Tag Archives: 07-25-2012

Woman arrested for allowing underage drinking

A 48-year-old Palmetto woman was arrested July 15 in Holmes Beach for allegedly allowing a group of underage adults and juveniles to consume alcohol in her presence.

Lisa Frizzell faces a misdemeanor charge for an alleged open house party.

According to the probable cause affidavit, Frizzell was renting a unit in the 200 block of 48th Street. Police found Frizzell in the back of the residence at a tiki bar consuming alcohol with six adults ages 18-20 and two juveniles.

Police say Frizzell initially refused to cooperate, but later said, “I was trying to be a good mother and keep them all in one place … It is better than them driving.”

Frizzell was booked into the Manatee County jail on $120 bond, which she posted the same day. She is scheduled for arraignment Aug. 16 at 8:30 a.m.

Anna Maria man arrested for hiring unlicensed ‘cold callers’

Elias Isaac, 36, of 4103 Gulf Drive, Anna Maria, was arrested July 12 for allegedly employing unlicensed telemarketers at Coastal Air Cooling and Heating, 5620 14th St. W., Bradenton.

Manatee County Sheriff’s Office deputies and inspectors from the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services were conducting a compliance check of Isaac’s business when the unlicensed telemarketers were observed actively cold calling.

Isaac was arrested and faces a third-degree felony charge. He was booked into the Manatee County jail on $1,500 bond. He is scheduled for arraignment at 9 a.m. Aug. 10. As of press time, Isaac remained in custody.

According to a probable cause affidavit, one employee said she was only employed for two days, but admitted she was engaged in cold calling for the company.

Aug. 14 primary election’s early voting begins Aug. 3

There are many reasons why someone may want to cast their vote early. Absentee voter ballots have been mailed, and early in-person voting for the Aug. 14 primary election begins Saturday, Aug. 4. Early voting for the Nov. 6 general election begins Oct. 27.

According to the Manatee County Supervisor of Elections website, early voting for the primary elections will continue 7 a.m.-7 p.m., Monday through Saturday, and Sunday 11 a.m.-6 p.m.

Each county has the option to set up polling locations for early voting. In Manatee County, the only place to vote early is at the supervisor’s office, 600 301 Blvd. W., Suite 118.

Florida law requires a signed photo identification card, such as a driver’s license to vote.

The deadline to request an absentee ballot be mailed for the primary election is 5 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 8.

A primary election is for registered party voters to select a candidate who will advance to the Nov. 6 general election, and does not include nonpartisan races, such as local city commission races.

Island polling stations that will open for the Aug. 14 primary election include:

Precinct 91, Roser Memorial Community Church, 512 Pine Ave., Anna Maria.

Anna Maria currently has 1,305 registered voters, including 612 Republicans, 388 Democrats and 305 voters classified as other.

Precinct 92, Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, 6608 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.

There are 1,590 registered voters in Precinct 92, including 777 Republicans, 460 Democrats, and 353 voters classified as other.

Precinct 93, St. Bernard Catholic Church, 248 S. Harbor Drive, Holmes Beach.

There are 1,674 registered voters in Precinct 93, including 744 Republicans, 474 Democrats and 456 voters classified as other.

Precinct 94, Tingley Memorial Library, 112 Second St. N., Bradenton Beach.

There are 929 registered voters in Bradenton Beach, including 375 Republicans, 291 Democrats and 263 voters classified as other.

According to the League of Women Voters, the Nov. 6 general election will be one of the longest ballots in recent elections.

Combined with local, state, federal and presidential candidates, there are 11 constitutional amendments on this year’s ballot.

For more information, go online to www.votemanatee.com.

The Top Notch photo contest winner for the third week is

The Top Notch photo contest winner for the third week is Glenn. Glenn captured this splash of light and water at Sarasota Bayfront Park and Marina Jack, where the dolphin are part of Dolphin Fountain, a bronze public art acquisition by artist Steve Dickey. Glenn 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.

Island police blotter – 07-25-2012

Anna Maria

July 11, 100 Bay Blvd., information. A Manatee County Sheriff’s Office deputy responded to a report of a juvenile spearfishing from the Anna Maria City Pier. The deputy contacted Florida and Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, which reported the juvenile was not committing a criminal offense. However, the deputy determined spearfishing from the pier violates city ordinances and issued a warning.

July 14, 101 S. Bay Blvd., domestic disturbance. A MCSO deputy responded to a disturbance and found a male and female engaged in a verbal argument. According to the report, the deputy observed no signs of violence, and the couple calmed down and left the area.

Anna Maria is policed by the MCSO.

Bradenton Beach

July 13, 200 Gulf Drive N., trespass warning. A Bradenton Beach police officer responded to the BeachHouse Restaurant on a complaint of a female causing a verbal disturbance. Employees asked the woman to leave and escorted her outside. According to the police report, the woman appeared intoxicated. She was slurring her speech as she told officers she was upset that the bartender did not keep her change after buying a drink. Police issued the woman a trespass warning, but she said it didn’t matter, as she was just vacationing from the United Kingdom and “returning to the motherland” the following day.

July 4, 2300 Gulf Drive S., vehicle burglary. A woman reported someone had broken into her vehicle while she was at Coquina Beach July 4, but she did not notice the items she had placed under her seat were missing until a few days later. The complainant valued the missing items at $500.

July 12, 200 Gulf Drive N., theft. A male complainant called BPPD after spotting what he claimed was his stolen surfboard on another vehicle. Police made contact with the driver, who showed a $300 receipt for the board purchase from Craigs list. Since the complainant could not show any proof of ownership, the man was allowed to keep the board until more information became available.

Bradenton Beach is policed by the BBPD.


July 11, 4000 block of 128th Street West, burglary. A male complainant reported three male suspects loaded his barbecue grill into a pickup truck and left the area. The complainant was returning home when he spotted the men and attempted to chase the suspects, but lost them in traffic. According to a MCSO incident report, the theft was captured on video. Two hours later, the complainant called to report that someone also entered his unlocked vehicle and stole several items. Fingerprints were secured.

Cortez is policed by the MCSO

Holmes Beach

July 12, 1504 Suponic Ave., Sarasota, battery. A 48-year-old Holmes Beach man was arrested for battery after his girlfriend called police. According to the probable cause affidavit, the woman left her home to go to a neighbor’s house after she claimed her boyfriend began harassing her. The report states the man arrived at the house, walked in and began yelling at the woman. He then allegedly grabbed the woman by her arms, at which point the friend intervened by stepping in between the couple. The two females left the residence to call law enforcement. He was arrested without incident and claimed no argument had occurred.

July 14, 4500 block of Gulf Drive, animal cruelty. A woman complainant reported to the Holmes Beach Police Department that her cat had been tortured. According to the report, the woman let her cat outdoors July 9 and it did not return for two days. When it did return, the woman said the cat was very thin and had an oily substance all over its fur. Police contacted a Manatee County Animal Services officer, who looked the cat over and reported no obvious signs of abuse. The MCAS officer said she would follow up with the cat owner’s veterinarian.

July 15, 1600 block of Holmes Boulevard, suspicious person. HBPD made contact with a salesman going door to door, and learned he had no permit. The man was told he needed a permit. Police contacted the man’s supervisor, who picked him up. The two men left the area.

July 14, 6300 block of Holmes Boulevard, disturbance. HBPD made contact with a female who said the male she was with was keeping her awake when all she wanted to do was to go to sleep. The woman called her mother to come pick her up.

July 14, 6600 block of Gulf Drive, Resorts 66, suspicious incident. A HBPD officer spoke with a property manager, who said all of the tables and chairs around the pool area had been thrown into the swimming pool sometime during the night. She also said someone had knocked over the gas barbecue grill. She suspected a group of young male guests who were in the pool that night making excessive noise, and wanted the incident documented.

July 14, 200 block of 82nd Street, disturbance. A couple attending a barbecue at the listed address became involved in a verbal argument over a damaged cell phone. HBPD responded to the incident and found both people to be intoxicated. The male took a cab home, while the female remained at the residence.

Holmes Beach is policed by the HBPD.

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

Sports – 07-25-2012

Player with island ties on USA Baseball radar

Baseball fans: Remember John Kilichowski’s name.

This 18-year-old has strong island ties as part of the Busciglio family pyramid and Island roots that go back to the early 1950s, when his great-grandparents purchased a home on Anna Maria Island. John’s parents, Debbie and Bill, met on the island and much of the extended family now own homes and spend summers here.

The Tampa Jesuit left-handed pitcher has been identified by USA Baseball as one of the top high school baseball players in the nation following an arduous two-and-a-half-week tryout.

Kilichowski and 143 other high school players went to Cary, N.C., to go through a USAB tryout process that pared the group to 40 and again, to the top 28 players.

USAB used to pick the Olympic baseball team, but baseball is no longer an Olympic sport. Still, USAB takes part in international competitions and the selection process is the same.

Kilichowski made a strong case to be included in this elite group when he fanned five batters and allowed zero hits in his three innings of work during a June 26 intrasquad tryout game.

The 28 elite players will proceed with USAB to California Aug. 17, where they will play in both the Los Angeles Dodgers and Anaheim Angels stadiums. After a few days of play, USA Baseball will trim the roster to 20 and that group will travel to Seoul, South Korea, and Taiwan to represent the USA in the IBAF Junior AAA/18U World Championships

When asked how it felt to be identified as one of the 28 best high school players in the country, Kilichowski said, “Incredible.”

He continued, saying, “I can’t explain how difficult the whole process has been, playing all day every day, having coaches scrutinizing and critiquing every pitch or movement. Plus being away from my family and living in a hotel. And then to make the final 28 is just incredible.”

Kilichowski said his favorite team is the Tampa Bay Rays and his favorite player being David Price, and went on to say it was almost surreal, having coaches like Terry Francona, Jack McKeon, Jack McDowell and others work with him. The most exciting thing though, he said, was getting to wear the USA uniform.

It’s not just all baseball all the time with Kilichowski. He is in the AP-plus honors program at Jesuit and has a 4.2 grade point average. He volunteers in the community and takes part in a yearly mission trip to Belle Glade, Fla., to mentor younger kids.

Each year the family — approximately 80-100 Busciglio family members of which he is part — spends July 4 on Anna Maria Island. They have met on the beach for 15 years between Palmetto and Willow avenues to take an annual and friends and family pyramid picture. And that photo has frequently been featured in The Islander.

Kilichowski, who has already committed to attend Vanderbilt University on a baseball scholarship, can reach 90 mph on the radar gun, but his best pitch is his curveball, which he used to strike out Kevin Biggio, son of longtime Houston Astro great Craig Biggio and a great hitter in his own right.

Kilichowski said his father spoke to Craig Biggio after the strikeout, and he told his dad that his son had never struck out looking at three straight curve balls, adding that he could easily be a left-handed relief specialist in the big leagues.

Congratulations to John and his family from The Islander. We wish him the best of luck at his final tryout in California.

Indoor soccer action continues

Players saw another exciting week of indoor soccer at the Anna Maria Island Community Center, 407 Magnolia Ave., Anna Maria.

The 8-10 division is about as close as it can be with Beach Bistro leading the pack on a 2-1-1 record, while Lapensee Plumbing, Gettel Toyota and Beach Bums follow in a three-way tie for second place.

The 11-13 division has Eat Here on top with a 4-0 record, followed by Waterfront Restaurant and Air & Energy, in a tie for second with 1-3 records.

Air & Energy won its first game of the season July 18 when it defeated Waterfront 8-3. James Whyte led the way with six goals, while Stephen Whyte and Conal Cassidy each added a goal in the victory.

Ryan Fellowes scored two goals to lead Waterfront, which also received one goal from Robbie Fellowes in the loss.

Eat Here remained undefeated in the 11-13 division with a 5-4 July 16 victory over Waterfront. Sydney Morrow led the way with three goals, while Nika Ukhurgunasvili and Danielle Capparelli each scored one goal in the victory.

Robbie Fellowes scored two goals to lead Waterfront, which also received single goals from Morgan Burns and Ryan Fellowes in the loss.

Beach Bums defeated Gettel Toyota 6-4 during 8-10 division action July 18. Luke Marvin and Ozzie Lonzo scored two goals apiece to lead the way for Beach Bums, which also received a goal each from Didier Avila and Madelyn Rogers in the victory.

Sam Bowers scored two goals and Ava Zink and Lilah Bowers scored one goal each for Gettel.

The second 8-10 division game of the evening saw Beach Bistro roll past Lapensee Plumbing by a 10-6 score. Julius Petereit and Jayse Berzowski scored four goals each, while Thomas Fellowes and Andrew Burgess each notched single goals in the victory.

Tyler Brewer’s five goals and one goal from Chris Snyder led Lapensee in the loss.

Brewer dug the ball out of the corner and dribbled the length of the court to score the game-tying goal with 9.2 seconds remaining in a 2-2 tie between Lapensee and Gettel July 16. Ashton Pennel added the other goal for Lapensee.

Sam Bowers and Ava Zink each scored one goal to lead Gettel in the tie.

Adult flag football

Duffy’s Tavern Raiders and Agnelli Pool & Spa Dolphins continue to lead the adult coed flag football league at the Center. Both teams sport perfect 3-0 records, but that will soon change as they meet at 9 p.m. Wednesday, July 25.

Tyler’s Ice Cream Vikings and Jessie’s Island Store Jets are tied at 2-1, while Miller Electric Chargers and Sato Browns follow in the standings at 1-2. Meanwhile, Slim’s Place Titans and Beach to Bay Construction Saints are still in search of victories.

The July 19 game of the week saw Tyler’s edge Miller 41-40. Both offenses moved the ball up and down the field, scoring six touchdowns each. The difference in the game was a safety and 2 points for the Vikings 50 seconds to go in the half.

Chargers quarterback Chuck Bucky lateraled the ball to Eric Gledhill on an option play. Gledhill, looking to pass the ball, found nobody open so he spiked it to stop the clock, but he was in the Charger end zone, resulting in the safety.

Ryan Moss threw for 179 yards and four touchdown passes, while adding a 7-yard touchdown run. Jonathan Moss caught six passes for 75 yards and four touchdowns, while adding another 41 yards on the ground. Rob Alderson caught two passes for 72 yards and a touchdown, and Brent Moss added five catches for 46 yards and an extra point to round out the Viking offense.

Jonathan Moss led the defense with three flag pulls and an interception, while Caleb Roberts also contributed an interception.

Bucky completed 19-of-21 passes for 313 yards and six touchdown passes to lead the Chargers, which also received a huge game from Gledhill, who caught 10 passes for 159 yards and three touchdowns and a pair of extra points. Jordan Pritcahrd added seven catches for 127 yards and three touchdowns, while Robert Kasten finished with three catches for 27 yards, including an extra point.

Gledhill also led the defense with five flag pulls, while Matt Ray finished with four pulls in the loss.

In other center football action last week, Jessie’s opened the July 19 action by defeating Beach to Bay 26-19 behind Matt Piermarni. Piermarini completed 22 of 29 passes for 298 yards and four touchdown passes. Ian Fetters was his top target, catching 10 passes for 170 yards and a touchdown.

Larry Berkery passed for 128 yards and a touchdown to lead the Saints, which also received a 45-yard touchdown run from Shawn Kaleta in the loss

Duffy’s squeaked by Sato 12-7 thanks to an interception return for a touchdown by Kevin Gregorich and a touchdown reception by Dustin Swain. Mike Gillum and Swain also keyed the victory with interceptions.

The Browns were led by Lexi Braxton’s six catches for 41 yards and an extra point and Nick Sato’s two catches and one touchdown in the loss.

Agnelli remained undefeated with a 46-13 win over Slim’s. Frank Agnelli paced the Dolphins with six catches for 95 yards, including three touchdown receptions and a pair of extra-point catches. Brianna Shaughnessy added three catches for 42 yards and a touchdown in the victory.

Tyler Bekkerus passed for 190 yards and a pair of touchdowns, while Ben Conlon added five catches for 40 yards and a touchdown in the loss.

Horseshoe news

Sam “Six-Pack” Samuel and the team of Jerry Disbrow and Norm Good were the only teams to make it into the knock-out round during July 21 horseshoe action at the Anna Maria City Hall horseshoe pits. Samuels had his way with Disbrow and Good as he earned the day’s bragging rights with a 22-16 victory.

The July 18 games had Norm Good as the walker, proving the old adage, “if you want something done right, do it yourself.” Good rolled past the team of Jerry Disbrow and Hank Huyghe by a 21-12 score.

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.

AMICC summer indoor soccer league schedule
5-7 Division
July 30    6 p.m.    Bowes Imaging vs. Southern Greens

8-10 Division
July 25    6 p.m.    Beach Bistro vs. Gettel Toyota
July 25    7 p.m.    LaPensee Plumbing vs. Beach Bums
July 30    7 p.m.    Gettel Toyota vs. LaPensee Plumbing

11-13 Division
July 30    8 p.m.    Waterfront vs. Air & Energy

NFL adult coed flag football schedule
July 25    6 p.m.    Vikings vs. Saints
July 25    7 p.m.    Browns vs. Jets
July 25    8 p.m.    Chargers vs. Titans
July 25    9 p.m.    Raiders vs. Dolphins
July 26    6 p.m.    Vikings vs. Jets
July 26    7 p.m.    Saints vs. Dolphins
July 26    8 p.m.    Browns vs. Titans
July 26    9 p.m.    Raiders vs. Chargers

AMICC adult coed volleyball schedule
July 31    6 p.m.    Lobstah’s vs. FL Discount Signs
July 31    7 p.m.    Best Buy vs. The Feast
July 31    8 p.m.    Best Buy vs. The Feast

Island real estate transactions – 07-25-2012

623 Ivanhoe Lane, Holmes Beach, a 3,000 sfla / 4,390 sfur 3bed/4bath/2car canalfront pool home built in 1978 on a 112×105 lot was sold 06/27/12, Tontz to Vanderploeg for $925,000; list $999,000.

243 Chilson Ave., Anna Maria, a 1,508 sfla / 2,096 sfur 3bed/2bath/2car canalfront home built in 1963 on a 129×110 lot was sold 06/29/12, Ghidoni to CSG Realty III LLC for $577,000.

2501 Avenue B, Bradenton Beach, a 1,728 sfla / 3,298 sfur 2bed/2bath home built in 1990 on a 50×100 lot was sold 06/28/12, Ervin to Sondreal for $545,000; list $574,000.

209 Archer Way, Anna Maria, a 1,562 sfla / 2,152 sfur 3bed/2bath/1car home built in 1970 on a 80×141 lot was sold 06/29/12, Gardner to Strickland for $420,000; list $428,000.

6700 Holmes Blvd., Holmes Beach, a 1,838 sfla / 1,898 sfur 4bed/4bath duplex built in 1970 on a 76×105 lot was sold 07/03/12, Leah Marie Enterprises LLC to 6700 Holmes LLC for $400,000.

321 64th St., Unit 8A, Island Walk, Holmes Beach, a 2,001 sfla / 3,176 sfur 3bed/2½bath/2car condo with pool built in 2006 was sold 06/29/12, Pankhurst to Bruno for $395,000; list $399,000.

6700 Holmes Blvd., Unit B, Beach Breezes, Holmes Beach, a 900 sfla sfur 2bed/2bath condo built in 1970 was sold 07/05/12, 6700 Holmes LLC to Welch for $350,000.

404 72nd St., Holmes Beach, a 1,517 sfla / 1,952 sfur 3bed/2bath/1car home built in 1963 on a 100×85 lot was sold 06/29/12, AK-RBM Inc to Jenson for $332,000; list $349,900.

5806 Imperiore Ave., Holmes Beach, a 1,150 sfla / 1,430 sfur 2bed/2bath home built in 1969 on a 50×101 lot was sold 06/29/12, Ross to Reiva for $330,000; list $369,000.

4601 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach, a 1,190 sfla 2bed/2bath home built in 1953 on a 50×100 lot was sold 06/28/12, Wash to Joy for $330,000; list $359,900.

2310 Avenue B, Bradenton Beach, a 2,260 sfla / 2,740 sfur 3bed/3bath home built in 1964 on a 100×100 lot was sold 06/28/12, Romberger to Stock for $300,000; list $319,000.

3607 E. Bay Drive, Unit 110, Sandy Pointe, Holmes Beach, a 980 sfla / 1,040 sfur 2bed/2bath condo with shared pool built in 1996 was sold 07/03/12, Kotlarek to Hogestyn for $187,450; list $199,900.

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

Obituaries – 07-25-2012

Evangline Koch

Evangline “Vange” Koch, 97, died July 17. She was born March 21, 1915, in Chattanooga, Tenn.

Mrs. Koch taught arts and crafts, sewing and millinery in the Chicago Park District for 23 years.

She moved with her husband, Ralph Byron, in 1972 to Bradenton and enjoyed an active retirement for more than 40 years.

Mrs. Koch was a longtime member of CrossPointe Fellowship on Anna Maria Island. As an artist, she excelled in every medium she pursued, including watercolors, ceramics, glasswork, enameling, dollmaking, woodcarving and millinery.

A celebration of life was held July 27 at CrossPointe Fellowship Church, Holmes Beach.

She is survived by daughters Judith and husband Marion Duncan of Anna Maria and Dr. Sallie Lau and husband Russell Bacon of Bradenton; grandchildren Darcie Duncan of Holmes Beach, Melissa Rack of Knoxville, Tenn.,Troy and wife Kris Collins Frystak of Oregon City, Ore., and Tanya Frystak of Kaneohe, Hawaii; and great-grandchildren Jade, Caleb and Danae Rack, Kaipo Kiaaina, Taimane Hallums and Sawyer Frystak.

Fishing – 07-25-2012

Anglers avoiding sun, heat, get the bite

With temperatures reaching the mid 90s during the day, Anna Maria Island fishers need to change techniques to beat the heat.

By fishing early in the morning or late in the evening, you still can find the bite without dealing with the grueling midday sun. You may even find fish will bite better at these times than during the afternoon hours.

It may take a little extra planning to catch an early morning bite, but the payoff also can be worthwhile. Typically, during the summer, inshore species such as snook, redfish and trout will feed during low light conditions. Slightly cooler water temperatures and the cover of twilight seem to result in more activity by predatory fish.

As the sun rises higher in the sky and the water heats up, these predatory fish seek refuge from the heat — just like you — by migrating to cooler areas, such as in the shade of mangroves, under a dock or deeper water. As these fish move to these areas, they become lethargic and harder to find.

Later in the day, when the sun is setting and possibly throughout the night, these fish will move out of their midday haunts and begin their search for food. Again, with the cooling of the water and low light, anglers can find fish on the feed.

So, on your next fishing trip, beat the heat by fishing early morning or late evening. You’ll find it’s more comfortable for you and the results will be better, too.

Dave Sork at the Anna Maria City Pier is seeing good numbers of migratory species caught in the early morning. Spanish mackerel, juvenile king mackerel, ladyfish, jack crevalle and blue runners are being caught on small white jigs or small Clark spoons. These fish are feeding on small shiners, which is why pier fishers are having success with small lures.

Pier fishers using live bait are catching gag grouper up to 19 inches as well as a few keeper mangrove snapper. This bite is occurring under the pier, around the pilings. Small shiners, mojarras or shrimp are producing the bite.

Last but not least, pier fishers using chunk or fresh-cut mullet are catching small blacktip and bonnethead sharks. For these small sharks, a 2/0 long shank hook on 50-pound leader will suffice, and use some lead to keep your bait on the bottom.

Jim Malfese at the Rod & Reel Pier says mangrove snapper and flounder are being caught by pier fishers using live shiners and shrimp for bait. Using a small split shot, pier fishers are casting baits under the pier where these snapper and flounder have taken up residence. Try using a No. 2 hook with 20-pound fluorocarbon leader to trick these fish into biting.

Macks also are being caught around the north pier, most on white or pink speck rigs, although Gotcha plugs are working, too. If you choose to use a Gotcha plug, the smallest size is your best bet.

Jeff Medley at the south bait shop on the Sunshine Skyway Bridge Fishing Piers says mangrove snapper are still dominating the bite. Pier fishers using live shrimp or small greenbacks are reeling up limits of snapper with some fish exceeding 15 inches.

Gag grouper are being caught around the pier in the same areas as the mangrove snapper. Try fishing either around the pilings under the pier or around the small rock piles that are just away from the pier. For the gags, a large greenback or pinfish will get the job done. Remember, you’ll need heavy tackle to stand a chance at landing this tasty reef species.

“I’ve seen several gags over 30 inches caught this week,” says Medley. “The biggest was 37 inches.”

Finally, pier fishers in search of a shark encounter are finding variety around the south pier. Pier fishers using fresh stingray wings or chunks of fresh bonito are catching nurse, bull and lemon sharks. The largest was a lemon shark that measured 9 feet.

Capt. Warren Girle, in between dodging thunderstorms, is fishing offshore for gag and red grouper. Girle is using live shiners or pinfish to get a bite, starting in 40 feet of water and moving out until he finds the fish. Average size of the gag grouper this past week was 26 inches. For the red grouper, 22 inches was the norm. Girle also is catching plenty of porgies and Key West grunts in these same areas.

Moving inshore, Girle is stalking redfish in the shallow flats of Sarasota Bay. He is following a school of reds, which have temporarily taken up residence in the bay. These fish are averaging 20-27 inches and are quite spooky. For Girle, this isn’t a problem. He turns on his trolling motor and sneaks within casting range of the school.

Using 3-inch Gulp shrimp, Girle is catching redfish on just about every cast to this school, and mixed in are rogue bluefish. As the reds cruise along the flats, the bluefish ride along with them and feed on small baitfish and shrimp that are spooked by the school. These blues are averaging 3-5 pounds and put up a worthy fight when hooked. They may not taste as good as redfish, but their stamina on the end of your line makes up for it.

Spotted seatrout also are in Girle’s sights. Fish up to 19 inches are being caught on deeper flats around the Intracoastal Waterway. Don’t be surprised to catch some jack crevalle and ladyfish in these same areas. Live shiners under a popping cork or a 3-inch Gulp shrimp on a jig head will get the bite.

Capt. Mark Howard of SumoTime fishing charters says fishing has been good in spite of the heat and fresh water flowing in from the Manatee River.

Howard also suggests adjusting fishing patterns to avoid the heat and yield some excellent catches of inshore species.

Redfish have been active on the moving tides, eating shiners and small pinfish. At low tide, look for the redfish in the outside potholes of flats and, as the tide flows in, move closer to the mangroves as the fish seek shade under the foliage.

Looking forward, Howard predicts this week will provide some excellent fishing opportunities as the tides will produce big water movement.

He says, “The key to a successful fishing trip is to be at your spot when the tide is moving and have a live well full of shiners to chum the fish into a feeding frenzy.”

Send fishing reports to fish@islander.org.

Islander Calendar – 07-25-2012

Saturday, July 28

3-7 p.m., “Help Rescue Santa’s Sleigh,” Anna Maria Island Privateers, Santa on location, Christmas in July, Fish Hole Miniature Golf, 115 Bridge St., Bradenton Beach. Information: 941-238-8974.

5-9 p.m., Bridge Street Night Market, Bradenton Beach, including BSM-sponsored booth for MoonRacer No Kill Animal Rescue. Information: 215-906-0668.

6-9 p.m., “Help Rescue Santa’s Sleigh,” Anna Maria Island Privateers, Christmas in July party and potluck dinner, Drift In, 120 Bridge St., Bradenton Beach. Information: 941-238-8974.

7 p.m., Santa arrives at “Help Rescue Santa’s Sleigh,” Anna Maria Island Privateers, Drift In Christmas in July party, 120 Bridge St., Bradenton Beach. Information: 941-238-8974.

Tuesday, July 31

2-5 p.m., Haircuts to benefit Anna Maria Island Art League, Head Quarters Salon, 5376 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach. Information: 941-778-2586.


Through Aug. 11, Marty Tupin’s abstract art exhibit, Florida Maritime Museum, 4415 119th St. W., Cortez. Information: 941-708-6121.

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

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.

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