Fishing – 01-07-2015

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Fishing – 12-31-2014

Brock Ewing wrestles a goliath grouper in the shallows near the Rod & Reel pier in order to safely release it to fight another day.

Change up: Switch fishing locations to hook up in 2015   It’s almost January — the start of a new year. With it comes the cold northeast winds brought on by frequent cold fronts arriving from the north. Those of …

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Fishing – 12-24-2014

A father and son fishing trip Dec. 19 in Sarasota Bay with Capt. Warren Girle for Ralph Platz and Richard Platz, both of Bradenton, resulted in black drum and red fish, both caught using live shrimp for bait.

Merry Christmas and happy holiday fishing   Those of you who are out working wet lines and hoping for a dinner catch rather than worrying about your last-minute Christmas shopping: You know trying to get a bite this time of …

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Fishing – 12-17-2014

Dawson Oakley and Jessica LeGrand deliver their catch — a 5.5-6 foot blacktip shark — back to the Gulf of Mexico. The anglers were working the shoreline in Bradenton Beach at 25th Street around 8 p.m. Dec 12 when they hooked up with the big fish. Islander Courtesy Photo

Holiday season brings pompano to area waters   With the Christmas season approaching, another season is doing the same. Yes, that’s right — it’s time to start stalking the shoreline for pompano. The beaches of Anna Maria Island are a …

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Fishing – 12-10-2014

Jonny Keyes of Keyes Marina in Holmes Beach takes a busman’s holiday Dec. 3, testing out the gear he offers in the Island Discount Tackle store. He hooked up this 30-pound kingfish on a charter with Capt. Mac Gregory.

December anglers should keep bait options open to hook up   A lot of fishers are using shrimp as bait due to cold water temps, but keep your options open. On cold, windy days, shrimp are the perfect bait, but …

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Fishing – 12-03-2014

Andrew, David and Mathew Brown, visiting Anna Maria Island from Ann Arbor, Michigan, show their catch of black drum caught using shrimp in Sarasota Bay on a Nov. 28 charter trip with Capt. Warren Girle.

If turkey leftovers are gone — time to put fish on the table   Now that the leftover turkey has finally run out, it’s time to start hunting down some fish for dinner. With cold fronts and falling water temps, …

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Fishing – 11-26-2014

John Muench of Prior Lake, Minnesota, shows off a redfish and flounder caught while fishing with Capt. Mac Gregory. Islander Courtesy Photo

For anglers, changing weather conditions equal varied catch   For yet another week, we are experiencing a wide variety of wind and weather. Days reaching high temps of 50 degrees are not uncommon, although days in the mid 80s also …

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Fishing – 11-19-2014

John Bonner, Frank Beckman and Pete Salpietra, friends from Bradenton, show off the results of a Nov. 13 offshore trip with Capt. Warren Girle on Nov. 13. The cobia, along with snapper, were caught using live shiners.

Don’t miss your window of opportunity for good fishing   With last week’s cold front sweeping across Anna Maria Island, fishing patterns were all over the boards. Not for better, and not for worse, these changes help trigger some fish …

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Fishing – 11-12-2014

Capt. Danny Stasny and daughter Isabel, 4, show off a sheepshead caught on a Nov. 2 fishing adventure.

Good things come to anglers after nasty cold fronts   What’s the best way to celebrate our first real cold front? Sit down to a sheepshead dinner. For those of you who enjoy catching and eating sheepies, you know what …

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Fishing – 11-05-2014

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

Cooler weather turns on king mackerel bite   Kingfish are finally making a showing just off the beaches of Anna Maria Island out to 5-6 miles offshore. Look for diving birds to find the bait schools, which in turn will …

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