Fishing – 10-28-2015

Gregg Bayer of Holmes Beach, sister Theresa and husband Rich Stanaski, visiting Anna Maria Island from Pennsylvania, show off their Oct. 20 nearshore catch of kingfish using shiners on a charter fishing trip guided by Capt. Warren Girle.

Fall migration is on —action arrives for local anglers   Fall fishing is heating up for migratory species as temperatures cool down. Fishing around Anna Maria Island beaches is now host to a number of migratory species — Spanish mackerel, …

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Fishing – 10-21-2015

Capt. Danny Stasny hoists a 22-inch “platter” flounder he caught Oct. 17 on nearshore structure using a half-ounce knocker rig and a shiner.

Cooler temps bring anglers hot action on migratory species   That beautiful fall weather we’ve been yearning for? We’re starting to get a little taste. Mornings in the low 70s still seem foreign to me after the scorching heat of …

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Fishing – 10-14-2015

Phil Hardwick of Indiana and buddy Gene Clements of Missouri converged on Anna Maria Island for a fishing charter with Capt. Warren Girle. The men have been friends since they met at age 18 in Germany, while serving in the U.S. Army. Fishing offshore with shiners for bait, they caught their limit of mangrove snapper, along with sharks and mackerel that were released. Hardwick served two tours in Afghanistan and Girle offered a “thank you” to both men for their service.

Great weather brings great fishing action to AMI   Our first taste of autumn has arrived and along with great weather, we can expect to see great action in the backcountry, along the beaches and at nearshore structure. With water …

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Fishing – 10-07-2015

On Oct. 3, Austin Barnhill, visiting Anna Maria Island from Orlando, hooked up with several snook on shiners near shore and released his catch. He and friends were guided on an eight-hour fishing charter by Capt. Warren Girle.

Mangrove snapper still hot but harder to find   The fall mangrove snapper bite is going strong, although concentrations of fish seem to be on the move. On a recent excursion with my father-in-law, Paul Leighton, and his friend, Earl …

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Fishing – 09-30-2015

Tom Robinson, left, and Donald Gross, both of Bradenton, show off their Sept. 18 catch of redfish, trout and mangrove snapper. They caught the trout and snapper on the last of the outgoing tide in a channel near Longboat Pass. The reds came to the hook on the incoming tide on the flats around Anna Maria. Islander Photo: Courtesy Capt. Rick Gross

Shorter days, cooler weather — fishing remains hot   Fishing at the nearshore structure that surrounds Anna Maria Island is shaping up nicely as we fall into autumn. The abundance of mangrove snapper is astonishing. Limits of these tasty fish …

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Fishing – 09-23-2015

Logan Lafferty of Holmes Beach caught and landed this 32-inch mahi while fishing 30 miles offshore of Anna Maria Island. Dad, John Lafferty, said Logan was stoked to hook up a dolphin on his first try. “It was on his bucket list,” he said. Islander Photo: John Lafferty

September fishing is consistent for flats, migratory species   This week’s newspaper marks the beginning of fall, and although overnights temps are falling, fishing around Anna Maria remains consistent for the month of September. Fishing structure for snapper and flounder …

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Fishing – 09-16-2015

David DeMeza of Tampa shows off a 25-inch redfish he caught using a pilchard under a popping cork while casting next to an oyster bar in Anna Maria Sound on a charter with Capt. Rick Gross of Fishy Business.

Mangrove snapper — the ace in the hole   Fun to catch. Readily available. Great in the skillet. That’s a mangrove snapper. Mangrove snapper fishing is still going strong around inshore, nearshore and offshore structure. On a recent morning, while …

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Fishing – 09-09-2015

There are five different species of snook that inhabit Florida waters: common snook, depicted here, small-scale fat snook, large-scale fat snook, swordspine snook and tarpon snook. Islander Graphic: Courtesy Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commisssion

September — back to school for anglers   September fishing around Anna Maria Island looks to be shaping up nicely for anglers hoping to get some action. Although the heat is intense on the water right now, there is still …

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Fishing – 09-02-2015

Snook, if you’re lucky, it’s what’s for dinner   Put the frying pan on the front burner. As of Sept. 1, snook season is open in our region. So from now until Dec. 1, those anglers seeking to harvest a …

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Fishing – 08-26-2015

Mike Daeger of Sun City shows off a nice example of a nearshore mangrove snapper he caught Aug. 12 on a charter trip with Capt. Danny Stasny.

Captain’s lament: If I have to fillet another snapper…   “If I have to fillet another snapper” … kind of sounds like a complaint, but it’s the opposite. I love catching mangrove snapper, and I love eating them, too. And, …

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