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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Fishing – 07-02-2014

Matt Teffteller of Tyler, Texas, shows off a tarpon he reeled in June 26 while on a charter with Capt. Danny Stasny. The silver king was hooked by Pat Bentley, Teffteller’s uncle, using a shiner. It weighed about 130 pounds and was safely released.

It’s about time — gag grouper season reopens   Who doesn’t like a good grouper sandwich? I don’t know how many times I’ve heard, “Can we keep that?” after one of my clients reels up a nice, keeper-size gag grouper. …

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Fishing – 06-25-2014

Darren Weiss, visiting Anna Maria Island from New York, shows off his June 19 catch, a 24-pound permit hooked on live bait offshore on a guided fishing trip with Capt. Warren Girle.

Consistent good weather results in hot area fishing   Fishing around Anna Maria Island remains good for yet another week. The weather and the fishing are hot. Tarpon remain the main attraction for fishers who want to test their strength. …

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Fishing – 06-18-2014

Sarah Wright of Lithia shows off her tarpon, caught on a charter with Capt. Danny Stasny.

Island outbreak of tarpon fishing fever continues   Tarpon fishing remains the buzz for yet another week on Anna Maria Island. Tarpon addicts from all over the world are migrating to our area to work the local waters with hopes …

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Fishing – 06-11-2014

On a May 30 charter run, Capt. Logan Bystrom and crew hook an albino tarpon off Bean Point at the north end of Anna Maria Island. Albino tarpon are rare, and Bystom has continued to spot this fish within the school of silver kings.

Tarpon epidemic sweeps Anna Maria Island   When local fishers are stricken with a bad case of tarpon fever, they tend to forget about everything else that’s happening in local waters. This being said, you may find your backwater and …

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Fishing – 06-04-2014

Capt. Larry McGuire, a charter captain out of Bradenton Beach, two mates on the Sea Lady and Susan Grote Smalley show off a double hookup of sailfish. McGuire was on vacation in Quepos, Costa Rica, where his group caught 11 Sailfish in two days, including two double hookups — all landed and released. He reported three more jumpers and 12 nibbles. He also relaxed and enjoyed waterfalls, rainforest and the beaches.

Anna Maria anglers celebrate returning silver kings   As the temperature rises and we move into the typical summertime fishing pattern, tarpon become the main focus of anglers on the waters surrounding Anna Maria Island. With this being said, it …

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Fishing – 05-28-2014

Ed Kruse of Northbrook, Illinois, shows off his 27-inch redfish, caught on a shiner while on a recent charter with Capt. Danny Stasny.

AMI fishing opportunities: As good as it gets   If the fishing remains as good as the weather has been we all should be able to catch fish now and again. Whether you’re fishing inshore or nearshore, there are endless …

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Fishing – 05-21-2014

Sarah Wright of Lithia shows off a 32-inch redfish she hooked on a shiner while fishing with Capt. Danny Stasny.

Settling into early summertime fishing pattern Inshore fishing around Anna Maria Island is settling into its summertime pattern — just a month early for the calendar. With afternoon showers arriving daily like clockwork, you can expect the gin-clear water we’ve …

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Fishing – 05-14-2014

Matt Hoekwater, Tony Rhine and Morgan Luton of Wesley Chapel show off the results of their triple hookup on a recent charter with Capt. Danny Stasny.

Study tide charts, roll with flow to ensure hookups   Despite the slow moving tides we experienced prior to the May 14 full moon, fishing the shallows has been fairly productive. If you’ve noticed, the midmorning outgoing tides have been …

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Fishing – 05-07-2014

Claudia Medina, 8, of Charlotte, North Carolina, caught the most fish of the morning, including a 20-inch spotted seatrout on a shiner, while on a recent charter with family and Capt. Danny Stasny.

Abundance of spotted seatrout come to the dinner table Spotted seatrout, one of Florida’s most popular backwater game fish, are readily available in our local waters. What’s nice about these yellow-mouthed predators is not only do they provide good table …

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