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Fishing – 01-25-2012

Milder winter weather produces top-notch fishing


Inshore fishing around Anna Maria Island remains consistent due to mild cold fronts and light winds.

Flats fishers are catching good numbers of spotted seatrout in water 3-5 feet in depth. Redfish are congregating around rocks and docks, creating opportunities for fishers to cash in on some rod-bending action. Redfish also are following schools of mullet across shallow grass flats on higher tides. Find the mullet schools and try working a soft plastic on a jig head to hook up with the reds while in transit.

Sheepshead are gathering for their winter spawn around local piers and bridges. Try using live crabs, sand fleas or shrimp to get the bite going.

Bob Kilb at the Rod & Reel Pier says more sheepshead are arriving daily around the pilings under the pier. Pier fishers targeting sheepies are using an assortment of live baits, but mostly oyster or fiddler crabs, sand fleas, tube worms and live shrimp. “The sheepshead are biting pretty good,” says Kilb, “but we’re still waiting for real numbers of fish to appear around the pier.”

Black drum are being caught on a daily basis, mostly as bycatch by pier fishers targeting sheepshead. Black drum, like sheepshead, will eat an assortment of baits, including shrimp and other crustaceans.

To target both of these species, make sure to use a small, stout hook. Try to match the size of the bait you’re using when selecting a hook, too. And 20-pound fluorocarbon leader should be sufficient, although 30-pound leader is slightly more resistant to barnacles on the pilings. Finally, add some weight to your line to stay near the sandy bottom around the pilings.

Jeff Medley at the south bait shop on the Sunshine Skyway Bridge Fishing Piers says sheepshead fishing is on the top of the hit parade this past week. Sheepshead in the 2- to 3-pound range are being caught daily with some anglers taking home their daily limit of 15 fish. Most Skyway fishers targeting sheepies are using fiddler crabs or sand fleas, but those willing to do a little digging are using tubeworms.

The next best bite around the pier has to be bonito. With late-season schools of greenbacks still gathering around the pier, bonito are cashing in on the abundance of available food. To target these high-speed torpedoes, fishers are using Gotcha plugs, silver spoons or live greenbacks under a popping cork.

Fishers opting to bait up with live shrimp are catching a mix of both mangrove snapper and flounder under the pier. A small hook tied to 20-pound fluorocarbon is the ticket to target either of these fish. Don’t forget to add the right amount of weight to your line based on the current flow. If you can’t keep your bait on the bottom, you won’t get bit, especially when it comes to flounder.

Capt. Sam Kimball of Legend charters is fishing offshore with good action on a variety of species. Kimball is carrying an assortment of live and frozen bait to catch multiple types of offshore species.

In his bait well, Kimball usually has live shrimp, shiners and pinfish. In the freezer, Kimball likes to stock sardines and squid.

Greater amberjack are on the top of the chart this past week for Kimball’s charters. He likes to use live pinfish or large shiners to get these fighters to bite the hook. With amberjack of 30 pounds or more being caught, you can get away with using fairly large bait, which Kimball likes to do.

In water depths starting at 100 feet, Kimball is catching keeper-size red grouper up to 15 pounds, and keeper scamp are hooking up in the same areas. For these fish, Kimball is using frozen sardines or squid to get the bite.

Last but not least, Kimball is moving to slightly shallow water and fishing wrecks and ledges for mangrove snapper. Although the snapper will hit frozen baits, Kimball likes to use live shiners and shrimp to get the bite. Mangrove snapper in the 2- to 6-pound range are the norm.

Capt. Warren Girle is fishing the deeper flats of Sarasota Bay targeting pompano. Girle is consistently catching at least a half-dozen pompano per day by drifting over grass flats and working a small pompano jig tipped with fresh-cut shrimp. “The fish aren’t concentrated in one area,” says Girle, “so we’re drifting over the flat to cover more area.”

The average size of the pompano encounters is between 2 and 3 pounds, exceeding 33 inches in length. While drifting in search of pompano, Girle reminds us that it’s non-stop action while working a jig. “We’re catching bluefish, jacks, ladyfish and a few Spanish mackerel in the same areas as the pompano,” says Girle.

Moving to shallower grass flats, Girle is catching redfish among schools of mullet. By using an Exude Dart in the golden bream color on a 1/4-ounce jig head, Girle is hooking up both keeper and over-sized reds on the shallow flats of Sarasota Bay. Spotted seatrout also are being caught using this same method.

Jonny Keyes at Island Discount Tackle is hearing about sheepshead action in the canals of Bimini Bay and around the local piers. An assortment of baits are producing catches, although it depends on what the sheepies are biting by day. Fiddler crabs, sand fleas, shrimp and tubeworms are some of the baits that can produce a sheepshead for dinner.

On the grass flats of Anna Maria Sound, especially out on the Key Royale flat, fishers are catching good numbers of spotted seatrout, although most are undersized. Try using soft plastics on a red 1/4-ounce jig head to target these yellow-mouthed flats predators. The best way to find concentrations of trout is to drift over the flat and cast in multiple directions, toward sandy potholes and depth changes. Once you catch a couple of fish, drop anchor and thoroughly work the areas with your jig.

On a final note, redfish, black drum and sheepshead are gathering under local docks to spend the winter. Try using live shrimp on a small circle hook and a little weight to get your bait to the bottom.

Capt. Mark Johnston of Just Reel fishing charters is catching good numbers of spotted seatrout in both the Intracoastal Waterway and in north Sarasota Bay. “There are good numbers of trout out there,” says Johnston. “But you have to catch 10 before you get a keeper.”

Around canals and docks, Johnston is catching good numbers of redfish and a few black drum. Johnston is using live shrimp to get the bite. “If the fish are biting really good,” says Johnston, “you can even try using half of a live shrimp.”

Keeper-size reds and black drum are coming to the boat daily, he says.

Johnston’s charters are catching flounder by working a Berkley Gulp shrimp on a jig head around structure in Sarasota Bay. Again, Johnston says you have to catch a few before you get one that’s big enough to keep, but there are keeper-size fish out there for the taking.

        Send fishing reports to fish@islander.org.

Island real estate transactions – 01-25-2012

104 Palmetto Ave., Anna Maria, a 3,173 sfla / 3,990 sfur 3bed/3bath Gulfront home built in 1975 on a 58×150 lot was sold 01/03/12, Martin Timber Company LP to Day for $1,460,000.

309 65th St., Unit B, Beach Escape, Holmes Beach, a 2,500 sfla / 3,242 sfur 4bed/3½bath/2car land condo built in 2007 was sold 12/23/11, Island Restoration VI LLC to Norton for $540,000; list $574,900.

315 62nd St., Unit A, 62nd Street Coastal Cottages, Holmes Beach, a 1,294 sfla / 1,717 sfur 4bed/2bath condo with pool built in 2011 was sold 01/04/12, Kaleta to AMI Assets LLC for $527,000.

508 Spring Ave., Anna Maria, a 2,532 sfla / 3,778 sfur 5bed/3bath/2car home built in 1995 on a 52×145 lot was sold 12/27/11, McMahon to Anna Maria Coastal Homes LLC for $450,000; list $549,900.

3207 6th Ave., Holmes Beach, a 1,352 sfla / 2,456 sfur 3bed/2bath/2car pool home built in 2000 on a 50×90 lot was sold 12/30/11, Calhoun to Heisse for $400,000; list $445,000.

2518 Avenue B, Bradenton Beach, a 3,240 sfla / 5,469 sfur 4bed/4bath duplex built in 1984 on a 50×100 lot was sold 01/03/12, Holster to Iazvovskaia for $341,000.

445 63rd St., Holmes Beach, a 890 sfla / 1,145 sfur 2bed/1bath villa built in 1962 on a 28×100 lot was sold 01/03/12, Community Bank and Company to Caravel Brazil LLC for $187,110.

2401 Gulf Drive N., Unit 1, Sun Isle, Bradenton Beach, a 667 sfla 2bed/1bath condo built in 1950 was sold 01/04/12, Holdstein to Beckstead for $176,000.

703 Gulf Drive, S., Unit 2, Sunset Landings, Bradenton Beach, a 1,050 sfla 2bed/2bath Gulfview condo built in 1984 was sold 01/03/12, Baker to Scherer for $283,536.

117 17th St. N., Unit 17, Bay View Terrace, Bradenton Beach, a 594 sfla / 642 sfur 1bed/1bath condo built in 1973 was sold 12/30/11, Anderson to Grohs for $94,000; list $98,000.

Jesse Brisson, broker/associate at Gulf-Bay Realty of Anna Maria, can be reached at 941-778-7244.

Obituaries – 01-25-2012

James Arthur Coleman

James Arthur Coleman of Bradenton died Jan. 13. He was born in Sydney, Nova Scotia, and lived in Massachusetts, Missouri and Michigan. He was a winter resident of Anna Maria Island.

Mr. Coleman was in engineering and sales for more than 40 years with the Norton Co. of Worchester, Mass. He belonged to Roser Memorial Community Church. Jim was an avid golfer and belonged Terra Ceia Golf Course and Sunnybrook Country Club in Grandville, Mich.

Memorial services will be held at a later date. Memorial donations may be sent to Roser Memorial Community Church, P.O. Box 247, Anna Maria FL 34216.

Mr. Coleman is survived by wife Theresa Staal; children James Jr. and wife Pat Longstreet of Ada, Mich., Richard and wife Karen of Mexico, Diane Streelman and husband William of Jenison, Mich., and Susan Coleman of Bogard, Ga.; 10 grandchildren and several great grandchildren.


F. Paul Sankey

F. Paul Sankey, 76, of Oakmont, Penn., and a seasonal visitor to Anna Maria Island, died Dec. 26.

Mr. Sankey served in the U.S. Army during peacetime. He was a member of Riverside Community Church, and was active in Boy Scouts, Monroeville Rotary International, and the Monroeville Chamber of Commerce. He retired in sales with Turner Dairy Farms of Pennsylvania.

A celebration of life will be held at 5 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 28 on the Gulf of Mexico at 77th Street, Holmes Beach.

Memorial donations may be made to Rotary International Foundation, One Rotary Center 
1560 Sherman Ave. 
Evanston IL 60201;  Boy Scouts or America; or Riverside Community Church.

Mr. Sankey is survived by his wife of 53 years, Becky A.; son Jeffery R. and wife Suzette; daughter Suzette Keefer, sisters Roberta and husband Larry Short, Ginger Boyer and Marian and husband Jim Grande; and grandchildren Keith Robert, Colton and Brodyn Keefer.


Joseph Thomas Tunnell

Joseph Thomas Tunnell, 72, of Anna Maria, died Jan. 13. He was born April 4, 1940.

Mr. Tunnell was originally from New York, but traveled and lived in France, Key West and Milan, where he did art restoration.

He was an artist and wood sculptor who loved colors, music, the sea and fishing.

A celebration of life will be held at a later date. Memorial donations may be made to Tidewell Hospice, 26th St., Bradenton FL 34205.

Mr. Tunnell is survived by his wife, Patricia A.

Islander Calendar – 01-25-2012

Friday, Jan. 27

        5-10 p.m. — Music festival to benefit Bridge Street Merchants at Holmes Beach City Hall field, 5801 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-536-4257.


Saturday, Jan. 28

        8-11 a.m. — Pancake breakfast at Roser Memorial Community Church, 512 Pine Ave., Anna Maria. Information: 941-778-0414. Fee applies.

8 a.m.-noon — Yard sale at Roser Thrift Shop, 511 Pine Ave., Anna Maria. Information: 941-779-2733.

        10 a.m-noon — Terry Denson demonstrates watercolor painting on aqua board at Island Gallery West, 5368 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-6648.

        2 p.m. — Vickie and Tim Edwards lecture on Appalachian travel at the Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-6341.

6 p.m. — “Sinatra Sings” dinner theater at the Anna Maria Island Community Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria. Information: 941-778-1908. Fee applies.


Wednesday, Feb. 1

        1:15 p.m. — Gulf Coast Writers meeting at the Island Branch Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-3209.



• Saturdays through March 18, 9:30 a.m.-noon, Anna Maria Island Concert Chorus and Orchestra rehearsals at Roser Memorial Community Church, 512 Pine Ave., Anna Maria. Information: 941-778-7853.

• Tuesdays, noon, Rotary Club of Anna Maria Island meetings at the BeachHouse Restaurant, 200 Gulf Drive N., Bradenton Beach. Information: 941-794-8044.

• Tuesdays, 12:30 p.m., duplicate bridge games at Episcopal Church of the Annunciation, 4408 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-3390.

• Tuesdays, 1-2 p.m., coffee and conversations for seniors at the Anna Maria Island Community Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria. Information: 941-778-1908.

• First Wednesdays, 8:30 a.m., Pier Regulars meet at the Rod & Reel Pier, 875 N. Shore Drive, Anna Maria.

• Second Wednesdays, 7:30 p.m., VFW Post No. 8199 meets at the volunteer fire station, 201 Second St. N., Bradenton Beach. Information: 941-778-4400.

• Wednesdays, 6-8 p.m., teens meet at the Anna Maria Island Community Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria. Information: 941-778-1908.

• Wednesdays and Saturdays, 9 a.m., players pitch horseshoes in the pits at Anna Maria City Hall, 10005 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria. Information: 941-708-6130.

• Thursdays, 5-7 p.m., Thirsty Thursday hosted by Bridge Street Merchants on Bridge Street, Bradenton Beach.

• Third Thursdays through March, Bingo at Annie Silver Community Center, 103 23 St., Bradenton Beach. Information: 941-778-1915.

• Fridays, Senior Adventures Group meets for outings to various locations. Information: 941-962-8835.

• Saturdays, 8:30 a.m., Kiwanis Club of Anna Maria Island meets at the Anna Maria Island Beach Cafe, Manatee Public Beach, 4000 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach.

• Sundays, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Bridge Street Market hosted by Bridge Street Merchants, Bradenton Beach. Information: 215-906-0668.



Wednesday, Jan. 25

6 p.m. — Second annual Taste Magazine Chef’s Competition to benefit the Women’s Resource Center at Freedom Village, 6406 21st Ave. W., Bradenton. Information: 941-366-7950. Fee applies.

6:30-8 p.m. — Starry night walk through Robinson Preserve, 1704 99th St. N.W., Bradenton. Information: 941-742-5757.


Thursday, Jan. 26

        9 a.m. — Wagon tour of Robinson Preserve, 1704 99th St. N.W., Bradenton. Information: 941-742-5757. Fee applies.

5:30-8:30 p.m. — Taste of the Keys and Fashion Show at the Longboat Key Center for the Arts, 6860 Longboat Drive S., Longboat Key. Information: 941-383-2345. Fee applies.


Saturday, Jan. 28

         10 a.m.-noon — Citizen Science Academy: Beneath the Waves program for ages 9 and older at Robinson Preserve, 1704 99th St. N.W., Bradenton. Information: 941-742-5757.

4:30-6:30 p.m. — Sunset shutter stroll at at Robinson Preserve, 1704 99th St. N.W., Bradenton. Information: 941-742-5757.


Sunday, Jan. 29

2 p.m. — Bradenton Opera Guild presents “Stars of Tomorrow” at Bayshore High School, 5401 34th St. W., Bradenton. Information: 941-358-5660. Fee applies.

 3-4:30 p.m. — Anna Maria Island Concert Chorus and Orchestra presents “Mostly Mozart” at the Longboat Key Education Center, 5370 Gulf of Mexico Drive, Longboat Key. Information: 941-383-8811. Fee applies.


Coming Up:

• Feb. 4, colored pencil drawing demonstration, Island Gallery West.

• Feb. 6, Artists Guild of Anna Maria Island meeting, Episcopal Church of the Annunciation.


Save the Date:

        • Feb. 9, Anna Maria Island Kiwanis Club Big Band Dance, Anna Maria Island Community Center.

        Send calendar announcements to diana@islander.org. Please include the time, date and location of the event, a brief description and a contact via e-mail and phone.

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Jake Castro, 10, of Anna Maria Island, sings Jan. 13 with the headliner Jeff Cook and his Allstar Goodtime Band. Castro performed with Cook to standing ovations at the Manatee County Fair Jan. 13. Islander Photo: Courtesy Richie Castro


Jake Castro puts out the rhythm for Jeff Cook and the Allstar Goodtime Band at the Manatee County Fair Jan. 13. Band members vowed after the show to work with Castro again — soon. Islander Photo: Courtesy Richie Castro


Jake Castro sings with Jeff Cook and the Allstar Goodtime Band at the Manatee County Fair Jan. 13. Band member Larry Hansen, left, boasting 20 years on saxophone with Alabama’s backup group, said he’d like to put Castro in his suitcase and take him on the Allstar Goodtime Band tour. Islander Photo: Courtesy Richie Castro

The Islander Classifieds: Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2012


SUNBEAM COFFEE MAKER, $5, Craftsman electric blower/vacuum, $20, roller blades, men’s 10, accessories, $60. 941-795-8359.

LEATHER LOVE SEAT recliner. Dark green, great condition. $50. 941-792-9523.

HOOVER FLOORMATE SPINSCRUB hard floor cleaner. Vacuums, scrubs, dries. Manual. Excellent condition. $75. Christina, 941-896-5303.

FILE CABINET: LATERAL file, two-drawer, wood. 30×30, $50. 715-529-8965.

LUGGAGE: VERDI, NEVER used. Black on rollers, 21×13, expandable to 23×13, $25, originally $79.95. 941-761-1415.

ABSOLUTELY BEAUTIFUL AMERICAN Signature coffee table 18x28x52. White-washed with maple top, $100. 810-931-6390.

THREE-PIECE DINING room set: Complete, you haul. Four-drawer chest, king-size bed, nightstand, good condition, $65. 941-778-7601.

ROLLING BOOM BOX, $20, square coffee table, $50, recliner, $50, two new floral pillows, $12. 941-778-1264.

MARY KAY COSMETICS: Full line at discounted prices. Jenifer, 941-224-1760, 941-739-0792.

ANTIQUE COPPER POTS and bowls, collection $350. Burl-wood rocker, oak office chairs, collectibles.  View at The Islander store, 5404 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.

ORIGINAL, LOCAL ART for sale. View at The Islander store, 5404 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.

AERIAL PHOTOS of Anna Maria Island. View and purchase online: www.jackelka.com


Individuals may place one free ad with up to three items, each priced $100 or less, 15 words or less. FREE, one week, must be submitted online. E-mail classifieds@islander.org, fax toll-free 1-866-362-9821. (limited time offer)


FLORIDIANA FESTIVAL 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Jan. 29: Palladium Theater, St. Petersburg. Vintage Florida souvenirs, Highwaymen Artists. www.hulahula.biz, hulahula@tampabay.rr.com.

COMING FEB 14: The Islander Promise Day, Valentine’s Day vow renewals, champagne toast, wedding cake on the beach at 5 p.m. Anna Maria Island Beach Cafe, Manatee Public Beach. $10 includes ceremony and certificate. Pre-register: Promise@islander.org.

HELP FOR HAITI: The Ministry of Presence is preparing a large shipment destined in about two weeks for Port-au-Prince and needs to be filled include:  peanut butter, canned foods and meat, pasta, rice and beans, and cleaning supplies such as Pine, and bleach. Drop off to The Islander, 5404 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.

GLORIA DEI LUTHERAN Church: All are welcome to come and worship with us! Please call 941-778-1813 or visit us at: www.gloriadeilutheran.com for worship times. 6608 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.

HAITI $$$ DONATIONS to the Ministry of Presence Inc., www.ministryofpresence.org, urgently needed for local representatives to aid homeless children. Info: The Islander, 941-778-7978.

TERRY HAYES, REALTOR. Signature Sothebys International. 941-302-3100. Terry.hayes@sothebysrealty.com. Discoverannamaria.com.

MICHAEL NORTHFIELD: BROKER, Anna Maria Island Realty, 941-713-0284. www.annamariaislandrealty.com. E-mail: Michael@annamariaislandrealty.com. Your personal broker.

WANTED: YOUR OLD cell phone for recycling. Deliver to The Islander, 5404 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.

FISHING GEAR WANTED: The Privateers and The Islander are collecting new or used, repairable fishing poles and reels, nets, tackle, buckets, etc. to give to children. Donate your gear at The Islander newspaper office, 5404 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.

FREE GUN LOCK courtesy of Project Childsafe, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission and Holmes Beach Police Department. Pick up at The Islander office, 5404 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Don’t be sorry, be safe.


NEW LOCATION: STEFF’S Stuff Antiques has moved to The Centre Shops on Longboat Key. 5380 Gulf of Mexico Drive, Unit 101. 941-383-1901.

YARD SALE: 8 a.m.-noon Saturday, Jan. 28, at Roser Thrift Shop.  511 Pine Ave. Anna Maria.

NORTHWEST BRADENTON: 8:30 a.m.-4:30 a.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday, Jan. 26-28. Hardcover novels and books. Fiction and non-fiction, biography, gardening, pets. Sheldon, Patterson, Cross, Roberts, Grisham and many more. Over several hundred volumes, most nearly new. Some paperbacks and children’s series. Browse indoors. 2003 81st St., N.W., Bradenton.

NORTHWEST BRADENTON: 8:30 a.m.-4:30 a.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday, Jan. 26-28. Ladies clothing and shoes, M-L-XL and sizes 10-16. Slacks, jackets, tops, T-shirts, denim. Shoes sizes 8-10. Some onyx. Many items slightly used or never worn. Browse indoors.  2003 81st St., N.W., Bradenton.

TREASURES ON TARAWITT Drive: 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Jan. 27-28. Four-home sale, bargains galore! Near 5600 area Gulf of Mexico Drive, Longboat Key.

YARD SALE: 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 28. Clothes, furniture, books and more. 308 57th St., Holmes Beach.

CORAL SHORES EAST community garage sale. 8 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 28. New, used furniture from Island Girl Interiors, clothing, designer purses, tools, vintage heirlooms, shoes, lots more. Mangrove Pt. Road, Bradenton.

MOVING SALE: 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 28. 18 Seaside Court, 63rd and Seaside Gardens, Holmes Beach.


LOST: REALTORS KEYPAD. Somewhere on the Island. Please, call Robin, 941-713-4515.

LOST: UNUSUAL ‘FREESTYLE’ wedding ring. Lost on Island. 813-892-5983.

KAYAK PADDLE fished out of canal. You identify, it’s yours, free. 941-778-6766.


BEAUTIFUL CAT FOR adoption! Long-hair, microchip, two years, friendly. Nice carry-crate included. 941-778-0330 or 812-219-2184.

LOST COCKATIEL: ‘TWEETY’ lost Jan. 1, Bradenton Beach. 941-896-5256.

LOOKING FOR RETIRED person to adopt extremely affectionate female miniature oodle/Shi tzu mix. Seven years old, white, 12-13 pounds. Owner has new job, cannot spend enough time with her. 941-405-4217 for interview.

PARENTS NEEDED for loving homes to foster puppies and kittens until they are old enough for adoption. All food and medical provided. Julie, 941-720-1411.

ADORABLE PUPPIES FOR adoption! Three pit mixes, gorgeous, sweet! Two male, one female. Fixed, chipped, shots. 941-896-6701.


DOCK FOR RENT: MEDIUM boat. 452 63rd St., Holmes Beach. 941-778-1893.

BIMINI BAY SAILING: Small sailboat rentals and instruction. Day. Week. Month. Sunfish, Laser, Windrider 17 and Precision 15. Call Brian at 941-685-1400.

21-FOOT BOAT: Rigged to fish, 50-hp, downrigger, trolling motor, rod cab, two live wells, ice box, top on lift, Good condition. $6,800. 941-778-6530.

ATTENTION CHARTER CAPTAINS! Dock and lift. Will work trade. Air conditioning, electric, water, cleaning table. Bimini Bayou canal. $300/month. 941-778-6530.

POWER NOLES CUSTOM-fiberglass 11.5-foot cat-type hull. Very stable boat. Great for kid’s Xmas or anyone who wants to get on the water! 25-hp Mercury, trolling motor and two bass seats. Great boat! $2,150 obo. Call Toni, 941-928-8735.


PART-TIME RECEPTIONIST and part-time housekeeper for local area motel. 941-778-2780.

SALES ASSOCIATE: MOTIVATED, experienced real estate licensee for busy Island office. Please call Jesse or Robin at 941-778-7244.


LOCAL ISLAND STUDENT babysitter available. CPR and first aid-certified, early childhood development major. Emily, 941-567-9276.

KIDS FOR HIRE ads are FREE for up to three weeks for Island youths under 16 looking for work. Ads must be placed in person at The Islander office, 5404 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.


LET US DRIVE YOU! Airports, cruise ports. Flat rates. Anna Maria Sunshine Car Service. 941-778-5476.

TOASTED COMPUTER SERVICES. Your home and business specialist. On-site service, virus/spyware, cleanup, system setup, upgrades, diagnosis and repair, internet/wireless networking, custom system design. 941-224-1069.

I DON’T CUT corners, I clean corners. Professional, friendly cleaning  service since 1999. 941-779-6638. Leave message.

WILDLIFE REMOVAL and relocation: Problem solving for all animals, big and small. Call Joe, Westcoast Nuisance Wildlife Service. 941-720-4152.

TRANSPORT SERVICE: LET me drive you to the airport or anywhere in Florida. Flat rates. Reasonable. Call Mike, 941-567-6634.

DOG-WASTE REMOVAL service: As low as $10 per week! 941-592-5170.

ISLAND COMPUTER GUY, 37 years experience. On-site PC repairs, upgrades, buying assistance and training. Call Bill, 941-778-2535.

LIGHT CARPENTRY, HOME repairs, handyman work, deck repairs, dock repairs, etc. Retired tradesman, Island resident. No job too small. Call Steve Doyle, 941-778-1708.

GIVE THE GIFT of organization:  Home, office and small business. Professional organizer, Shauna Steglich. 208-284-5727.

HANDI HOME MAINTENANCE: Your way. Prompt, affordable, guaranteed. I do it all. Island local. Free estimates. 941-720-0067.

GET ORGANIZED: LET me help you de-clutter your home or office. Eight years experience as a professional organizer and NAPO member. Call Lorraine Berry at 941-795-7617.

ISLANDER HANDYMAN SERVICE: 23-year Island resident, references. The Flying Dutchman LLC. We do all repair, interior and exterior, carpentry and more. Peter, 941-447-6747.

MARIA’S SERVICES INC: 15 years in business offering top quality maid service, carpet and tile cleaning. Call 941-756-5735.

WE BUY GOLD jewelry, watches, class rings, sterling silverware, tea sets, etc., and pay a fair price. My wife and I come to you and pay cash. Call Bill, 610-308-6493.

OCEANSIDE HOME SERVICES: Providing home watch, handyman, lawn, yard and pool maintenance. Call us for any of your household needs. Licensed and Insured. Ron 941-773-7937 or ron.oceanside@gmail.com.

AMI COMPUTER SOLUTIONS for computer problems solved at your home or office. Wireless networking, virus/spyware prevention and removal, repairs, software upgrades, advice and training. Travis, 941-301-4726.

INCOME TAX SERVICE:  We do individuals, small businesses and all states. We have been in business over thirty years. Call Pat at Kenney Tax Service, 941-761-8156.

ISLAND DOGS GROOMING: $10 off first groom. Salon, home groom, pickup/delivery, pet sitting. Certified groomer. Call 941-778-1202.

TUTORING SERVICES: Specializing in algebra, geometry, calculus, trigonometry and science. Special needs students welcome. Grades 3-12. Rick, 941-224-4977.

BUSINESS-TO-BUSINESS JD’s Window Cleaning looking for storefront jobs in Holmes Beach. I make dirty windows sparkling clean. 941-920-3840.

ISLAND MERMAIDS CLEANING and Co.: Gift certificates! 36 years of happy customers. Organizing, pet-watch, storm-check, etc. Rentals our specialty. 941-778-3046.

BEACH SERVICE air conditioning, heat, refrigeration. Commercial and residential service, repair and/or replacement. Serving Manatee County and the Island since 1987. For dependable, honest and personalized service, call William Eller, 941-795-7411. CAC184228.

ANYONE CAN TAKE a picture. A professional creates a portrait. I want to be at your wedding! www.jackelka.com. 941-778-2711.

RELAXING MASSAGE IN the convenience of your home or hotel. Massage by Nadia, more than 19 years on Anna Maria Island. Call today for an appointment, 941-518-8301. MA#0017550.MA#0017550.

GUITAR TROUBLE? KOKO RAY’S ISLAND studio. Instruction in flute, saxophone, guitar, piano and voice. 315 58th St., Holmes Beach, 941-538-8724.


CONNIE’S LANDSCAPING INC. Residential and commercial. Full-service lawn maintenance, landscaping, cleanups, hauling and more! Insured. 941-778-5294.

ISLAND LAWN SPRINKLER service and repair. Your complete irrigation repair company. Call 941-778-2581.

JR’S LANDSCAPING AND MAINTENANCE Lawns, native plants, mulching, trimming, hauling, cleanups. Island resident 25 years. Call 941-807-1015.


STRAIGHT SHOT LANDSCAPE. Shell installed $45/yard at true specifications. Free appliance pick up. Call Shark Mark. 941-301-6067.

SHELL DELIVERED AND spread. Premium grade-A, $45/yard B-grade, $30-$40/yard. Hauling all kinds of gravel, mulch, top soil with free estimates. Call Larry at 941-795-7775, “shell phone” 941-720-0770.

NATURE’S DESIGN LANDSCAPING. Design and installation. Tropical landscape specialist. Residential and commercial. 30 years experience. 941-729-9381, 941-448-6336.

NURSERY QUALITY GARDEN Care and maintenance. Hand weeding, trimming, cleanup, plant installation. Certified horticultural professional. Call Joan, 941-704-9025.

TOP NOTCH LAWN Care: Residential and commercial. For all your landscaping needs. 941-932-6600.


VAN-GO PAINTING residential/commercial, interior/exterior, pressure cleaning, wallpaper. Island references. Bill, 941-795-5100.

TILE -TILE -TILE. All variations of ceramic tile supplied and installed. Quality workmanship, prompt, reliable, many Island references. Call Neil, 941-726-3077.

CUSTOM REMODELING EXPERT. All phases of carpentry, repairs and painting. Insured. Meticulous, clean, sober and prompt. Paul Beauregard, 941-730-7479.

GRIFFIN’S HOME IMPROVEMENTS Inc. Handyman, fine woodwork, countertops, cabinets and shutters. Insured and licensed, 941-748-4711.

JERRY’S HOME REPAIR: Carpentry, handyman, light hauling, pressure washing. Jack of all trades. Call 941-778-6170 or 941-447-2198.

SOUTHBAY HOME REPAIRS: If it’s broken, stuck, loose, leaks, needs paint, etc. I’ll fix it. Affordable quality work. 941-720-2906.

FOREMOST FENCE: Commercial, Residential. Chain link, vinyl, aluminum, wood, access control. Contractors you can depend on. Call 941-748-2700.

SOUTHWEST HOME IMPROVEMENT: MIchigan builder, 30 years experience. Affordable, timely, within budget. Call Mike, 1-616-204-8822.

PROFESSIONAL SERVICES: 30 years experience. Handyman home repairs. Services, kitchen and bathroom design, 24-hour emergency call-outs. Ronnie, 941-807-6664.

THE FLYING DUTCHMAN LLC: Professional tile roof restoration. Call Peter for free estimate. 23-year Island resident, references, insured. 941-447-6747.

CUSTOM KITCHENS AND baths, additions, windows and door replacement. Call Matt at Pinnacle Group, 941-685-6132. Lic#CGC1506518.

STEVE’S HOME REMODELING and repairs. 941-524-8860.


WEEKLY/MONTHLY/ANNUAL rentals: wide variety, changes daily. SunCoast Real Estate, 941-779-0202, or 1-800-732-6434. www.suncoastinc.com.

HOLMES BEACH BUSINESS Center. Rental units available for office/commercial spaces from 750-2,000 sf. Humidity-controlled mini-storage units and garage units, 11 x 22 feet. 5347 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. 941-778-2924.

HOLIDAY/VACATION RENTALS: 3BR/2BA private pool home in northwest Bradenton, 3BR/3BA private pool home in Palma Sola, west Bradenton. No annuals. Call 941-794-1515.

ANNUAL RENTAL: LONGBOAT Key, Twin Shores mobile home, 55-plus, private beach, 2BR/1BA. Call Karen, 813-377-6864.

VACATION RENTALS ONLY: Private pool homes, 3BR/2BA and 3BR/3BA. Condo, 1BR/1BA overlooking golf course. Call 941-794-1515 or www.coastalpropertiesrealty.com.

WATERFRONT ON CANAL, boat slip up to 26-feet. 2BR/2BA, washer and dryer hookup, utility room. Holmes Beach. 941-778-7039.

SEASONAL FIVE-MONTH rental: November 2012-March 2013. Open house all of January. 2BR/1BA, upstairs apartment west of Gulf Drive. $1,350/month plus tax. 941-778-4499.

EFFICIENCY, ONE AND two bedroom apartments. Unfurnished, $550 to $750 monthly with annual lease and turnkey 1BR/1BA at 3611 117th St. W. Call Pat, 941-920-6637 with Florida Real Estate Team.

WANTED: RETAIL STOREFRONT in Bradenton Beach, 500 sf and up. Bridge street area. 941-447-1506.

ANNA MARIA SEASONAL rental: 2BR/1BA, washer and dryer, close to beach and fishing pier. Call 941-720-2418.

ANNUALS: LARGE 3BR/2BA Perico Bay Club condo, gated community, $1,350/month. Perico Island: 2BR/2BA condo 1,250 sf, new tile throughout, office/den, exercise room, sauna, carport, and storage,  $1,000/month. Pool, tennis, water, cable, trash included. First, last, security. Gulf-Bay Realty, 941-778-7244.

VACATION RENTALS NOW: Longboat Key 1BR/1BA, beach, $1,500/month. Anna Maria 2BR/2BA, pool/beach, $2,600/month. Northwest home, pet friendly, 3BR/2BA, two-car garage, $2,300/month. Townhouse, 2BR/2BA, boat slip, pool, $2,600/month. Realtor, 941-756-1090. Real Estate Mart.

VILLAGE GREEN VILLA: Annual rental, 55-plus, 2,200 sf, 2BR/2BA, two-car garage, panoramic lake view, community pool, updated. Minutes to beach. $1,550/month, cable, water included. Realtor, 941-756-1090. Real Estate Mart.

WINTER SPECIAL: SENIOR park, 2BR/2BA doublewide. $1,000/month, sell, $35,000. 2314 14th St., Bradenton. Tropical Palms. 863-688-3524, 863-608-1833. chickenplucker@webtv.net.

PRIME RETAIL SPACE available: Holmes Beach location. 5508 Marine Drive. 941-809-2824.

SEASONAL RENTAL: 2BR/1BA and 3BR/2BA, close to beach, remodeled. 941-778-7933.114 and 116 Oak Ave, Anna Maria.

FEBRUARY CANCELLATION: WESTBAY Cove condo. 2BR/2BA, pool, tennis, walk to beach, trolley, all services and Catholic church.   Call Sharon, 941-713-9096, Old Florida Real Estate.

ANNUAL 2BR/1BA DUPLEX: Carport, deck, laundry, wood floors. Non-smoking, small pet OK. $850/month plus. 941-779-9470.

ANNUAL DUPLEX: 2BR/1BA, ground level, Anna Maria, $900/month with trash. Available Feb. 15. 941-778-7003.

SEASONAL OR WEEKLY cottage-style rentals. 1BR/1BA or 55-plus 2BR/1BA with pool. Walk to beach, shopping, restaurants. 941-778-3426. Web site 2spinnakers.com.


DIRECT GULFFRONT: 146 feet on the beach. 3BR/4.5BA, office recreation room, spa, pool, outdoor kitchen and theater, elevator, turnkey furnished. $3,750,000. Suncoast Real Estate, 941-779-0202 or 941-720-0288.

NEW UPGRADED CONDOS: Minutes to beach, annual, seasonal, $140,000-plus. Special financing available. 941-773-0212. Taylor Morrison at Palma Sola Trace.

HOLMES BEACH HOME, quality built and priced for quick sell. Centrally located, three short blocks to sandy beaches. Price reduced to $499,000! Questions, 309-642-7370. View virtual tour www.srqmediaworks2.com/30959thstreet/.

AUCTIONS! JANUARY 14 and 21. Key Royale waterfront, estimated opening bid, $275,000. Palma Sola Park four-car garage home, estimated opening bid, $150,000. Call James Adkins, Adkins Florida Group, Keller Williams Realty. 941-713-0635. Happy bidding!

SANDPIPER RESORT: BEAUTIFUL waterfront property, great price. 1,200 sf, 3BR/2BA, 273 sf covered deck, full view of Anna Maria Island Sound, water views from living, dining and one bedroom. Covered parking, ceramic tile both baths, kitchen and utility room. Pergo floors living, dining and bedrooms. Fully furnished, generates $14,000 in rental income yearly, includes membership certificate (co-op share) with voting rights. $239,900. 704-965-4986.

FOR SALE BY owner: 1BR/1BA mobile completely remodeled with share, beach and bay access. Call 941-224-1652 for more information.

ATTENTION! WANTED: We have a qualified buyer looking to purchase Gulffront condo. Please call Carol Spiegel at 941-323-6365, or Frauke Engstrom, 941-447-0738, Wagner Realty.

PERICO BAY CLUB villa: Pet-friendly, kayak storage and launch in your backyard. Turnkey furnished, 2BR/2BA, garage, heated community pool and spa, minutes to beach. $799,900. Realtor, Fred Flis, 941-356-1456.

IRONWOOD CONDO: $62,000. 1BR/1.5BA. Many upgrades. 55-plus community. Overlooks golf course. Clubhouse, exercise room, heated pool. Six miles to Anna Maria Island. 941-524-8969.