Fishing – 08-26-2015

Mike Daeger of Sun City shows off a nice example of a nearshore mangrove snapper he caught Aug. 12 on a charter trip with Capt. Danny Stasny.

Captain’s lament: If I have to fillet another snapper…   “If I have to fillet another snapper” … kind of sounds like a complaint, but it’s the opposite. I love catching mangrove snapper, and I love eating them, too. And, …

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Fishing – 08-19-2015

Melanie Brooks and husband Earl Brooks of Indiana show off their results from an Aug. 10 charter fishing trip with Capt. Warren Girle. They hooked up with these nice mangrove snapper while using shiners for bait in the nearshore waters of Anna Maria Island.

Weather, fishing fall into typical August pattern   Inshore fishing around Anna Maria Island is following a typical August pattern. Fishing the nearshore reefs and wrecks is resulting in mangrove snapper, flounder and juvenile grouper. Migratory fish, such as Spanish …

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Fishing – 08-12-2015

Bekka Stasny of Bradenton, Paul Leighton of Cotuit, Massachusetts, Dan Kuzyk of Goffstown, New Hampshire, and Angel Ruidiaz of Boston show off a catch of grouper and snapper they reeled up Aug. 5 while fishing offshore with Capt. Sam Kimball.

Stop watching the weather radar, go fish   The weather is back to normal and the fishing is following suit. Light east winds in the mornings are followed by a sea breeze and a 40 percent chance of rain in …

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Fishing – 08-05-2015

Kate Long of Sanford, Florida, hoists a 24-inch trout that hit her pinfish on a fishing trip July 31 with Capt. Danny Stasny.

Rain, rain go away — please stay out of Tampa Bay   If you like fishing in the rain, this past week was your week. Like clockwork, thunderstorms developing in the Gulf of Mexico were making landfall every morning, usually …

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Ricky Hoffman, father Rick Hoffman and their friend Rocky Azari, all of New Jersey, find their limit of trout in Sarasota Bay using shiners on an early morning charter July 23 with Capt. Warren Girle.

Avoid the worst heat — fish early or late to get hooked up   Fishing around Anna Maria Island in the peak heat of July can be a challenging venture to say the least. With water temps hovering near 90, …

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Fishing – 07-22-2015

Ray Terrafranca of England hooks up a nice-size tarpon offshore of the Egmont lighthouse on his July 13 charter with Capt. Danny Stasny.

Hatch bait increases, bringing migratory species   Fishing around Anna Maria Island is improving compared to the recent bite. An influx of hatch bait is appearing in Tampa Bay, which is in turn attracting a multitude of migratory fish. Around …

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Fishing – 07-15-2015

Parker Megginson, 12, visiting grandparents Les and Mona McGrath in Cortez from Hendersonville, Tennessee, had great success fishing July 1 from their Mount Vernon home’s seawall in Sarasota Bay. He hooked up this small tarpon, a snook and other fish — all released.

Beat the summer heat — fish early or go deep         Well, if I said fishing around Anna Maria Island is as good as it gets, I’d be lying. Or better yet, let’s say I’d be exaggerating the truth. …

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Fishing – 07-08-2015

Jerry Allen, Ron Mason, Brock Mason and Steve Elder of Ohio and Longboat Key show off their cobia catch on returning from an offshore trip with Capt. Warren Girle. The group fished with success on shiners

Bye-bye silver king, it’s time to catch dinner   As you probably already know, gag grouper season re-opened July 1. The open season will run through Dec. 2 and close Dec. 3. Size and bag limits are as follows: You …

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Fishing – 07-01-2015

Jeff Stewert shows off a 25-pound snook, caught and released on a shiner June 27. He was on an afternoon trip with Capt. Warren Girle, waiting for a tarpon to show, when Girle suggested baiting with shiners in the interim, which resulted in the reward for Stewert.

Water temps, mangrove snapper bites heat up   If you can stand the heat and humidity, fishing around Anna Maria Island is favorable, especially for mangrove snapper. To cool off you can always join the fish for a dip in …

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Fishing – 06-24-2015

C.J. Brisco, 16, of Texas, shows off his tarpon hookup with help from Gary Hoffman. The silver king was caught June 8 on a crab while on an early morning charter trip with Capt. Warren Girle. C.J. was visiting grandparents Fuzz and Sandy Menely of Holmes Beach.

It’s time to put some snapper in your mullet wrapper   An abundance of mangrove snapper is a welcome sight in our local waters. It’s also a great addition to the dinner menu. Most artificial reefs, wrecks and rock piles …

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