Fishing – 10-29-2014

Enzo van Mourik, visiting Anna Maria Island from Los Angeles, shows off his snook catch. It was caught with the help of Capt. Jon Cannon Oct. 12. “This wasn’t the biggest snook, but he sure was a fighter,” said grandfather, Ron van Mourik. Islander Courtesy Photos

Mysterious night of snook fishing on the Manatee River   Night fishing in our local waters is an experience any avid saltwater angler should experience, especially those anglers who like to target snook. Snook, especially big snook, are nocturnal feeders, …

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Fishing – 10-22-2014

Dr. Earl Brooks, visiting from Indiana, shows one of the two 32-inch cobia he caught and released using live shiners near shore on an Oct. 8 morning charter with Capt. Warren Girle.

 Dropping temps can’t cool off local fishing exploits Flats fishing remains consistent — consistently good — in our local waters for yet another week. The recent cold front, as mild as it was, didn’t rock the boat much. Most spots …

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Fishing – 10-15-2014

Russell Thomas of Atlanta shows off a 31-inch snook he caught on an Oct. 6 backwater charter with Capt. Danny Stasny.

Cooler water temps bring on red hot snook action   The aftermath of our first cold front has had a positive impact for fishers targeting snook. Although the bite the first day after the front was challenging, the days since …

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Fishing – 10-08-2014

Jackie Hussey, of Chicago, shows off a slot-size redfish she caught on a live shiner and released Sept. 16 in Sarasota Bay on a morning trip with Capt. Warren Girle.

Cooler temps, fronts heat up action for island fishers   The first cold front of the year settled in Oct. 5 —  a prime indicator that fall has arrived. And with autumn’s milder weather, look for backwater species — snook, …

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Fishing – 10-01-2014

Whether local or visitor, get in the know to hook up   Fishing around Anna Maria Island remains consistent, especially for knowledgeable fishers who also know the area. For those who are new to the area or are just briefly …

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Fishing – 09-24-2014

Capt. Larry McGuire says he’s “just killin’ it” offshore of Anna Maria Island on his charters. Roger Poulan of Bradenton, left, and McGuire show off some red grouper and a monster mangrove snapper. They fished in 125 feet of water using live pinfish and sardines. The party also caught more large grouper, scamp and lots of tasty snappers on Show Me The Fish Charters out of the Bradenton Beach.

Falling water temps forecast improving inshore bite   Sept. 22 was the official start of fall, and if you haven’t noticed or haven’t been on the water lately, the water temps are beginning to drop. Not drastically drop, but falling …

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Fishing – 09-17-2014

Nine-year-old John Konek of Virginia checks out his first-ever gag grouper catch Sept. 7 with the help of first mate Sean Armstrong. The gag hooked up on a live shiner near the beach on a morning trip with Capt. Warren Girle.

Fishing remains hot for redfish, snook, snapper, seatrout   Fishing around Anna Maria Island remains consistent, especially for redfish. Schooling reds are being reported from Miguel Bay to the north, all the way to the southern reaches of Sarasota Bay. …

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Fishing – 09-10-2014

Jonny Keyes of Keyes Marina shows off a 32-inch redfish he caught on a fly, while on a Sept. 4 charter with Capt. Mac Gregory.

Anna Maria redfish magic spices up fishing   If Chef Paul Prudhomme were fishing in Anna Maria Sound this week, he’d definitely experience some “Redfish Magic.” Schooling redfish are herding like cattle into our local bays from the Gulf of …

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Fishing – 09-03-2014

Bob Stasny shows off his Green Bridge snook catch, circa 1982. Islander Courtesy Photo

Snook season reopens, memories of Green Bridge fishing   Snook season opened Sept. 1. You now have through Nov. 31 to harvest slot-size fish — if you are lucky enough to catch one, that is. The slot for keeper snook …

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Fishing – 08-27-2014

Ann Moore of Palma Sola in Bradenton shows off her first-ever gag grouper, caught Aug. 16 while fishing with Capt. Warren Girle.

Back to school: Anglers fishing for reds   We are on the verge of finding schooling reds for yet another late summer season. Schools are containing 100-300 fish. Although only a couple of schools have been sighted, more will be …

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