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Islander Calendar – 04-11-2012

Wednesday, April 11

    11:30 a.m. — Off-Stage Ladies of the Island Players monthly luncheon meeting, Gulf Drive Cafe, 900 Gulf Drive, N., Bradenton Beach. Information: 941-799-2181.

 

Thursday, April 12

5-7 p.m. — “Paint the Town” reception and art sale, ArtCenter of Manatee, 209 Ninth St., Bradenton. Information: 941-746-2862.

· 10 a.m.-noon — Coffee with Commissioner Jean Peelen, Paradise Cafe, 3210 East Bay Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-896-5827.

 

Friday, April 13

5:30-7:30 p.m. — Artist reception for watercolor and silk artist Kathleen Masur, Artists’ Guild Gallery in the Island Shopping Center, 5414 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-6694.

• 5:30-7:30 p.m.—Anna Maria Island Art League hosts opening reception for St. Stephen’s Episcopal School seniors art show, 5312 Holmes Blvd., Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-2099.

5:30-7:30 p.m. — Phil Jensen’s photography exhibit,  “The Beauty of Natural Florida,” opens with an artist’s reception at the Island Gallery West in the S&S Shopping Plaza, 5368 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-6648.

5-10 p.m. — Island CityFest, a Holmes Beach Founder’s Day Celebration, Holmes Beach field, 5801 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-1541.

Saturday, April 14

    • 10 a.m.-10 p.m. — Island CityFest, a Holmes Beach Founder’s Day Celebration, Holmes Beach field, 5801 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-1541.

• 9 a.m.-1 p.m. — Gloria Dei Lutheran and Episcopal Church of Annunciation car wash, parking lot of the Episcopal Church of the Annunciation, 4408 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-1813 or 941-778-1638.

• 1-4 p.m. — 21st Annual Cortez Village Historical Society Community Picnic, Few-Miller dock on the waterfront adjacent to Star Fish Company, Cortez. Information: 945-538-0945.

    · 8 a.m.-3 p.m. — Anna Maria Island Privateers final season Thieves Market and Bake Sale, Coquina Beach, Bradenton Beach. Information: 941-722-3212.

Sunday, April 15

    · 6:30 p.m. — Mike Sales Sunset Cruise aboard Island Pearl, Mainsail Marina docks, across from the Island Shopping Center, 5400 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Fee applies. Information: 941-780-8010.

 

Monday, April 16

8:45 a.m.-noon — “Getting Your Business in the News,” Manatee Chamber of Commerce, 4215 Concept Court, Lakewood Ranch. Fee applies. Information: 941-748-3411.

Noon — Susan McManus speaks on “Florida Politics and Election Year 2012,” at the Anna Maria Island Democratic Club lunch meeting, BeachHouse Restaurant, 200 Gulf Drive N., Bradenton Beach. Fee applies. Information: 941-779-0564.

 

Off-Island:

Thursday, April 12

    • 5-7 p.m. — Artists’ opening reception, “Artists and Animals of Myakka,” including artists Jean Blackburn, Craig Rubadoux and Florence Patterman, Durante Gallery and Cultural Media Room, Longboat Key Center for the Arts, Ringling College of Art and Design, 6860 Longboat Drive S., Longboat Key. Reservations required. Information and reservations: 941-383-2345.

7:30 p.m. — Opening night for “Wonderful Town,” Manatee High School musical, April 12-14, at the MHS Davis Center for the Performing Arts-Theater, 902 33rd St. Court W., Bradenton. Fee applies. Information: 941-714-7300, ext. 2089.

 

Ongoing

    • April 12-27, “Paint the Town” exhibit, ArtCenter of Manatee, 209 Ninth St., Bradenton. Information: 941-746-2862.

April 12-May 24, “Artists and Animals of Myakka” exhibit, Durante Gallery and Cultural Media Room, Longboat Key Center for the Arts, Ringling College of Art and Design, 6860 Longboat Drive S., Longboat Key. Information: 941-383-2345.

· April 12-14, “Wonderful Town,” Manatee High School musical, MHS Davis Center for the Performing Arts-Theater, 902 33rd St. Court W., Bradenton. Fee applies. Information: 941-714-7300. Ext. 2089.

    • Third Mondays, noon, through May, Anna Maria Island Democratic Club, BeachHouse Restaurant, 200 Gulf Drive N., Bradenton Beach. Fee applies. Information: 941-779-0564.

• 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, Information: 215-906-0668.

• 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. Information: 941-761-8834.

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

 

Coming Up:

• April 19, Friends of the Library knit and crochet gathering open to all, Holmes Beach Community Room, Island Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-792-4652.

    • April 20-22, 30th Annual Suncoast Boat Show at Marina Jack, 2 Marina Plaza, Sarasota. Fee applies. Information: 954-764-7642.

•  April 21, Barbara Hines demonstration, “Mermaids Watercolor,” Island Gallery West in the S&S Shopping Plaza, 5368 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-6648.

• April 21, Titanic 100th anniversary historical fashion show and luncheon, Anna Maria Island Community Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria. Fee applies. Information: 941-778-1908.

• April 21, Italian Night, Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, 6608 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Fee applies. Information: 941-778-1813.

 

Save the Date

• April 28, Anna Maria Elementary School-Parent Teacher Organization Spring Fling, Anna Maria Island Community Center. Information: 941-812-7253.

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

Island police blotter – 04-11-2012

Anna Maria

• March 27, 100 S. Bay Blvd., trespass warning. A Manatee County Sheriff’s Office deputy responded to the Anna Maria Pier restaurant regarding a customer who left the restaurant without paying his bill. En route to the call, the deputy spotted the suspect and initiated a traffic stop. The suspect acted genuinely surprised, according to the report, saying he forgot to pay. The deputy reported the suspect was either under the influence or had a mental impairment, so he believed the suspect genuinely forgot to pay. The suspect was escorted back to the restaurant to pay his bill. The manager agreed with the deputy’s assessment, and did not press charges. However, the manager did not want the customer to return, so he was issued a trespass warning.

• March 29, 800 block of South Bay Boulevard, petit theft. For the second week in a row, a garbage can was stolen from someone’s front yard. The value of the garbage can was listed at $60.

Anna Maria is policed by the MCSO.

Bradenton Beach

• No new reports.

Bradenton Beach is policed by the BBPD.

Cortez

• April 2, 127th Street, domestic violence injunction violation. According to a MSCO report, a woman filed a domestic violence injunction against a man, who had moved within 500 feet of her workplace. The suspect had been convicted in 2011 on domestic violence charges and was required to stay more than 500 feet from the victim at all times.

• April 3, 4400 block of 123rd Street, criminal mischief. A complainant reported that her fence had been partially broken. The woman told deputies her neighbor had been calling code enforcement on her and other neighbors, who had begun to call code enforcement on him. The complainant believed the broken fence was retaliation and told deputies the man had previously come to her workplace to start an argument with her.

        Cortez is policed by the MCSO.

Holmes Beach

• Reports not available.

Holmes Beach is policed by the HBPD.

        Streetlife is based on incident reports and narratives from the Bradenton Beach and Holmes Beach police departments and Manatee County Sheriff’s Office.

Sports – 04-11-2012

Adult soccer season under way at community center

 

Another season of coed adult soccer has begun at the Anna Maria Island Community Center in Anna Maria with eight teams participating in the Thursday evening league.

Island Pest Control and Don Meilner & Son Construction jumped to the top of the standings after two weeks with matching 2-0 records, while Wash Family Construction and Pink & Navy Boutique find themselves at the bottom of the standings at 0-2.

The season is still young though, with regular-season games played Thursday evenings through May 24, when playoffs begin, leading to the Island Cup championships June 8.

There were four games played April 5, starting with Slim’s Place taking on Agnelli Pool & Spa. Aaron Parkin notched three goals and Aaron Duduks scored once to lead Slim’s past Agnelli by a 4-0 score. Emily Argeros and Chrissy Rice both added assists, while goalie Adam Mott made seven saves in the shutout victory.

The second game of the evening saw Island Pest Control get goals from four different players as they edged Florida Discount Signs 5-3. Adam Bujarski led the way with two goals, while Greg Ross and Ryan Hogan each scored one goal. Brent Laudicina had a strong all-around game with a goal and an assist to go along with six saves in goal. Emily King added two saves for Island Pest Control in the victory.

Discount Signs received goals from Matt Kretzman, Daniel Anderson and Brad Laudicina, while goalie Josh Peurifoy made 19 saves in the loss.

Meilner slipped past Wash 6-5 in the closest game of the evening. Meilner received three goals from Matt Plummer, two from Tim Tidesco and one from Rich Bell. Nate Talucci added three saves in goal in the Meilner victory.

Norman Fleet scored three goals to lead Wash, which also received a goal each from Kris Yavalar and Austin Wash. Matt Ray recorded seven saves for Wash in the loss.

Best Buy recorded a workman-like 4-1 victory over Pink & Navy in the final game of the night. Rico Beissert led Best Buy with a goal and an assist, while Brazilian striker Zopan and Missy Verdoliva each added a goal. Mark Pennell made four saves and Pedro Gonzalez added a pair of saves for Best Buy in the victory.

Scott Eason scored the lone goal for P&N, while Scott Rudacille made 10 saves in goal in the loss.

 

Key Royale golf news

Another busy week of golf at Key Royale Club was punctuated with an ace during Thursday afternoon’s rounds.

According to club member Ed Havlik, John Cassese was on the phone with his son moments before he was set to tee off on hole number seven, the 167 par three during the April 5 four-person scramble.

Cassese said, “I told my son I’d call him back after golf and the last thing on my mind was a hole in one. I was just hoping to hit the green.”

Cassese’s ace was witnessed by playing partners Gerry Dahl and Gary Alvord.

The team rode the ace to a 6-under-par 26 and a tie for first place with the team of Tom MacDonald, Mike Ross, Craig Humphreys and Mike Gille.

On April 6, the women let the men join them for a coed handicap scramble. The team of Rose Slomba, Rosemary Kinick, Dave Kruger and Karie Ksazek combined on a 19.8 score to edge the team of Mary Anne Kammerlin, Jim Thorton, Sue Little and Bob Elliott by one-tenth of a point.

The women played a nine-hole, low-net-in-flight match April 3. Flight A produced a five-way tie for first place as Cindy Miller, Marcia Helgeson, Brenda Solleveld, Diane Miller and Laura Purcell all carded 2-under-par 30s. Lynn Dailey and Pam Alvord tied for second one shot back.

Kris Landkammer fired a 4-under-par 28 to take first place in Flight B by one shot over second-place finisher Heather Pritchard. Joyce Brown and Barbara Harrold tied for third place at 2-under 30.

Kathy Porter earned a three-shot victory with 3-under-par 29 over Denise Burkhardt in Flight C. Mary Anne Kammerlen was alone in third place with a 2-over-par 34.

Flight D produced another tie as Connie Livanos and Eunice Warda carded matching 2-under-par 30s. Joane Ozdeck was alone in second with a par 32, while Mary Pat Swamy finished in third place at 34.

Purcell, Solleveld and Christina Mason each had birdies on the day, while Miller won the low-score, tee-to-green game of the day with a 22.

The men played an 18-hole, best-ball-of-foursome match April 4. The team of Gary Harris, Jim Thorton, Carly Voyles and Bob Elliott combined on an 18-under-par  46 to earn a six-shot victory. Danny Hayes, Bill Gillespie and Larry Fowler were alone in second place at 12-under 52.

The men played a nine-hole, best-ball-of-foursome match April 2. The team of Dick Rouse, Hugh Holmes Jr., Pete Weir and Dick Eichorn combined on a 13-under-par 19 to earn a two-shot victory. Joe Dickenson, Andy Barber, Al Kaiser and Wade Ladue were alone in second at 21.

The men reconveined in the afternoon for a nine-hole, modified-Stableford match. Tom Nelson and Gary Alvord tied for first in the individual event with a score of plus-5, while Quentin Talbert, John Estok and Tom MacDonald joined with Nelson for a plus-4 to win the team event.

 

Horseshoe news

Five out of 15 teams qualified for the playoffs in April 7 horseshoe action at the Anna Maria City Hall horseshoe pits. Tom Rhodes and Rod Bussey drew the first-round bye and watched as John Johnson and Marvin Gangemi slipped by Paul Shaetler and Jerry Disbrow. The second match saw Dom Livedoti and Sam Samuels roll past Norm Good and Jerry Martinek 21-10. Rhodes and Bussey defeated Livedoti and Samuels 23-16 to advance to the championship game, where they edged Johnson-Gangemi 22-18.

Only two teams advanced to the knockout stage during April 4 horseshoe action and were left to battle for the day’s bragging rights. Gene Bobeldyke and John Crawford defeated Hank Huyghe and Norm Langeland 22-7 in the championship game.

Play gets under way at 9 a.m. every Wednesday and Saturday at the Anna Maria City Hall pits. Warmups begin at 8:45 a.m. followed by random team selection.

There is no charge to play and everyone is welcome.

 

Signup begins for 11th annual 5K Island Run

The Children’s Academy of Southwest Florida Inc. will hosts its 11th annual 5K Island Run and 1-mile family fun walk/run May 5 on Anna Maria Island.

The race is sanctioned and co-directed by the Bradenton Runner’s Club and Road Runner’s Club of America.

Trophies and medals will be awarded and refreshments for participants will be provided before and after the race. The first 150 registrants will receive dry wick T-shirts, so organizers say, register now online at www.IslandRun.com.

The pre-registration fee is $20 per adult, $13 for children. Day of the race registration is $25. Registration begins at 6:45 a.m. on the day of the event and the race begins at 8 a.m. at Bayfront Park, North Bay Boulevard, Anna Maria.

All participants receive a drawstring backpack, water bottle and other goodies and there will be door prizes for 100 lucky participants.

For more information, contact Pam Graetzer at 941-350-2378.

Island Easter arrives, appears golden

The Rev. Rosemary Backer of Gloria Dei Lutheran Church delivers the Easter sermon at the 48th annual Kiwanis Club of Anna Maria Island Easter Sunrise Service at the Manatee Public Beach, 4000 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. Islander Photo: Bonner Joy

Island real estate transactions – 04-11-2012

235 85th St., Holmes Beach, a 1,789 sfla / 2,379 sfur 3bed/1½bath/1car pool home with deeded boat slip built in 1957 on a 90×100 lot was sold 03/19/12, Gaba to Ast for $405,000.

1439 Gulf Drive, Unit 27, Bermuda Bay Club, Bradenton Beach, a 1,536 sfla / 2,914 sfla 3bed/2bath/2car condo with shared pool built in 1999 was sold 03/19/12, LSN Industries Inc., to Nack for $372,000; list $439,000.

600 Manatee Ave.,  Unit 210, Westbay Cove, Holmes Beach, a 1,179 sfla / 1,479 sfur 2bed/2bath condo with shared pool built in 1977 was sold 03/19/12, Howard to Bell for $350,000; list $385,000.

1325 Gulf Drive N., Unit 163, Tortuga, Bradenton Beach, a 1,140 sfla / 1,280 sfur 2bed/2bath condo with shared pool built in 2006 was sold 03/22/12, Tortuga PBDT LLC to Barnard for $295,000.

3303 Gulf Drive, Unit 1, Sea Pirate, Holmes Beach, a 700 sfla 2bed/1bath condo with shared pool built in 1969 was sold 03/19/12, Doctora to Conley for $290,000; list $329,000.

416 Alamanda Road, Anna Maria, a vacant 57×125 lot was sold 03/19/12, Moore to Hatch for $215,000.

2502 Gulf Drive, Unit 201, Club Bamboo, Bradenton Beach, a 609 sfla 1bed/1bath condo with shared pool built in 1975 was sold 03/23/12, Bell to Aqua Props LLC for $205,000.

611 Gulf Drive N., Unit 27, Imperial House, Bradenton Beach, a 794 sfla 2bed/1bath 55+ condo with shared pool built in 1969 was sold 03/23/12, Compagnoni to Stalker for $148,000. This may not be an arm’s length transaction.

117 Seventh St. N., Unit 24, Bay View Terrace, Bradenton Beach, a 594 sfla / 642 sfur 1bed/1bath condo with shared pool built in 1973 was sold 03/22/12, Weintraub to Shoffstall for $115,000.

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

Obituaries – 04-11-2012

Robert ‘Bob’ F. Carrick

        Robert “Bob” F. Carrick, 76, of Holmes Beach died March 29. He was born May 9, 1935, in Baltimore, Md.

Mr. Carrick graduated from Johns Hopkins University School of Engineering. He served in the U.S. Army and the Maryland National Guard.

He retired from the Maryland Department of Transportation as chief of engineering and development at Baltimore Washington International Airport. He was a member of the Johns Hopkins Club, the Engineers Club and Monumental Lodge 181 of Baltimore.

On to Anna Maria Island in 1990, Mr. Carrick was a member of Moose Lodge 2188, the Florida Institute of Saltwater Heritage and an honorary member of the Anna Maria Garden Club.

Mr. Carrick loved carving decoys, fishing and traveling. He and wife Marguerite began yearly visits and walks on Island beaches in 1971.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, April 21, at Roser Memorial Community Chapel, 512 Pine Ave., Anna Maria. Memorials may be made to the Florida Institute for Saltwater Heritage, P.O. Box 1, Cortez FL 34215, or the Anna Maria Garden Club, P.O. Box 1354, Anna Maria FL 34216.

Mr. Carrick is survived by his wife of 43 years, Marguerite King, sisters Lilian M. and husband Earl Daughtrey, Estelle M. Kelly and Catherine Lilly; and numerous nieces and nephews.

 

Lou W. Riesch

Lou W. Riesch, of Holmes Beach died April 3. He was born June 13, 1948, in Chicago to Roland and Ellen Riesch.

Mr. Riesch served in the U.S. Armed Forces 1967-73 and completed a tour in Vietnam.

Mr. Riesch formed Bass Country Homes Inc. In addition to being a business owner, he was active in his community, serving as president of the Mineola Country Club for several years.

He retired to Holmes Beach, where he enjoyed a family home and casting lines from his boat, the Irish Angel.

Services were in Mineola, Texas. Memorial donations may be made to Mote Marine Laboratory Development Office, 1600 Ken Thompson Parkway, Sarasota FL 34236.

Mr. Riesch is survived by sons Patrick and Louie; granddaughter Karsyn; sister Jodi; and numerous sisters- and brothers-in-law, nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Fishing – 04-11-2012

Spring break ends, fishing turns on

 

With pristine weather and calm waters, Anna Maria anglers are flocking to the water to drop a line. Migratory species such as Spanish mackerel, kingfish and bonito are arriving in numbers around artificial reefs and hard bottom.

Find the bait schools — find the fish.

Offshore fishers are reporting good numbers of red grouper being caught in water depths starting at 100 feet. Around these depths, good numbers of mangrove snapper also are coming on the line. Live shiners or pinfish are the baits of choice, although frozen baits such as threadfin herring, Spanish sardines or squid will suffice.

Inshore fishing remains consistent for spotted seatrout, redfish and catch-and-release snook. Again, live shiners are the bait of choice, especially if you’re looking for snook action. Artificials such as DOA Cal jigs are catching good numbers of spotted seatrout on the grass flats of north Sarasota Bay. Try drifting and working the sandy potholes to hook up. For reds, try fishing sand potholes on shallow grass flats. Live shiners are a good bet, although a Berkley Gulp shrimp or a gold spoon will catch them, too.

Capt. Rick Gross of Fishy Business charters is fishing nearshore structure for king and Spanish mackerel. Using live shiners for bait, Gross is catching macks up to 4 pounds and kings to 20 pounds. For both, especially kings, Gross is starting at water depths of 30 feet and working his way to depths of 40 feet.

Moving inshore, Gross is targeting redfish on the falling tides. Gross is fishing southern Tampa Bay in search of these much sought-after fish. Fishing grass flats adjacent to mangrove shorelines, Gross’ charters are catching slot-size fish with the biggest coming in at 25 inches. For bait, Gross is using live shiners.

Spotted seatrout also are in Gross’ sights. For the trout, Gross is fishing rising tides. In depths of 5 to 7 feet, Gross’ charters are catching trout up to 23 inches — sufficient numbers to take home for a nice fish dinner. Again, Gross is using live shiners to catch these yellow-mouthed flats-dwellers.

Capt. Warren Girle is fishing offshore structure targeting both kings and Spanish mackerel. Using live shiners or threadfin herring, Girle’s clients are catching good numbers of both species. He chums live bait to get these high-activity fish feeding on the surface, then his anglers cast out a bait. Once it enters the water, it’s not long before the battle begins.

Moving inshore, Girle is working both live bait and artificials to target spotted seatrout and redfish, fishing sandy potholes on shallow grass flats in Sarasota Bay. Berkley Gulp shrimp on a 1/8-ounce jig head or live shiners are getting the bite. Girle’s biggest redfish this past week came in at 29 inches and the biggest trout measured 23 inches.

On deeper grass flats in Sarasota Bay, Girle is using soft plastics to catch spotted seatrout, Spanish mackerel and ladyfish. Most trout are being caught on the deeper flats, averaging 12-15 inches.

Jeff Medley at the Sunshine Skyway Bridge South Fishing Pier is seeing a variety of migratory species being caught daily — especially in the early morning. Pier fishers using live or artificial baits are having good success on multiple species.

Spanish mackerel have shown up in full force. You can find these fish slashing through schools of threadfin herring or whitebait in the hours just after sun up. If using live bait, Medley says to make sure to rig with at least 30-pound fluorocarbon tied to a 2/0 extra long shank hook. For artificials, try using Gotcha plugs, silver spoons or small jigs. Average size of the macks is between 15 to 20 inches to the fork.

Bonito also are mixed in with the macks, ravaging bait schools around the pier. These fish fight a lot harder than any Spanish mackerel you’ll catch, so be prepared for some drag-screaming action.

If using light tackle, don’t be surprised to have a bonito peel off 3/4 of your spool. If you get a big one, they make take all of your line. You’ll catch these football-shaped powerhouses on the same lures or bait as Spanish mackerel. Average size is 7 to 10 pounds.

Another migratory species in the pier mix is jack crevalle. Like bonito, jack crevalle fight extremely hard for their size, so be ready. Average size of the jacks is 6 to 8 pounds.

Last but not least, the pompano bite remains consistent around and under the pier. Pier fishers using Love’s lures pompano jigs are getting the bite. Average size of pompano this past week is up to 16 inches to the fork of the tail.

Tom Cassetty at the Rod & Reel Pier says fishing is beginning to pick up with the arrival of warm weather and schools of baitfish.

Pompano and Spanish mackerel are being caught both early mornings and just before sunset. For the mackerel, pier fishers are using white jigs, silver spoons or live shiners to get the bite. For the pompano, small white or yellow jigs are the bait of choice.

For pier fishers using live shrimp for bait, fishing under and around the pilings of the pier is producing flounder and black drum. There are some over-slot redfish hanging around under the pier, so be sure to use stout tackle. Most of the flounder being caught are small, although the black drum are averaging 20 inches in length. As for the reds, fish up to 30 inches are coming to the deck. Remember, these larger reds are breeding fish, so make sure to release them quickly and with care.

Jonny Keyes at Island Discount Tackle says inshore and offshore fishers are reporting good results on both live bait and artificials.

Starting offshore, Keyes is fishing wrecks and ledges, targeting both migratory species and bottom dwellers, hooking up king mackerel, shark and black fin tuna. For bottom dwellers, Keyes is catching catch-and-release gag groper, red grouper and a few mangrove snapper.

Moving onto the grass flats of lower Tampa Bay and south to Sarasota Bay, Keyes is hearing of good spotted seatrout action. Flats fishers are using either live shiners or soft plastics on a jig head to get the bite. Fish up to 28 inches are being reported.

Redfish are still being caught on shallow grass flats. By anchoring and chumming, you can lure the schools of reds to your boat and keep them there. Then it’s game on. Average size of the reds is slot-size, 18 to 27 inches.

On the beaches, pompano are still dominating the bite. Live sand fleas or pompano jigs are the key. You should rig, at the most, 20-pound fluorocarbon leader. Sometimes these fish become leader shy, in which case, 15-pound leader is a better option.

Also on the beaches, anglers are catching small sharks and ladyfish. For the sharks, use frozen squid or a piece of fresh-cut ladyfish. Most sharks on the beach are averaging 3-4 feet in length, so gear up accordingly. Remember, even though these sharks are small, they still have a mouthful of shark teeth. Use caution to remove the hook.

Capt. Sam Kimball of Legend Charters is working offshore, catching a variety of both migratory and bottom species. To start the day, Kimball is catching Spanish mackerel, kingfish, bonito and shark around artificial reefs and hard bottom. Not only do these fish provide quick action, but they also fight hard.

Kimball next moves out to depths of 80 to 100 feet of water to target red grouper. Using live pinfish, shiners or threadfin herring, Kimball’s charters are reeling up keeper-size fish. Kimball’s clients are catching Key West grunts and porgies to round out the cooler.

Send fishing reports to fish@islander.org.

The Islander Classifieds: Wednesday, April 11, 2012

ITEMS FOR SALE

BOAT SPRING-LINE system, as new. Cost $180, sell, $60. Door opener, Legacy heavy duty, brackets, $69. 941-778-3920.

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

FREEBIE ITEMS FOR SALE

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)

ANNOUNCEMENTS

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.

ESTATE SALES

ESTATE SALE: 9 a.m. -2 p.m. Saturday, April 14. 607 Ivanhoe Lane, Key Royale, Holmes Beach. Nice pair of recliners, leather curved sofa, really nice coffee table, Samsung 60-inch TV (four months old), pair of French provincial arm chairs, buffet, bowfront corner cabinet, pair of twin beds, modern wicker dresser, mirror, etagere, night stands, chairs, Florida queen-bed set, brackets, office chair, ficus tree, bar chairs, area rugs, professional series Char-Broil grill, bar signs, extension ladder, air compressor, wet saw, dolly, Greek linens, and much more. Sale by Julie McClure. Pictures: www.appraisals4u.biz & www.estatesales.net.

GARAGE SALES

ROSER THRIFT SHOP: Open 9:30 a.m.-2 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays, 9 a.m.-noon Saturdays. Donation drop-off, 9 a.m.-11 a.m. Wednesdays. 511 Pine Ave., Anna Maria. 941-779-2733.

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.

SALE: 8 a.m.-2 a.m. Friday and Saturday, April 13-14. Rattan furniture, queen bed, mattress, bedding, four-foot fan, tools, treadmill, miscellaneous. No junk. 1902 74th St. W., Bradenton.

SALE: 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Thursday and Friday, April 12-13. Needlepoint, dishes, tools. Pictures, plus-size clothes, miscellaneous. 894 North Shore, Anna Maria.

LOST & FOUND

LOST: GOLD CHAIN and cross with red stones- was my mothers-sentimental value. Reward. Holmes Beach. Jim, 309-781-6182.

LOST: GLASSES IN blue case. Anna Maria beach near Gulf Drive on March 22. Please, return to Paradise Rentals, 5201 Gulf Drive. 941-778-1591.

LOST CAMERA: MANATEE County public beach rest room, Friday, March 23. Sentimental, please return at least memory card. 262-909-0908 or 262-909-0911.

FOUND: LADIES WALLET, black and white, vicinity of Westbay Cove, Holmes Beach. 941-713-4048.

LOST BRASS KEYS: TWO, green tag. Between Island Real Estate, Westbay Point and chamber of commerce, Holmes Beach. 802-279-2955.

PETS

ISLAND DOGS GROOMING Salon: Julie Keyes, certified groomer. Hydro bath, hand dry, (no cage drying). Personal service for you and your loved ones. Free pick up and delivery. Call anytime for appointments, 941-778-1202. Holmes Beach.

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.

NEW HOME NEEDED! Beautiful cat for adoption! Long-hair, microchip, two years, friendly. Nice carry-crate included. 941-778-0330 or 812-219-2184.

FANTASTIC DOG! Champ is two, lab/shepherd mix, laid back, sweet. Up-to-date on shots, fixed, chipped. Rescued, needs happy, loving home. Please, call Moonracer Rescue, 941-896-6701.

BOATS & BOATING

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

DOCKSIDE SERVICE: PONTOON boat rental. Professional boat-sitting. ‘Always be water-ready.’ Call Dan, over 40 years in the boat business. 941-518-3868.

AMI KAYAK FISHING Charters: Fish the eco-friendly way. All equipment provided. Kayak fishing is the fastest growing activity in the United States. Join me and find out why. Call Chris, 941-343-7251.

POWER NOLES CUSTOM 11.5-foot fiberglass tunnel hull with bass seats. Very stable! Great for fishing-stand on the side without tipping, go in really shallow waters. Very fun boat for anyone who wants to get on the water!
 2001 25-hp Mercury 2-stroke, plus a trolling motor with battery. Must see! $2,150 obo. Call Toni, 941-928-8735.

HELP WANTED

PERSONAL ASSISTANT NEEDED urgently for shipping, organizing, graphic design, Quickbooks, and any other miscellaneous, also to run some errand message job requests. You will be paid $580/week. Send your resume to: ktoymail@aol.com. 786-519-3572.

NAIL TECH NEEDED at new Island spa and boutique on Bridge Street. Turning appointments down daily. Call Amanda, 941-779-6836.

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

KIDS FOR HIRE

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.

BUSINESS OPPORTUNITY

SHARED COMMERCIAL SPACE on Historic Bridge Street available for retail, art, etc. 941-343-7504.

UNIQUE ISLAND RETAIL business for sale. High-traffic location, loyal clientele following. $54,900! Call Alex, 941-779-3312.

HEALTH CARE

LPNS NEEDED FOR active quadriplegic using Hoyer lift. Full or part-time. Morning shifts are 4-5 hours starting at 7 a.m. Overnight shifts are 9:30 p.m.-7 a.m. Travel opportunity. 941-383-9637.

SERVICES

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.

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

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.

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.

WALY PRECISION PAINTING: Interior, exterior, stucco, drywall repairs, pressure wash. Match price, plus 10 percent off. Free estimates. 941-448-1928.

ISLAND PET NANNY: Loving pet care. Longtime Island resident, background check, pet CPR-certified, references. Karen Robinson, 941-779-2830 or 941-730-5693.

CLEANING BY LAURA offers everything on your list from kitchen and bath cleaning to dusting and emptying wastebaskets. 941-539-6891.

CAREGIVER FOR ELDERLY: 28 years experience, all duties, top reference, four hours or more, 941-545-7114.

ISLAND PRESSURE WASHERS: Professional, reasonable and reliable. Call Bill or Clint for free estimate, 941-896-6788.

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.: 36 years of happy customers. Organizing, laundry, ironing, 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.

LAWN & GARDEN

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.

LANDSCAPING

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

SHELL DELIVERED AND spread. $45/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.

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

HOME IMPROVEMENT

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

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.

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.

RENTALS

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.

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.

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

ANNA MARIA ISLAND waterfront: Adorable one-bedroom cottage on the bay with dock. $1,495/month. Annual lease. Parking for one car only. 941-779-0289.

BAYOU CONDO: 2BR/1BA, furnished, assigned dock, walk to nearby city pier, beaches, restaurants and shops. Contact Sandy, broker/owner, for rates and availability. 941-376-6077 or e-mail Sandy@AnnaMaria.us.

ANNUAL RENTAL: 2BR/2BA waterfront condo. Tennis, pool, close to all services, unfurnished. No pets, no smoking. $1,100/month. Call Sharon at Old Florida Realty, 941-713-9096.

ANNUAL RENTAL. 1BR/1BA, nicely furnished, 900 sf elevated duplex, wraparound deck. 1.3 miles to Anna Marie Island via Cortez Bridge. $1,100/month. 941-761-2725.

PERICO ISLAND: MONTHLY rental. 3BR/3BA, private pool, beautifully furnished. Call 941-795-3778. www.pericoholidayvilla.co.uk.

ANNUAL: 2BR/1.5BA duplex with shared laundry, fenced yard,  partially furnished.  $1,000/month. Small pet considered. First, last, security. Gulf-Bay Realty, 941-778-7244.

HOLMES BEACH ANNUAL rental: 2BR/1.5BA elevated duplex on Marina Drive. Near beach and trolley, carport and garage. $995/month. Available May 1. Call 770-547-6796 or 706-252-6530 after 10 a.m.

HOLMES BEACH: One-room efficiency.  Available 2013 winter season. $1,200/month. 908-914-1182.

WATERFRONT TWO BEDROOM townhouse with boat slip on Palma Sola Bay. Heated pool, patio, cable, washer and dryer. Lease six months plus. $1,000 plus utilities. No pets. Call 941-538-8622.

SEASONAL OR WEEKLY cottage-style rentals. 1BR/1BA or 1BR/1BA with loft with pool. Walk to beach, shops or dining! 941-778-3426. Web site: www.spinnakerscottages.com.

REAL ESTATE

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.

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

GREAT NORTHWEST LOCATION: Mint condition, close to beach, 2BR/2BA end unit, screened lanai, elevator, heated pool, lighted tennis, clubhouse. Move in now! $109,500. Call 941-792-0645.

FOR SALE BY owner: Mobile home, 1BR/1BA, extra bonus room. Across the street from Bradenton Beach private fishing pier. Beach and bay access, adjacent parking. Call 813-458-3875.

VILLAGE GREEN HOME: Adorable 2BR/2BA, two-car garage, renovated, beachy beadboad, subway tile, granite. You will love it! 10 minutes to beach. $149,900. 941-725-4425.

OPEN HOUSE: 644 Key Royale Drive, Holmes Beach. 1-3 p.m. Saturday. Gorgeous waterfront 2BR/2BA, pool. James Adkins, 713-0635.

LOWEST POOL HOME on Anna Maria Island. Cute 2BR/2BA, one-car garage. Key Royale. $324,900. Coldwell Banker, 941-725-4425.

PRICE REDUCED: TURNKEY, Holmes Beach on Anna Maria Island. Paradise home, meticulously maintained, must see. 3BR/3BA, open-concept living room, kitchen, dining area. Stainless-steel, granite, bamboo, tile. Metal roof. Quiet corner, 360-degree view roof-top deck. For sale by owner, $539,000. 989-370-5464 or 989-370-4845.

VILLAGE GREEN VILLA: 2BR/2BA two-car garage with gated entry. Large “D” model. Updated kitchen, bathroom, appliances and floors. Close to beaches, Robinson Preserve. $120,000. Call John Rehmann, Realtor, 941-720-7519.

OWNER FINANCING: SUNBOW Bay 2BR/2BA furnished condo. $259,000. Call Mel, 941-809-5565, Island Vacation Properties.

LOOKING FOR A new second home or investment property? Consider building. Let me show you the best deal on vacant parcels ready to build. Canal lots, beachfront lots and economy lots. Current construction costs range from $175 to $225 per square foot. I can show you how you can save up to 20 percent. I know the builders, city codes, land-use regulations and zoning. Call Barry Gould, 941-448-5500. Island Vacation Properties.

OPEN HOUSE: CORTEZ Park. 10 a.m-4 p.m. Saturday, April 14 and noon-4 p.m. Sunday, April 15. 12507 Cortez Road W., Bradenton. Tour of homes, lots located on the north end of Sarasota Bay within walking distance of the beach. This 55-plus, pet-friendly co-op community in Historic Cortez Village offers fishing, boating, commercial marina, restaurant to come and the most gorgeous  sunsets. Lots available for new units or just add to the charm of an existing unit. Contact Jeff or Sue, 941-794-1221. www.cortezparkflorida.com.

IRONWOOD CONDO: $59,999. 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.