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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Fishing – 08-20-2014

Tony Saladino, left, of Brandon is excited about his whopper catch-and-release 45-inch snook on an Aug. 3 backwater trip with Capt. Tom Rogers.

Despite dark clouds, sporadic rain, fishing remains bright   Despite numerous rainstorms at various times of the day, fishing around Anna Maria Island remains bright. Whether fishing inshore or nearshore, most days on the water are enjoyable and the results …

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Fishing – 08-13-2014

Bert Rawald shows off a 22-inch flounder he caught while fishing on a recent charter with Capt. Danny Stasny.

Summer fishing remains hot — enjoy it while it lasts   Once again, mangrove snapper seems to be the topic upon arrival at the dock. On nearly all of my recent charters, limits of snapper are being filleted at the …

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Fishing – 08-06-2014

Matt Danziger caught a 30-pound blackfin tuna in mid-July 45 miles off the coast of Holmes Beach while fishing with dad, Roger Danzinger. Islander Courtesy Photo

Limitless amounts of mangrove snapper take the hook   While there may not be limitless amounts of mangrove snapper, but I’ll bet you can catch your limit in the waters surrounding Anna Maria Island. Mangoes are abundant around just about …

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Fishing – 07-30-2014

The Morris brothers, Jack and Ryan, back row left to right, and twins William and David, visiting Anna Maria Island from Texas, enjoy the results of their first-ever fishing charter. The family was guided to their mangrove snapper catch by Capt. Warren Girle the afternoon of July 22. They fished using live bait in the Gulf of Mexico.

Hot tip: Target summer’s mangrove snapper at structures   Mangrove snapper remain a mainstay for local fishers for another week around Anna Maria Island. Just about any kind of structure you can find, whether you’re in Tampa Bay, Anna Maria …

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Fishing – 07-23-2014

Andrew Crowton shows off his July 15 catch at the Rod & Reel Pier, where he says anglers are finding snook ready to take a hook baited with live shiners and sandperch on the outgoing tides. He says the snook — all released — are ranging in size from 18-40 inches.

Unpredictable weather results in mixed bag of fish   Hot temperatures and unexpected thunderstorms popping up in the past week have made fishing around Anna Maria Island challenging. When fishing the summertime months, it’s wise to keep a close eye …

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Fishing – 07-16-2014

Steve Humphrey Jr. of Grapevine, Texas, shows off his all-time biggest snook — a 32-inch linesider he caught using a live shiner while on a recent charter with Capt. Danny Stasny.

Mangrove snapper and gag grouper cause reefer madness   Despite the frequent thunderstorms, fishing around Anna Maria Island is providing excitement for inshore and nearshore anglers. In between the weather, most fishers are venturing to the nearshore reefs in search …

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Fishing – 07-09-2014

Capt. Danny Stasny holds a respectable-size tarpon for a quick photo with angler Jason Shoclzley of Erie, Colorado, on a July 1 charter fishing trip. Schoclzley’s daughter Maya peers over his shoulder.

Someone turn on the air conditioning — please. As we move into the second week of July, the challenge is to find fish and a breeze to cool off on the water. And as the water temps climb, catching fish …

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