Fishing – 02-11-2015

Linda Smith of Oxford, Iowa, shows off a 27-inch redfish she hooked with a shrimp for bait on a Jan. 31 charter with Capt. Danny Stasny.

February fishing: patience, persistence   With water temps ranging from the high 50s to the low 60s, fishing our local waters is requiring patience, persistence and several layers of warm clothes. Strong winds from the north are bringing the cold …

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Fishing – 02-04-2015

Earl Jaffe of Chicago and Rick Platz of Canada fished Jan. 28 in Sarasota Bay with Capt. Warren Girle, resulting in some nice-size sheepsheads.

On again, off again winter weather results in sporadic catch   The cold weather is upon us. The lack of cold fronts and rough seas I spoke of in last week’s fishing report are came back to haunt me. I …

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Fishing – 01-28-2015

The winning catch Kyle Feehan of Holmes Beach says she worked real hard and “just couldn’t find any bigger sheepshead.” In one day she reeled up three convict fish — two a little over 4 pounds and one just under 5 pounds — to capture The Islander “biggest sheepie contest.” Thanks for all the submissions, including from Joyce McKinney of Cortez, and Hunter Difeffenbach, 13, visiting from Michigan. This trio had the biggest and best — and we’d like to award them an Islander “More-than-a-Mullet-Wrapper” T-shirt. Locals, come to the office, 5604B Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Hunter, give us a call with your address. Congratulations to the top anglers.

Is it really January? The fish seem confused   Is winter going to settle in for Anna Maria Island? Mild temperatures and calm waters have made most of the winter season feel like fall never ended. My thermometer outside reads …

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Fishing – 01-21-2015

Dave Ferguson of Holmes Beach shows off one of the pompano he caught on a Jan. 14 trip with Capt. Danny Stasny.

Pompano is the species to target in January   Typically, January fishing around Anna Maria Island brings one thing to mind — pompano. During this month, we start to see a concentration of these tasty fish foraging along the various …

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Fishing – 01-14-2015

Joyce McKinney of Marion, North Carolina, reels in a sheepshead at her son-in-law’’s dock in Cortez, but she was too excited to weigh or measure it. She quickly returned it to the bay, saying, “I’m a catch-and-release fisher woman and do so every opportunity I get.”

Hot fishing action takes on new year chill   January fishing is proving to be productive in our local waters despite recent cold fronts. If you haven’t noticed, days of mild temperatures and calm waters are outnumbering the cold windy …

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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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