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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Fishing – 03-02-2016

Mike Haycock of Longboat Key is enjoying his retirement from Tropicana, showing off a snook, caught and released after a photo while on a fishing charter in the bay alongside docks and mangroves, guided by Capt. Warren Girle. Haycock baited a shrimp for his catch on the Feb. 18 charter trip.

Unfavorable to anglers, weather creates rough conditions   It’s fish or miss for local anglers. Windy conditions and numerous cold fronts are passing through the Tampa Bay-Sarasota Bay area creating iffy conditions for fishing. On calm days between fronts, fishing …

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Fishing – 02-24-2016

Zach Ryan of Charlotte, North Carolina, loves to catch sheepshead, especially a 7-pounder like this one. He caught his prize on a Feb. 15 guided trip with Capt. Danny Stasny of Southernaire Fishing Charters.

Sheepshead remain top target for anglers in local waters   Sheepshead fishing around Anna Maria Island is on the verge of becoming unhinged. Increasing herds of sheepies are invading our local waters, especially around residential docks, canals and the fishing …

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Fishing – 02-17-2016

Mark Willis of Harbor Isles on Perico Island shows off a 5-pound sheepshead caught on a Feb. 13 charter with Capt. Danny Stasny.

Go outside the box for hook-and-line success   With cold fronts and strong winds from what seems like every direction, finding a window of opportunity to wet a line seems almost futile. Well, don’t fret. There are other methods to …

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Fishing – 02-10-2016

Jim Malfese, the Rod & Reel Pier’s bait salesman and fishing aficionado, holds a permit, caught on a shrimp-tipped jig, while on a busman’s holiday in February with charter Capt. Danny Stasny aboard his Southernaire Fishing Charters.

Winter fishers plea: No mas El Nino, por favor   Thanks go to the climatic El Nino for our consistently inconsistent weather. However, the fishing around Anna Maria Island is holding true for February — as long as you can …

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Fishing – 02-03-2016

Capt. Larry McGuire says the mangrove snapper catches are growing larger every trip, as demonstrated by Ryan and Adam Brooks of New Brunswick, Canada. They show off the mangrove snappers caught in about 50 feet of water offshore of Anna Maria Island. The family also caught red grouper and lots of catch-and-release gag grouper with non-stop fast and furious fishing action on a four-hour trip. They celebrated Adam's sixth birthday with the Jan. 28 charter trip — best birthday party and best fishing trip ever, according to Adam.

Winter weather puts focus back on old favorite   Numerous cold fronts and falling water temperatures are ushering in a familiar species for both residents and visiting anglers to target. That’s right — it’s time to target sheepshead. Herds of …

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Fishing – 01-27-2016

Hooked up by Pete Tanguay, who took a break after 30 minutes on the rod, his buddys helped fight his catch for an hour. The 5-foot-plus amberjack was around 125 pounds. It exploded an artificial lure on the surface offshore of Anna Maria Island in about 155 feet of water. The Toronto team — led to the fish Jan. 19 by Capt. Larry McGuire — are Tanguay, left, Dan Malleau, Ron Mihajic, Ric Alair, Ed Morrison and Lorne Kuchma.

Winter requires changing tactics to find fish   Although I hate to admit it, winter is here. And with the cold comes some changes in techniques and methods for those of us who routinely fish the local waters. Dock fishing …

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