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Fishing – 09-28-2016

Terry Tomesko shows off her 12-pound red snapper caught Sept. 20 using a pin fish and then released. She was targeting grouper on an offshore charter with Capt Warren Girle.

Waterfront halts Sugar Beach’s bid for basketball perfection Based on the lead up in the regular basketball season, players for Sugar Beach Digital Photography should have walked out of the gym Sept. 21 at the Center of Anna Maria Island …

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Fishing – 09-21-2016

Geno Lynn of Bradenton shows off a 20-inch flounder he caught Sept. 11 on a fishing trip guided by Capt. Danny Stasny of Southernaire Fishing Charters.

Clear water results in great fishing action for AMI anglers Our local waters are beginning to clear up and the fishing is clearly improving. Fishing along the beaches and out to the inshore reefs is proving to be good for …

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Fishing – 09-14-2016

Susan McGuire of Bradenton shows off her catch, a colorful hog snapper caught using shrimp in about 60 feet of water offshore of Anna Maria Island. Susan also caught her limit of grouper and the largest, while fishing prior to the bad weather brought on by Tropical Storm turned Hurricane Hermine with her husband, Capt. Larry McGuire of Show Me the Fish Charters out of Bradenton Beach Marina.

Freshwater invades bay waters, but doesn’t dampen fishing   Despite our waters being a dark tannic color resembling Coca-Cola as a result of the millions of gallons of freshwater draining from Lake Manatee, fishing remains productive. Snook fishing is proving …

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Fishing – 09-07-2016

Edward Booth, 13, of Manchester, England, shows off his three-spot redfish, one of several caught and released on live bait in Sarasota Bay on a guided fishing trip with Capt. Aaron Lowman. Edward and his family also caught seatrout, snook, mangrove snapper, Spanish mackerel and gag grouper.

Hermine pours rain, churns waters, dampens fishing   In the wake of Hermine, post-storm fishing may be challenging. My best guess is to start where you left off before Hermine and work your way from there. It will be interesting …

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Fishing – 08-24-2016

JRocky, Rick Jr. and Rick Hoffman Sr. are rewarded with a bounty of red grouper. Before their Aug. 18 charter with Capt. Warren Girle, they added mangrove, yellow tail and lane snapper to their bounty. The Hoffman family of New Jersey and Longboat Key fished offshore of Anna Maria Island in approximately 35 feet of water using shiners for bait.

Reds, flounder pass anglers’ time, fill coolers The arrival of redfish to our local waters is a welcome sight. Schools of reds are being reported from just about every body of water near Anna Maria Island, from Miguel Bay to …

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Fishing – 08-24-2016

Jessica Ficarrotta, 13, of Tampa, holds up the tripletail she boated Aug. 2 using a jig, while fishing with her uncle, Capt. Phil Shields. She spotted the fish trying to hide behind an old crab trap float on the surface, just offshore from the Anna Maria City Pier. Shields, mostly retired and a former charter captain out of Galati Marine, and wife Candy, formerly on staff at Anna Maria Elementary School, live now in north county near Terra Ceia.

Rain, rain stay away — it’s time to go fishin’ ishing around Anna Maria Island is settling into a typical August pattern. Mangrove snapper are found throughout our waters around any structure — reefs, rock piles, bridges and docks. Even …

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Fishing – 08-17-2016

Dean Franklin of Bradenton was big-game fishing at The Rod & Reel Pier, but he wasn’t expecting a 10-foot smalltooth sawfish to take his bait. The fish, not a shark but a member of the ray family, was released.

Rain, rain stay away — it’s time to go fishin’   Despite the monsoon that fell over our waters for nearly a week, area fishers are finding a good bite. Fishing the flats for spotted seatrout is still a good …

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Fishing – 08-10-2016

Brody Richardson, 11, of Orlando shows off his first-ever sailfish catch. Assisted Aug. 1 by Capt. Larry McGuire, right, Brody’s party was catching grouper and a variety of snappers in about 70 feet of water 16 miles offshore of Anna Maria Island when the 6-footer hit a thread hearing on a flatline in the rod holder. It jumped three times before Brody took the rod and about 12 times before first mate Donavan Williams was able to grab the fish by the beak and noodle it in the boat for a quick photo and safe release.

Rainy season produces steady catch for sturdy anglers   Fishing around Anna Maria Island remains consistently good for a variety of inshore species. Fishing deep grass flats with good tidal flow is producing rallies of spotted seatrout. Live shiners free-lined …

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Fishing – 08-03-2016

Jackson Miller, Zach Von Holle, Todd Miller and C.J. Grogan, all visiting Anna Maria from Ohio, are taking home a limit of mangrove snapper, caught using shiners on a July 28 charter with Capt. Warren Girle.

‘Candy’ contributes to rise of mangrove snapper catch   Mangrove snapper appear to be the common catch among the vast number of anglers working Anna Maria Island’s surrounding waters. Whether fishing from land or by boat, mangrove snapper are dominating …

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Fishing – 07-27-2016

Tyler Weber of Cincinnati shows off his July 20 catch, a 20-plus pound permit caught on a live crab. Tyler and his group also caught mangrove snapper, African pompano and red grouper on their charter fishing trip with Capt. Aaron Lowman.

Spotted seatrout — fun to catch, good on the plate   Spotted seatrout remain the consistent catch for anglers fishing the flats around Anna Maria Island. Deeper grass flats during moving tides are producing respectable numbers of trout. I’m noticing …

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