Fishing – 06-22-2016

Tim Davis, left, his two sons Nick and Casey and Tim’s dad Roger, center  — three generations from Wisconsin — fish offshore June 14. They caught grouper and hogfish for their dinner using shrimp on a knocker rig under the guidance of Capt. Warren Girle.

Tarpon return behind Colin, other species take the hook Although Tropical Storm Colin sent tarpon on a brief hiatus from our waters, king of sport fishing is definitely back and in greater numbers, too. The sand bars of Passage Key …

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Fishing – 06-15-2016

Mark Smetana and Chip Majors of Maryland and Longboat Key display a 175-pound tarpon they mutually brought to the boat June 2 on a guided fishing trip with Capt. Warren Girle. The two anglers fished with Girle for four days and hooked up with many big fish. Both agreed this was the best year of many for tarpon. Girle said the tarpon love the crab and thread fin.

Tropical Storm Colin dampens fishing, but only short-term   In the aftermath of Tropical Storm Colin, which blew past Anna Maria Island in the Gulf of Mexico June 6, fishers are managing to hook up with some fish. I’m not …

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Fishing – 06-08-2016

Lisa Kline of Bradenton whipped this 70-pound tarpon in 15 minutes. She was guided by Capt. Danny Stasny of Southernaire Fishing Charters.

Variety, silver king persistence keep local anglers busy   Tarpon fishing remains the main attraction for yet another week on Anna Maria Island. Anglers from Tampa to Boca Grande — and beyond — are flocking to our little island to …

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Fishing – 06-01-2016

Earl and Shirley Orr of Smithfield, Kentucky, pose with the 32-inch snook Shirley caught and released while on an excursion to Miguel Bay with Capt. Danny Stasny of Southernaire Fishing Charters.

Tarpon remain in the spotlight, other species attainable   Tarpon remain in the spotlight for yet another week for fishers near Anna Maria Island. Talk of Bean Point resembling the famous Boca Grande Pass is becoming commonplace among fishers in …

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Fishing – 05-25-2016

Capt. Danny Stasny of Southernaire Fishing Charters leaders a 100-pound silver king caught May 13 by William Young of Chattanooga, Tennessee.

The cure for tarpon fever? Go out and get one   The tarpon fever epidemic is rapidly spreading throughout the small barrier island on the south side of Tampa Bay. Anna Maria Island anglers, as well as fishers from around …

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Fishing – 05-18-2016

Capt. Warren Girle catches the silver king jump on an early morning charter May 13 offshore of Anna Maria Island.

The return of the king — tarpons hook up in local waters   Anna Maria fishing is host to a shiny new arrival this week. That’s right. The silver kings have returned. Although the quantity of fish is still building, …

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Fishing – 05-11-2016

Michael Corbino of Longboat Key and Hawaii displays his gag grouper — caught offshore and quickly released May 3. Corbino produced hook ups on shiners with different size gags and cobia with Capt. Warren Girle as his guide for the day. “Somehow the gags just know it’s only (show and tell) this time of the year,” remarked Corbino.

Snook — out of season but good catch-and-release sportfish   Snook season has come to an end, but catch-and-release action on linesiders remains better than average. Many snook ranging 20-26 inches are being caught along mangrove shorelines, especially under the …

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Fishing – 05-04-2016

Ryan Esposito of Seminole shows off a nice black fin tuna caught offshore shortly after sunrise April 25 on a guided fishing trip with Capt. Jason Stock.

Wind consistent, but anglers report great catches   Fishing around Anna Maria Island remains consistent, although windy days are keeping most fishers in the backwaters of the bays and the Intracoastal Waterway. That said, reports from area fishing guides of …

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Fishing – 04-27-2016

Fishing friends Connor Bystrom of Holmes Beach, left, and C.J. Wickersham, Maz Gazzo and Matt Dwyer, all of Bradenton, show off a 75-pound sailfish caught by Gazzo April 24. It was caught and released about 20 miles offshore on 40-pound test line. Islander Photo: Bill Bystrom

Temperatures, fishing action heating up   Fishing around Anna Maria Island is definitely heating up as the balmy spring mornings fade and progress toward summer and its long hot days. Whether fishing the flats or venturing out into the Gulf …

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Fishing – 04-20-2016

Cara McDonough, Sean Willis, Ashley McDonough and Mike McDonough of Boston took the day off from lounging on the beach to go snapper fishing April 14 with Capt. Danny Stasny of Southernaire Fishing Charters.

Why can’t April angling last all year?   April fishing is shaping up for anglers working the waters around Anna Maria Island. With calm winds, clear waters and the arrival of baitfish both in the Gulf and in Tampa Bay, …

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