Lisa Isenberg of Durango, Colo., wins this week’s Top Notch judging with an image of shorebirds and three sons taking off on a local beach. Isenberg regularly visits the area, staying with family in Sleepy Lagoon on Longboat Key. She wins an Islander “More Than a Mullet” T-shirt and entry in the newspaper’s grand-prize Top Notch contest.
Beach volleyball eludes AMI, explodes across the nation
Ever since William Morgan, an instructor at the YMCA in Holyoke, Mass., invented volleyball in 1895 as a game that would demand less physical contact than basketball, it’s grown in popularity. So much so that it is now considered the second most-popular sport in the world.
No. 1 is soccer, according to volleyball.org.
But more than 46 million Americans play volleyball and approximately 800 million players worldwide play the sport at least once a week.
With the introduction of beach doubles or sand volleyball as a medal sport at the 1996 Olympic games in Atlanta, beach volleyball’s popularity soared. It was the most watched sport at the 2004 Olympics in Athens and was one of the most viewed events at both the 2008 Beijing and 2012 London games.
This explosion is due in part to the growth of the indoor sport among junior and youth players. In Florida alone, there are more than 200 volleyball clubs for players ages 10-18, with many clubs hosting multiple teams per age group.
It’s common knowledge that if you want to improve your indoor game, you include beach volleyball in your schedule. It’s harder to move and jump and to be a successful player in the sand, and a player has to have an all-court game, which, in turn, helps improve indoor play.
Another reason for the surge in popularity is the success Americans have had in the Olympics with Kerri Wash and Misty May-Treanor winning gold in the past three summer games, while the men have won gold in three of the five Olympic games since the introduction of beach volleyball as a medal sport in 1996.
The AVP tour, the most successful professional volleyball tour, reported an increase in its fan base of 48 percent after it made it into the Olympics.
Now that the NCAA has added sand volleyball as an emerging sport, more and more colleges are starting to offer scholarships for the sport, which only adds to the popularity. Florida State University, Florida Gulf Coast University, Florida International, Jacksonville University, Webber International and the University of North Florida all field sand volleyball teams and the number of schools offering the sport will only rise in the future.
In fact, Manatee County’s State College of Florida recently completed its first spring sand season, which included one of the largest collegiate beach tournaments, the Fiesta on Siesta on Siesta Key in April. It’s believed to be the first organized beach competition in the country at the junior college level, attracting teams from FSU, University of Louisiana at Monroe, College of Charleston and University of South Carolina.
The tourney gave SCF-Manatee, along with few more two-year junior colleges, a chance to compete in beach doubles.
Former islander Abi VanOstenbridge is entering her second season as a defensive specialist for the Manatees. She paired on the No. 3 doubles team and compiled a 4-1 record during the beach season. Her father, Scott, says she really likes playing on the beach and would love to play at the next level.
There are three area beach volleyball tours that prospective players can use to test their skill. There is the Sunshine State Outdoor Volleyball Association, which runs a tournament a month on Clearwater Beach at Pier 60. Its next tournament is July 20-21. Another is the Florida Beach Volleyball Tour, which held court at Siesta Key in May, but mostly takes place on the East Coast. The biggest is the Dig the Beach series, which is coming to Siesta Key July 13-14 and to Clearwater Beach Aug. 3-4.
The professionals and adults play on Saturdays, while juniors and adult coeds play Sundays.
Locally, the Anna Maria Island Community Center has yet to offer a beach league, but an indoor volleyball family league is ongoing in the gym this summer.
If you’ve never attended a beach volleyball tournament, check in with me next week on Siesta Key. I’m guessing, you’ll be hooked.
There’s great action and great scenery. Location, location, location.
Three teams emerged from pool play during July 6 horseshoe action at the Anna Maria City Hall pits and were left to battle it out for the championship. Sam Samuels and Dennis Vanegas drew the bye and watched as Jerry Disbrow and Ron Pepka edged Bob Heiger and George McKay 23-20 to advance to the finals.
The final was all Disbrow-Pepka, as they rolled to a 22-12 win and earned bragging rights for the day.
July 3 action saw the team of Jerry Disbrow and George McKay earn the only 3-0 record in pool play giving them the day’s outright title.
Play gets underway 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, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria sports schedule:
July 16 6:30 p.m. Beach Bums vs. Bowes Imaging
July 16 7:30 p.m. Bowes Imaging vs. Southern Greens
July 16 8:30 p.m. Salon Salon vs. Island Real Estate
AMICC adult flag football
July 11 6 p.m. Jessie’s vs. The Feast
July 11 7 p.m. Waterfront vs. Agnelli Pool
July 11 8 p.m. Discount Signs vs. Sato Real Estate
July 11 9 p.m. Slim’s Place vs. Beach to Bay Construction
July 10 6 p.m. Bowes Imaging vs. Miller Electric
July 12 6 p.m. Miller Electric vs. Bowes Imaging
July 10 7 p.m. LPAC vs. Air & Energy
July 12 7 p.m. Bistro vs. LPAC
July 10 8 p.m. Island Dental vs. LPAC
333 Tarpon St., Anna Maria, a 4bed/4bath/2car canalfront pool home built in 2012 on a 72×110 lot was sold 05/30/13, Martin to Murray Family Partnership for $1,820,000; list $1,999,000.
520 Bayview Place, Anna Maria, a 3,897 sfla / 7,082 sfur 4bed/3½bath/4car canalfront pool home built in 1987 on a 120×110 lot was sold 05/30/13, Slavin to Sutherland for $1,418,700; list $1,485,000.
7314 Gulf Drive, Unit 7, La Casa Costiera, Holmes Beach, a 3bed/3bath/2car condo with shared pool built in 2005 was sold 05/31/13, 7314 Gulf Drive LLC to Poulos for $982,000; list $999,000.
217 Chilson Ave., Anna Maria, a 1,898 sfla / 2,488 sfur 4bed/2bath/2car canalfront pool home built in 1956 on a 75×148 lot was sold 05/31/13, AMI Assets LLC to Quinly for $895,000; list $989,000.
109 Palm Ave., Anna Maria, a 1,290 sfla / 2,440 sfur 2bed/2bath home built in 1987 on a 50×110 lot was sold 06/04/13, 109 Palm Gulf View LLC to Nisi for $767,000; list $779,000.
106 55th St., Holmes Beach, a 1,469 sfla / 1,888 sfur 3bed/2bath pool home built in 1955 on a 90×98 lot was sold 06/05/13, Cayo to McCullough for $730,000.
515 67th St., Holmes Beach, a 1,891 sfla / 2,917 sfur 3bed/2bath/2car canalfront home built in 1972 on a 80×110 lot was sold 06/04/13, Sanders to Mallette for $650,000; list $699,000.
602 Key Royale Drive, Holmes Beach, a 1,938 sfla / 2,733 sfur 3bed/2bath/2car canalfront pool home built in 1965 on a 100×170 lot was sold 06/05/13, Parsons to Coury for $600,000; list $675,000.
880 N. Shore Drive, Anna Maria, a 999 sfla / 1,324 sfur 2bed/2bath home built in 1970 on a 70×75 lot was sold 06/05/13, Walton to Finch for $530,000.
515 42nd St., Unit B, 42st Street Costal Cottages, Holmes Beach, a 1,590 sfla / 1,883 sfur 3bed/2bath/2car condo with private pool built in 2000 was sold 05/30/13, 515 42nd LLC to Piven for $487,500; list $499,000.
307 57th St., Holmes Beach, a 1,209 sfla / 1,789 sfur 3bed/2bath/1car pool home built in 1954 on a 90×11 lot was sold 05/31/13, Mesaros to Clemens for $450,000; list $474,900.
2905 Ave. E, Holmes Beach, a 1,533 sfla / 1,568 sfur 3bed/1bath home built in 1952 on a 50×100 lot was sold 06/06/13, Fried to Gulfview Breeze LLC for $410,000.
1800 Gulf Drive N., Unit 107, La Costa, Bradenton Beach, a 952 sfla / 1,088 sfur 2bed/1½bath condo with shared pool built in 1979 was sold 06/05/13, Grove to FNMA for $360,100.
505 S. Bay Blvd., Anna Maria, a vacant canalfront 73×100 lot was sold 06/07/13, Harrold to Hatch for $350,000.
11 Seaside Court, Holmes Beach, a 978 sfla / 1,490 sfur 2bed/2bath canalfront half duplex built in 1963 on a 25×101 lot was sold 05/31/13, Young to Ohare for $325,000; list $335,000.
5615 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach, a 1,020 sfla / 1,168 sfur 2bed/2bath duplex built in 1965 on a 57×105 lot was sold 06/03/13, Richardson to Cowie for $320,000.
311 59th St., Holmes Beach, a 1,000 sfla / 1,523 sfur 2bed/1½bath/1car home built in 1959 on a 90×101 lot was sold 06/07/13, Grossman to Van Horne for $295,000; list $315,000.
2911 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach, a 1,650 sfla / 2,465 sfur 3bed/3bath home built in 1979 on a 50×100 lot was sold 06/04/13, Wells Fargo Bank to Williams for $269,999; list $269,999.
426 62nd St., Holmes Beach, a 1,048 sfla / 1,320 sfur 2bed/1bath half duplex built in 1974 on a 38×96 lot was sold 05/31/13, Vejrostek to Underwood for $179,000; list $179,000.
205 Peacock Lane, Unit A, Bird of Paradise of Holmes Beach, Holmes Beach, a 586 sfla 2bed/1½bath condo built in 1973 was sold 06/07/13, Phipps to Peacock Hut LLC for $160,000.
Jesse Brisson, broker/associate at Gulf-Bay Realty of Anna Maria, can be reached at 941-778-7244.
• June 27, 200 block of Chilson Avenue, information. A complainant reported she received a postcard informing her she won $100 in gas. She called the number and was told she would need to pay a $3.99 processing fee with her credit card. She refused and was told that the contest was legitimate and part of a Walmart promotion. The woman contacted Walmart and was told they were not participating in any contests.
Anna Maria is policed by the MCSO.
• July 4, 400 block of Gulf Drive North, warrant. Police responded to an intoxicated woman lying in the roadway west of the Cortez Road Bridge. Upon making contact with the woman to confirm identification, she said she lost her wallet at the beach. The officer took her to the location where she lost her wallet and assisted in the search. The woman’s wallet was found and she was identified as being wanted on a misdemeanor petit theft warrant in Sarasota County. She was arrested and taken to the Manatee County jail.
• June 30, 103 Gulf Drive S., Circle K, trespass. Police made contact with an unconscious man outside the store. Officers attempted to wake the man several times. The man eventually woke up long enough to be issued a trespass warning. According to the report, the man began to vomit. Once the vomiting stopped, the officer was able to determine where he lived and took him home.
Bradenton Beach is policed by the BBPD.
• June 17, 119th Street and Cortez Road area, battery. A homeless couple was arguing about the man kicking the woman out of their tent. At some point during the argument, the man grabbed the woman’s purse and pulled on the strap. The strap of the purse caused the woman’s arm to bleed. The man was arrested for misdemeanor domestic battery.
Cortez is policed by the MCSO
• Reports not posted.
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.
Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission’s marine patrol unit is joined by kayakers in the search July 6 for the missing 14-year-old boy in the Gulf of Mexico waters near the Willow Avenue beach access, while other swimmers appear oblivious to the perils of rip currents. Islander Photo: Bonner Joy
Wednesday, July 10
5:30 p.m. — Teen crafts, Island Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-6341.
8:30 p.m. — Official sunset time.
Thursday, July 11
10 a.m. — Visit with “The Chalk Lady” Denise Kowal, Island Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-6341.
8:30 p.m. — Official sunset time.
Friday, July 12
2 p.m. — Alzheimer’s Association caregiver group, Island Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-6341.
8:30 p.m. — Official sunset time.
Saturday, July 13
8:30 a.m. — Kiwanis Club of Anna Maria Island breakfast and meeting, Anna Maria Island Beach Cafe, Manatee Public Beach, 4000 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-1383.
2 p.m. — Origami Club, Island Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-6341.
8:29 p.m. — Official sunset time.
Sunday, July 14
8:29 p.m. — Official sunset time.
Monday, July 15
8:29 p.m. — Official sunset time.
Tuesday, July 16
Noon — Rotary Club of Anna Maria Island meets, BeachHouse Restaurant, 200 Gulf Drive N., Bradenton Beach. Information: 941-794-8044.
2 p.m. — Hurricane Prep: Organizing for the Big One seminar, Island Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-6341.
8:28 p.m. — Official sunset time.
Wednesday, July 17
2 p.m. — “Cooking with Herbs” seminar with the Manatee County Extension Service, Island Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-6341.
6 p.m. — Mana-Tweens Culture Club, Island Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-6341.
8:28 p.m. — Official sunset time.
Friday, July 12
3 p.m. — Florida Maritime Museum’s John Beale talks about boat building and shipwrecks, Central Library, 1301 Barcarrota Blvd. W., Bradenton. Information: 941-748-5555.
Saturday, July 13
6 p.m. — Bradentucky Bombers Women’s Roller Derby, Bradenton Area Convention Center, 1 Haben Blvd., Palmetto. Information: www.bradentuckybombers.net.
Wednesday, July 17
4:30 p.m., 7:30 p.m. — Piccadilly Circus, Bradenton Area Convention Center, 1 Haben Blvd., Palmetto. Fee applies. Information: 877-373-0477.
• Saturdays, through July, 5-9 p.m. Bridge Street Merchants night markets, Bridge Street, Bradenton Beach. Information: 215-906-0668.
• Through Aug. 31, Bradenton Marauders baseball, McKechnie Field, 1611 Ninth St. W., Bradenton. Fee applies. Information: 941-747-3031.
• Wednesdays and Saturdays, 9 a.m., horseshoes pitched, Anna Maria City Hall, 10005 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria. Information: 941-708-6130.
• First Wednesdays, noon, Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce networking luncheon. Location varies. Fee applies. Information: 941-778-1541.
• First Wednesdays and third Wednesdays, Mana-Tween Book and Culture Club, Island Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-748-5555, ext. 6318.
• Second Wednesdays, 8 a.m., Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce sunrise breakfast. Location varies. Fee applies. Information: 941-778-1541.
• Second Wednesdays, 7 p.m., Think+Drink science night, South Florida Museum, 201 10th St. W., Bradenton. Information: 941-746-4131.
• Fourth Wednesdays, 5 p.m., Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce networking meeting. Location varies. Fee applies. Information: 941-778-1541.
• Fourth Wednesdays, 7 p.m., star talk, South Florida Museum, 201 10th St. W., Bradenton. Information: 941-746-4131.
• First and third Thursdays, 2 p.m., knitting group meets, Island Library, 5701 Marina Drive. Information: 941-778-6341.
• Thursdays, except July and August, 5-10 p.m. – Main Street Live, Old Main Street, Bradenton. Information: 941-932-9440.
• Most Fridays, Senior Adventures, low-cost field trips from Annie Silver Community Center, 103 23rd St. N., Bradenton Beach. Fee may apply. Information: 941-962-8835.
• Fridays through June 28, 6 p.m., They Came From Outer Space film series, South Florida Museum, 201 10th St. W., Bradenton. Fee applies. Information: 941-746-4131.
• Third Fridays, 5-8 p.m., Pine Avenue Porch Party presented by local merchants, Pine Avenue, Anna Maria. Information: 941-896-3132.
• Saturdays, 4 p.m., family night, South Florida Museum, 201 10th St. W., Bradenton. Information: 941-746-4131.
• Second Saturdays, 10 a.m., origami club meets, Island Library, 5701 Marina Drive. Information: 941-778-6341.
• Third Saturdays, 11 a.m., stress management through breathing, Island Library, 5701 Marina Drive. Information: 941-778-6341.
• Weekends, through Oct. 20, ranger-led kayak tours, De Soto National Memorial, 8300 De Soto Memorial Highway, Bradenton. Information: 941-792-0458, ext. 105.
• Mondays, 12:45 p.m., bridge games, Roser Memorial Community Church, 512 Pine Ave., Anna Maria. Information: 941-778-0414.
• First Mondays, 7 p.m., Florida Institute for Saltwater Heritage board meets, Fisherman’s Hall, 4515 123rd St. W., Cortez. Information: 941-254-4972.
• Third Mondays, September-June, 7 p.m., U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 81 meets, 5801 33rd Ave. Court Drive W., G.T. Bray Park, Bradenton. Information: 941-779-4476.
• Tuesdays, noon, Rotary Club of Anna Maria Island meets, BeachHouse Restaurant, 200 Gulf Drive N., Bradenton Beach. Information: 941-794-8044.
• July 18, Pirates and seafaring tales at the Island Library, 5701 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.
• July 20, Snooty the Manatee’s 65th birthday, South Florida Museum, 201 10th St. W., Bradenton.
Save the date
• Aug. 19, Manatee public school starts.
• Aug. 20, Small Business Development Expo.
• Sept. 2 is Labor Day.
• Sept. 23, Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce Golf Tournament.
• Oct. 18-19, Bayfest.
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Mandy L. Baker
Mandy L. Baker, 71, of Bradenton, died June 21. She was born April 22, 1942, in Lebanon, Pa.
She graduated from Hershey High School and attended Hershey Junior College, Manatee Junior College and American Bankers Association. She retired in 2007 from a banking career in Sarasota and Bradenton and Harrisburg, Pa. She was active in the Manatee Chamber of Commerce, Manatee County Nursery School Board, numerous charitable organizations and the board of Gloria Dei Lutheran Church.
She wed Robert C. Cupp in 1971 and they were married 29 years.
She enjoyed traveling in her motor home, spending time with family and friends and singing in her church choir.
A memorial service was held June 25 at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, 6608 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Arrangements were by Jennings Funeral Home of Sarasota. Memorial donations may be made online to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society or Moffitt Cancer Center.
Mrs. Baker is survived by her husband of six years, Richard L.; children, Jodi Hershberger Esteban and husband Kennedy, Thomas E. Hershberger and wife Patricia; stepchildren Richard Cupp and wife Leisa, Debra Cupp Norris and husband Dennis, Deanna Baker and Marjorie Baker MacLean; 18 grandchildren; 10 great grandchildren; nieces and nephews; and many loving family members and friends.
Wallace Wayne Cleland Sr.
Wallace Wayne Cleland Sr., 81, formerly of Anna Maria Island, died July 4. He was born July 26, 1931, in New Boston, Mich., and married Patricia Polach June 5, 1954, in Flat Rock, Mich.
Mr. Cleland served in the U. S. Army during the Korean War and was stationed in Alaska. He was a member of the American Legion Post 400, and the Anna Maria Island Moose Lodge 2188.
He was employed with the Ford Motor Co. for 38 years in Monroe, Mich., until he retired in 1986. He moved to Anna Maria Island in 1991 and loved the Sunshine State.
A service was held July 7 at Skyway Memorial Gardens in Palmetto. Page-Theus Funeral Home and Cremation Services was in charge of arrangements.
Mr. Cleland is survived by wife Patricia; son Wally, daughter-in-law Ping; sister-in-law Louise; and nieces and nephews in Michigan, California and Florida.
William J. Platt
William J. Platt, 86, of Anna Maria Island and formerly of Buffalo, N.Y., died June 20.
After retiring from Bethlehem Steel in Lackawanna N.Y., Mr. Platt and wife Alice relocated to Anna Maria Island. He worked 20 years at the Key Royale Club and finished his working life as a five-year employee of Publix.
A service was held June 29 at Our Lady of Victory Basilica Church in New York.
Mr. Platt is survived by his children, William J. and wife Patricia, Debra Anne and husband Richard Lawrence and Gary and wife Rita; grandchildren Brian and wife Julia and Christopher and wife Kristy Lawrence, Sean and Michael Platt; great-grandchildren Chase, Camryn and Zoe Lawrence; and sisters Mildred and husband Daniel Thomas and Jane Schwartz.
Rain, rain go away — I really want to fish today
Well, we are back in our summertime patterns of extreme heat throughout the day combined with a reprieve of afternoon-evening showers. With temps in the 90s in the day and 70s at night, it’s advantageous to fish early or late.
You also want to come prepared with foul-weather gear, especially if fishing the afternoon or evening tides. If you have a smartphone, it’s a wise idea to occasionally check the weather radar for approaching storms. Holding a 7 1/2-foot piece of graphite in the air during a lightning storm can increase the odds of getting zapped. I think I’d prefer a big snook on the end of my line to a lightning bolt.
Keeper gag grouper are being reported on nearshore structure and out on the offshore reefs, wrecks and ledges. Shiners, pinfish or grunts are producing a bite if you’re using live bite. For frozen, try threadfin herring or Spanish sardines.
Capt. Warren Girle is fishing nearshore structure with good results on mangrove snapper and Key West grunts. For bait, Girle is using whole live shiners or fresh-cut pieces of shiners. Snapper up to 16 inches are attainable, although you may have to weed through the small ones.
On the flats, Girle is hooking catch-and-release snook, reds and spotted seatrout on live shiners. He is finding schooling reds on shallow flats in the bays and along mangrove edges. To target these fish, Girle is anchoring and chumming with live shiners.
For the catch-and-release snook, Girle is fishing mangrove edges during strong outgoing tides to get a bite. Live shiners are like snook candy and Girle is taking advantage of their sweet tooth. By chumming, he gets his target in the mood and then offers them another bite on a hook.
Bob Kilb at the Rod & Reel Pier in Anna Maria is seeing mangrove snapper caught on live shrimp and small shiners. Kilb suggests casting your bait under the pier deck. While targeting snapper, expect to catch black drum, flounder and an occasional redfish.
Spanish mackerel are showing at the pier. Small white speck rigs or Gotcha plugs are producing the bite. Remember, the early bird catches the mack. Try to get to the pier before sunrise. These fish are showing for maybe 30-45 minutes before they move into the bay. You have a small window of opportunity, but it can be an enjoyable 45 minutes.
Dave Sork at the Anna Maria City Pier is seeing fishers reeling up Spanish macks. Again, early morning is the time. Crappie jigs, speck rigs and small Clark spoons are being ravaged by hungry little mackerel, blue runners and jack crevalle.
Fishers casting under the pier are catching mangrove snapper and the occasional flounder. Both species are barely keeper-size, although bigger fish are down there. Just be patient.
Johnny Mattay at Island Discount Tackle says beach fishing is where it’s at this week. For starters, Mattay is targeting catch-and-release snook with live baits and artificials. For live bait, Mattay likes to use shiners, pinfish and even small whiting and ladyfish to get these big snook to bite. Once Mattay has an ample amount of bait in his bucket, he patiently waits on the beach until he spots a big snook cruising through the trough. Once he spots a worthy fish, Mattay baits up and sight-casts to the fish. Not only is this method effective, but it also gives you an opportunity to watch as the fish eats the bait, which adds another aspect of excitement to the hunt. After hooking a monster snook, Mattay battles it to submission before wading into the water to gently release it to fight another day. Mattay can’t stress enough how important it is to take extra care in reviving these beautiful fish. When you’re in knee-deep water holding one of these fish and dehooking, it and you look into that big eye looking up and, studying you, you’ll know why such care needs to be taken.
Mattay also is targeting bull, blacktip, lemon, spinner and hammerhead sharks cruising close to shore.
To start, Mattay likes to catch Spanish mackerel, bonito or ladyfish for bait. He also likes to use Southern stingray wings when available. The size of the bait determines Mattay’s rigging. When targeting small sharks, Mattay uses small chunks of Spanish mackerel or ladyfish combined with 80-100 pound wire leader. When using bigger baits, such as bonito or stingray, Mattay will go as high as 275-pound cable to hold up to the bite of a shark exceeding 8 feet in length.
On a recent sharking expedition, Mattay hooked a shark that chewed right through his 275-pound cable. He was using a stingray wing for bait, and was not able to turn the shark before it chewed through the cable like it was a piece of thread. Both Mattay and I believe it had to have been an extra-large great hammerhead, and we’ve heard of sightings of fish exceeding 15 feet.
Capt. Rick Gross of Fishy Business Charters is working the flats from Terra Ceia Bay all the way to Sarasota Bay depending on where the bite is most productive. Using free-lined live shiners for bait, Gross’s clients are catching respectable sizes and numbers of both spotted seatrout and catch-and-release snook.
Gross is finding redfish on the flats. Although the fish are still spread out, Gross is managing to put a few keepers in the box. Again, he’s using live shiners for bait to hook up the reds.
Finally, when the seas are calm, Gross is migrating to nearshore structure in search of gag grouper and keeper-size fish are being brought to the cleaning table. For bait, Gross likes to use live shiners, pinfish or grunts.
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ITEMS FOR SALE
THREE LIGHT COLORED rugs, 9x 4.5 feet, $35, Proform treadmill, $90. 941-779-9781.
COTS: ADULT SIZE. Good condition with storage bags, $30 each, cash. 941-792-0008, 9 a.m.-9 p.m.
COFFEE TABLE: DROP-leaf, beautiful, color. $99. 941-778-3920.
ANTIQUES, ART, and collectibles. View at The Islander store, 5604B 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. Email email@example.com, fax toll-free 1-866-362-9821. (limited time offer)
THE HIVE: GIFTS and arts. Locally handmade and imported silver jewelry, Buddha art, artifacts, artistic T-shirts, cards, hot sauces, South African handmade arts, specialty candies, more. 119 B Bridge St., Bradenton Beach. http://thehivegiftsandarts.com/
ATTENTION VETERANS AND active military from Anna Maria Island. Crosspointe Fellowship wants to hear from you in order to welcome you to a Nov. 16 patriotic Thanksgiving event. Call the Rev. Ed Moss at 941-778-0719 to provide your contact information.
WANTED: WORKOUT DVDs and retired but working XBox, Wii units with games for Ministry of Presence summer camp in Haiti. Deliver to The Islander, 5604B Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.
TERRY HAYES, REALTOR. Premier Sothebys. 941-302-3100. Terry.firstname.lastname@example.org. Discoverannamaria.com.
WANTED: YOUR OLD cell phone for recycling. Deliver to The Islander, 5604B 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, 5604B 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, 5604B Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Don’t be sorry, be safe.
ROSER THRIFT SHOP: Open 9:30 a.m.- 2 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday, 9 a.m.-noon Saturday. Donations, 9-11 a.m. Wednesdays. Visit our $1 sale racks. 511 Pine Ave., Anna Maria. 941-779-2733.
STEFF’S STUFF ANTIQUES: Consignment sale 20-50% off, open daily. The Centre Shops on Longboat Key. 5380 Gulf of Mexico Drive. 941-383-1901.
MOVING SALE: 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturdays, July 13 and 20. Furniture. 232 Oak, Anna Maria.
MOVING SALE: 10 a.m.- 3 p.m. Friday and Saturday, July 12-13. Household items, decor, pictures, clothes, more. In-house at 506 67th St., Holmes Beach.
LOST & FOUND
LOST: WEDDING RING. Platinum setting with three emerald-cut diamonds. Reward offered. Please return, means so much. 703-608-6871.
SUNGLASSES FOUND at 29th Street in the Gulf. Maui Jims. Contact Toni to claim, 863-214-3886.
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.
WELL-MANNERED RESCUED dogs (and kittens!) are looking for great new homes or fosters. Please, call for information, 941-896-6701.
2011 GEM E-2 electric car: Sapphire blue metallic and white, 5-hp motor, hard doors with glass includes pickup stake bed. Hard doors provide security, makes an all-weather car. Less than 100 miles. 863-698-4562.
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.
PONTOON BOAT RENTAL Create life-long memories, call 941-518-3868 or see boatflorida.weebly.com.
DEEP-WATER DOUBLE boat slip, 85th Street, Holmes Beach. $64,900. Call AMI Beaches Real Estate, 941-567-5234.
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.
PART-TIME MAINTENANCE worker for local area motel. Phone Janet, 941-778-2780.
ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT: Event and meeting planning, make travel arrangements, setting appointments, running errands, monitor expenses, monthly invoice, access to car. Send your resume and salary expectations to: email@example.com.
KIDS FOR HIRE
LOCAL ISLAND STUDENT babysitter available. CPR and first aid-certified, early childhood development major. Emily, 941-567-9276.
RED CROSS-CERTIFIED babysitter and dog sitter. Reasonable rates for both. Call 941-527-5051.
NICOLE AND HALLIE’S babysitting, pet sitting and pet walking. Red Cross certified, good with animals. Hallie, 941-773-6317, Nicole, 941-370-7981.
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.
LPNS NEEDED FOR active quadriplegic using Hoyer lift. Morning shifts, 4-5 hours starting at 7 a.m. Overnight shifts, 9:30 p.m.-7 a.m. 941-383-9637.
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.
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.
CLEANING BY LAURA offers everything on your list from kitchen and bath cleaning to dusting and emptying wastebaskets. 941-539-6891.
U FLY I drive your car anywhere in the USA. Airport runs, anywhere. 941-746-5651, 941-545-6688.
ALL AROUND PAINTING: Quality work. Free estimates. Licensed, insured. Call native islander Jim Weaver, 813-727-1959.
ISLAND COMPUTER GUY, 37 years experience. On-site PC repairs, upgrades, buying assistance and training. Call Bill, 941-778-2535.
TRANSPORT SERVICE: LET me drive you to the airport or anywhere in Florida. Flat rates. Reasonable. Call Mike, 941-567-6634.
CLEANING RESIDENTIAL, COMMERCIAL and resort. Love what we do, love to work. 941-756-4570.
JUST THAT CLEANING service: We will clean your home like our own. We offer organic cleaning products. Free estimate. Call Jenise, 941-730-6773.
TRUEBLUE33 COMPUTER REPAIR Service, LLC. On-site computer service, reasonable rates. Contact Anthony at 941-592-7714 or at 941-727-6780.
COMPUTER SERVICES: I can fix it. Virus cleanup, system upgrade. Hardware, software and network repair. FBI virus cleaned and removed. Cell phone repair, support. Replace broken camera, screen, etc. Give islander Socko a call: 941-799-1169.
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.: 38-year Islanders. 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.
LAWN & GARDEN
CONNIE’S LANDSCAPING INC. Residential and commercial. Full-service lawn maintenance, landscaping, cleanups, hauling and more! Insured. 941-778-5294.
ISLAND LAWN SPRINKLERS repairs and installations, watering the island for 15 years. Jeff, 941-778-2581.
JR’S LANDSCAPING AND MAINTENANCE Lawns, native plants, mulching, trimming, hauling, cleanups. Island resident 25 years. Call 941-807-1015.
STRAIGHT SHOT LANDSCAPE. Specializing in old Florida seashell driveways and scapes. Free estimates. Call Shark Mark, 941-301-6067.
SHELL DELIVERED AND spread. $50/yard. Hauling all kinds of gravel, mulch, top soil with free estimates. Call Larry at 941-795-7775, “shell phone” 941-720-0770.
TOP NOTCH LAWN Care: Residential and commercial. For all your landscaping needs. 941-932-6600.
NATURE’S DESIGN LANDSCAPING. Design and installation. Tropical landscape specialist. Residential and commercial. 30 years experience. 941-729-9381, 941-448-6336.
SUN MAINTENANCE AND Service: Call Travis and Megan, 941-779-8389, for all your lawn, landscape, and pool service needs. “Even free snow removal” 10 years experience. Free estimates, trusting services.
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 wood flooring. 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.
THE FLYING DUTCHMAN LLC: Professional tile roof restoration. Call Peter for free estimate. 23-year Island resident, references, insured. 941-447-6747.
METRO DOOR & SUPPLY, INC.: Home, condo, office. Primary doors and glass inserts, custom prep/cut downs, sliding doors, windows, doors for commercial properties, fiberglass, aluminum, steel, vinyl. Installation available. Free estimates. 941-726-2280 or 941-722-7507.
SOUTHWEST HOME IMPROVEMENT: Michigan builder, quality work guaranteed. Affordable, timely, within budget. Call Mike, 1-616-204-8822.
RANDY’S PAINT AND Drywall: Carpentry, screens and all your household maintenance. 941-465-2062.
WEEKLY/MONTHLY/ANNUAL rentals: wide variety, changes daily. SunCoast Real Estate, 941-779-0202, or 1-800-732-6434. www.suncoastinc.com.
ADORABLE GULFFRONT COTTAGE: 100 feet from Gulf. 2BR/1 large bath. Seasonal rental, three-day minimum. Call for further information, 863-660-3509 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
2BR/2BA HOLMES BEACH waterfront condo: Fully furnished with views, pools, Jacuzzi, tennis, boat dock. Seasonal, November. Call 818-620-0901.
VACATION RENTAL: 2BR/2BA condo with boat dock and pool, $550/week. Realtor, 941-756-1090.
HOLMES BEACH ANNUAL: Nice 2BR/2BA duplex with garage. No smoking. Must have excellent references. $1,150/month. 941-776-1789.
GULFFRONT AMI Resort 66: 30 percent off two units available July 13-20. Choice of ground-level, directly on the sand or overlooking Gulf and pool. Enjoy beautiful sunsets! 309-642-7370.
CUTE VACATION DUPLEX: 3BR on one side, efficiency on other. Screened porches, near boat ramp. Cable, WiFi. 941-779-6638.
ANNUAL 3BR/2BA, TWO-car garage, near college and IMG Academy. $1,200/month. Realtor, 941-356-1456. Real Estate Mart.
FURNISHED TOWNHOUSE: 2BR, pool, boat dock, $550/week and $950/month. Flexible lease. Realtor, 941-356-1456. Real Estate Mart.
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.
PLEASE CALL ME if you are interested in selling. I am looking to purchase a home close to the beach or on the beach. 941-779-6158. No Realtors.
WE’RE LOW, LISTINGS needed. Are you curious as to how much your home could be worth? Call us for a free professional consultation. Call Lynn at Edgewater Real Estate, 941-778-8104.
BEST BUY: DIRECT Gulffront condo: Bradenton Beach 2BR/1BA Beautifully updated, fabulous views. By owner, $395,000. 941-779-0101.
BEACH HOUSE: HOLMES Beach. Block home, 2BR/2BA, one-car garage with wood-burning fireplace. Zoned for weekly rentals. $465,000. Smith & Associates Real Estate, contact Realtor Bonnie Martinez, 727-512-6355, to schedule your appointment.
SINGLE-FAMILY HOME for sale by owner. 2BR/2BA plus den. Over 2,000 sf, community pool, fitness center, 10 minutes to Anna Maria beaches. $329,000. Call Mark, 941-447-3726.
REAL ESTATE WANTED: Waterfront. Couple from Europe looking for 3-4BR house or condo with pool and garage to lease two years, option to buy. Please contact agent: Helmer, 941-592-8853. Licensed Realtor, RE/MAX Platinum International Dept.
SINGLE-FAMILY 4BR/2BA home, caged pool in Village Green. Five miles to Anna Maria Island, no flood zone, no HOA fees, many upgrades, oversized, deep garage, $219,000. Owner/Realtor, Real Estate Mart, 941-356-1456.