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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Fishing – 04-13-2016

Danny Beckman, left, and dad Dave, of Shelby, Michigan, like traveling to Anna Maria Island to catch mangrove snapper with Southernaire Fishing Charters Capt. Danny Stasny.

Inconsistent weather a constant factor for local fishers   Inconsistent weather is resulting in a sporadic bite in the waters surrounding Anna Maria Island. Within four days of fishing I have seen the wind blow in four directions. Adaptability, knowledge …

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Fishing – 04-06-2016

Greg Schumm of Bradenton and Ohio shows off a 28-inch snook he hooked on a shiner while on a March 30 charter with Capt. Danny Stasny of Southernaire Fishing Charters.

Springtime brings increase in boaters, fish to target   Springtime fishing is in full swing in the surrounding waters of Anna Maria Island — and so are the springtime boaters. In fact, I can’t remember a spring with as many …

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Fishing – 03-30-2016

Jack Bertram from Flossmoor, Illinois, shows off a 20 inch trout he caught March 25 while fishing with Capt. Danny Stasny of Southernaire Fishing Charters.

No (spring) break for hot fishing action   Spring fishing around Anna Maria Island remains outstanding for inshore and nearshore fishers. Although a late cold front slowed the fish for a few days, water temps are back on the rise …

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Fishing – 03-23-2016

Geno Lynn of Bradenton shows off a 32-inch linesider he caught March 12 with Capt. Danny Stasny of Southernaire Fishing Charters using a shiner for bait while fishing off Anna Maria Island.

Water warms, bringing changes in tactics, species   Water temps are on the rise, welcomed by local fishers and tourists alike. And with these rising water temps come a whole new batch of species and techniques. The most prominent backwater …

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Fishing – 03-16-2016

Capt. Danny Stasny of Southernaire Fishing Charters shows off a 20-inch tripletail he caught on a March 4 trip into the Gulf of Mexico using a live shrimp for bait.

Reel ’em in, spring fishing is already here   Despite numerous windy days, fishing around Anna Maria Island is producing a variety of catches. Those fishing from the local piers are cashing in on the abundance of sheepshead. Live shrimp, …

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Fishing – 03-09-2016

Isabel Stasny, 5, of Bradenton, reeled up this 25-pound black drum Feb. 28 with the help of her dad, Capt. Danny Stasny of Southernaire Fishing Charters, while on a family outing. Isabel was using half a shrimp on an ultralight reel, hoping to catch small pinfish when she suddenly felt the tug of this monster.

1 in a million: Small fry hooks big drum catch   If a picture is worth a thousand words, then a picture of my 5-year-old daughter, Isabel, is priceless to me. Don’t worry, I’m not going to write a thousand …

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