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Fishing – 12-17-2014

Dawson Oakley and Jessica LeGrand deliver their catch — a 5.5-6 foot blacktip shark — back to the Gulf of Mexico. The anglers were working the shoreline in Bradenton Beach at 25th Street around 8 p.m. Dec 12 when they hooked up with the big fish. Islander Courtesy Photo

Holiday season brings pompano to area waters   With the Christmas season approaching, another season is doing the same. Yes, that’s right — it’s time to start stalking the shoreline for pompano. The beaches of Anna Maria Island are a …

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Fishing – 12-10-2014

Jonny Keyes of Keyes Marina in Holmes Beach takes a busman’s holiday Dec. 3, testing out the gear he offers in the Island Discount Tackle store. He hooked up this 30-pound kingfish on a charter with Capt. Mac Gregory.

December anglers should keep bait options open to hook up   A lot of fishers are using shrimp as bait due to cold water temps, but keep your options open. On cold, windy days, shrimp are the perfect bait, but …

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Fishing – 12-03-2014

Andrew, David and Mathew Brown, visiting Anna Maria Island from Ann Arbor, Michigan, show their catch of black drum caught using shrimp in Sarasota Bay on a Nov. 28 charter trip with Capt. Warren Girle.

If turkey leftovers are gone — time to put fish on the table   Now that the leftover turkey has finally run out, it’s time to start hunting down some fish for dinner. With cold fronts and falling water temps, …

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Fishing – 11-26-2014

John Muench of Prior Lake, Minnesota, shows off a redfish and flounder caught while fishing with Capt. Mac Gregory. Islander Courtesy Photo

For anglers, changing weather conditions equal varied catch   For yet another week, we are experiencing a wide variety of wind and weather. Days reaching high temps of 50 degrees are not uncommon, although days in the mid 80s also …

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Fishing – 11-19-2014

John Bonner, Frank Beckman and Pete Salpietra, friends from Bradenton, show off the results of a Nov. 13 offshore trip with Capt. Warren Girle on Nov. 13. The cobia, along with snapper, were caught using live shiners.

Don’t miss your window of opportunity for good fishing   With last week’s cold front sweeping across Anna Maria Island, fishing patterns were all over the boards. Not for better, and not for worse, these changes help trigger some fish …

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Fishing – 11-12-2014

Capt. Danny Stasny and daughter Isabel, 4, show off a sheepshead caught on a Nov. 2 fishing adventure.

Good things come to anglers after nasty cold fronts   What’s the best way to celebrate our first real cold front? Sit down to a sheepshead dinner. For those of you who enjoy catching and eating sheepies, you know what …

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Fishing – 11-05-2014

Enzo van Mourik, visiting Anna Maria Island from Los Angeles, shows off his snook Oct. 12 catch. It was caught with the help of Capt. Jon Cannon. “This wasn’t the biggest snook, but he sure was a fighter,” said grandfather, Ron van Mourik. Islander Courtesy Photo

Cooler weather turns on king mackerel bite   Kingfish are finally making a showing just off the beaches of Anna Maria Island out to 5-6 miles offshore. Look for diving birds to find the bait schools, which in turn will …

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Fishing – 10-29-2014

Enzo van Mourik, visiting Anna Maria Island from Los Angeles, shows off his snook catch. It was caught with the help of Capt. Jon Cannon Oct. 12. “This wasn’t the biggest snook, but he sure was a fighter,” said grandfather, Ron van Mourik. Islander Courtesy Photos

Mysterious night of snook fishing on the Manatee River   Night fishing in our local waters is an experience any avid saltwater angler should experience, especially those anglers who like to target snook. Snook, especially big snook, are nocturnal feeders, …

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Fishing – 10-22-2014

Dr. Earl Brooks, visiting from Indiana, shows one of the two 32-inch cobia he caught and released using live shiners near shore on an Oct. 8 morning charter with Capt. Warren Girle.

 Dropping temps can’t cool off local fishing exploits Flats fishing remains consistent — consistently good — in our local waters for yet another week. The recent cold front, as mild as it was, didn’t rock the boat much. Most spots …

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Fishing – 10-15-2014

Russell Thomas of Atlanta shows off a 31-inch snook he caught on an Oct. 6 backwater charter with Capt. Danny Stasny.

Cooler water temps bring on red hot snook action   The aftermath of our first cold front has had a positive impact for fishers targeting snook. Although the bite the first day after the front was challenging, the days since …

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