Terry Martsolf of Seminole for this snapshot of three youngsters scurrying out of the water in Holmes Beach. Martsolf wins an Islander “More than a Mullet Wrapper” T-shirt and the photo goes into a pool of weekly winners vying for the grand prize. For entry information, see page 5.
Edwin Reinhard van Beuzekom, 85, of Orlando and formerly of Perico Island and Holmes Beach, died July 8. He was born Sept. 14, 1926, in Batavia (now Jakarta), Indonesia.
Batavia was then a Dutch colony and his father was a civil engineer working for the Dutch government. When the Japanese invaded Indonesia, his family was placed under house arrest. After the war, he traveled to the Netherlands by boat where he settled in Amsterdam, completed his education and started a career.
He met wife Judy, in 1954 and in 1957 they immigrated to the United States with the sponsorship from a Presbyterian church in Feasterville, Pa. After some months of getting their feet on the ground, they moved to Painted Post, N.Y., where Edwin worked as a controller for Ingersoll Rand.
In October 1968, smack in the middle of Hurricane Gladys, he moved the family to Anna Maria Island, where he took over an accounting practice. He built up this practice doing tax returns for many islanders over the years.
He was active in the community for 43 years. He was a member of Kiwanis, served on the Anna Maria Island Community Center board, and volunteered for numerous community organizations. For 21 years, he was the treasurer of Palma Sola Presbyterian Church in Bradenton. He was an avid tennis player, playing until he was 82.
Private services were held in Orlando. Memorial donations may be made to the Anna Maria Island Community Center, P.O. Box 253, Anna Maria FL 34216.
Mr. van Beuzekom is survived by his wife, E. Judith of Orlando; sister Estella Cadet of Indiana; children Erica Harzewski of Seattle, Wash., Mike of Houston, Edrick of Cambridge, Mass., and Roderic of Orlando; 12 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
Frederick W. “Fred” Heil Jr., 69, died June 29. He was born Sept. 28, 1942, in Sunbury, Pa., and grew up in Pompton Plains, N.J.
He graduated from Rutgers University with a bachelor’s degree in economics. He was a member of Alpha Chi Rho fraternity and Air Force ROTC. After graduation in 1964, he entered the U.S. Air Force.
Mr. Heil served as a vice president of First National Bank, co-founded architectural wood manufacturer SR Wood Inc. and co-founded a vinyl manufacturing company, Industrial Enterprises. He most recently served as president of Pinehurst Properties, building and leasing industrial space.
He served multiple terms on the board of Playa Encantada condominiums in Holmes Beach.
A funeral service was held in Louisville, Ky. Memorial donations may be made to the March of Dimes or the Crusade for Children.
Mr. Heil is survived by wife Dona Westray; son Brian Frederick; daughter Lisa and husband Daniel Bache; four grandchildren, Julia Elisabeth, Catherine Elise, Laura Westray, and William Franklin Bache; sisters Joan Kjellman and Barbara.
Raymond K. ‘Mac’ McDannold
Retired U.S. Navy Lt. Cmdr. Raymond K. “Mac” McDannold of Bradenton and formerly of Holmes Beach, died July 9.
Mr. McDannold enlisted in the Navy from Greenville, S.C. in November 1940 and retired to Florida in October 1966. He served as a boatswain mate, deck officer and a fighter pilot. He graduated from the University of South Carolina NROT with a bachelor’s degree in naval science in 1947.
He was a member of the Retired Officers Association, Naval Air Museum, Naval Museum, VFW, Naval Small Craft Association and the Mach Busters Club. He taught fourth-grade at Anna Maria Elementary School. Mr. MacDannold loved living in Holmes Beach on Anna Maria Island and enjoyed the people and the community.
Arrangements by Griffith-Cline Funeral Home.
Mr. McDannold is survived by sister-in-law Bertie; nephews James M. Jr. and Raymond S. and wife Jill; three nephews and a niece.
Tammy Sylvia O’Neal
Tammy Sylvia O’Neal, 53, of Bradenton, died July 7.
There will be no service. Brown & Sons Funeral Homes & Crematory 26th Street Chapel was in charge of arrangements. Memorial donations may be made to a charity of one’s choice. Condolences may be given online at www.brownandsonsfuneral.com.
Mrs. O’Neal is survived by her husband of eight years, William; son Richard A. Friedei III of Atlanta; brother Mark S. Howard of Holmes Beach; sister Cindy McClure of Cortez; two grandchildren; and one great-grandchild
• July 4, 301 N. Bay Blvd., information. While patrolling Bayfront Park, a Manatee County Sheriff’s Deputy came across smoldering embers next to a large tree. The deputy extinguished the embers and questioned parkgoers for information. Witnesses described two Hispanic males who had been in the area, but no suspects were located.
• July 1, 100 Elm Ave., theft. A complainant reported she was at the beach when someone stole her beach bag containing personal items valued at $300.
• July 6, 204 Palmetto Ave., theft. A male complainant reported that someone stole a bicycle valued at $300 while he was inside Slim’s Place.
• July 9, 100 Spring Ave., petit theft. A complainant reported that while inside the Sandbar Restaurant, someone stole his bicycle valued at $200 from the bike rack.
• July 7, 100 S. Bay Blvd., theft. A group of complainants were fishing at the Anna Maria City Pier and left their bicycles in a nearby bike rack. When they returned to the bike rack, the bicycles, valued between $300 and $500, were missing.
• July 6, 400 block of Alamanda Road, reckless driving. A 49-year-old Anna Maria man was arrested for reckless driving, which subsequently violated his probation. According to Manatee County court records, the man had multiple traffic violations, including reckless driving and DUI. He was held at the Manatee County jail on $1,000 bond, which he posted July 7.
Anna Maria is policed by the MCSO.
• 900 Gulf Drive N., obstruction. While responding to a burglar alarm, a Bradenton Beach Police Department officer observed a group of subjects become involved in a “violent disturbance” with a motor vehicle driver, who had to stop suddenly to avoid hitting the group. The officer escorted the subjects to a nearby trolley station, at which time four more subjects approached. A woman also approached the officer, claiming the group had been breaking beer bottles nearby on her property. While interviewing the property owner, two of the suspects fled. A female became “verbally abusive” to the officer, who warned her several times to sit down. The woman said, “I know my rights, I’m in the police academy.” After more warnings to stop interfering, the officer went to arrest the woman, at which time a male subject tried to block the officer, who then proceeded to arrest the male. According to the report, the male pulled away from the officer, at which time the officer used pepper spray to subdue him. Both the male and female subjects were arrested for misdemeanor obstruction.
Bradenton Beach is policed by the BBPD.
• 12300 block of 46th Avenue, aggravated battery. Two employees of a fishing company were engaged in a verbal dispute. One employee told the other to leave, at which time he was struck in the neck with a hammer. The victim fought back and the suspect fled the area. As of press time, law enforcement was still searching for the suspect.
• A father and his adult daughter became engaged in a verbal argument when the father refused his daughter’s request to give her a ride somewhere. According to the report, the female approached her father in a threatening manner and took a swing at him. The male blocked the first attempt, but a second punch connected to the father’s nose, causing a visible injury. The female claimed her actions were in self defense, alleging her father had grabbed her by the throat and was choking her. MCSO deputies did not observe any injuries to the daughter and arrested her on a misdemeanor battery charge.
Cortez is policed by the MCSO.
• July 11, 3900 E. Bay Drive, retail theft. Employees at Publix observed a man stealing a four-pack of beer, a beach hat and beach mat. Holmes Beach Police Department was contacted and the suspect was arrested.
• July 5, 100 block of White Avenue, theft. A complainant reported he rode his light blue bicycle to a nearby beach access to watch the July 4 fireworks. When he returned, the bike, valued at $300, was missing.
• July 6, 3300 block of East Bay Drive, suspicious incident. An employee at a local business received a call at work from someone claiming to be her son. The caller said he had been gambling online and owed $6,000 to someone who was “going to hurt me if I don’t pay up,” according to the report. The employee called her husband, who said their son was safe and sound in bed. A customer overheard the conversation and reported to police that a similar call had been made to an employee at another Anna Maria business.
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.
Friday, July 20
• 11 a.m., Senior Adventures, “Cracker Cowboy Poet” storyteller Hank Mattson, Annie Silver Community Center, 103 23rd St. N., Bradenton Beach. Fee applies. Information: 941-962-8835.
Saturday, July 21
• 3:30-8 p.m., Art in the Courtyard, local artists’ indoor-outdoor sale to benefit Anna Maria Island Art League, 5312 Holmes Blvd., Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-2099.
Saturday, July 21
• 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Wildlife Awareness Festival, Snooty’s 64th Birthday, South Florida Museum, 201 10th St. W., Bradenton. Information: 941-729-9177 Ext. 243.
• 2-5 p.m. Tuesdays, July 17-July 31, haircuts to benefit Anna Maria Island Art League, Head Quarters Salon, 5376 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-2586.
• Tuesdays, noon, Rotary Club of Anna Maria Island meets at the BeachHouse Restaurant, 200 Gulf Drive N., Bradenton Beach. Information: 941-794-8044.
• 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, 7 a.m., weather permitting, Anna Maria Island Turtle Watch and Shorebird Monitoring, Manatee Public Beach, 4000 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 248-982-5600.
• 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, Bradenton Beach, Information: 215-906-0668.
• Fridays, Senior Adventures, low-cost field trips from Annie Silver Community Center, 103 23rd St., Bradenton Beach. Information: 941-962-8835.
• Third Fridays, 5-8 p.m., Pine Avenue Porch Party to benefit Roser Food Pantry at Anna Maria Pine Avenue stores and boutiques. Information: 941-896-3132.
• 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.
Save the Date
• Aug. 11, Operation American Pride Inc., Honor A Vet Bowling Bash, AMF Lanes, 4208 Cortez Road W., Bradenton. Fee applies. Information: 941-803-8097.
• Aug. 19, Island Players Open House, 10009 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria. Information: 941-704-2153.
• Aug. 25, Manatee County Gator Club Scholarship Fund Kick-Off Social/Casino Night. Fee applies. Information: 941-778-3319.
• Sept. 2, Allegro Music Academy, free instrumental concert and lecture, 241 Whitfield Ave., Sarasota. Information: 941-358-8511.
• Sept. 24, 13th annual Anna Maria Island Chamber of Commerce Lucky 13 Golf Outing for Scholarships, Bradenton Country Club, 4646 Ninth Ave. W., Bradenton. Fee applies. Information: 941-224-1337 or 941-284-2523.
• Nov. 17, Enjoy the Bay, Sarasota Bay Water Festival, Sarasota Bay Estuary Program, Ken Thompson Park, 1700 Ken Thompson Parkway, Sarasota. Information: 941-955-8085.
Send calendar announcements to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please include the time, date and location of the event, a brief description and a contact via e-mail and phone.
3109 Avenue F, Unit B, Beach View, Holmes Beach, a 34,64 sfla 3bed/3bath condo with shared pool built in 2010 was sold 06/11/12, Robinson to Mehlinger for $780,000; list $799,000.
2600 Gulf Drive, Unit 27, Anna Maria Island Club, Bradenton Beach, a 1,179 sfla / 1,339 sfur 2bed/2bath Gulffront condo with shared pool built in 1984 was sold 06/19/12, Gulf Beach Management Inc. to J. Telander Holdings for $632,000; list $675,000.
608 Fern St., Anna Maria, a 1,676 sfla / 2,322 sfur 3bed/2bath/3car pool home built in 1994 on a 50×114 lot was sold 06/13/12, Selby to Rice for $570,000; list $599,900.
403 S. Bay Blvd., Anna Maria, a 1,651 sfla / 1,886 sfur 3bed/3bath canalfront home built in 1968 on a 73×105 lot was sold 06/18/12, Westerman Investment LLC to Hayes for $530,000; list $540,000.
117 Neptune Lane, Holmes Beach, a 1,980 sfla / 3,670 sfur 4bed/4bath duplex with pool built in 1984 on a 58×114 lot was sold 06/15/12, Phillips to Uada Corporation fro $500,000; list $545,000.
312 61st St., Unit A, Palm Place, Holmes Beach, a 2,212 sfla / 3,087 sfur 3bed/2½bath/2car land condo with pool built in 2006 was sold 06/22/12, Island Restoration IV LLC to Hjelte for $470,000; list $524,900.
5608 Holmes Blvd., Unit B, Barefoot Bungalows, Holmes Beach, a 1,260 sfla 3bed/2bath condo with pool built in 2012 was sold 06/22/12, Barefoot Bungalows LLC to Matthias for $445,000; list $474,500.
212 Coconut Ave., Anna Maria, a 1,653 sfla / 2,910 sfur 3bed/3bath home built in 1978 on a 53×100 lot was sold 06/28/12, Hale to Geller for $440,000.
2306 Avenue B, Bradenton Beach, a 1,768 sfla / 2,364 sfur 5bed/3½bath duplex built in 1947 on a 50×100 lot was sold 06/18/12, Safran to De Motmollin for $409,000. List $449,000.
709 N. Bay Blvd., Anna Maria, a 873 sfla / 1,460 sfur 2bed/2bath/1car home built in 1958 on a 50×100 lot was sold 06/22/12, Smith to Joseph for $390,000; list $420,000.
1800 Gulf Drive N., Unit 103, La Costa, Bradenton Beach, a 960 sfla / 1,096 sfur 2bed/2bath condo with shared pool built in 1979 was sold 06/21/12, Chalkias Brothers Company to Folkens for $375,000; list $375,000.
1325 Gulf Drive N., Unit 160, Tortuga Inn, Bradenton Beach, a 1,392 sfla / 1,560 sfur 2bed/2bath condo with shared pool built in 2006 was sold 06/13/12, BCD Tortuga LLC to Nixa for $350,000; list $375,000.
211 Spring Ave., Anna Maria, a 1,568 sfla / 1,864 sfur 3bed/1½bath home built in 1964 on a 53×145 lot was sold 06/21/12, Glaser to Kaloust for $340,500; list $339,900.
1800 Gulf Drive N., Unit 108, La Costa, Bradenton Beach, a 952 sfla / 1,088 sfur 2bed/2bath condo with shared pool built in 1979 was sold 06/27/12, Cadence Bank to Fitch for $340,000.
408 Clark Lane, Holmes Beach, a 1,929 sfla / 2,193 sfur 3bed/3bath duplex built in 1971 on a 140×149 lot was sold 06/25/12, Glanz to Ulanch for $265,000; list $299,900.
6500 Flotilla Drive, Unit 152, Westbay Point & Moorings, Holmes Beach, a 1,066 sfla / 1,458 sfur 2bed/2bath condo with shared pool built in 1978 was sold 06/15/12, Quigley to Christensen for $200,000; list $209,900.
2601 Gulf Drive, Unit 325, Sandpiper Resort Co-Op, Bradenton Beach, a 960 sfla 2bed/2bath mobile home built in 2004 was sold 06/26/12 with share, McKillop to Broussard for $168,000; list $175,000.
2412 Gulf Drive N., Unit 118, Club Bamboo South, Bradenton Beach, a 432 sfla / 528 sfur 1bed/1bath condo with shared pool built in 1945 was sold 06/21/12, PFG LLC to By The C LLC for $152,000.
Jesse Brisson, broker/associate at Gulf-Bay Realty of Anna Maria, can be reached at 941-778-7244.
Indoor soccer action stays cool in center gym
The Anna Maria Island Community Center’s summer indoor soccer league completed a second week of action with some spirited games.
Eat Here grabbed control of the league’s 11-13 age division with a 3-0 record with the Waterfront Restaurant second on a 1-1 record, followed by Air & Energy, which is still looking for its first win.
The 8-10 age division appears to be a little tighter, as Lapensee Plumbing posted a 1-0 record after a July 11 game had to be rescheduled. The plumbers are followed by Beach Bistro with a 1-1-1 record and Gettel Toyota, which sits in third place at 1-1. Beach Bums are looking for a first win on a 0-1-1 record.
Beach Bistro recorded an easy 8-3 win over Gettel July 11 behind four goals from Jayse Berzowski and three from Julius Petereit. Andrew Burgess completed the Bistro scoring with one goal. Gettel Toyota received single goals from Sam Bowers, Ava Zink and Lilah Bowers in the loss.
Beach Bistro earlier battled Beach Bums to a 7-7 tie in 8-10 division action July 9. Thomas Fellowes scored to give Bistro a 7-6 lead with just under three minutes to play, but Ryan Joseph notched the equalizer a minute later. Berzowski led Bistro with three goals, while Petereit and Fellowes each finished with two goals.
Ozzie Lonzo notched four goals to lead Beach Bums, which also received a goal each from Luke Marvin, Joseph and Didier Avila in the tie.
Waterfront Restaurant recorded a 6-4 victory over Air & Energy in 11-13 division action July 9. Ryan and Robbie Fellowes each scored two goals to lead the Waterfront, which also received single goals from Brooke McIntosh and Morgan Burns.
James Whyte scored two goals to lead Air & Energy, which also received a goal each from Stephen Whyte and Nicole Sewall in the loss.
Eat Here edged Air & Energy 5-3 in an 11-13 division game July 11 behind two goals apiece from Brooke Capparelli and Dylan Joseph. Nika Ukhurgunasvilli added one goal in the victory, while goalie Joe Rogers played a strong game between the pipes.
Stephen Whyte scored two goals and Daniel Fritz added one goal to lead Air & Energy in the loss.
NFL flag football: Two teams remain
After two weeks of NFL coed adult flag football at the center, two teams remain undefeated. Duffy’s Tavern Raiders and Agnelli Pool & Spa Dolphins, which both sport 2-0 records and both rolled to easy victories during action July 11.
The Vikings, Chargers, Browns and Jets all follow in the standings with 1-1 records, while the Titans and Saints are searching for a first victory.
The Dolphins opened July 11 with a 33-20 victory over Miller Electric Chargers behind 149 passing yards and four touchdown passes from Tim Shaughnessy, as Duffy’s Tavern Raiders closed the evening with an easier 35-7 win over Tyler’s Ice Cream Vikings behind 252 passing yards and five touchdown passes from Chris Gillum.
Matt Piermarini threw for 293 yards and seven touchdown passes to lead Jessie’s Island Store Jets to an easy 47-27 win over Slim’s Place Titans, but the flag football game of the week was the Sato Real Estate Browns earning a 33-32 come-from-behind overtime victory over the Beach to Bay Construction Saints.
Browns receiver Troy Shonk sent the game to overtime on his catch of a 5-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Jason Sato. In overtime, J.T. Goode’s 12-yard touchdown run pulled the Browns to within a point, while Shonk’s 2-point conversion reception from Sato provided the winning margin for the Browns.
Sato completed 12 of 26 passes for 150 yards and three touchdown passes to lead the Browns offense. Scott Rudacille caught six passes for 50 yards and an extra point, while Brent Laudicina had a 20-yard touchdown run, a 45-yard touchdown reception and added an extra point. Goode finished with 35 yards rushing and a touchdown, while adding a 15-yard touchdown reception.
Laudicina paced the Browns defensive effort with two interceptions and two flag pulls, while Rudacille finished with three flag pulls and Jason Sato and Lexi Braxton finished with two pulls apiece.
Beach to Bay Saints were led by Jason Mickan, who ran for 22 yards and a touchdown, while also catching a game-high 10 passes for 130 yards, including a pair of touchdown receptions and an extra point. Larry Berkery completed seven passes for 121 yards and a pair of touchdowns, while Don Purvis completed five passes for 32 yards. Scott Eason completed the Saints scoring with a 15-yard touchdown reception in the loss.
Tony Soletti and Don Purvis had two flag pulls each to lead the Saints, which received one pull each from Leah Purvis and Mickan.
Two teams advanced from pool play during July 14 horseshoe action at the Anna Maria City Hall horseshoe pits. The team of Norm Good and Jerry Disbrow defeated Sam Samuels and Jeff Moore 21-13 in the finals to earn bragging rights for the week.
Good and Disbrow also captured the July 11 games, easily defeating Samuels and Hank Huyghe 24-5 in the finals.
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.
Key Royale golf news
The women of Key Royale Club played a nine-hole, individual-low-net golf match July 10.
Luanne Collins carded the round of the day with a 4-under-par 28. Joyce Brown finished three shots back in second place with a 1-under 31, while Liz Lang took third place with a 1-over-par 33. Joyce Lathrop chipped in on No. 1.
AMICC to host ultimate Frisbee camp
The community center will host an ultimate Frisbee camp 9:30-11:30 a.m. Aug. 6-8.
Ultimate is non-stop competition between two teams, involving running while throwing and catching a Frisbee.
Ultimate, also known as Frisbee football, is one of the fastest growing sports in the United States.
Camp will train participants in the fundamentals of the game under the direction of David Greene, a local resident with more than 20 years of competitive experience.
Greene has competed in nationals on nine occasions with one championship among the credits on his resume.
For more information, call the center at 941-778-1908 or look online at islandcommunitycenter.com.
AMICC summer indoor soccer league schedule
July 23 6 p.m. Bowes Imaging vs. Southern Greens
July 18 6 p.m. Gettel Toyota vs. Beach Bums
July 18 7 p.m. Beach Bistro vs. LaPensee Plumbing
July 23 7 p.m. Beach Bums vs. Beach Bistro
July 18 8 p.m. Waterfront vs. Air & Energy
July 23 8 p.m. Air & Energy vs. Eat Here
NFL adult coed flag football schedule
July 19 6 p.m. Jets vs. Saints
July 19 7 p.m. Chargers vs. Vikings
July 19 8 p.m. Browns vs. Raiders
July 19 9 p.m. Dolphins vs. Titans
AMICC adult coed volleyball schedule
July 24 6 p.m. The Feast vs. FL Discount Signs
July 24 7 p.m. Lobstah’s vs. Best Buy
July 24 8 p.m. Lobstah’s vs. Best Buy
Instead of waiting, try wading to get a bite
We’re approaching a new moon July 23, which will provide exaggerated low tides in the evenings. It will be the optimum time to fish the outgoing tides in the backwater for catch-and-release snook, redfish and spotted seatrout.
During the evening low tides, your best bet is to get out of the boat and wade. It is cooler, and enables you to sneak up on fish that you typically spook with a boat. Areas such as Palma Sola Bay, Sarasota Bay and the Intracoastal Waterway provide excellent opportunities to do this.
For bait, try using artificials like the Top Dog Jr. by MirrOlure or Berkeley Gulp shrimp on a jig head. Live bait will work, too, but you’ll have to drag a bait bucket along behind you. Fishing artificials is easier because carrying a couple of lures is effortless. And it can be just as productive as live-bait fishing, since you cover more area by making multiple casts.
If you’re wondering where to wade, try looking for lush grass flats that contain sandy potholes or where water dumps into deep channels or ditches. During low tides, predators use this deeper water as ambush points to catch their prey. Good water flow is also key. If you can combine these two conditions, you can target a fish for dinner.
Dave Sork at the Anna Maria City Pier says, “This week’s report is easy— jacks and macks.”
Pier fishers using small white jigs, silver spoons or Gotcha plugs are getting good action at sunrise on jack crevalle and Spanish mackerel.
If you opt to use live bait, shiners are the bait of choice. Remember, when live baiting for mackerel, you want to use a long shank hook. Also, since the shiners are small, try using a size 2 or 4 long shank. This smaller size hook will not only be less visible, but it will allow these small baits to swim naturally, resulting in more bites.
If shark is your target, try taking a fresh-caught mackerel or jack and cast it out on a heavy rod.
Recent catches on the pier include an 8-foot bull shark and numerous nurse sharks. Remember, we’re close to spawning season for shark, so handle with care, and let them go quickly.
Jim Malfese at the Rod & Reel Pier says mangrove snapper are beginning to appear although most fish being caught are undersize. Pier fishers catching keeper-size fish are getting results on either live shrimp or shiners.
“People can buy the shrimp here,” says Malfese. “But for the shiners, you need either a cast net or a Sabiki rig.”
Malfese also warns that most of the shiners are very small, you need to use a cast net with a 1/4-inch mesh.
While targeting mangrove snapper, pier fishers are catching flounder, small gag and red grouper and a few black drum. All of these species are being caught on either shrimp or shiners. “You can tell when someone hooks a grouper,” says Malfese, “because they usually get broken off under the pier. You need heavy tackle to stand a chance at landing a decent-size grouper.”
Lastly, pier fishers are still catching moderate numbers of Spanish mackerel. Try using small pink or white jigs to get the bite. Remember to use at least a 30-pound fluorocarbon leader when targeting macks. This will give you an added advantage against the mack’s sharp teeth.
Jonny Keyes at Island Discount Tackle is hearing of good action offshore for gag grouper and mangrove and red snapper. For the gags and the mangoes, offshore fishers are starting out around depths of 50-60 feet. Live baits such as shiners and pinfish are getting the bite, although frozen sardines and squid are working, too. Pushing out past depths of 100 feet, offshore fishers are catching limits of red snapper in the 10- to 15-pound range. Again, both live and frozen baits are getting results. For live bait, a fat pinfish is a good bet. If you’re using frozen, you can’t beat a sardine paired on the hook with a strip of squid to get the bite.
Inshore, fishing around Anna Maria Sound is producing good numbers of spotted seatrout. Keyes suggests using artificial baits, such as the MirrOlure MirrOdine or a DOA Cal jig, cast over deep grass flats to get in on the action.
Beach and pier fishing are proving prosperous for fishers targeting shark. Reports of bull, black tip and nurse sharks are coming in daily. Best baits for these fighters are chunk baits, such as mackerel, bonito or mullet.
Capt. Mark Howard of SumoTime fishing charters reports an excellent inshore bite during the moving water phases of the tide. Redfish have been active in the potholes along mangrove shorelines. Howard suggests using a popping cork with a live shiner or pinfish tossed into the shade of the mangroves for good results on the copper-belly bruisers.
Catch-and-release snook are active around the passes with some explosive action in just a few feet of water against the beach shoreline. They are gathering in big schools around mangrove shorelines for the upcoming full-moon spawn.
Shiners have recently spawned, so there is a lot of small-sized fry in the bay. Howard has downsized hooks from an Owner 2/0 to a 1/0 or size 1 hook. “Put two small shiners on a hook for a more appealing bait,” Howard says, and “don’t forget to try dead bait” — as the water heats up, the fish get lazy.
Looking forward, Howard predicts the tides will be high midday with a huge drop in the evening, which will result in moving water that triggers excellent fishing action.
Capt. Rick Gross of Fishy Business Charters is taking advantage of gag grouper season being open. Gross is fishing nearshore structure with live shiners or live pinfish to get these tasty gags to bite. “We’re catching some decent-sized fish in around 40-50 feet of water,” says Gross. “A few of them were big enough to pull us right into the rocks and that was with our drags locked down.”
Along with gag grouper, Gross is finding success with mangrove snapper, Key West grunts and Spanish mackerel. “It’s kind of like a one stop shop,” he says jokingly.
On his inshore expeditions, Gross is targeting spotted seatrout, redfish and catch-and-release snook, on mangrove edges with good tidal flow. By casting live shiners up under the bushes, Gross is pulling out respectable sizes of both species. For the trout, Gross is fishing deep grass flats with live shiners or DOA shrimp under a popping cork to get the bite. Average size of the trout this past week was 18 inches.
Capt. Warren Girle is fishing offshore for migratory and reef species. By free-lining live shiners behind the boat, Girle’s clients are hooking into king mackerel in the 30-inch range. Spanish mackerel are in the mix, averaging 20 inches to the fork of the tail.
While bottom fishing, Girle is catching gag grouper in the 24-inch range as well as numerous juvenile red grouper. For both species, Girle is using live shiners or pinfish.
While fishing offshore, Girle is encountering small sharks working his chum slick. By casting live shiners behind the boat, Girle’s clients are bending rods on both silky and lemon sharks.
Jeff Medley at the south bait shop on the Sunshine Skyway Bridge Fishing Piers says mangrove snapper are dominating the bite for yet another week. Pier fishers using live shiners or shrimp are catching mangoes exceeding 16 inches in length. “That’s almost offshore quality,” Medley says with a chuckle, “and they’re catching limits of them, too.”
When targeting mangrove snapper at the south pier, it’s in your favor to be stealthy with your rigging. I suggest 17- or 20-pound fluorocarbon for a leader. Try using 6-8 feet of it to be on the safe side. Next, tie on a No. 2 circle hook and pinch a small split shot about 18 inches above your hook. Your split-shot size will be determined by how fast the tide is flowing. If it’s barely moving choose a small split, and when the tide picks up, add more weight. Stab a live shiner or shrimp on your hook and pitch your bait under the pier. You may find certain areas of the pier hold more fish than others; so if you’re not hooking up, try moving to different areas until you do.
Macks are making a good showing at the south pier. Both live bait and artificials are producing the bite. For live bait, shiners or threadfins are the ticket. If you choose to use artificials, you can’t beat a small white jig or Gotcha plug. Average size of the mackerel this week is 16 inches to the fork of the tail.
Finally, shark fishing for night fishers at the south pier is resulting in bent rods. In recent nights, pier fishers are catching decent numbers of bull and nurse sharks. Cut bait such as Spanish mackerel, bonito and mullet are getting the bite.
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With the summer version of the winter holiday just a week away, the nonprofit Anna Maria Island Privateers, sponsors of the annual Christmas Parade and Party for kids among other events, got news July 11 of a lawsuit filed in county court by former member Rick Maddox. The suit alleges the Privateers were lent a trailer valued at $4,500 — the Santa sleigh — by Maddox, and either failed or refused to return it. Islander File Photo
ITEMS FOR SALE
NOTE/POSTCARD SPINNER floor rack for sale, horizontal slots, holds many. Great shape, $50. 941-779-9888.
NOOK COLOR, USED once, leather case, $25, Barnes & Noble gift card and guidebook, $125. BJ, 941-778-3013.
WEIDER HOME GYM: two-bench, $75, bookcase, 6 x 5 x 16.5, $75, gas grill, porcelain grate, $20. 941-224-1053.
LIGHTED QUEEN HEADBOARD, nightstands, mattress, box spring, frame combination in excellent condition. $250, firm. 941-778-5377.
DELL COMPUTER: Dual 1.5 GHz, XP-PRO, $100, 941-756-6728.
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. Email firstname.lastname@example.org, fax toll-free 1-866-362-9821. (limited time offer)
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. Premier Sothebys. 941-302-3100. Terry.email@example.com. Discoverannamaria.com.
WANTED: YOUR OLD cell phone for recycling. Deliver to The Islander, 5404 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.
MANATEE SAFETY SIGNS exclusively for boaters. Available at the Islander, 5404 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. 941-778-7978.
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.
ROSER THRIFT SHOP: Open 9:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays. Saturday 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. Donation drop-off, 9 a.m.-11 a.m. Wednesday only. All clothing half-price in July. Closed in August. 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.
ESTATE SALE: 8 a.m.-noon Saturday, July 21. Furniture, kitchen items, pictures, washer, dryer. 209 Archer Way, Anna Maria.
WORKSHOP CLOSING: 50 years of woodworking tools. 9 a.m.-noon Saturday, July 21. 308 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria. 941-778-1716
GARAGE SALE: 8 a.m.-11 a.m. Saturday, July 21. Furniture, household, tools, gas heaters, lots of stuff. 2308 Canasta Drive, Bradenton Beach.
MOVING SALE, 8 a.m.-noon Saturday, July 21. 6485 Gulf of Mexico Drive, Longboat Key.
LOST & FOUND
FOUND: PRESCRIPTION SUNGLASSES on beach between 64th and 65th St., Holmes Beach. Please claim at The Islander office, 5404 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.
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.
LULU! RESCUED AND available for adoption. Senior Pekinese mix, adorable, cuddly, needs a good home. She’s blind, does well! 941-896-6701.
2008 EZ GO golf cart, new batteries only one-year-old. $2,150. Call Toni, 941-928-8735.
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.
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.
MUSICIAN NEEDED TO play 9:30 a.m. services for Harvey Memorial Church for six weeks starting Aug. 5. Pat Whitacre, 941-761-8156.
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
DOG WALKING SERVICE: $10. Call Jewel, 941-524-1423.
NICOLE AND JENNA’S kid and pet services. Babysitting, dog sitting and walking. Call Jenna, 863-529-2304, Nicole, 941-320-7981.
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.
CAREGIVER FOR THE ELDERLY: Bathe, cook, shop, appointments, light cleaning. Four hours or more. Top references, 28 years experience. Have family that can also help. Call Diana, 941-545-7114.
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.
ISLAND COMPUTER GUY, 37 years experience. On-site PC repairs, upgrades, buying assistance and training. Call Bill, 941-778-2535.
CLEANING BY LAURA offers everything on your list from kitchen and bath cleaning to dusting and emptying wastebaskets. 941-539-6891.
BUSINESS-TO-BUSINESS JD’s Window Cleaning looking for storefront jobs in Holmes Beach. I make dirty windows sparkling clean. 941-920-3840.
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.
TIM’S TOTAL LAWN Care and handyman. Light hauling, most lawns, $25. Also pressure washing. Call 941-807-2537.
JR’S LANDSCAPING AND MAINTENANCE Lawns, native plants, mulching, trimming, hauling, cleanups. Island resident 25 years. Call 941-807-1015.
STRAIGHT SHOT LANDSCAPE. Shell installed $45/yard at true specifications. Free appliance pick up. Call Shark Mark. 941-301-6067.
SHELL DELIVERED AND spread. $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.
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.
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.
HANDYMAN ETC. COMPLETE residential and commercial, remodeling, repairs and maintenance. 25 years experience, insured. 941-713-4635.
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.
VACATION RENTALS ONLY: Private pool homes, 3BR/2BA and 3BR/3BA. Condo, 1BR/1BA overlooking golf course. Call 941-794-1515 or www.coastalpropertiesrealty.com.
WATERFRONT TWO BEDROOM townhouse with boat slip on Palma Sola Bay. Heated pool, patio, cable, washer and dryer. Lease six months plus. $925/month plus utilities. No pets. Call 941-538-8622.
BEAUTIFUL, TROPICAL, KEY Royale unfurnished annual rental. 2BR/2BA with den, pool, boat lift, two-car garage. Don’t miss this gem! $2,500/month. Credit check required. Available Sept. 1. 941-730-1086.
RENTAL: RESORT 66. Gulffront timeshare, sleeps four. Holmes Beach. One week only, July 14-21. 30 percent off. 309-642-7370.
1BR/1BA ANNUAL RENTAL: No pets, available now. Call Jessica, 941-778-7500. Dolores M. Baker Real Estate.
SEASONAL: ADORABLE STUDIO apartment in Holmes Beach. Available January-April. $1,200/month. Will email photos. 908-850-6086.
ANNUAL RENTAL WANTED: $200 bonus for information leading to successful rental. 2BR apartment near beach. Single, non-smoker, references. Realtors welcome. July, August, Sept. 1 occupancy. 941-778-7975.
ANNUAL: WATERFRONT, POOL, dock, short walk to beach. 2BR/2BA, 1BR/1BA. Call 941-779-9074 or 703-587-4675. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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.
UPSCALE ANNA MARIA! 215 Chilson Ave. Virtual tour, pop-up floor plan and facts at www.215chilson.com.
CAPTAIN GREG BURKE: Duncan Real Estate. Need listings, all inventory sold or pending. Call 941-592-8373, email: email@example.com.
LOT: Commercial and/or residential. Zoned ROR. In the heart of Anna Maria short walk to Gulf or bay. Dock included. $ 399,000, without dock, $349,000. 407 Pine Ave., Anna Maria. Owner/agent. 813-340-4420.
DIRECT GULFFRONT CONDO: Bradenton Beach. Excellent investment income. $269,000. By owner, 941-962-8220. www.flipkey.com/124227.
BEACHFRONT 2BR/1BA HOME with spectacular Gulf and bay views. $699,000. 865 North Shore Drive, Anna Maria. 941-778-8356.
UNIQUE BEAUIFUL PRISTINE 3BR/2BR, two-car garage on Perico Island. Community pool, tennis, fitness. For sale by owner, $385,500. 941-792-7828.
TOWNHOUSE: PALMA SOLA bay, all updated, 2BR/2BA, boat slip, heated pool, $135,000. Realtor, 941-756-1090. Real Estate Mart.
REDUCED IRONWOOD CONDO! $49,999. 1BR/1.5BA. Many upgrades. 55-plus community. Overlooks golf course. HOA fee, $233/month. Pet-friendly building, six miles to Anna Maria Island. 941-524-8969.