• Nov. 23, 500 block of Spring Avenue, Baker Act. A house cleaner found a man unresponsive and called 911. EMS and law enforcement responded. According to the report, the man had taken an unknown number of anti-depressants and prescription sleeping pills. He was transported to the hospital, where the investigating officer initiated a Baker Act.
• Nov. 27, 700 block of Fern Street, burglary. A Manatee County Sheriff’s Office deputy responded to a complaint of a burglary. According to the report, an entry point was discovered at the bathroom window where the screen had been cut and the window pried open. There were no items reported missing.
Anna Maria is policed by the MCSO.
• Nov. 28, 2407 Gulf Drive N., theft. Unknown persons gained access to the storage shed of Vera Roma and stole lawn tools valued at $600. Police believe the suspect may possess a key to the shed because once removed, the locks were taken.
• Nov. 19, 200 Gulf Drive N., theft. An employee at the BeachHouse Restaurant placed her purse in a “cubby” where other employees place personal property during their shifts. Upon the conclusion of the complainant’s shift, she discovered $75 worth of items missing.
Bradenton Beach is policed by the BBPD.
• No new reports.
Cortez is policed by the MCSO.
• Nov. 26, 400 block of 39th Street, petit theft. A 52-year-old homeless man was arrested after stealing a pool lounge chair valued at $300. According to the report, the man was trespassed from the property Nov. 6, so he was also charged with trespass after warning. Police say the man took the chair to use as a bed in a nearby wooded area where he was sleeping.
• Nov. 19, 200 block of 83rd Street, information. A complainant reported he was having problems with a neighbor next door to his vacant lot. He told police the woman keeps coming onto his property to trim palm trees. He said he wouldn’t mind, but she leaves the palm fronds on the ground, making it difficult for him to mow the property because he has to first clean up her trimmings. The officer attempted to make contact with the woman, with no success. He advised the owner to post “No Trespassing” signs on his property.
• Nov. 19, 500 block of 67th Street, theft. A woman reported the theft of earrings valued at $1,000. She told police she typically locks them away, but had accidently left them out on a day when her son had a few friends over.
• Nov. 19, 600 block of Dundee Lane, burglary. The property owner reported someone had used a shower while the owners were gone. The couple told police they had an Internet camera set up to check on their house from time to time, but that it had been stolen.
• Nov. 20, 3000 block of Gulf Drive, theft. A complainant reported someone stole a pair of bicycles valued at $40. Police later located one of the bikes and returned it to the owner.
• Nov. 23, 5410 Marina Drive, theft. A woman complainant reported someone stole her purse from the back of a bar chair while at D. Coy Ducks. Total value of the missing items is $451.
• Nov. 23, 611 Manatee Ave. W., disturbance. Police responded to a male complainant, who reported a woman in a golf cart was circling the parking lot at CVS Pharmacy. He rolled down his window to ask the woman to make up her mind where she was going so he could park. He alleges the woman then began yelling and cursing at him. Police interviewed the woman who told a similar story, but claimed the man had yelled and cursed at her. Both parties were advised to go their separate ways.
• Nov. 24, 6200 block of Holmes Boulevard, theft. A variety of chairs were left out overnight from the previous day’s wedding. At some point during the night, the chairs, valued at $688 were stolen.
• Nov. 25, 2700 block of Gulf Drive, suspicious incident. A complainant called to report he had received two phone calls that the motel’s office power had gone down. The caller needed the guest’s financial information to resubmit into the computer, and offered a 25 percent discount for the inconvenience. The man refused to give his information over the phone. An investigation revealed that several of the motel’s guests had received similar calls, which did not come from motel staff.
• Nov. 25, 6200 Flotilla Drive, criminal mischief. Five flower pots at the dog park were damaged and thrown over the fence.
• Nov. 25, 2800 block of Avenue E, burglary. A woman said she left her purse on the kitchen counter while she and her friends “went about their business” for the day. When she returned, she went to her purse to retrieve some money and found $250 was missing. She told police the sliding glass door of her rental unit does not lock. One of the friends did report she heard a loud noise at about 3 a.m., but didn’t hear anything else, so she went back to sleep.
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.
John A. Bacich, 93, of Anna Maria and Minneapolis died Nov. 25 in Minneapolis. He was born in Duluth, Minn., to George and Victoria Bacich, the youngest of five children.
He spent his childhood in Oliver, Wis., until the family moved to St. Paul. There he graduated from Cretin High School in 1937 and attended St. Thomas College. He enlisted in the U.S. Army and was stationed in several states prior to the outbreak of World War II. He fought in Europe during the war, being promoted to lieutenant. After the war, he continued in the army reserves for more than 20 years, retiring with the rank of major.
He married Barbara Madsen in 1965 and they wintered in Anna Maria, where they eventually made their permanent home.
Mr. Bacich owned a number of businesses in Minneapolis including real estate investments. He belonged to the Minneapolis Business Forum, Shriners, VFW and American Legion. In Florida, he was an active booster of Anna Maria Island, supporting many public interests. He was a founding member of the Pier Regulars, and also was a member of the Key Royale Club, the Minnesota Club and others. He attended St. Bernard Catholic Church, Holmes Beach, and was a faithful member of Church of Annunciation, Minneapolis, for 65 years.
He will be long remembered by many good friends for his kind heart, generous nature and loyal friendship.
He was especially willing to help young people in need, both on Anna Maria Island and in Haiti.
A Mass of Christian burial was held Dec. 4 at Church of Annunciation, Minneapolis. Interment will be at Lakewood Cemetery, Minneapolis. Memorial donations may be made to Salvation Army or Peace House, 512 E. Franklin, Minneapolis MN 55404. Gill Brothers Funeral Home of Minneapolis was in charge of arrangements. Condolences for the family may be made at www.gillbrothers.com.
Mr. Bacich is survived by Barbara, his loving wife of 47 years and family.
Jeanne Larson Finn
Jan. 4, 1925 – Dec. 2, 2012
Jeanne Larson Finn, 87, of Bradenton and a resident of Holmes Beach since 1987, died Dec. 2. She was born Jan. 4, 1925, in Jamestown, N.Y.
She graduated from Corry High School and before being wed was society editor for the Corry Journal. She married James N. Finn July 8, 1950.
The couple lived in Erie, Pa., and maintained a summer cottage for more than 60 years in Findley Lake, N.Y. They took up residence in Holmes Beach on retirement and had recently moved to Bradenton. Mrs. Finn enjoyed golf, reading, sewing, knitting and card playing.
She was an active member of Gloria Dei Lutheran Church and especially enjoyed the Tuesday quilt group, and was proud of their accomplishments. She was a past member of The Order of the Eastern Star.
Friends are invited to a service at 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 8, at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, 6608 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. The Rev. Rosemary Backer will officiate.
Friends also are invited to join the family for a light meal in the church fellowship hall immediately following the service. Memorial donations may be made to Gloria Dei Lutheran Church or the charity of one’s choice.
Arrangements were by Brown & Sons Funeral Homes & Crematory 43rd Street Chapel, Bradenton. Condolences my be made online at www.brownandsonsfuneral.com.
Mrs. Finn is survived by her husband of 62 years, Jim; daughter Barbara and husband Don Proctor of Erie, Pa.; granddaughter Susan and husband Nick Martino; grandson Michael and wife Gretchen Proctor of Falls Church, Va.; great-granddaughters Julia and Giana Martino; and several cousins.
Vincent Joel Gollamudi, 4 months, meets Santa.
The line to see Santa on stage is long at the Anna Maria Island Community Center during the Dec. 1 Lester Holiday Fun Day.
Addison, Kiera, Gavin and Kendall Johnston pose with Santa while Dad, offstage, captures the moment at Lester Fun Day.
Savanah Gittens takes a pony ride around home plate during Lester Fun Day. Islander Photos: Edna Tiemann
Joey and Chuck Lester delight in a gift from Santa at Fun Day, a Green Bay Packer holiday wreath and a Green Bay Packer Santa hat.
Manatee High School Drum Line performs at Lester Fun Day Dec. 1.
Norma Buchanan rounds up six granddaughters — third generation Anna Maria Elementary students Madison, Lauren, Jade and Reagan Buchanan and Zoey and Lyla Smith — all modeling the work of “Tony the balloon Guy” at Fun Day.
Diane Partington Studio Of Classical Ballet students perform for the crowd at Lester Holiday Fun Day Dec. 1 in the Anna Maria Island Community Center gym.
Norma Buchanan rounds up six granddaughters — third generation Anna Maria Elementary students Madison, Lauren, Jade and Reagan Buchanan and Zoey and Lyla Smith — all modeling the work of “Tony the balloon Guy” at Fun Day. Islander Photo: Edna Tiemann. Click here for more Fun Day photos
Kevin Cassidy, Neil Fellowes, Tommy Fellowes and Conal Cassidy around the campfire circle at Fort De Soto Park. Islander Photo: Courtesy Lance Bieker
Change in weather signals start of camping season
The cooler weather that signals the beginning of our winter also kicks off camping season. This writer and several dads typically take our kids camping around Thanksgiving and Christmas — and the area boasts several nice parks fantastic for family camping.
If you have never been camping, don’t worry, these parks are close enough to civilization that you can abandon the plan if necessary. But for around $200, you can be geared up and ready to camp. Just remember — don’t skimp on the air mattress and don’t go crazy buying a multiroom tent.
A short drive across the Sunshine Skyway Bridge is Fort De Soto Park, which offers a fantastic camping experience for all experience levels, including a youth campground. The campground provides lighted rest rooms, campfire circles, cold-water showers and it is free.
The natural beauty is breathtaking. The area is a great spot for fishing, kayaking and biking among the 1,136 acres that make up the park. Fort De Soto beach also comes in near the top in the America’s Top Beach awards from Trip Advisor.
While camping at De Soto, visit the historic fort that guards the entrance to Tampa Bay and was built as a defense during the Spanish American War.
This writer and three friends recently spent two nights at the park with our children and some of their friends. The 15 kids in attendance ate us out of tent and home, but mostly played tag in the woods, although we did also manage to wet some fishing lines. Tommy Fellowes was the only one to land a fish when he hooked up a small sheepshead. The weather was perfect and everyone had a fantastic time.
Fort De Soto Park is in Pinellas County at 3500 Pinellas Bayway S., Tierra Verde.
Another park close by that is great for camping is the Little Manatee River State Park in Wimauma. This park is fantastic for kayaking, canoeing and fresh-water fishing. Wildlife enthusiasts can enjoy a 6.5-mile trail through the wilderness area and the park offers a 12-mile equestrian trail, as well as four equestrian campsites. The park also offers a youth/group campground that can accommodate up to 20 people. The only downsides with the group site are no running water and no bathrooms.
Little Manatee River State Park is at 215 Lightfoot Road, Wimauma.
Myakka River State Park is located within an hour of the island provides a great camping experience. The area is completely shaded and campgrounds offer include running water, picnic tables, grills and a fire circle. There is no electricity provided to sites, but there are bathrooms with hot-water showers.
The park provides a multitude of activities including biking, hiking and a canopy walkway that puts one 25 feet above the ground and extends for 100 feet. Visitors can also climb to the top of the observation tower, which soars 74 feet in the air for a spectacular view of the treetops and wetlands. The park also offers airboat rides and tours, canoeing, fishing, equestrian trails and cabin rentals.
Myakka State Park is nine miles east of I-75 at 13208 State Road 72, Sarasota.
Center sports on break, adults play golf, horseshoes
While team sports at the Anna Maria Island Community Center are in the process of registering and trying out for new leagues, there’s action on the links at the Key Royale Club in Holmes Beach.
Golf action at KRC is heating up as winter brings cold weather to the north and members returning from summer in northern states.
The women and men joined up for a nine-hole, two-best-balls-of-foursome match Nov. 30. The team of Jerry and Joyce Brown and Nell Bergstrom rode two chip-ins by Bergstrom to a team score of 13-under-par 49 and a runaway victory.
The men played an 18-hole, low-net-of-foursome match Nov. 28. First-place team Pieter Thomassen, Neil Hammer, Jim McVicar and Dave Kruger combined to card a 9-over-par 265, four shots over Joe Dickinson, Gerry Taylor, Art Hibbs and Andrew Barber.
The women took the course Nov. 27 for a nine-hole, low-net-in-flight match.
Helen Pollock fired a 4-under 28 to take first in Flight A, while Marilyn Thorton and Marcia Helgeson tied for second with matching even-par scorecards.
There was a battle for the top spot in Flight B as Joyce Brown, Terry Westby, Heather Pritchard and Renee Allan each carded 2-under-par 30s. Joyce Lathrop was a shot back in second place, while Christina Mason finished third with an even-par 32.
Kathy Porter rode a chip in on hole 7 to win Flight C going away with a 5-under-par 27, four shots ahead of second-place finisher Barb Lindwall.
Sally York had the round of the day with an 8-under-par 24 to grab first place in Flight D. Marty Clark’s 4-under par-28 gave her second place, while Trish Kruger took third with a 1-under-par 31.
The men played a nine-hole, modified Stableford — quota points — game Nov. 26. Art McMillan and Tom Nelson tied for first place with matching plus-four scores in the individual competition. Nelson and McMillan teamed up with Lex Halakan and Barry Anderson to also take the team event with a combined plus-10 score.
Two teams advanced to the knockout round at the Anna Maria City Hall horseshoe pits Dec. 1. Gene Bobeldyk and John Crawford blitzed the team of Tom Skoloda and Bob Heiger 22-0 to earn the day’s bragging rights.
Two teams also advanced to the knockout round during Nov. 28 horseshoe action. The team of Norm Good and George McKay defeated Paul Sheatler and Hank Huyghe 22-15 to earn the day’s championship.
Free 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.
Wednesday, Dec. 5
11:30 a.m. — Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce networking luncheon, Gulf Drive Cafe & Tiki, 900 Gulf Drive N., Bradenton Beach. Fee applies. Information: 941-778-1541.
1:15 p.m. — Gulf Coast Writers meet, Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-3209.
Thursday, Dec. 6
2 p.m. — Knitting clinic, Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-6341
Friday, Dec. 7
5:30-7:30 p.m. — Island Gallery West reception for featured artist Brenda Alcorn, 5368 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-6648.
5:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m. — Artists’ Guild of Anna Maria Island reception for Patricia Curtis, Guild Gallery, 5414 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-6694.
5-8 p.m. — Holmes Beach Downtown Holiday Open House, Marina and Gulf drives, Holmes Beach. Features visits with Santa and the Anna Maria Island Privateers at The Islander. Information: 941-778-1541.
Saturday, Dec. 8
9:30 a.m. — REAL Women Christmas Brunch, CrossPointe Fellowship, 8605 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-0719.
9:30 a.m. — Family origami, Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-6341
10 a.m. — Anna Maria Island Privateers Christmas Parade, from Bayfront Park, Anna Maria, to Coquina Beach Gulfside Park, Bradenton Beach, parade route is mostly along Pine Avenue/Gulf Drive/Marina Drive and back onto Gulf Drive. Information: 941-752-5973.
10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. — Anna Maria Island Art League Winterfest arts and crafts show, Holmes Beach city field, 5801 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-2099.
11 a.m.-2:30 p.m. — Anna Maria Island Privateers Party with Santa, gifts for children, lunch and refreshments free. Adults: donation for lunch, refreshments. Coquina Beach Gulfside Park, 2650 Gulf Drive S., Bradenton Beach. Information: 941-752-5973.
Sunday, Dec. 9
10 a.m.-3:30 p.m. — Brawn on the Beach amateur strength competition to benefit Hope Family Services, BeachHouse Restaurant, 200 Gulf Drive N., Bradenton Beach. Information: 941-779-2222.
10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. — Anna Maria Island Art League Winterfest arts and crafts show, Holmes Beach city field, 5801 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-2099.
Tuesday, Dec. 11
10:30 a.m. — Lawton Chiles Christmas for Kids Party — for a pre-selected daycare, Sandbar Restaurant, 100 Spring Ave., Anna Maria. Information: 941-778-8709.
Wednesday, Dec. 12
7:45 a.m. — Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce sunrise breakfast, Sign of the Mermaid, 9707 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria. Fee applies. Information: 941-778-1541.
11:30 a.m. — Off Stage Ladies of the Island Players luncheon and gift exchange, BeachHouse Restaurant, 200 Gulf Drive N., Bradenton Beach. Fee applies. Information: 941-799-2181
Friday, Dec. 7
6:30-9:30 p.m. — Reception for Joan Peters’ exhibit “Seashores of the Suncoast,” Joan Peters Gallery, Village of the Arts, 1210 11th Ave. W., Bradenton. Information: 941-365-9960.
Saturday, Dec. 8
10 a.m., 11:30 a.m. — Magic Box Theatre presents “Rumplestiltskin,” Ramada Waterfront, 7150 Tamiami Trail, Sarasota. Fee applies. Information: 941-363-1727.
7 p.m. — Dance Theatre of Bradenton performs “The Nutcracker,” Manatee High School Davis Center for the Performing Arts, 1902 33rd St. E., Bradenton. Fee applies. Information: 855-222-2849.
Sunday, Dec. 9
4 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. — Jazz at First Church featuring Johnny Moore, Dominic Mancini, Tommy Goodman and Bob Switzer, First United Methodist Church, 104 S. Pineapple St., Sarasota. Information: 941-955-0935.
2 p.m. — Dance Theatre of Bradenton performs “The Nutcracker,” Manatee High School Davis Center for the Performing Arts, 1902 33rd St. E., Bradenton. Fee applies. Information: 855-222-2849.
Tuesday, Dec. 11
7 p.m. — PLATO’s byKids4Kids presents “The Twelve Days of Christmas,” Ramada Waterfront, 7150 Tamiami Trail, Sarasota. Fee applies. Information: 941-363-1727.
Wednesday, Dec. 12
2 p.m. — Christmas with the Ditchfield Family Singers concert, Manatee Players, 102 12th St. W., Bradenton. Fee applies. Information: 941-748-5875.
7 p.m. — PLATO’s byKids4Kids presents “The Twelve Days of Christmas,” Ramada Waterfront, 7150 Tamiami Trail, Sarasota. Fee applies. Information: 941-363-1727.
• Through Jan. 6, “Waist Watchers: The Musical,” by Alan Jacobsen, the Professional Learning and Theatrical Organization, Ramada Sarasota, 7150 Tamiami Trail, Sarasota. Fee applies. Information: 941-363-1727.
• Through April 28, Mote Marine Laboratory and Aquarium, 1600 Ken Thompson Parkway, Sarasota, hosts Sea Lions: On the Water’s Edge. Fee applies. Information: 941-388-4441.
• Wednesdays and Saturdays, 9 a.m., horseshoes pitched, Anna Maria City Hall, 10005 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria. Information: 941-708-6130.
• First Wednesdays, noon, Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce networking luncheon. Location varies. Fee applies. Information: 941-778-1541.
• Second Wednesdays, 8 a.m., Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce sunrise breakfast. Location varies. Fee applies. Information: 941-778-1541.
• Fourth Wednesdays, 5 p.m., Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce business-card exchange. Location varies. Fee applies. Information: 941-778-1541.
• Fridays, Senior Adventures, low-cost field trips from Annie Silver Community Center, 103 23rd St., Bradenton Beach. Fee may apply. Information: 941-962-8835.
• Third Fridays, 5-8 p.m., Pine Avenue Porch Party presented by local merchants, Pine Avenue, Anna Maria. Food donations requested for Roser Food Pantry. Information: 941-896-3132.
• Saturdays, 8:30 a.m., Kiwanis Club of Anna Maria Island meeting, Anna Maria Island Beach Cafe, Manatee Public Beach, 4000 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-761-8834.
• First Saturdays, 8 a.m.-noon, Manatee County Audubon open house, 9:30 a.m. Audubon Walk, Felts Audubon Preserve, 4600 24th Ave. E., Palmetto, Information: 941-729-2227.
• Through May, third Sundays, 9-11 a.m., Jr. Audubon, Manatee Audubon Society, Felts Audubon Preserve, 4600 24th Ave. E., Palmetto. Information: 941-729-2227.
• Through April 10, Sundays, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., the Bridge Street Market, Bridge Street, Bradenton Beach. The first Sundays include a food challenge.
• Mondays, 1 p.m., bridge games, Roser Memorial Community Church, 512 Pine Ave., Anna Maria. Information: 941-778-0414.
• First Mondays, 7 p.m., Florida Institute for Saltwater Heritage board meets, Fisherman’s Hall, 4515 123rd St. W., Cortez. Information: 941-254-4972.
• Third Mondays, noon, Anna Maria Island Democratic Club lunch meeting, BeachHouse Restaurant, 200 Gulf Drive N., Bradenton Beach. Fee applies. Information: 941-779-0564.
• Tuesdays, 12:30 p.m., Anna Maria duplicate bridge, Episcopal Church of the Annunciation, 4408 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-3390.
• Tuesdays, noon, Rotary Club of Anna Maria Island meets, BeachHouse Restaurant, 200 Gulf Drive N., Bradenton Beach. Information: 941-794-8044.
• Dec. 13, 2-4 p.m., Artists’ reception, Signature Show exhibit, Studio at Gulf and Pine, 10101 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria.
• Dec. 14, 5-8 p.m., the Anna Maria businesses host a Christmas Walk, Pine Avenue and Gulf Drive.
• Dec. 15, noon, the Women of the Moose No. 1601’s annual Children’s Christmas Party, Anna Maria Island Moose Lodge 2188, 110 Gulf Drive S., Bradenton Beach.
• Dec. 15, 3-7 p.m., Christmas on Bridge Street, Bridge Street, Bradenton Beach.
• Dec. 15, 6:30 p.m., Bethlehem Walk, Roser Memorial Community Church, 512 Pine Ave., Anna Maria.
• Dec. 16, 2 p.m., Anna Maria Island Concert Chorus and Orchestra concert, Island Holidays, CrossPointe Fellowship, 8605 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach.
Save the date
• Dec. 25, Christmas.
• Dec. 29, the Manatee Players’ presents “Two on Tap.”
• Dec. 31, New Year’s Eve.
• Jan. 17, the Island Players’ opening of “A Little Murder Never Hurt Anybody.”
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Monday, Dec. 10-Friday, Dec. 14: 8-8:30 a.m., Holiday Shopper, school store.
Tuesday, Dec. 11: 8:45 a.m., Parent Teacher Organization board meeting, conference room.
Monday, Dec. 17-Tuesday, Dec. 18: kindergarten and first-grade holiday decorating centers, K-1 classrooms.
Tuesday, Dec. 18, 5-7 p.m., PTO dinner by Moore’s Stone Crab in the cafeteria followed at 7 p.m. by the fifth-grade play, “The Legend of the Poinsettia,” in the auditorium.
Monday, Dec. 24-Monday, Dec. 31, winter break.
Tuesday, Jan. 1-Monday, Jan. 7, winter break continued, and Tuesday, Jan 8: students return.
Saturday, Jan. 12: Dolphin Dash, 8 a.m.
Thursday, Jan. 24, FCAT Parent Night: time to be determined.
Anna Maria Elementary School, 4700 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach, 941-708-5525, www.manatee.k12.fl.us/sites/elementary/annamaria.
The Phelps family of England shows off their catch of redfish from a recent trip with Capt. Danny Stasny.
Cooler weather prompts changes in bait choice
The combination of full moon tides and a break in the cold weather, this week looks prosperous for backwater fishers.
Extreme low tides in the morning hours are a great time to find concentrations of backwater species waiting to move back on the grass flats to feed. For success, target edges of channels and ditches or look for deep sandy potholes adjacent to or smack in the middle of shallow flats. These areas of deeper water create safe havens for snook, redfish and trout on full moon low tides.
Once you get dialed in on where to hook up, you can rely on these spots all winter.
With falling water temps, now may be the time to switch to live shrimp instead of shiners while fishing the backcountry. Although hungry pinfish that inhabit the flats can make fishing with live shrimp difficult, it’s good to know you have some when the fish you’re stalking turn their noses away from a live shiner.
Redfish, spotted seatrout and snook will readily slurp up a select shrimp if placed in front of their noses — as well as every other species you encounter on the flats.
Capt. Rick Gross of Fishy Business fishing charters is fishing the backcountry in search of redfish, spotted seatrout and catch-and-release snook. Gross is fishing mangrove shorelines adjacent to lush grass flats to locate reds and snook. For the spotted seatrout, Gross is looking toward deeper grass.
Gross feels the fishing could be better. “Hopefully the warmer weather and strong tides will improve the fishing this week,” says Gross. “A couple of degrees warmer for the water temps would do wonders.”
Due to the cooler water temps, Gross agrees with switching from shiners to live shrimp for bait. He says artificials such as DOA Cal jigs are a good option, too.
Finally, Gross adds that location is a key factor as the water temps drop. He suggests working the back bays, canals and creeks.
For the spotted seatrout, Gross is using DOA Cal jigs, resulting in slot-size fish as well as a couple of whoppers measuring close to 30 inches.
For the catch-and-release snook and reds, Gross is using live shiners or shrimp, depending on what the fish feel like eating in the area at that particular time. Slot-size reds are being caught as well as plenty of undersize “rat reds.”
Jeff Medley at the Sunshine Skyway Bridge South Fishing Pier says sheepshead are the highlight of the week. Keeper-size fish are being caught by pier fishers using live shrimp or fiddler crabs for bait. Average size of the sheepshead is ranging 1-3 pounds, although the Skyway fishing piers are known for attracting some very large sheepies. While targeting sheepshead, expect to catch black sea bass, small grouper and even a few porgies.
Capt. Warren Girle is working Sarasota Bay for redfish and spotted seatrout. Girle is using live shiners or artificials such as MirrOlure Lil Johns or Mister Twister Exude Darts to get the bite.
For the trout, Girle is fishing deeper grass flats that contain scattered sandy potholes. Girle is drifting the flats, working soft plastics through the potholes to find concentrations slot-size fish.
Redfish are gathering around sandy potholes in water depths of 3-4 feet and around docks in residential canals. For these fish, Girle is using live shiners to get the bite. Slot-size fish up to 25 inches are the norm this past week.
Off the beaches, Girle is targeting Spanish mackerel and black tip shark. For the macks, Girle is using live shiners. For the black tips, he is putting out chunks of mackerel.
Steve Oldham at Island Discount Tackle says he’s seeing shrimp sales on the rise as water temps drop. “More and more people are switching to shrimp rather than shiners,” says Oldham. “And it seems to be working for them, too.”
Reports of sheepshead, black drum and redfish frequenting local docks in Anna Maria Sound are increasing. Especially through Bimini Bay and Lake LaVista. Spotted seatrout also are frequenting these waters. Oldham suggests fishing the mouths of canals or deeper grass beds to find some tasty fish.
Finally, Spanish mackerel are still being reported from bait masters at the local piers. Gotcha plugs, silver spoons or white crappie jigs are getting the job done.
Jim Malfese at the Rod & Reel Pier says fishing is a little slow, although pier fishers with a little determination and patience are managing to catch something for dinner. Live shrimp are the bait of choice this past week since the mackerel bite is sporadic at best.
Pier fishers using live shrimp are bottom fishing to target a number of species with success, including sheepshead, black drum and redfish in the keeper-size range. Try casting your bait under the pier around the structure to get a chance of catching these fish.
Flounder also are being caught by bottom fishers using live shrimp. Fishing under the pier, as you would for the drum and sheepies, is a good idea although you can also find these tasty, flat fish around the edges of the pier and hiding in the sand just away from the pier.
Send fishing reports to firstname.lastname@example.org.
ITEMS FOR SALE
BIKE: MEN’S BEACH cruiser brand, nice, simple. 941-518-6024.
FOR SALE: 48-inch oak table with 17-inch leaf, $150, six wicker chairs and two matching bar stools, $45 each. One 36-inch long matching credenza, $100, 941-795-5864.
TWO BIKES: MENS/womens, $75, cheaper than renting. 941-896-5775.
FUTON: LIGHT COLORED, hardwood, excellent condition, $100. Wood coffee table, $100. 941-778-3920.
HOLIDAY DISHES: EIGHT-place settings, three-pieces each. Pfaltzgraaf “Winterberry” design, $40, eight-piece holiday mugs, $10. Call 941-737-9173.
WHITE BED TRAY, $25, white coffee table, 36 x 36, $35, portable crib, new, $30. 941-778-1264.
TWO YELLOW HUMMER kid bikes, $60/each or two for $100. 941-778-7978.
MARY KAY COSMETICS: Full line at discounted prices. Jenifer, 941-224-1760, 941-739-0792.
ANTIQUE COPPER POTS and bowls, collection $350. Burl-wood Top of Form
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rocker, oak office chairs, collectibles. View at The Islander store, 5404 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.
FOR SALE: LATERAL file cabinets: 2 HON 2-drawer black and 4 attractive 2-drawer wood files. One legal and one letter-size regular 2 drawer files. Various office supplies. Also selling antique wood office chairs, Haitian art, collectible art, some framed. Many local artists. Home decor. 5404 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.
AERIAL PHOTOS of Anna Maria Island. View and purchase online: www.jackelka.com
FREEBIE ITEMS FOR SALE
Individuals may place one free ad with up to three items, each priced $100 or less, 15 words or less. FREE, one week, must be submitted online. Email email@example.com, fax toll-free 1-866-362-9821. (limited time offer)
THE HIVE: 10 a.m.- 6 p.m. Monday to Sunday. 119 Bridge St., Bradenton Beach. Locally hand-made jewelry, imported jewelry, Buddha-related stuff, illustrated cards, artistic T-shirts, South African gifts and much more.
ANY LOCAL ARTIST/band looking for beginner singer for a few months for Anna Maria gigs? I live on Island mid-December-February. 917-363-4084.
GLORIA DEI LUTHERAN Church: All are welcome to come and worship with us! Please call 941-778-1813 or visit us at: www.gloriadeilutheran.com for worship times. 6608 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.
HAITI $$$ DONATIONS to the Ministry of Presence Inc., www.ministryofpresence.org, urgently needed for local representatives to aid homeless children. Info: The Islander, 941-778-7978.
TERRY HAYES, REALTOR. Premier Sothebys. 941-302-3100. Terry.firstname.lastname@example.org. Discoverannamaria.com.
WANTED: YOUR OLD cell phone for recycling. Deliver to The Islander, 5404 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.
MANATEE SAFETY SIGNS exclusively for boaters. Available at the Islander, 5404 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. 941-778-7978.
FISHING GEAR WANTED: The Privateers and The Islander are collecting new or used, repairable fishing poles and reels, nets, tackle, buckets, etc. to give to children. Donate your gear at The Islander newspaper office, 5404 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.
FREE GUN LOCK courtesy of Project Childsafe, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission and Holmes Beach Police Department. Pick up at The Islander office, 5404 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Don’t be sorry, be safe.
ESTATE SALE: 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 8. 116 Pelican Drive, Anna Maria. Living room set, maple double bed set, mahogany desk, sofa bed, small tables, server, swivel rockers, sofa table, china cabinet, mysteries and cook books, Christmas items, pictures, garage miscellaneous, dishes, glassware, linens, kitchen. Pictures: www.appraisals4u.biz or www.estatesales.net. Sale by Julie McClure.
ROSER THRIFT SHOP: Open 9:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday, 9 a.m.-noon Saturday. Donation drop-off Wednesday. 9 a.m.-11 a.m. Half-price clothing sale in December. 511 Pine Ave. Anna Maria, 941-779-2733.
CENTRE SHOPS HOLIDAY Festival: Antiques, art, wine tastings, live music, food, sales and more. 5380 Gulf Of Mexico Drive, Longboat Key. Benefits the LBK Historical Society. For information, call Steff’s Stuff Antiques, 941-383-1901.
HUGE FIVE-FAMILY garage sale: 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Friday, Dec.7. Household, jewelry, tools. Loaded. 2818 Ave C, Holmes Beach.
MULTI-FAMILY YARD sale: 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Dec. 7-8. Everything must go! 502 72nd St., Holmes Beach.
YARD SALE: 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Friday, Dec. 7. No early sales, please! Lots of household furnishings, five-piece sofa set, dining room table and six chairs, miscellaneous bath and bedroom items. 522 70th St., Holmes Beach.
LOST & FOUND
LOST: BOX OF very large canvas prints, corner of Marina Drive and Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. Lost Monday morning, Nov. 19. Jay, 941-243-4303.
LOST LAUNDRY: HELP! My laundry fell off my bike, and I can’t afford new clothes and I miss my Bob Marley T-shirts. Lost blue mesh bag between Holmes Beach laundry and 75th Street along Holmes Boulevard. Call JD, 941-920-3840.
PARENTS NEEDED for loving homes to foster puppies and kittens until they are old enough for adoption. All food and medical provided. Julie, 941-720-1411.
WELL-MANNERED RESCUED dogs are looking for great new homes or fosters. Larger dogs. Please, call for information, 941-896-6701.
BOATS & BOATING
BIMINI BAY SAILING: Small sailboat rentals and instruction. Day. Week. Month. Sunfish, Laser, Windrider 17 and Precision 15. Call Brian at 941-685-1400.
CORTEZ DIVING COMPANY: Underwater boat maintenance, power or sail. Barnacles removed, monthly contracts, local. 941-792-7595.
POWER NOLES CUSTOM 11.5-foot fiberglass tunnel hull with bass seats. Very stable! Great for fishing-stand on the side without tipping, go in really shallow waters. Very fun boat for anyone who wants to get on the water! 2001 25-hp Mercury 2-stroke, plus a trolling motor with battery. Must see! $2,150 obo. Call Toni, 941-928-8735.
JOIN THE TEAM: Great location on Bridge Street. Experienced realtors needed to handle walk-ins and Internet leads. Call Lynn, Edgewater Real Estate, 941-778-8104.
LIMOUSINE DRIVER: BRADENTON area. Contract position. Call for details. 941-870-7010.
SALES ASSOCIATE: MOTIVATED, experienced real estate licensee for busy Island office. Please call Jesse or Robin at 941-778-7244.
KIDS FOR HIRE
LOCAL ISLAND STUDENT babysitter available. CPR and first aid-certified, early childhood development major. Emily, 941-567-9276.
RED CROSS-CERTIFIED babysitter and dog sitter. Reasonable rates for both. Call 941-527-5051.
BABIES, PETS AND plants: Responsible, trustworthy, reliable, fun 17-year-old college student. Own transportation. 941-447-9658.
NICOLE AND HALLIE’S babysitting, pet sitting and pet walking. Red Cross certified, good with animals. Hallie, 941-773-6317, Nicole, 941-370-7981.
KIDS FOR HIRE ads are FREE for up to three weeks for Island youths under 16 looking for work. Ads must be placed in person at The Islander office, 5404 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.
CAREGIVER FOR ELDERLY: Full care, references, 30 years experience. Call between 8 a.m.- 5 p.m. 941-545-7114.
TOASTED COMPUTER SERVICES. Your home and business specialist. On-site service, virus/spyware, cleanup, system setup, upgrades, diagnosis and repair, internet/wireless networking, custom system design. 941-224-1069.
I DON’T CUT corners, I clean corners. Professional, friendly cleaning service since 1999. 941-779-6638. Leave message.
ISLANDER HANDYMAN SERVICE: 23-year Island resident, references. The Flying Dutchman LLC. We do all repair, interior and exterior, carpentry and more. Peter, 941-447-6747.
ISLAND COMPUTER GUY, 37 years experience. On-site PC repairs, upgrades, buying assistance and training. Call Bill, 941-778-2535.
WILDLIFE REMOVAL and relocation: Problem solving for all animals, big and small. Call Joe, Westcoast Nuisance Wildlife Service. 941-720-4152.
CLEANING BY LAURA offers everything on your list from kitchen and bath cleaning to dusting and emptying wastebaskets. 941-539-6891.
TRANSPORT SERVICE: LET me drive you to the airport or anywhere in Florida. Flat rates. Reasonable. Call Mike, 941-567-6634.
AFFORDABLE HURRICANE PROTECTION: Doors and windows, impact rated screen installs easily on inside, see-through, leave-up. Free estimate. Registered and insured. Island discount. TDWSINC@msn.com. 941-730-1399.
U FLY I drive your car anywhere in the USA. Airport runs, anywhere. 941-746-5651, 941-545-6688.
ISLAND LIVING CATERING/personal chef for your wedding, home and special events. 941-345-4727.
KEY CLEANERS & LINEN has expanded our services. We now offer residential cleaning. Family owned for 24 years on Longboat Key. Quality and service, now in your home. 941-383-1222.
SEWING AND ALTERATIONS for clothing, bridal wear, home decor. Tuesdays at Timeless Treasures 401 Pine Ave., Anna Maria.
I CAN FIX IT. Virus cleanup, system upgrade. Hardware, software and network repair. Cell phone repair, support. Replace broken camera, screen, etc. Give islander Socko a call: 941-799-1169.
BUSINESS-TO-BUSINESS JD’s Window Cleaning looking for storefront jobs in Holmes Beach. I make dirty windows sparkling clean. 941-920-3840.
ISLAND MERMAIDS CLEANING and Co.: 36 years of happy customers. Organizing, laundry, ironing, pet-watch, storm-check, etc. Rentals our specialty. 941-778-3046.
BEACH SERVICE air conditioning, heat, refrigeration. Commercial and residential service, repair and/or replacement. Serving Manatee County and the Island since 1987. For dependable, honest and personalized service, call William Eller, 941-795-7411. CAC184228.
ANYONE CAN TAKE a picture. A professional creates a portrait. I want to be at your wedding! www.jackelka.com. 941-778-2711.
RELAXING MASSAGE IN the convenience of your home or hotel. Massage by Nadia, more than 19 years on Anna Maria Island. Call today for an appointment, 941-518-8301. MA#0017550.MA#0017550.
LAWN & GARDEN
CONNIE’S LANDSCAPING INC. Residential and commercial. Full-service lawn maintenance, landscaping, cleanups, hauling and more! Insured. 941-778-5294.
JR’S LANDSCAPING AND MAINTENANCE Lawns, native plants, mulching, trimming, hauling, cleanups. Island resident 25 years. Call 941-807-1015.
STRAIGHT SHOT LANDSCAPE. Shell installed $45/yard at true specifications. Free appliance pick up. Call Shark Mark. 941-301-6067.
SHELL DELIVERED AND spread. $45/yard. Hauling all kinds of gravel, mulch, top soil with free estimates. Call Larry at 941-795-7775, “shell phone” 941-720-0770.
NATURE’S DESIGN LANDSCAPING. Design and installation. Tropical landscape specialist. Residential and commercial. 30 years experience. 941-729-9381, 941-448-6336.
TOP NOTCH LAWN Care: Residential and commercial. For all your landscaping needs. 941-932-6600.
VAN-GO PAINTING residential/commercial, interior/exterior, pressure cleaning, wallpaper. Island references. Bill, 941-795-5100. www.vangopainting.net.
TILE -TILE -TILE. All variations of ceramic tile supplied and installed. Quality workmanship, prompt, reliable, many Island references. Call Neil, 941-726-3077.
CUSTOM REMODELING EXPERT. All phases of carpentry, repairs and painting. Insured. Meticulous, clean, sober and prompt. Paul Beauregard, 941-730-7479.
GRIFFIN’S HOME IMPROVEMENTS Inc. Handyman, fine woodwork, countertops, cabinets and shutters. Insured and licensed, 941-748-4711.
JERRY’S HOME REPAIR: Carpentry, handyman, light hauling, pressure washing. Jack of all trades. Call 941-778-6170 or 941-447-2198.
SOUTHBAY HOME REPAIRS: If it’s broken, stuck, loose, leaks, needs paint, etc. I’ll fix it. Affordable quality work. 941-720-2906.
THE FLYING DUTCHMAN LLC: Professional tile roof restoration. Call Peter for free estimate. 23-year Island resident, references, insured. 941-447-6747.
SOUTHWEST HOME IMPROVEMENT: Michigan builder, 30 years experience. Affordable, timely, within budget. Call Mike, 1-616-204-8822.
WEEKLY/MONTHLY/ANNUAL rentals: wide variety, changes daily. SunCoast Real Estate, 941-779-0202, or 1-800-732-6434. www.suncoastinc.com.
VACATION RENTALS ONLY: Private pool homes, and condo, 1BR/1BA overlooking golf course. Call 941-794-1515 or www.coastalpropertiesrealty.com.
ANNA MARIA RENTAL: 2BR/1BA, washer and dryer, close to beach and fishing pier. Call 941-720-2418.
3BR/2BA FURNISHED ON canal. Holmes Beach. $2,500/month. Sleeps eight, available September through June. Contact Dave, 407-927-1304. email@example.com.
ANNUAL RENTAL: 2BR/1BA cottage. Gulffront location. $1,500/month plus utilities. Call for details. Anna Maria Realty Inc. 941-778-2259. firstname.lastname@example.org.
RENTAL WANTED: EFFICIENCY for single male retiree. Non-smoker, Jan.15-March 15. 941-778-4389.
CUTE VACATION EFFICIENCY: Screened porch, near boat ramp, many other area amenities, cable, WiFi. 941-779-6638.
SEASONAL: LAKE-VIEW single-family house, 2BR/2BA, sunroom, laundry, garage, deck. Like new. Five minutes to beach. 941-587-4675.
ANNUAL RENTAL: 3BR/2BA home on canal with pool, $2,200/month. Call Sato Real Estate Inc. at 941-778-7200 or email: email@example.com.
RESPONSIBLE COUPLE SEEKS annual rental on Anna Maria Island starting May/June. 2-3BR/2BA furnished, ground level, desirable. Consider six months. Local references. 207-669-5353.
SEASONAL RENTAL, ANNA Maria, 200 feet to Rod & Reel Pier, 2BR/1BA, newly refurbished ground-floor duplex with all amenities, December, January still available, $1,800/month plus tax, 941-387-8610.
OVERLOOKING TENNIS COURTS at IMG, 2BR/2BA furnished condo, garage, seasonal three-month or annual. Call 941-778-3926.
2BR/2BA HOLMES BEACH waterfront condo: Fully furnished with views, pools, Jacuzzi, tennis, boat dock. Available December-February, 2013. Call 818-620-3543.
ANNUAL RENTALS: 2BR/1BA: 210 Haverkos, Holmes Beach, $1,175/month includes utilities, 210 Haverkos, Holmes Beach, 1BR/1BA, $900/month includes utilities, 3BR/2BA 3227 First Ave., Bradenton single family home, $1,100/month. Mike Norman Realty, 941-778-6696 or 800-367-1617.
SEASONAL RENTAL: NORTH Holmes Beach. Quiet location, close to beach, January-March. Ground levels, 1BR/1BA, $1,690 plus tax and security, 2BR/2BA, $1,950 plus tax and security. Private patio, cable TV, washer, dryer, utilities included. 941-778-5338, 516-526-5628.
2BR/2BA: 1,441 sf. Unfurnished on canal with boat lift $2,200/month includes garbage. Pets welcome under 25 lbs. 1-car garage. 941-779-9320.
SEASONAL OR WEEKLY cottage-style rentals. 1BR/1BA or 1BR/1BA with loft with pool. Walk to beach, shops or dining! 941-778-3426. Web site: www.spinnakerscottages.com.
DIRECT GULFFRONT: 146 feet on the beach. 3BR/4.5BA, office recreation room, spa, pool, outdoor kitchen and theater, elevator, turnkey furnished. $3,750,000. Suncoast Real Estate, 941-779-0202 or 941-720-0288.
DIRECT GULFFRONT CONDO: Bradenton Beach. Excellent investment rental income. www.flipkey.com/124227. $259,000. By owner, 941-962-8220.
FOR SALE BY owner: 1BR/1BA mobile completely remodeled with share, beach and bay access. Call 941-224-1652 for more information.
CAPTAIN GREG BURKE: Duncan Real Estate. Need listings, all inventory sold or pending. Call 941-592-8373, email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
ANNA MARIA ISLAND canal home for sale by owner. 1,818 sf, 3BR/2BA home with garage, terrazzo floors, enclosed porch, well on property. Very large lot (10,000-plus sf). New sea wall and cap. 519 72nd St., Holmes Beach. $525,000. 863-660-8366.
WANTED: RENT-TO-own or owner financed, 2-3 bedroom, Anna Maria, Holmes Beach, Bradenton. 941-567-6724.
FOR SALE BY owner: Spacious 2BR/2BA, 1,400 sf, 55-plus condo, first floor, partially furnished, enclosed lanai, separate porch and covered carport, 3 miles to Gulf beaches. Call 941-896-8686, bring all offers!
OPEN HOUSE: BRADENTON Beach condo 1-5 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 9. 2BR/2BA, den, dock, pool. Patios on Gulf and bay provide spectacular sunrise and sunsets. 1407 Gulf Drive, S. #201. Peggy, 941-650-3069.
DEEP WATERFRONT WITH dock: 1BR/1BA. Give-away at $62,000 or best offer. Totally updated, better than new. 941-721-7725.
RUNAWAY BAY CONDO: One bedroom condo, ground floor, updated, attractively furnished, washer and dryer, screened lanai/patio, near pool and exercise room, 1801 Gulf Drive, #117, Bradenton Beach. $239,000. 941-778-9378.