Fishing – 04-23-2014

Kyle Feehan of Holmes Beach, left, and Ilan Adichithara, visiting from Chicago, worked a frenzy of trout on Ilan’s seventh birthday. Ilan is holding his catch. The Feehans and friends caught their dinner on live whitebait cast in the sand holes while drifting over the Key Royale flats.

Pick your days to avoid the boating traffic craze   If you haven’t noticed, the surrounding waters of Anna Maria Island are becoming more popular for boaters as the season rolls on. Drive by any of the local boat ramps …

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Fishing – 04-16-2014

Roger Danziger of Holmes Beach shows off the 22-pound red grouper hooked 40 miles offshore of Holmes Beach in the Gulf of Mexico about three weeks ago by wife Debbie Yaskin. Danziger said he helped Yaskin by reeling it in.

Full moon kicks off best-ever action on backwater trio   Knowing April 15 was the full moon, maybe you’ve looked at your tide chart and you too are excited to see what’s in store this week. The afternoon outgoing tides …

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Fishing – 04-09-2014

Mike Cope of Atlanta shows off the 29-inch, 8-pound seatrout he caught using shrimp — and released — March 30 while fishing in Sarasota Bay on a charter with Capt. Warren Girle.

Water temps rise, sparking spring fishing sizzle   Fishing in the waters around Anna Maria Island is settling into a normal spring pattern. With a week of sunny, warm days behind us and the winter rains long gone, the water …

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Fishing – 04-02-2014

Gannon Smith, left, his father Danny Smith, and Hunter Stanley, right, all visiting Anna Maria Island from Indiana, fished the morning of March 26 in the rain, but Capt. Warren Girle did not disappoint. The group caught snook and trout on live shrimp.

March fishing — in like a lion, out like a lamb   Springtime fishing for March remains consistent, although the weather is anything but consistent. We’ve seen temperatures in the 80s and temperatures in the 40s in the span of …

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Fishing – 03-26-2014

Debbie Kleinberg shows off her 31-inch cobia, caught March 20 in Sarasota Bay using shrimp on a charter trip with Capt. Warren Girle — and quickly released.

Spring break brings no break to AMI fishing frenzy   Spring break is upon us and with it comes some of the best fishing opportunities for our area. Snook are migrating out of their wintertime haunts and are voraciously feeding …

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Fishing – 03-19-2014

Snowbird Robert Lyons, 85, of Davenport, Fla., and Saratoga, N.Y., shows off a 36-inch snook caught on a recent charter with Capt. Mark Howard of SumoTime. Lyon also hooked up a 34-inch snook — both were released after quick pictures.

Last call for sheepies comes on full moon   While the effects of the moon on marinelife may be apparent to experienced anglers, it can’t be thoroughly explained by science. However, this week’s full moon is almost guaranteed to improve …

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Fishing – 03-12-2014

Capt. Larry McGuire of Show Me the Fish Charters guided Dave McGinnis of Sarasota to this rare offshore hookup with a “baby” tiger shark — photographed and quickly released. McGinnis caught the shark on a pinfish in about 130 feet of water offshore of Anna Maria Island. McGinnis and his group also caught red grouper and amberjack on the trip.

Spring into action to cash in on early spring fishing pattern   Spring has arrived early and fishing around Anna Maria Island improves as the water temperature rises. As the days get longer and the cold fronts fade away, you …

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Fishing – 03-05-2014

Toni Lyon of Holmes Beach reeled this whopper 23-inch seatrout to her dock on 56th street in Holmes Beach Feb. 18. Lyon is ad director for The Islander. Islander Photo: Kyle Feehan

A little snooky never hurt anybody   Snook season is officially open in our local waters. Remember, the slot on snook is 28-33 inches and you can keep one fish per day if you have a snook stamp. The open …

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Fishing – 02-26-2014

Amanda, Alexis, Scott and Steve Greenblatt, visiting from New Jersey, spent their morning Feb. 17 in Sarasota Bay catching a limit of pompano using pompano jigs on a charter trip with Capt. Warren Girle.

With good weather, February fish rallies continue   Fishing around Anna Maria Island remains constant as long as the weather follows suit. Calm days and clear water are prime opportunities to get out and target nearshore and inshore species. Pompano …

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Fishing – 02-19-2014

Ray Decrane, Matt Kerekes and Steve Miller, all from Naperville, Ill., arrived here to fish with Capt. Warren Girle the morning of Feb. 8. Decrane caught and released a 28-inch gag grouper 5 miles offshore in about 35 feet of water. The group also boated numerous mangrove snapper on frozen shiners.

In betweeners: ’tween fronts, ’tween fishing seasons   Fishing around Anna Maria Island is heating up, especially between cold fronts. With temps in the 80s and light winds, we have the perfect recipe for a successful day on the water. …

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