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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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Fishing – 07-20-2016

Jeff Martin of Tinley Park, Illinois, shows off the permit he caught June 12 on a live shrimp while fishing with Capt. Danny Stasny of Southernaire Fishing Charters.

Good news: ‘Hatch bait’ makes it happen on the water   Despite the scorching temperatures, fishing around Anna Maria is on the rise. The reason for this is the arrival of bait fish. Whether on the flats or out in …

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Fishing – 07-06-2016

Jason Bass and father Paul Bass, visiting Anna Maria Island from Tennessee, show off a nice 30-inch redfish they hooked June 23 on a live shiner while on a charter fishing trip with Capt. David White of Great White Charters.

Beat the heat — fish early or late for hot action   If you haven’t noticed, we’ve finally fallen into our summer pattern and by pattern I mean hot. Temperatures in the mid to upper 90s are an everyday occurrence …

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Fishing – 06-29-2016

Craig Turner and son Mark of Pickerington, Ohio, show off their snook — caught and quickly released after a photo — from a June 16 charter with Capt. Danny Stasny of Southernaire Fishing Charters.

Anna Maria Island-area fishing as hot as temperatures   Despite temperatures rising quickly to the 90s in by mid-morning, plenty of anglers are on the water in search of a bite. Early morning or evening fishing is a popular idea, …

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Fishing – 06-22-2016

Tim Davis, left, his two sons Nick and Casey and Tim’s dad Roger, center  — three generations from Wisconsin — fish offshore June 14. They caught grouper and hogfish for their dinner using shrimp on a knocker rig under the guidance of Capt. Warren Girle.

Tarpon return behind Colin, other species take the hook Although Tropical Storm Colin sent tarpon on a brief hiatus from our waters, king of sport fishing is definitely back and in greater numbers, too. The sand bars of Passage Key …

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Fishing – 06-15-2016

Mark Smetana and Chip Majors of Maryland and Longboat Key display a 175-pound tarpon they mutually brought to the boat June 2 on a guided fishing trip with Capt. Warren Girle. The two anglers fished with Girle for four days and hooked up with many big fish. Both agreed this was the best year of many for tarpon. Girle said the tarpon love the crab and thread fin.

Tropical Storm Colin dampens fishing, but only short-term   In the aftermath of Tropical Storm Colin, which blew past Anna Maria Island in the Gulf of Mexico June 6, fishers are managing to hook up with some fish. I’m not …

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