite style, from his hats to his cooking. He celebrated every day occasions with flair. He loved the outdoors, to camp, fish, surf, skateboard, bike, run, swim, and take part in triathlons. He was quick to smile and talk to whomever he would meet, including cats. Chris loved to take things apart and sometimes put them back together. He looked at the world in wonder, amazed to learn new things every day and find treasures to share. He loved his family and friends. They carried him through in his happiest and hardest times.
Family and friends will gather at 7 p.m. Monday, June 18, to remember Mr. Madden at Bayfront Park, 316 N. Bay Blvd., Anna Maria. Those attending are asked bring a story or a photo, and a dish of food to share. Memorial donations may be made to Manatee Glens, 379 Sixth Ave. W., Bradenton FL.
Mr. Madden is survived by his father Don, of Holmes Beach; mother Joy Madden Raynor of Bonaire, Ga.; brother Patrick Madden of Bradenton; and sister Kelly Madden Warne of Sarasota.
William M. Culhane
William M. “Willy” Culhane, 58, Bradenton, died June 5. He was born in Paterson, N.J., and moved in 1986 to Bradenton from Hawthorne, N.J.
Mr. Culhane was Catholic. He had previously been employed as a sous chef/day cook at Harry’s Continental Kitchens for 19 years until 2006.
Memorial services are to be held at a later date. Memorial donations may be made to TideWell Hospice Inc., 5955 Rand Blvd., Sarasota FL 34238. Brown & Sons Funeral Homes & Crematory 43rd Street Chapel, Bradenton is in charge of arrangements. Condolences may be made online at www.brownandsonsfuneral.com.
Mr. Culhane is survived by sons William of Bradenton and Shawn of Naperville, Ill.; daughters Christine of Bradenton and Cindy Connelly of Boston; brothers Paul of Port Charlotte, Michael of Bradenton, Edward of Totowa, N.J., and Timothy and wife Laurie of Hawthorne, N.J.; sister Kathy and husband Robert Kelley of Sarasota; three grandchildren; and 12 nieces and nephews.
Norma Jean Dawson
Norma Jean Dawson, 84, of Bradenton, died June 11. She was born in Akron, Ohio, and moved to Bradenton in 1991 from Newton Falls, Ohio.
Mrs. Dawson was a member of the First Church of the Nazarene, Women of the Moose, Anna Maria Island Chapter, and the Red Hat Society.
There will be no services. Brown & Sons Funeral Homes & Crematory 43rd Street Chapel is in charge of arrangements. Condolences may be made at www.brownandsonsfuneral.com.
Mrs. Dawson is survived by husband John E.; son Bruce Schwartzmiller of Rootstown, Ohio; daughters Sandy Sumpter and Diana Richards, both of Warren, Ohio, and Donna Moree of Woodstock, Ga.; eight grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.
Thomas Joseph Harter, 51, of Bradenton, died June 5. He was born Oct. 4 1960, to Rosemary Eileen and Robert Frederick Harter.
Tommy began and ended his life at Manatee Memorial Hospital, having lived his life always in the sight of water. His life was blessed; he will be missed; he left too soon. Tommy was many things and, most of all, he was memorable.
Tommy was born and raised in Bradenton Beach on Anna Maria Island, claiming to be as local as the oldest rattle snake. He attended Anna Maria Elementary, played Pee Wee football, and was an alter boy at St. Bernard Catholic Church – where he was baptized, received first communion, and was confirmed.
Donald J. McSparran
Donald J. McSparran, 80, of Bradenton, died June 9. He was born in Jersey City, N.J. and moved to Bradenton in 1991 from Madison, Conn.
Mr. McSparran was a veteran of the U.S. Navy during the Korean War and was a member of St. Bernard Catholic Church, Holmes Beach. He graduated St. Peters College in Jersey City, N.J., and he was a member of the Holy Name Society at St. Bernard Catholic Church, Moose Lodge, Bradenton Beach, and American Legion Kirby Stewart Post 24, Bradenton.
Visitation and a wake were held June 15, at Brown & Sons Funeral Homes & Crematory, Bradenton. Service was June 16 at St. Bernard Catholic Church, Holmes Beach. Memorial donations may be made to St. Bernard Catholic Church Pew Renovation Fund, 248 S. Harbor Drive, Holmes Beach FL 34217, or a charity of one’s choice. Condolences may be made online at www.brownandsonsfuneral.com.
Mr. McSparran is survived by his wife of 57 years, Mary Jane; sons Daniel of New London, Conn., and Peter of Buckeye, Ariz.; daughters Maureen Ruby of Madison, Conn., Mary Ellen Krom of Bristol, Conn., Jacqueline Cirillo of Overland Park, Kan.; and Kathleen Mendonca, and Theresa McSparran, both of Madison, Conn.; 22 grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.
8325 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, a 1,848 sfla / 2,517 sfur 3bed/2bath/2car canalfront home built in 1977 on a 94×100 lot was sold 05/30/12, Warrener to Adrian for $740,000; list $749,000.
5300 Gulf Drive, Unit 205, Martinique North, Holmes Beach, a 1,516 sfla 3bed/2bath Gulffront condo with shraed pool built in 1971 was sold 05/23/12, Frye to German for $607,000; list $650,000.
111 Peppertree Lane, Anna Maria, a 1,680 sfla / 2,230 sfur 3bed/1½bath/1car home built in 1925 on a 83×106 lot was sold 05/21/12, 111 Peppertree LLC to Zurawski for $585,000; list $599,000.
113 Peppertree Lane, Anna Maria, a 1,998 sfla / 2,939 sfur 3bed/2½bath/1car home built in 1977 on a 50×106 lot was sold 05/25/12, Merucci to Dowd for $542,500; list $575,000.
7906 Marina Drive, Unit B, Bay Corner, Holmes Beach a 1,884 sfla / 2,618 sfur 3bed/3bath/2car land condo built in 2005 was sold 05/25/12, Nowicki to Terry for $534,000; list $539,000.
215 81st St., Unit 2, Beachwalk Townhomes, Holmes Beach, a 2,020 sfla / 2,509 sfur 3bed/2½bath/2car land condo built in 2002 was sold 05/18/12, Schmitz to Ramos for $520,000; list $549,000.
408 Poinsettia Road, Anna Maria, a 2,288 sfla / 3,354 sfur 4bed/3bath home built in 1984 on a 67×104 lot was sold 05/17/12, Jiro Associates LLC to Ropar for $500,000; list $549,000.
412 73rd St., Unit B, Dos Marina Views, Holmes Beach, a 1,855 sfla / 2,200 sfur 3bed/2bath land condo with pool built in 2011 was sold 05/31/12, 9 Solutions LLC to Cullen for $490,000; list $499,000.
507 72nd St., Holmes Beach, a 1,732 sfla / 2,764 sfur 3bed/2bath/2car canalfront pool home built in 1960 on a 93×125 lot was sold 05/22/12, Holmes to Wade for $480,000.
516 Bayview Place, Anna Maria, a 1,644 sfla / 1,920 sfur 2bed/2bath/1car canalfront home built in 1968 on a 60×110 lot was sold 05/21/12, Johnson to Breen for $480,000.
206 73rd St., Unit B, West Wind Shores, Holmes Beach, a 1,193 sfla 3bed/2bath condo built in 1969 was sold 05/25/12, Rivera to Adip LLC for $445,000.
820 South Bay Blvd., Anna Maria, a 3,392 sfla / 5,105 sfur 2bed/2bath home built in 1975 on a 87×155 lot was sold 05/21/12, Hall to Kavanagh for $437,500.
Jesse Brisson, broker/associate at Gulf-Bay Realty of Anna Maria, can be reached at 941-778-7244.
Harrison King of Anna Maria and Montana brings home a red snapper and dolphin caught last week while fishing in 80 feet of water in the Gulf of Mexico off Anna Maria Island with Capt. Warren Girle.
AMI’s summertime fishing patterns develop
As we fall into an early summertime fishing pattern, Anna Maria anglers are experiencing good action in the early mornings and late in the evening.
This is the time of year to start fishing low light conditions. For one, the fish are biting better at these times and it’s cooler, which makes it easier for anglers. Midday fishing can still be productive, but the heat of the sun can be pretty intense.
Flats fishing with live shiners is productive for spotted seatrout, redfish and catch-and-release snook. Try anchoring and chumming to get the fish in a feeding mood. Once you get the fish fired up, start casting live free-lined shiners into the mix. Remember, if you’re practicing catch-and-release fishing, you need to land your fish as quickly as possible and gently revive and release. With water temps climbing, fish burn more energy when hooked up, so to ensure a good survival rate, use extra care.
Tarpon are still taking up residence around Anna Maria Island and the surrounding waters. Both live and dead bait presentations are working. The key to hooking up the silver king is to get away from the crowd. When you see 20 boats on one pod of fish, you’re better off looking for fish elsewhere. The tarpon are beginning to show signs of feeling the pressure, so finding “untampered” fish is imperative.
It’s worth putting in the time for the thrill of seeing a silver king jump, and they won’t be working our waters much longer.
Offshore, the red snapper bite is heating up around depths starting at 150 feet. Live shiners and pinfish are producing the bite. And a frozen squid-sardine combo on a circle hook also is a good bet.
In these same areas expect to catch big red grouper and plenty of catch-and-release gag grouper. If you’ve limited out on red snapper and want some grouper, try moving away from the snapper to get a bait down to the bottom. Since red snapper are so aggressive, it’s hard to get down where the grouper are, but moving to a new area will solve that problem.
Dave Sork at the Anna Maria City Pier is seeing Spanish mackerel coming to the deck on the outgoing afternoon tides. Pier fishers using white speck rigs or white crappies jigs are catching keeper-size macks. If you opt to use live bait, use a Sabiki rig to catch some live shiners and then freeline around the bait schools surrounding the pier.
If you want to beat the heat, try fishing the pier at night, where spotted seatrout are showing in good numbers under the lights. As bait gathers around a light, trout patrol the outskirts of the light-seeking shiners. You can either use small jigs or free-line a shiner to catch these fish. Don’t be surprised to see some big catch-and-release snook hovering under these lights, too, feeding on bait.
Capt. Mark Johnston of Just Reel fishing charters is targeting spotted seatrout in Sarasota Bay. Using live bait such as pinfish or shiners, Johnston is leading his clients to spotted seatrout up to 22 inches. “We’re catching a lot of trout,” says Johnston, “but you have to catch quite a few to catch a limit. There’s a lot of small ones out there.”
Along with trout, Johnston is hooking his clients up with good numbers of catch-and-release snook. To find these elusive fish, Johnston is fishing mangrove islands in areas that have good water flow. Live shiners are the bait of choice. Most snook are in the 20-24 inch range, although fish up to 36 inches are being caught.
When the weather permits, Johnston is venturing out into the Gulf of Mexico in search of tarpon. By using live crabs or shiners, Johnston is averaging five or six hookups per trip and fish exceeding 80 pounds.
Jonny Keyes at Island Discount Tackle says beach fishers are catching good numbers of migratory fish such as ladyfish, jack crevalle and bonnethead sharks. For the ladyfish and jacks, Keyes suggests using lures, such as buck tail jigs or silver spoons. If you want to target shark, try frozen squid or shrimp.
Tarpon action remains consistent, although with increasing numbers of boaters, the fish are wary to bite. Live baits include shiners, threadfin herring, pinfish and crabs. For those who anchor and chum tarpon, Keyes suggests frozen menhaden or shad.
On the grass flats, spotted seatrout and catch-and-release snook are keeping live-bait fishers busy. Both species are being caught on shallow grass flats adjacent to mangrove edges. Live shiners are the bait of choice but, if you’re out at sunrise, you can’t beat a top-water plug.
Jeff Medley at the south bait shop on the Sunshine Skyway Bridge Fishing Piers is seeing good action for bait fishers using live greenbacks under a popping cork. Spanish mackerel and juvenile kingfish are blasting baits drifted away from the pier on the strong moving tides. “You can use either live greenies or fresh-cut pieces under a cork,” says Medley.
Jack crevalle also are schooling around the pier, ravaging bait schools on the change of the tide in the afternoon. “They seem to show for about an hour when the tide changes,” says Medley. “When they’re schooled up like this on the feed, you can cast just about anything and hook up.”
Flounder are still being caught underneath the pier by bottom fishers. Medley says to use a live greenback or shrimp directly on the bottom to catch these tasty flat fish. Most are in the 12-inch range, although fish up to 18 inches are being reeled up.
Like last week, cobia are still on patrol around the pilings of the pier. Look for them cruising the length of the pier, especially on the edges of the bait schools. Remember, these fish are big and fight to the end, so make sure you have some heavy tackle if you plan on targeting them. Live pinfish or live threadfin herring are producing the bite.
Last but not least, both pier fishers and boaters are catching tarpon. Live baits include threadfin herring, ladyfish and pinfish. For those opting to use dead bait, you can’t beat frozen menhaden or shad. Fish in the 60- to 100-pound range are the norm, although bigger fish are being hooked up.
Bob Kilb at the Rod & Reel Pier says due to the large amount of fresh water draining out of the Manatee River, fishing at the pier has slowed a little. When there are multiple days of rain in a row, water from the river pushes the bait schools out in the Gulf, which in turn takes the fish the eat that bait.
Fish that are being caught at the pier include Spanish mackerel, flounder and a few mangrove snapper. For the Spanish mackerel, pier fishers are using white speck rigs or white crappie jigs. For the flounder and snapper, live shrimp or shiners fished directly on the bottom under the pier will get the bite.
Summer season hit high gear for Capt. Mark Howard of SumoTime, bringing, he said “hot weather and some excellent opportunities to tangle with many species of fish in the waters of Tampa Bay.”
The tarpon bite heated up, he says, with fish swarming the waters of Anna Maria, Tampa Bay and the Gulf of Mexico. A stealth approach to the schooling tarpon is imperative to angling success, he says.
“My preferred method of fishing for these silver kings is to anchor up tide of the rolling fish and chum to draw them to the back of the boat — and your baits. Use heavy sized tackle so you have a good chance of landing the fish,” says Howard.
He also found snook, trout and redfish active at high tides around mangrove, where live shiners and cut bait thrown in potholes have resulted in some nice-sized redfish and snook. He says a circle hook works great on a cut piece of fresh mullet or pinfish. Bigger speckled trout have moved to 6-10-foot water depths in Tampa Bay.
Howard says fishing should be excellent as the tides of the new moon arrive. On days with big high tides around noon and extra low tides in the early evening, the strong current flow will be stimulate a great bite.
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• June 5, 300 N. Bay Blvd., assist. An employee at the Anna Maria Pier Restaurant contacted the Manatee County Sheriff’s Office in regards to people in the water, who appeared to be in distress. The report stated that one person was approximately 100 yards offshore and the second was approximately 200 yards offshore. The first man made it to shore and reported their boat had become disabled. A third man had initially attempted to swim ashore, but returned to the boat, which was reported to be about 500 yards offshore. According to the report, the three men were tubing when the boat hit a wave, throwing them in the water. The boat continued in circles until the motor became entangled in the tow rope and was disabled. A nearby boater rescued the second man, who had been struggling to make it ashore, and then proceeded to the disabled boat to rescue the third man. The U.S. Coast Guard was contacted, but the good Samaritan was already towing the disabled boat to shore.
• May 27, 800 block of North Shore Drive, noise. A MCSO deputy responded to a noise complaint to hear a group of people talking on the balcony. The deputy issued a warning and explained the city’s noise ordinance to the renter, who apologized and moved everyone indoors.
• May 27, 300 block of Iris Street, noise. A MCSO deputy arrived to hear loud music coming from a garage. The deputy met with the renter and explained the city’s noise ordinance. The man said he would be more respectful in the future.
Anna Maria is policed by the MCSO.
• May 27, Coquina Beach, lewd and lascivious behavior. Bradenton Beach police were notified of an allegation regarding a Bradenton man inappropriately touching a 6-year-old child. A follow up with Bradenton police revealed that a 7-year-old child also had made a similar claim a week earlier. Both incidents were alleged to have occurred in Bradenton.
• June 10, 100 Gulf Drive N., trespass warning. Two people suspected of stealing merchandise from the Circle K convenience store were asked not to return. According to the report, the clerk was instructed to contact police if the two suspects returned to the store. The suspects did return and police were contacted to issue a trespass warning.
Bradenton Beach is policed by the BBPD.
• No new reports.
Cortez is policed by the MCSO
• June 10, 500 block of 70th Street, domestic battery. A 41-year-old woman was arrested on misdemeanor battery charges after allegedly becoming enraged and hitting her husband in the face. According to the report, she also had been slapping and grabbing the neck of her adult stepchild. The husband reportedly told police that the woman “goes into rages for no apparent reason.” After observing red marks on both victims, she was placed under arrest. According to the report, the woman shouted obscenities and kicked at the divider inside the patrol car while en route to the Manatee County jail.
• May 26, 4000 Gulf Drive, missing child. Holmes Beach police officers and a MCSO deputy launched a search after a 5-year-old child was reported missing from Manatee Public Beach. HBPD officers started searching northward from the beach, while the deputy searched southward from Anna Maria. The deputy received a call that a boy matching the description of the lost child had been found, but the cell phone call was dropped. The deputy responded to the general area of the call and located the caller and the child. The child was turned over to HBPD officers, who contacted the boy’s father, who also was searching for his son.
Holmes Beach is policed by the HBPD.
Streetlife is based on incident reports and narratives from the Bradenton Beach and Holmes Beach police departments and Manatee County Sheriff’s Office.
School students, from left, Hailey Kagin, Scarlet Reo, Evan Talucci and Elek Brisson add school supplies to donation boxes June 13. The theme this year was “flight” and students were encouraged to bring school supplies to be carried by Agape Flights to hundreds of students in Haiti, the Dominican Republic and the Bahamas. Roser continues to accept school supplies, although VBS ended last week. Islander Photo: Karen Riley-Love