Tag Archives: 06-01-2011

Beach serves as classroom in nesting season

Marianne Korosy and Suzi Fox watched the crow swoop down to the sand, grab something small and fly off.

The something, they first feared and then quickly confirmed, was a black skimmer egg off the beach north of the Sandbar Restaurant in Anna Maria.

They were heartsick about the swiped egg, but Korosy, with Audubon of Florida, and Fox, with Anna Maria Island Turtle Watch and Shorebird Monitoring, at least left the beach with some new information the morning of May 26. They confirmation the skimmers are laying their eggs.

The beach can be an outdoor classroom, for professionals such as Korosy and Fox, who, along with their organizations’ teams of volunteers, teach others.

Over Memorial Day weekend, Audubon and AMITW partnered to place stewards on the beach in Anna Maria to talk with visitors about nesting shorebirds, as well as show people the birds through scopes and binoculars.

“We need each other,” Fox said of the partnership.

AMITW volunteers assisted with logistics such as parking and tents and schedules, while Manatee County Audubon Chapter volunteers, stationed outside a staked off nesting area of the beach that held more than 300 skimmers, provided the bird basics to beachgoers.

“This is the largest black skimmer colony in the region,” Korosy said. “So it is important to keep an eye on this.… Manatee County is a friendly community to the birds.”

Stewards also reminded people to remove any food or trash that could draw predatory crows, gulls, raccoons or other wildlife; and to not disturb groups of birds, which could prompt nesters to leave their eggs. A single disturbance can cause an entire colony of birds to abandon a nesting site.

Another educational program on the Island, one focused on nesting sea turtles, is set to begin June 8 and continue through the summer.

On Wednesdays at 7 a.m., AMITW coordinators Claudia and Glenn Wiseman will lead visits to turtle nests. Last year, some tour groups contained more than 50 people, many of them vacationers learning for the first time about loggerheads.

The tours will depart from the Manatee Public Beach, 4000 Gulf Drive W., Holmes Beach, to wherever a turtle has nested overnight.

The loggerhead nesting is ahead of last year’s pace, Fox said. By May 26, AMITW had documented 28 nests on the Island. For the same period in 2010, AMITW had documented two nests.

Mote Marine Laboratory, which monitors nesting activity in Sarasota County, also will host turtle tours at 6:45 a.m. Saturdays beginning June 4 and continuing through July.

The Mote tours begin at the Hilton Longboat Key Beachfront Resort and involve a 1.5-mile walk.

Nesting by the numbers

As of May 27, Anna Maria Island Turtle Watch and Shorebird Monitoring was reporting:

Number of turtle nests: 25

Number of false crawls: 26

Number of turtle hatchlings: 0

Read The Islander each week to follow developments during nesting season.

Dive death reported

The U.S. Coast Guard on May 19 reported the death of a 52-year-old male scuba diver who was diving about 12 miles west of Anna Maria Island.

Coast Guard officials in Cortez were notified around 6 p.m. that day that a diver from a 23-foot Carolina skiff anchored 12 miles west of the Island had surfaced and became distressed and unresponsive, according to a friend on the boat.

A USCG motor launch was dispatched from Cortez to the location of the boat, where the man and the friend had been diving. Upon arrival, Coast Guard crewmembers began CPR and took the unresponsive diver and the other diver to the Coquina boat ramp.

They were met at the ramp by EMS technicians who joined the CPR effort, but without success.

The man’s name was not released pending notification of family.

Coast Guard officials in Miami had not yet responded to a request for the victim’s name by press deadline.

Fire district rates going up — again

The West Manatee Fire Rescue District board voted — reluctantly — at its May 19 meeting to approve an increase in the annual assessment paid by district residents for fire service.

But the board rejected WMFR Chief Andy Price’s request for a 4.13 percent increase, the maximum allowed by law. The board, 3-1, voted to increase the assessment by 3.75 percent. Commissioner Scott Ricci voted against the increase, saying he preferred a 3.5 percent increase or none at all.

Price said he was concerned how to meet the annual operating budget requirements in a few years time without the benefit of ad valorem taxes. District voters have defeated that idea for WMFR revenues three times since 2004.

Commissioner Jesse Davis said that during difficult economic times the fire district has to “live within its means.” He said he didn’t know how WMFR was “going to make it” but everything, especially fuel, is increasing.

Commissioner Randy Cooper noted that WMFR spent nearly $1.7 million on buying and remodeling a new administrative headquarters and is spending $307,000 to remodel and enlarge Station No. 1 in Holmes Beach.

“Is this a good time to go to the maximum requested?” he asked.

Price said firefighters have not had a raise in two years and salaries are now below the area average. About 80 percent of the WMFR’s $5.5 million annual budget goes toward personnel costs, including salaries and benefits.

With a 3.75 percent increase in the annual assessment, Price said homeowners would likely pay about $12 more annually, while business owners’ costs might go up $15 to $18. The assessment increase depends upon the square footage.

The present base rate for residences, mobile homes and condominiums is $159.22 for the first 1,000 square feet, then 9.4 cents for each additional square foot. A 4.13 percent increase would have put the base assessment at $165.80.

Commercial buildings pay $375.72 in base assessment, while a vacant lot pays $21.

Davis said the district is up against issues it can’t control, such as annexation of areas by Bradenton, few areas for development and ever-increasing fuel and utility costs.

He agreed that Station No. 1 and No. 2 need repairs and remodeling, but he didn’t know where the money would come from. “What are we to do?” Davis asked.

Price said revenues are not going to get any better and meeting the budget will be harder in a few years. “It’s going to be a struggle.”

Ricci said the district needs to talk with Bradenton officials about coverage on Perico Island, which is in Bradenton, although the closest fire station is in the WMFR district.

WMFR gets nothing for being the first-responder in that area, Ricci observed.

Perico Island and some areas in northwest Bradenton formerly were in the WMFR district, but have been annexed by Bradenton the past decade.

“The city of Bradenton has been ripping us off,” said Davis. “Every time they take from us, we lose and we have no growth area.”

Holmes Beach City Commissioner Al Robinson said WMFR has more than $3 million in its reserve account, yet is raising the assessment. “It’s insanity,” he said.

Robinson also noted that Ross Built Construction of Holmes Beach was awarded the $500,000 contract to remodel the administration building on Third Avenue West, and objected to the same company receiving the $300,000 contract to repair and remodel Station No. 1. He questioned why the station needs remodeling.

Ricci said a lot of the $307,000 remodeling of Station No. 1 is a waste of money, especially a $33,000 sprinkler system in a fire station.

Other board members disagreed and voted 3-1 to award the contract to Ross Built, with Ricci voting no.

Sports – 06-01-2011

Run, dribble, toss, kick, tag in summer sports

The May/June issue of Florida Running & Triathlon Magazine reports Galati Yachts employee Mickey Hooke, 50, of Bradenton, has posted the top 5K performance statewide for the Florida Male 50-54 age group in 2010.

The third-annual Cobbs Corner 5K was Hooke’s Grandmaster age class debut. He ran it in 17 minutes 26 seconds, placing first in his division and third overall. The challenging certified race was held at beautiful Highbridge Park in Ormond Beach Nov. 20.

Training on his own Grassroots Running System, Hooke set three course records in his final three races at age 49 leading to this effort.

Despite racing with an injury, Hooke was able to establish a new master record as well as a new grandmaster record for the course.  This performance is a great achievement for Hooke to go with his No. 1 performance in the 5K Florida Male 40-44 in 2001.

Basketball playoffs approach

With only a handful of games left to play in the Anna Maria Island Community Center’s youth basketball league, there isn’t much drama to unfold in the regular season.  All of the first-place teams in each division are comfortably in front with the exception of Ross Built in Division II, which has Beach Bistro on their heels. Ross takes on last-place Southern Greens June 1 and a win will clinch the division for them.

Cortez Kat Charters in Division III is 6-1 and, while Anna Maria Oyster Bar recently scored a victory over Cortez Kat Charters, they won’t catch them in the standings.

Walter & Associates is undefeated and three games up on second-runner A-Paradise Realty in Division I and that staging also is unlikely to change in the last week of regular-season action. The Premier Division is in the same boat with LaPensee Plumbing comfortably on top with an 8-0 record and no team close enough to take the top seed.

That means any “Cinderella” stories will have to occur in the playoffs, which get started Monday, June 6.

The games of the week were happening May 25, starting with Ross Built’s 12-11 victory over Sandbar in Division II. Jake Ross led the way with 8 points, while Aiden Grumley and Luke Valadie chipped in with 2 points apiece in the victory.

Joe Rogers led Sandbar with 4 points, while Gavin Sentman and Jean-Paul Russo each chipped in with 3 points. Truman Carlson rounded out the scoring for the Sandbar with 1 point in the loss.

Walter & Associates remained undefeated in Division I with a 26-20 win over third-place Holy Cow Ice Cream behind 12 points from Nehimiah Goode. Moriah Goode and Seth Walter both chipped in with 5 points, while Jack Walter added 4 points in the victory.

Preston Horne led Holy Cow with 8 points, while Mikayla Kane and Zach Stewart each added 4 points. George Lardas and Austin Morrow completed the Holy Cow scoring with 2 points apiece in the loss.

Adam Bujarski poured in 27 points to lead undefeated LaPensee Plumbing past third-running Dips Ice Cream 46-40 in the final game May 25. J.T. Goode chipped in with 6 points and Pearce Hogan added 5 points for LaPensee Plumbing, which also received 4 points from Ryan Gillman and 2 points apiece from Thomas Pears and Josh Zawistoski in the victory.

Justin Gargett scored 19 points and Jerry Mayer added 8 points to lead Dips, which also received 4 points from Patrick Edwards and 2 points from Phillip Dudevoire in the loss.

The Division III game of the week saw Cortez Kat Charters sail 16-8 over Agnelli Pool Service May 26. Zach Fernandes again led Cortez Kat Charters with 8 points, while Joey Thiel scored 7. Anna Pears completed the scoring for Cortez Kat Charters with 1 point in the victory.

Franklin Valdez and Shelby Morrow scored 4 points apiece to lead Agnelli Pool Service in the loss.

Signups start up for adult football

The Anna Maria Island Community Center is once again offering five-on-five adult coed flag football for players age 20 and up. Games will be played at the center, mostly on Thursday nights, starting June 16.

Cost per player is $75, including a reversible NFL team jersey and flag set. Participants may register as pairs or couples. Registration ends Monday, June 6.

Team captains will be chosen and will draft a team immediately following tryouts, which will take place at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 7.

Players can register online at www.islandcommunitycenter.com or in person at the center.

For more information, contact Tyler Bekkerus at 941-778-1908 ext. 9205.

Indoor soccer registration continues

The Anna Maria Island Community Center is still taking players for its summer indoor soccer league, which starts up June 27 and runs through most of the summer.

Games will be played weekday evenings in two age divisions and competitive levels.

Coaches and team sponsors also are needed.

Magic tryouts June 6-11

Manatee Magic competitive soccer tryouts are set for June 6-11 for boys and girls ages 8-17 at G.T. Bray Park, Bradenton. The Magic player fee is $350 there’s a $50 discount for additional players from the same family.

For the complete schedule and to download the tryout information form, go to mayso.org. For more information, e-mail Guy Virgilio at director@mayso.org or Islander reporter Kevin Cassidy at sportspg@tampabay.rr.com.

Key Royale golf news

The women of the Key Royale Club played a nine-hole, individual-low-net game May 24 that saw Liz Lang and Kris Landkammer both card a 6-under-par 26 to tie for first place. Christiana Mason was two shots back in second place.

Landkammer and Mason’s scores were helped by chip-ins on hole number three while Sue Wheeler chipped in on number five.

Horseshoe news

Only two teams emerged from pool play during May 28 horseshoe action at the Anna Maria City Hall horseshoe pits and were left to battle for the day’s bragging rights. Ron Pepka and Jay Disbrow defeated George McKay and Sam Samuels 21-14.

At the May 25 horseshoe meet, only John Johnson and Norm Good earned the required three wins in pool play and were the day’s outright champions. Ron and P.J. Pepka took second place with a 2-1 record.

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.

Anna Maria Island Community Center Basketball League schedule

Instructional Division (ages 5-7)

June 2      6 p.m.      WCAC vs. Bch. Bums

June 3      6 p.m.      Awards

Division III (ages 8-9)

June 1      6 p.m.      Kat Charters vs. Oyster Bar

June 3      6:30 p.m. Awards

Division II (ages 10-11)

June 1      7 p.m.      Ross Built vs. Southern

June 1      8 p.m.      Bistro vs. Sandbar

June 3      6:30 p.m. Awards

Division I (ages 12-13)

June 2      7 p.m.      A-Paradise vs. Holy Cow

June 3      6:30 p.m. Awards

Premier Division (ages 14-17)

June 2      8 p.m.      LaPensee vs. Sun

June 3      6:30 p.m. Awards

Island police blotter – 06-01-2011

Anna Maria

• May 25, 200 block of Gladiolus, damaged property. A woman reported to the Manatee County Sheriff’s Office that when she arrived home, she found her skylight broken. The possible cause was a falling fish.

Anna Maria is policed by the MCSO.

Bradenton Beach

• May 20, intersection of Gulf Drive and Cortez Road, DUI. A Bradenton Beach woman, Julie Lombardo, was arrested for alleged driving under the influence following a two-vehicle crash at the intersection. A Bradenton Beach police report stated that a vehicle was stopped at a red light while in the left-turn lane on Cortez Road. The vehicle was hit from behind by another vehicle, which Lombardo was driving. BBPD said she admitted to having had two vodka tonics about 20 minutes prior.

• May 22, 200 block of Gulf Drive South, stolen tag. A man reported to BBPD that someone removed the license plate from his motorcycle while it was parked at the Moose Lodge.

Bradenton Beach is policed by the BBPD.

Cortez

• No new reports.

Cortez is policed by the MCSO.

Holmes Beach

• May 18, 600 block of Crestwood, burglary. A resident reported that her vehicle was burglarized, with someone taking her Louis Vitton purse and wallet. She valued the purse at $1,300 and the wallet at $500. She said she later saw the strap to her purse in a nearby storm drain.

• May 18, 3500 block of East Bay Drive, expired registration, possession of drug paraphernalia. A Holmes Beach Police Department officer made a routine stop after identifying a vehicle with an expired license tag. After the driver stepped out of the vehicle, the officer saw a needle and syringe. Additional paraphernalia was found and the driver was arrested.

• May 21, 200 block of North Harbor Drive, past theft. HBPD responded to a resident’s report that someone stole her daughter’s Green Machine Big Wheel from outside the home.

Holmes Beach is policed by the HBPD.

Streetlife is based on incident reports and narratives from the BBPD, HBPD and MCSO.

Island real estate transactions – 06-01-2011

838 South Bay Blvd., Anna Maria, a 3,422 sfla / 4,330 sfur 4bed/3bath/2car bayfront pool home built in 1956 on a 110×140 lot was sold 05/09/11, Kinerk to Butler for $1,050,000.

303 N. Bay Blvd., Anna Maria, a 1,392 sfla / 2,270 sfur 3bed/2bath/2car home built in 1985 on a 52×110 was sold 05/10/11, Stone to 303 North Bay Blvd LLC for $525,000; list $629,000.

207 73rd St., Holmes Beach, a 1,426 sfla / 1,917 sfur 2bed/2bath home built in 1967 on a 75×105 lot was sold 05/09/11, Molyneux to Carroll for $379,000; list $399,000.

1800 Gulf Drive N., Unit 205, La Costa, Bradenton Beach, a 952 sfla / 1,088 sfur 2bed/2bath condo with shared pool built in 1979 was sold 05/04/11, Cann to LK&T Properties LLC for $375,000; list $395,000.

2703 Avenue B, Bradenton Beach, a 1,253 sfla / 1,813 sfur 2bed/1bath home built in 1958 on a 75×120 lot was sold 05/12/11, Lieberman to Gallant for $206,000; list $247,500.

315 58th St., Unit A, Palms, Holmes Beach, a 840 sfla / 1,140 sfur 2bed/1bath condo built in 1978 was sold 05/06/11, Uden to Price for $125,000; list $125,000.

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

Obituaries – 06-01-2011

Michael J. Diemer

Michael J. Diemer, 54, of Bradenton, died May 21. He was born in West Palm Beach and moved to Manatee County in 1979.

He was a photo journalist for 25 years and then took up teaching. He was employed at Buffalo Creek Middle School for the past five years. Mr. Diemer was a member of the Anna Maria Island Moose Lodge No. 2188 in Bradenton Beach. He was an Episcopalian.

A memorial Mass was celebrated May 26 at Our Lady Queen of Martyrs Church in Sarasota. Brown & Sons Funeral Homes & Crematory-43rd Street Chapel, Bradenton, was in charge of arrangements. Online condolences may be made at www.brownandsonsfuneral.com.

Memorial donations may be made to Our Lady Queen of Martyrs Church, 6600 Pennsylvania Ave., Sarasota FL 34243-1142, or Senior Friendship Centers Inc., 1888 Brother Geenen Way, Sarasota FL 34236.

Mr. Diemer is survived by wife Francine; son Jeffrey; and daughter Paige, all of Bradenton; and mother Florence and brother Thomas, both of Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.

J.C. Ellis

J.C. Ellis, 82, of Holmes Beach and formerly of Clinton, Tenn., died May 28. He was born May 3, 1929, in Scott County, Tenn.

Mr. Ellis served in the U.S. Army in 1946-47 and was stationed in Japan. He began work in 1950 as a special agent in law enforcement for Norfolk Southern Railway. He served 37 years and achieved the rank of lieutenant in 1987 at the rail company. He moved to Anna Maria Island in 1987 to manage the railroad’s Lay-By resort in Holmes Beach for 14 years.

A celebration of life and visitation will be held at CrossPointe Fellowship in Anna Maria from 11 a.m. to noon with a funeral service to follow at noon Friday, June 3.

Memorial donations may be made to Suncoast Hospice Foundation, 5771 Roosevelt Road, Clearwater FL 33760-9962, or CrossPointe Fellowship, P.O. Box 458, Anna Maria FL 34216.

Mr. Ellis is survived by his wife of 60 years, Velma; daughters Dr. Sandra Ellis of Little Rock, Ark., and Linda Ellis of Largo; stepmother Hazel Woods of Kingston, Tenn.; sisters Joyce Woody of Kingston and Martha Harmon of Lebanon, Tenn.; brothers Dr. Roy Frazier of Sharps Chapel, Tenn., and David of Clarks Hill, S.C.; and two poodles, Max and Tiger.

Fishing – 06-01-2011

Tarpon junkies flock to Anna Maria Island

“What are all those boats doing out there?”

When you see a big cluster of boats on the waters near Anna Maria Island in May, that’s a sure sign it’s tarpon season.

Good numbers of fish are schooling off the beaches of Anna Maria Island and chomping crabs in the Gulf-bay passes, both north and south. Egmont Key is showing potential, but the true test will be the strong outgoing tides occurring this week in the afternoons.

Targeting tarpon at the Sunshine Skyway Bridge also is proving prosperous. Try working the slower tides if you’re going to bridge fish. It can be hard to keep your bait in the strike zone when the tide is ripping.

With their aerial displays, drag-screaming runs and overall size up to 200 pounds, the tarpon is one of the most-popular game fish in the world for light-tackle sport fishing. Picture a stainless-steel torpedo, 6 feet long, weighing 150 pounds, hitting your helpless little blue crab at warp speed. Zoom. The fish jumps 10 feet in the air, doing flips and head shakes, gills rattling, before exploding back in the emerald green water, throwing foam and spray.

Do you see how this can become an obsession.

As Frank Sergeant, award-winning writer and editor for many of America’s outdoor magazines, said, “It’s an addictive business, one that has led men to spend fortunes, marriages and lifetimes in the pursuit.”

The tarpon, titled Magalops atlanticus and known as silver king or sabalo, can grow to exceed 200 pounds. The all-tackle world-record tarpon was caught in Rubane, Guinee Bissau, Africa, by Capt. Patrick Sebile in 2003. It weighed 286 pounds 9 ounces, the length was 7 feet 6 inches to the fork, and it had a girth of 50 inches. The Florida all-tackle record tarpon was set by Gus Bell of Key West in 1975. His fish weighed in at 243 pounds. Fish bigger than this have been caught, and will be caught again. But most tarpon fishers don’t document record fish due to the fact they don’t want to kill them. For all their might, tarpon are delicate out of the water and seldom survive the rigor of measuring and weighing for record requirements, thus making it hard to determine how big they really get.

With the numbers of fish we are seeing, June looks to be an exceptional month. With big afternoon outgoing tides this week and again during the week of June 12, the tarpon fishing should be as good as it gets. If you haven’t gotten your dose of tarpon this year, it’s time to get out there and hook up. And if it gets crowded in the passes, be courteous and patient. We all have the same goal, to test our strength against the silver king.

Capt. Rick Gross of Fishy Business Charters is taking his charters to the tarpon on the beaches and in the passes. I was lucky to fish with Gross this past week along with Gross’ second-cousin Donald Gross and Donald’s grandson Nick. We fished for three hours; hooked five fish and landed three. Not bad. Nick landed the biggest fish with an estimated weight of 130 pounds.

For tarpon gear, Gross uses Penn Spinfisher 850s on an 8-foot Star Delux rod spooled with 50-pound Power-Pro, 6 feet of 60-pound fluorocarbon leader and a 6/0 Owner circle hook. This combo is ready to do battle with even the biggest tarpon. Gross drifts the passes and, on seeing a pod of fish, pulls up-current and drifts back to the school before throwing a bait. The baits of choice for Gross are blue crabs, pass crabs and threadfins.

Gross is fishing the backwater with good results. Spotted sea trout are responding to live shiners on the flats in 4-8 feet of water. Along with the trout, Gross is catching bluefish, Spanish mackerel and ladyfish in the same areas. Once the “toothy” fish show up, Gross uses a 4/0 Aberdeen hook to prevent getting cut off. “It doesn’t seem to bother the trout,” Gross says. “And it keeps you from getting your line cut by the mackerel.”

Capt. Mark Howard of SumoTime Fishing Charters agrees that June is prime tarpon and a variety of baits is the key to catching them. Howard suggests mullet, pinfish, pass crabs, blue crabs, threadfin herring and greenbacks. And he recommends using stout tackle to reel these leviathans to the boat in a timely matter.

On the backwater scene, Howard says speckled trout are still biting and continue to be the go-to fish for fun action and a good dinner. “Fish the drop-offs along grassy areas, and in 5-8 feet of water. Use shiners to entice these beautiful fish,” Howard says.

Howard says shark fishing is in high gear. Black tips, lemons, spinners, bonnethead and bull sharks are coming to the tarpon-feeding party.

“Use a couple of chum blocks hung over the side to draw these apex predators to your lines. Use wire leaders or 120-pound cable rigged with a 8/0 circle hook, baited with cut ladyfish or mullet to get these fish to chew,” Howard says. “Be careful when landing these bruisers and use a long-handle release tool to keep your fingers and hands safe.”

Capt. Josh Peurifoy of Capt. Josh’s Charters is targeting tarpon in the Island passes and around Egmont Key. Peurifoy is using blue crabs, pinfish or threadfin herring to target tarpon. Cobia also have arrived on the menu for Peurifoy. “I like to sight-cast to them with Cal jigs and small swim bait,” Peurifoy says. “You have to sneak up on them and then present a bait.”

With grouper season on its way out, Peurifoy has been taking advantage in southern Tampa Bay. His charters have been coming back to the docks with limits of gag grouper in the 22-30 inch range.

Peurifoy also is working the abundance of sharks in local waters. On a recent trip by Egmont Key, Peurifoy caught and released two bull sharks in the 8-foot range using live jack crevalles for bait. He is catching and releasing hammerheads in the 8-10 foot range on the same baits.

Jonny Keyes at Island Discount Tackle says tarpon is on the top of the list this week for inshore action. Schools of fish are being reported in all the passes as well as on the beach. Baits vary on the “mood” of the tarpon, so Keyes says to carry a little bit of everything. Threadfin herring and shiners are working great on the schools on the beach, while crabs are working in the passes. If you’re having trouble hooking up, Keyes suggests a longer leader and, if need be, scale down the pound test of the leader, too.

Moving onto the flats, Keyes says the trout bite remains solid. “Try using some top-water plugs early in the morning for trout on the shallower flats,” Keyes suggests. “There’s been some big trout caught in Anna Maria Sound.” Other applications also are producing fish in the slot size. Live shrimp under a popping cork is a sure way to increase your chances of being successful with trout.

Along the beaches, ladyfish, bluefish and jacks are being caught on live bait, such as shrimp or shiners, but also on spoons and jigs. Sharks are patrolling the beaches, so while you’re catching jacks, try throwing a piece of one out on a big rod. Wire leader connected to a 7/0 circle hook works well for catching sharks on cut bait. Species you might catch vary. Most catches have been black tip and bonnethead, but don’t be surprised to see bull, hammerhead and lemon sharks.

James Followell at the south bait shop on the Sunshine Skyway Bridge Fishing Piers says pier fishers are encountering gag grouper in the keeper-size range, but most are around 15-inches. Spanish mackerel are arriving in schools, chomping up schools of threadfin herring and white bait. Followell suggests using silver spoons and crappie jigs to hook into these bait-busters. “They’re catching them on smaller greenies, too,” Followell says. Small black tip and bonnethead sharks are being caught by soaking chunk baits on the bottom. Ladyfish, mullet and mackerel work great for this type of fishing. Pompano are still being caught in decent numbers using Love’s lures pompano jigs. “Generally, the pompano bite has been in the shallower water,” says Followell.

Sightings of cobia are coming in daily, although none have been caught. Stout gear is recommended to target cobia at the piers. Getting them to take a bait can be easy; it’s the battle that ensues afterward that tests the angler’s big-fish skills. Fishing around structure such as bridges and piers requires stout tackle to control the fish. Big threadfins and pinfish make a good offering.

Tarpon are being caught on both Skyway piers and around the bridge. Again stout gear is recommended for a chance at landing a silver king. Best baits are pinfish, crabs, and threadfin herring.

Tournament fishers were out Memorial Day weekend competing in the all-release billfish Old Salt Loop Tournament hosted by Galati Yachts.

The Loop has been called the “iron man” of billfish tournaments and is sanctioned by both the International Game Fish Association and World Billfish Series. This tournament brought fishers and boats from all over to Galati Marine in Anna Maria to see who can win the prestigious LOOP Cup.

Send fishing reports to fish@islander.org.

Islander Calendar – 06-01-2011

Wednesday, June 1

3 p.m. — After-Hours book club will discuss Barbara Kingsolver’s “The Poisonwood Bible” at the Tingley Memorial Library, 111 Second St. N., Bradenton Beach. Information: 941-779-1208.

Saturday, June 4

9 a.m. to 4 p.m. — Annual Island Blood Drive at St. Bernard Catholic Church, 248 S. Harbor Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-1908.

Sunday, June 5

9 a.m. to 4 p.m. — Annual Island Blood Drive at St. Bernard Catholic Church, 248 S. Harbor Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-1908.

Ongoing:

• Wednesdays, two hours before sunset, the city of Bradenton Beach hosts a sunset picnic with entertainer Mike Sales at Katie Pierola Sunset Park, 2200 block of Gulf Drive North, Bradenton Beach. Information: 941-448-5798.

• Wednesdays, 6 to 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.

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

• Fridays, 5:30 to 10 p.m., Mike Sales sunset drum circle at Manatee Public Beach, 4000 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-526-6789.

• 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.

Off-Island:

Friday, June 3

6 p.m. — Creature Feature Film Series: “Them!” at the South Florida Museum, 201 10th St. W., Bradenton. Information: 941-746-4131. Fee applies.

6 to 9 p.m. — Artist reception at the Dancing Crane Gallery, 1019 10th Ave. W., Bradenton. Information: 941-744-1333.

Saturday, June 4

4 to 7 p.m. — ARTifacts family night at ArtCenter Manatee, 209 Ninth St. W., Bradenton. Information: 941-746-2862. Fee applies.

Wednesday, June 8

7 to 9 p.m. — “The Naked Universe: Time” science discussion with Jeff Rodgers at the South Florida Museum, 201 10th St. W., Bradenton. Information: 941-746-4131.

Coming Up:

• June 10, Creature Feature Film Series: “Gojira,” South Florida Museum.

AME calendar

Save the date for the following Anna Maria Elementary School happenings:

• June 2, 9 a.m., third- and fourth-grade award assembly, auditorium.

• June 3, 9 a.m., fifth-grade award assembly, auditorium.

• June 3, 1:15 p.m., early release.

• June 7, 11:30 a.m., fifth-grade graduation lunch, BeachHouse Restaurant.

• June 7, 6 p.m., retirement party for principal Tom Levengood, Anna Maria Island Community Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria.

• June 9, 1:15 p.m, last day of school, early release.

• Aug. 22, 8:30 a.m., first day of 2011-12 school year.

AME is at 4700 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach.

For more information, call 941-708-5525.

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.

The Islander Classifieds: Wednesday, June. 1, 2011

ITEMS FOR SALE

COMPUTER: 1.7 GHz with newly loaded Windows XP-PRO, $50. 941-756-6728.

ANTIQUE COPPER POTS and bowls, collection $300, or $50-75 each. Antique burl-wood rocker and more. 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 advertise 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.

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

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.

BRADENTON ROTARY CLUB meets at noon Mondays at Mattison’s Riverside, 1200 First Ave. W., Bradenton. Club members enjoy fellowship with like-minded professionals. Club projects offer opportunities to benefit the community locally and worldwide. To attend a meeting as our guest, call Trish, 941-747-1871. More information: www.bradentonrotary.org.

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.

GARAGE SALES

ROSER THRIFT SHOP open 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday, 9 a.m. to noon Saturday. 511 Pine Ave., Anna Maria. 941-779 -2733.

GARAGE SALE: 8 a.m. Saturday, June 4. 7120 Longboat Drive E., Longboat Key, north end in Village.

LOST & FOUND

FOUND: KAYAK FLOATING in Anna Maria Bay. To claim, e-mail description to: TnBCribbs@comcast.net including make/model or length, color, any other distinguishing characteristics, and where it was lost. After July 1 we will claim it as salvage.

FOUND CAT: WHITE and gray, very friendly. Also: white and brown cat, beautiful blue eyes. Near 75th Street and Holmes Boulevard, Holmes Beach. Please, call 941-345-2441.

LOST: FAVORITE SUN hat. Ladies red, white and blue, wide brim. Lost May 14 riding to Anna Maria festival. Please, call 941-779-9562.

PINK SWAROVSKI ANKLET lost during festival in park near Holmes Beach city hall. Sentimental. Please, call 941-792-7807.

PETS

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.

BOATS & BOATING

BOAT RENTALS AND more! $99 fishing boat, $99 deck boat ! Low deposits! Call 941-465-5985.

BOAT SLIP FOR rent in Holmes Beach up to 23-foot. $140/month, three-month minimum. 941-962-6238.

SAILBOAT: 1983, 27-FOOT, 15-hp diesel, three sails, 9-foot dinghy, two-burner stove, ice chest, full cabin. About $10,000. Call Pat, 941-794-0411.

HELP WANTED

CHURCH CUSTODIAN/MAINTENANCE person, approximately 25 hours per week. Contact the Longboat Island Chapel, 941-383-6491.

FRONT DESK POSITION at AMI Community Center. Need vivacious, friendly person at front desk with excellent customer service! Great computer and phone skills a must! Monday-Friday, 4:30 p.m.-9:30 p.m., Saturday, 9 a.m.-1 p.m., additional hours as needed. Start at $10/hour. Potential to develop into full-time position. E-mail resume to: sandee@myamicc.com.

DELIVERY/WAREHOUSE JOB on Island. Handy with tools. Part-time or full-time. E-mail only: annamariaisland@hotmail.com.

ITALIAN RESTAURANT: LAKE George, N.Y. needs experienced saute cook for busy season. Must be hard working, able to help create nightly specials! Good pay for right person! Season ends Oct.15. Information, 518-796-0902.

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

HEALTH FOOD AND deli business. 3228 E. Bay Drive, Holmes Beach. 941-580-0626.

SERVICES

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

PROFESSIONAL I.T. SERVICES: Complete computer solutions for business and home. Installation, repair, upgrade, networking, Web services, wireless services. Richard Ardabell, network engineer, 941-778-5708, or cell 216-509-1945.

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. 941-778-7770. Leave message.

HOUSE CLEANING BY Laura. Excellent references. One house, 2BR/2BA, $50. 941-539-6891.

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

PRESSURE WASHING: $18/hour, $45/minimum. Call for a free quote. Reasonable and professional. Bill, 941-896-6788.

HELPING HAND: HOLMES Beach resident offering help with home care, errands, appointments. Rhonda, 941-405-6322.

FREE BOOKKEEPING: FREE bookkeeping to new clients.

Get your first month (or two) free, then convert to a simple contract.

Quickbooks accounting used. Call Ian, 941-730-1745.

www.investment-moves.com.

DIRTY SOFFITS? CALL for a free quote. Reasonable and professional. Bill, 941-896-6788.

TUTORING SERVICES: Specializing in algebra, geometry, calculus, trigonometry and science. Special needs students welcome. Grades 3-12. Jenifer, 941-224-1760.

BUSINESS-TO-BUSINESS JD’s Window Cleaning looking for storefront jobs in Holmes Beach. Free estimates, references. 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, 941-524-7426.

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.

TREES BY BREEZE Inc.: Custom landscapes, tree trimming, property maintenance. Insured. Since 1988. Chris, 941-778-2837.

LMK LAWN CARE: Average prices, treat your home like mine. Free estimates. Call Kenny, 941-812-1397.

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

LANDSCAPING

STRAIGHT SHOT LANDSCAPE. For all your landscape needs. Shell $45/yard. Call Shark Mark. 941-301-6067.

KARAZ LANDSCAPE LAWN service. Mulch, clean ups, power washing, tree trimming and more. 941-448-3857 or 941-448-5207.

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.

FREE SNOW REMOVAL is back hauling and installing crushed, washed shell, dirt, mulch and anything else. Please, call David at 941-504-7045.

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

HOME IMPROVEMENT

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 work, handyman, light plumbing, electrical, light hauling, pressure washing. 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.

J.E. MURRAY: ESTABLISHED Island builder. New homes, remodeling. 30-year resident. Call 941-778-2316 or 941-730-3228.

RENTALS

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

WATERFRONT KEY WEST STYLE with dock. Furnished, walk to beach. $150/night, $950/week. $1,900/month off and $2,490/month in season. Use of bikes and kayaks included. 941-794-5980. www.divefish.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.

HOLMES BEACH COTTAGE: 2BR/1BA. Northwest Bradenton 3BR/2BA pool home, Palma Sola 3BR/3BA pool home. Vacation rentals: www.coastalpropertiesrealty.com. 941-794-1515.

ISLAND ANNUALS: 2BR/2BA ground-level, pool, 55-plus community $1,000/month. 3BR/2BA private home with garage, furnished, $1,500/month. Gulf-Bay Realty, 941-778-7244.

VACATION RENTALS ACROSS from beach. Openings now. 2BR/1BA, $550/week. Almost Beach Apartments. 941-778-2374.

WATERFRONT COTTAGE one bedroom, perfect for one person without much stuff! $1,050/month, annual lease, non smoking. 941-779-0289.

HOLMES BEACH ANNUAL: Clean 2BR/2BA with garage. Nice quiet area, references required, no smoking/pets. $950/month. 941-776-1789.

BRADENTON BEACH: SEASONAL 2BR/1BA. Steps to beach. No pets. $750/week. 941-778-4731.

WATERFRONT 2BR/2BA TOWNHOUSE with boat slip on Palma Sola Bay. Heated pool, patio, cable, washer and dryer. Lease six months plus, $950/month unfurnished, $1,000/month furnished. Call 941-798-3842 or 941-720-7519.

VACATION RENTALS: 3BR/3BA pool home, 2BR/1BA cottage, 5BR/4BA split pool home, two blocks to Holmes Beach. 3BR/2BA pool home NW Bradenton, 3BR/3BA pool home Palma Sola. Weekly, monthly rentals. Luxury furnishings, all amenities. Inclusive prices. Coastal Properties Realty, 941-794-1515.

ANNUAL DUPLEX: 2BR/2BA, central heat/air conditioning, all appliances, close to beach, no pets, $850/month. 941-745-0407.

ANNUAL RENTAL: 2BR/2BA in Flamingo Cay. Split plan, fenced yard, large lanai and deck outside with hot tub. Updated baths. Pets OK. Available July 1. $1,200/month. 941-704-0065.

BRADENTON BEACH: PRIVATE home on bay. 2BR/2BA enclosed garage, ground level, washer and dryer hookups, one block to beach, $1,300/month. 941-778-6170.

2BR/1BA, beach views, $1,000/month. 2207 Gulf Drive, Bradenton Beach. Mike Norman Realty, 941-778-6696.

RESPONSIBLE RETIRED COUPLE: (No smoking, no pets) desires to lease furnished 2BR/’2BA unit in Holmes beach or Anna Maria. Prefer annual but would consider “longer” seasonal arrangement starting in October, 2011. Contact number, 906-420-1389. Please leave message.

SMALL PRIVATE ROOM: North Longboat Key. Washer and dryer, utilities included. $125/week. 941-383-4856.

LARGE 2BR/2BA DUPLEX near beaches. Covered parking and outdoor storage area. $925/month plus security. 262-745-3569, 941-567-4234.

LOOKING FOR HOME on north side of Anna Maria Island for older quiet couple. Smoking. 2BR/2BA not too far from beach, not too expensive. 217-273-5167.

ANNUAL RENTAL: 2BR/1BA half duplex, Anna Maria City, $875/month. Call Sato Real Estate Inc. 941-778-7200.

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.

REAL ESTATE

DIRECT GULFFRONT: 146 feet on the beach. 3BR/4.5BA, office recreation room, spa, pool, outdoor kitchen and theater, elevator, turnkey furnished. $3,950,000. Suncoast Real Estate, 941-779-0202 or 941-720-0288.

DIRECT GULFFRONT: 4BR/4.5BA, den, three-car garage, pool, spa, elevator, security. Immaculate 2005 Mediterranean villa-style architecture, breathtaking Gulf views, furnished, 5,146 sf under roof, north Anna Maria Island. 12106 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria. $3,400,000. Contact owner, broker, 941-920-1699.

FOR SALE: BRADENTON Beach. Sandpiper Resort, 1BR/1BA, enclosed bonus room, steps to beach. 813-458-3875.

FOR SALE: TRAILER. Pines Park, Bridge Street. $45,000. Updated, furnished, three blocks to beach. Park manager on-site. Boat dock possibility. Owner, 603-508-2039. Cell, 941-567-6726.

NEW UPGRADED CONDOS: Three miles to beach, seasonal, $140,000-plus. 941-773-0212. Taylor Morrison.

MODEST TRAILER FOR sale: 55-plus, 1BR, new appliances, parking, 3 miles to beach, boat stake possible, $7,000.  941-727-5210.