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Fishing – 02-24-2016

Zach Ryan of Charlotte, North Carolina, loves to catch sheepshead, especially a 7-pounder like this one. He caught his prize on a Feb. 15 guided trip with Capt. Danny Stasny of Southernaire Fishing Charters.

Sheepshead remain top target for anglers in local waters   Sheepshead fishing around Anna Maria Island is on the verge of becoming unhinged. Increasing herds of sheepies are invading our local waters, especially around residential docks, canals and the fishing …

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Fishing – 02-17-2016

Mark Willis of Harbor Isles on Perico Island shows off a 5-pound sheepshead caught on a Feb. 13 charter with Capt. Danny Stasny.

Go outside the box for hook-and-line success   With cold fronts and strong winds from what seems like every direction, finding a window of opportunity to wet a line seems almost futile. Well, don’t fret. There are other methods to …

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Fishing – 02-10-2016

Jim Malfese, the Rod & Reel Pier’s bait salesman and fishing aficionado, holds a permit, caught on a shrimp-tipped jig, while on a busman’s holiday in February with charter Capt. Danny Stasny aboard his Southernaire Fishing Charters.

Winter fishers plea: No mas El Nino, por favor   Thanks go to the climatic El Nino for our consistently inconsistent weather. However, the fishing around Anna Maria Island is holding true for February — as long as you can …

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Fishing – 02-03-2016

Capt. Larry McGuire says the mangrove snapper catches are growing larger every trip, as demonstrated by Ryan and Adam Brooks of New Brunswick, Canada. They show off the mangrove snappers caught in about 50 feet of water offshore of Anna Maria Island. The family also caught red grouper and lots of catch-and-release gag grouper with non-stop fast and furious fishing action on a four-hour trip. They celebrated Adam's sixth birthday with the Jan. 28 charter trip — best birthday party and best fishing trip ever, according to Adam.

Winter weather puts focus back on old favorite   Numerous cold fronts and falling water temperatures are ushering in a familiar species for both residents and visiting anglers to target. That’s right — it’s time to target sheepshead. Herds of …

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Fishing – 01-27-2016

Hooked up by Pete Tanguay, who took a break after 30 minutes on the rod, his buddys helped fight his catch for an hour. The 5-foot-plus amberjack was around 125 pounds. It exploded an artificial lure on the surface offshore of Anna Maria Island in about 155 feet of water. The Toronto team — led to the fish Jan. 19 by Capt. Larry McGuire — are Tanguay, left, Dan Malleau, Ron Mihajic, Ric Alair, Ed Morrison and Lorne Kuchma.

Winter requires changing tactics to find fish   Although I hate to admit it, winter is here. And with the cold comes some changes in techniques and methods for those of us who routinely fish the local waters. Dock fishing …

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Fishing – 01-20-2016

Celia Hart, visiting Anna Maria Island from Grand Rapids, Michigan, shows off her catch, a cobia hooked on a shiner in 30 feet of water offshore as brother Rich Hart, center, looks on. Ten family anglers were guided to the fish over the winter holidays by Capt. Warren Girle — left, coordinating on the phone with a second boat of anglers.

Sitting by the dock on the bay produces winter catch   Well, you may not be sitting on the dock, but I’ll bet you’ll be fishing it. And probably a lot of them. Dock fishing, especially in the winter, can …

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Fishing – 01-13-2016

Dave Boyd of Palm Harbor shows off a 20-inch trout he caught Dec. 31 in Sarasota Bay while on a charter fishing trip with Capt. Danny Stasny.

Changing weather pattern results in fishing tactic changes   Is it winter yet? If you haven’t noticed, winter arrived in the new year and shut down the unseasonable summer-like weather. Cold northeasterly winds and falling water temps require us to …

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Fishing – 01-06-2016

Will, Julie, Mandee and Jane Caldwell of Nashville, Tennessee, show off examples of their catch — a limit of mangoes ranging from 16 to 18 inches —caught on a Dec. 28 charter with Capt. Danny Stasny.

December 2015 winds up on tight lines, great weather   With temperatures in the mid-80s for the final week of December, both local and visiting fishers found themselves flocking to Anna Maria Island to take advantage of the excellent fishing …

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Fishing – 12-16-2015

Ralph Platz of Canada shows off the whopper 40-pound red fish he caught Dec. 20 offshore of Anna Maria Island in 30 feet of water on a charter with Capt. Warren Girle. The fish was quickly released after the photo.

Find your way out of the wind to find the fish   Despite having a string of windy days, fishing around Anna Maria Island remains consistently good — if you know where to look. Finding clean or semi-clear water is …

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Fishing – 12-23-2015

Isabel Stasny, 5, shows off a permit she caught on a live shrimp while fishing with her dad, Capt. Danny Stasny. Isabel wishes everyone a “fishy” Christmas.

Front cools weather, local fishing remains hot   With red tide diminishing in our waters, fishing is improving by the day — especially along the Gulf beaches and heading out to the nearshore reefs. White bait, although starting to thin …

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