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Fishing – 11-06-2013

Indian summer arrives, fall fishing on the verge


The last front moving across Florida brought a little taste of fall. Cool breezes and dropping water temps are welcome after a long summer of daily temps over 90 degrees.

Now you can expect to find snook migrating into the backcountry in droves. Creek mouths, rivers and small bays should be holding fish in the weeks to come.

Redfish are still schooling, although the number of schools is dwindling. If you’re lucky enough to find a school, proceed with caution. Keep a distance and wait for the school to approach the boat rather than trying to run up on the fish.

On the beaches, kingfish, mackerel and shark are becoming readily available. For the kings, you can try trolling lipped plugs or spoons. For the macks, live shiners are a sure thing.

Capt. Warren Girle is fishing deep grass flats in Sarasota Bay for a variety of species. The main targeted species for Girle is pompano, but you can expect to catch jack crevalle, bluefish, Spanish mackerel and ladyfish mixed in with the pomps. What is nice about this bite is the “constant action,” and you still get to bring home something for dinner. To target the pompano, Girle is using small cannonball jigs tipped with fresh shrimp.

On the shallower flats, Girle is still locating good numbers of redfish. Once he locates a school, he anchors and chums to lures his prey to the boat. Once the reds are happily feeding, Girle instructs his clients to cast into the school. Then it’s game on. Slot-size fish are the norm, although fish exceeding 27 inches are not uncommon.

Moving out to the nearshore reefs in the Gulf of Mexico, Girle is still finding good numbers of mangrove snapper. These fish are 12-18 inches and are biting heavily on fresh-cut shiners.

Finally, Spanish mackerel, bonito and a few kingfish are being found at the nearshore structure. For these fish, Girle is free-lining live shiners behind the boat.

Dave Sork at the Anna Maria City Pier is seeing mangrove snapper and flounder landed daily. Both species are responding to live shrimp or live shiners fished on the bottom under the pier. While targeting these fish, expect to also catch juvenile grouper, lizardfish and a black drum or redfish.

Spanish mackerel are feeding on bait schools around the pier and the sunrise is best if you’re looking for sheer numbers of fish. While targeting macks, expect to catch jack crevalle, ladyfish, blue runners and a stray bluefish here and there.

Capt. Aaron Lowman at Island Discount Tackle is fishing the beaches for Spanish mackerel, bonito, jacks and sharks. Patrolling the water just off the beach all the way out to the nearshore reefs is proving prosperous for Lowman. By watching for diving birds, Lowman located migratory fish, then chums with live shiners to get them feeding. His clients then cast their baits into the frenzy.

While fishing the flats of Anna Maria Sound, Lowman is finding decent numbers of redfish and snook. For both species, Lowman is anchoring and sight-casting to the fish. Slot-sizes of both species can be expected right now.

Finally, dock fishers are reporting the first arrival of sheepshead. Lowman recommends using fiddler crabs or sand fleas to get these fish to bite. You can also use shrimp, but with the great abundance of pinfish in the area, shrimp fishing can become a real task.

Capt. Rick Gross of Fishy Business Charters is catching respectable numbers of snook in Southern Tampa Bay, and rallies have not been uncommon. Most fish are in the 20- to 30-inch range, although fish up to 37 inches are being caught. Live shiners and pinfish can get you connected.

Spotted seatrout are next on the menu for Gross. By fishing deeper grass flats with live shiners, Gross is hooking up slot and over-slot trout. He’s is rigging one of two ways, either a free-lined shiner behind the boat or a shiner fished under a popping cork.

Finally, Gross is catching redfish along shallow flats, while when targeting snook. It’s not uncommon to find a few stray reds mixed in, and slot-size fish going home with clients to the dinner table.

Capt. Mark Howard of SumOTime fishing charters reports fishing “has been as good as it gets.”

Snook and redfish have been tearing up the flats and chewing with reckless abandon as they prepare for the winter season to arrive.

Redfish are still schooling on the flats in huge schools and tearing up the pods of shiners that are making their transition from inside upper Tampa Bay. Howard’s clients have had 2-hour rallies of drag-screaming, tackle-busting action on his recent charters. “The fish have been a variety of sizes from 15 inch dinks to over slot bruisers,” Howard reports. “Catching a upper slot fish for the dinner table has been easy,” he adds.

Howard suggests chumming with shiners and looking for the slurps and pops of the bait getting hit. Toss your shiner rigged on a 1/0 circle hook with a 30-pound leader under a weighted 3 inch popping cork to keep the shiner from hiding in the sea grass.

Snook are also on the flats and in the bushes, having moved off the beach on their way to their winter haunts. Howard suggests looking along mangroves and potholes to locate the silver sided predators.

Looking forward the fall fishing pattern will continue to be hot as long as Mother Nature continues to give us an Indian summer and keeps the warm temperatures around our area waters. Next week the early morning low tide will move the redfish and snook off the mangroves and onto the edges of deeper water. As the incoming tidal current flows follow the water and fish up into the bushes.

        Send fishing reports to fish@islander.org.

Real Estate – 11-06-2013

1104 Gulf Dr. N., Bradenton Beach, a 1,382 sfla / 1,657 sfur 3bed/2½bath Gulffront home built in 1999 on a 50×100 lot was sold 10/15/13, Rimmer to Wendling for $1,150,000.

116 50th St., Holmes Beach, a 1,014 sfla / 1,526 sfur 2bed/1bath home built in 1952 on a 124×100 lot was sold 10/18/13, McDonald to AEC Eat Inc. for $760,000.

2600 Gulf Dr. N., Unit 21, Anna Maria Island Club, Bradenton Beach, a 1,179 sfla / 1,339 sfur 2bed/2bath Gulfront condo with shared pool built in 1984 was sold 10/18/13, Murphy to Rimmer for $650,000.

402 74th St., Unit 402, Casa Del Mare, Holmes Beach, a 1,967 sfla / 2,923 sfur 4bed/2½bath/2car land condo built in 2005 was sold 10/15/13, Ellis to Mill for $594,300; list $629,000.

308 67th St., Unit A, Hideaway, Holmes Beach, a 1,498 sfla 3bed/2bath condo with pool built in 1980 was sold 10/11/13, Pfeil to Booth for $475,000; list $495,000.

203 83rd St., Holmes Beach, a 1,900 sfla 4bed/2bath duplex built in 1972 on a 103×70 lot was sold 10/15/13, Davis to Goss for $438,000; list $449,000.

1473 Gulf Dr., Unit 24, Bermuda Bay Club, Bradenton Beach, a 1,524 sfla  / 2,622 sfur 3bed/2½bath/1car condo with shared pool built in 1999 was sold 10/18/13, Boggett to Philpott for $390,000.

3013 Avenue F, Unit 21, Island Beach Club, Holmes Beach, a 984 sfla / 1,228 sfur 2bed/2bath condo with sahred pool built in 1974 was sold 10/18/13, Jacoby to Reycraft for $386,500; list $399,000.

3607 East Bay Dr., Unit 210, Sandy Pointe, Holmes Beach, a 980 sfla / 1,040 sfur 2bed/2bath condo with shared pool built in 1996 was sold 10/14/13, McCrabb to Pozdnyakova for $225,000; list $238,900.

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

The Islander Classifieds: Wednesday, Nov. 06, 2013


COFFEE TABLE: DROP-leaf, very nice, $100, above-ground pool, ladder, accessories, 15-18 foot, 1 year old, $100. 941-778-3920.

ASUS CM1745 DESKTOP PC: 89B memory, 1 TB hard drive, Windows 8, includes monitor, keyboard, mouse, Epson printer. Move to UK forces sale, good as new, $700. 941-545-2683.

RUG CLEANER: HOOVER SteamVac with heated cleaning feature. Upholstery attachment. Some supplies included. Like new, $75. 813-503-9364.

MCDONALDS GLASSES, $1, McDonalds racing shirt, XL, $10, McDonalds caps, $5. Call 941-778-0523.

WILSON GOLF BAG, assorted clubs, travel bag with wheels, extras $55. Call 941-778-6207.

FANCY CEILING FANS, $35 each, antique light fixture, $50, two-drawer metal file cabinet, $24, 941-713-5555.


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 classifieds@islander.org, fax toll-free 1-866-362-9821. (limited time offer)


THE HIVE: GIFTS & Arts at Bridge Street, Bradenton Beach. Local hand-made unique jewelry including our very popular Mermaids Range, Tibetan jewelry and goods, plus Pandora-style charms and various gift items from around the world. 941-730-1745.

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 for kids and teens in Haiti. Deliver to The Islander, 5604B Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.

TERRY HAYES, REALTOR. Premier Sothebys. 941-302-3100. Terry.hayes@sothebysrealty.com. Discoverannamaria.com.

WANTED: YOUR OLD cell phone for recycling. Deliver to The Islander, 5604B Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.

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.

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.


COLLECTIBLE TREASURES SALE: 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 9. New still-in-the-box dolls, Beanie Babies, Disney VHS tapes, seashell collection. Fellowship Hall at Roser Church, 512 Pine Ave. across from the Roser Thrift Shop.

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.

HUGE MULTI-FAMILY yard sale: 8 a.m. – 1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 9. Many new and gently used items of all kinds, 1801 Gulf Drive N., Runaway Bay condos, Bradenton Beach.

ANNA MARIA GARDEN Club annual plant sale 9 a.m.-11:30 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 13. Roser Church, 512 Pine Ave., Anna Maria.

COLLECTIBLE TREASURES SALE: 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 9. New still-in-the-box dolls, Beanie Babies, Disney VHS tapes, seashell collection. Fellowship Hall at Roser Church, 512 Pine Ave. across from the Roser Thrift Shop.


FOUND: TWO MATCHING rings, found Columbus Day on beach, near chair by water. Bradenton Beach. Claim at The Islander office, 5604B Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.

LOST: BIRTHSTONE RING. Outdoors, vicinity of Sharky’s Restaurant. Green stone, etching in band. Reward. 941-301-7529.

LOST: IPOD IN black leather case. Friday night at Holmes Beach movie night. Contact us, 941-778-4410, reward.


WELL-MANNERED RESCUED dogs (and kittens!) are looking for great new homes or fosters. Please, call for information, 941-896-6701.

YOUNG DOG NEEDS home: Bulldog mix, male. Sweet, likes everyone! Neutered and has shots/chip. 941-345-2441.

DOGGY DAY CARE: Coastal Canine Cottage. Leave your pets with us for fun and pampering while you’re out! Lisa, 941-243-3990. 8819 Cortez Rd. W., Bradenton.


WANTED TO RENT: Golf cart on Island. Dec. 22-27. Call Mike, 412-821-2159, leave message.


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.

PONTOON BOAT RENTAL Create life-long memories, call 941-518-3868 or see boatflorida.weebly.com.

ANNA MARIA ISLAND boaters: Selling or buying, call Captain Dave! World Class Yacht Sales, 877-901-BOAT. captaindave@wcyachtsales.com

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!
 Includes a trolling motor with battery. Must see! $500 obo. Call Toni, 941-928-8735.                                                                                         


LOCAL ISLAND STUDENT babysitter available. CPR and first aid-certified, early childhood development major. Emily, 941-567-9276.

RESPONSIBLE RED CROSS certified babysitter. Honor student. Call or text Isabel, 941-545-7995.

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, 5604-B Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.


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.

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.

INTRODUCTORY OFFER!  BUY one, get one free music lesson. manateemusic.net or 941-741-8832.

NEW REAL ESTATE photography services for the Bradenton and Sarasota area. Professional photography and video at affordable rates. Call For Real: 941-524-4656.

JUST THAT CLEANING service: We will clean your home like our own. We offer organic cleaning products. Free estimate. Call Jenise, 941-730-6773.

U FLY I drive your car anywhere in the USA. Airport runs, anywhere. 941-746-5651, 941-545-6688.

MATT’S TRANSPORT: PERSONAL assistant, airports and more. Tampa, $85, Sarasota, $35, local. Details, 941-807-4046.

TUTOR: READING, MATH, ED.D., 30 years experience. 941-778-3728.

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.


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.


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

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.

PRESSURE WASHING: RESIDENTIAL, commercial, resorts, roof, lanai, etc. Also windows, lawn services, also. 941-756-4570.

CARL V. JOHNSON Jr., Building contractor. Free estimates and plans. New houses, porches, decks and renovations. Fair prices. Hire a Florida licensed contractor. Call 941-795-1947 or cell, 941-462-2792.


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

VACATION RENTALS: GREAT location near boat ramp and everything on Anna Maria Island. Free WiFi, cable. 941-779-6638.

VACATION RENTALS: BRADENTON houses or condos. Weekly or monthly. Call 941-962-0971 or 941-794-1515. www.coastalpropertiesrealty.com. Suzanne Wilson, broker.

2BR/2BA HOLMES BEACH waterfront condo: Fully furnished with views, pools, Jacuzzi, tennis, boat dock. Seasonal or yearly. Call 818-620-0901.

2BR/2BA UNIT at Sunbow Bay: Tennis two heated pools, elevator great location. Call Barbara, Mike Norman Realty, 941-778-6696 or 941-778-1078.

ANNUAL HOME WANTED January 2014: Long-time Island couple seeks single-family home with pool in quiet Holmes Beach or Anna Maria. No pets, no smoking. Minimum 2BR/2BA. Will consider waterfront condo. Tom, 941-993-4909.

IRONWOOD CONDO: 2BR/2BA nice, spacious corner unit, overlooks golf course, small lake and swimming pool. Covered carport. Annual $950/month, seasonal $1,800/month. Call 941-730-6349 or 941-778-2929.

VILLAGE GREEN ANNUAL rental: 1,800 sf, 2BR/2BA, two-car garage, panoramic lake view, heated pool, not a flood zone,close to beach. A-1 move-in ready. $1,550/month. Realtor, 941-356-1456, Real Estate Mart.

FOR RENT:  SIX-to-12 month lease. 4BR/3BA, 10 rooms total, large ground level, with carport and garage, 500 feet to Gulf and bay. $2,400 12 months. $4,400/month up to six months. 941-580-5747.

TEN PERCENT DISCOUNT! Anna Maria seasonal rental half block from Gulf beach.  3BR/1BA quaint cottage with all the modern amenities.  Available November, December, January. www.aposporos.com. Terry Aposporos, 941-778-8456.

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.

DISTRESS SALES/BANK foreclosures and fixer-uppers. Go to: www.ManateeAreaForeclosures.com for a free list of properties available now. 941-315-1501.

LONGBOAT KEY: CHARMING New England-style country 2BR/2BA plus office or studio. Steps to marina and pool. Private Gulf beach access. Immediate occupancy. $279,500. Owner, 941-383-0285.

FREE! WHAT EVERY Real estate buyer or seller needs to know! Go to: www.yourmarketupdate.com. 941-400-8735.

FOR SALE: 2BR/2BA Gulffront view, $379,000, 2BR/2BA condo, $239,000, 1BR/1BA remodeled, $144,900. Call Jen and Mark Bowman, Keller Williams Realty for your Anna Maria Real Estate. 941-840-0117. www.BowmanSellsHomes.com.

2BR/2BA UNIT at Sunbow Bay: Tennis, two heated pools, elevator, great location. Call Barbara, Mike Norman Realty, 941-778-6696 or 941-778-1078.

LAKEFRONT CONDO: 2BR/2BA. $230,500. Over-55 community, no pets, renovated home, quiet area, double carport, ground floor, boat docks, kayak/canoe facilities, heated pool, exercise room, tennis, shuffleboard, and waterfront park on beautiful Sarasota Bay. Only two miles to Bradenton Beach. For sale by owner. Call Fred 941-794-5011.

FOR SALE BY owner: Large duplex, ground level. Great rental history, 500 feet to Gulf and bay, $685.000. 941-580-5747.


Privateers’ invasion meets stormy seas

The Privateer’s Ron “Candy Man” Fisher takes a stand in the center of the final battle at the Bradenton Beach Bridge Street-Gulf Drive roundabout, where Anna Maria Island Privateers and Hernando de Soto Conquistadors battled using swords, cannons and sound effects. Islander Photos: Jennifer Glenfield

Anna Maria Island Privateers and the Hernando de Soto Conquistador crews come face to face at the old Anna Maria Post Office Plaza on Gulf Drive in Anna Maria during the Nov. 2 skirmish that started in Anna Maria and ended at the Pirate Invasion festival at Coquina Beach in Bradenton Beach — all organized by the Privateers. Pirate crews battled using sound effects and controlled explosives.

At the final battle site, the Bridge Street roundabout, a 20-minute battle took place between the Hernando de Soto crew and the Privateers. The crews fenced with swords, threw beads and captured spectators, including Kamran Wadud, during the Nov. 2 skirmish, all part of the Nov.1-3 Privateer Invasion Festival.

Despite stormy seas, wind and a quick downpour of rain Nov. 2, the Pirate Invasion festival grounds at Coquina Beach filled up quickly with festivalgoers as pirate ships taking part in a skirmish arrived at their destination. Food, live music, beverages and arts and crafts were among the attractions at the AMI Privateers weekend event.