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Fishing – 09-30-2015

Tom Robinson, left, and Donald Gross, both of Bradenton, show off their Sept. 18 catch of redfish, trout and mangrove snapper. They caught the trout and snapper on the last of the outgoing tide in a channel near Longboat Pass. The reds came to the hook on the incoming tide on the flats around Anna Maria. Islander Photo: Courtesy Capt. Rick Gross

Shorter days, cooler weather — fishing remains hot   Fishing at the nearshore structure that surrounds Anna Maria Island is shaping up nicely as we fall into autumn. The abundance of mangrove snapper is astonishing. Limits of these tasty fish …

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Fishing – 09-23-2015

Logan Lafferty of Holmes Beach caught and landed this 32-inch mahi while fishing 30 miles offshore of Anna Maria Island. Dad, John Lafferty, said Logan was stoked to hook up a dolphin on his first try. “It was on his bucket list,” he said. Islander Photo: John Lafferty

September fishing is consistent for flats, migratory species   This week’s newspaper marks the beginning of fall, and although overnights temps are falling, fishing around Anna Maria remains consistent for the month of September. Fishing structure for snapper and flounder …

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Fishing – 09-16-2015

David DeMeza of Tampa shows off a 25-inch redfish he caught using a pilchard under a popping cork while casting next to an oyster bar in Anna Maria Sound on a charter with Capt. Rick Gross of Fishy Business.

Mangrove snapper — the ace in the hole   Fun to catch. Readily available. Great in the skillet. That’s a mangrove snapper. Mangrove snapper fishing is still going strong around inshore, nearshore and offshore structure. On a recent morning, while …

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Fishing – 09-09-2015

There are five different species of snook that inhabit Florida waters: common snook, depicted here, small-scale fat snook, large-scale fat snook, swordspine snook and tarpon snook. Islander Graphic: Courtesy Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commisssion

September — back to school for anglers   September fishing around Anna Maria Island looks to be shaping up nicely for anglers hoping to get some action. Although the heat is intense on the water right now, there is still …

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Fishing – 09-02-2015

Snook, if you’re lucky, it’s what’s for dinner   Put the frying pan on the front burner. As of Sept. 1, snook season is open in our region. So from now until Dec. 1, those anglers seeking to harvest a …

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Fishing – 08-26-2015

Mike Daeger of Sun City shows off a nice example of a nearshore mangrove snapper he caught Aug. 12 on a charter trip with Capt. Danny Stasny.

Captain’s lament: If I have to fillet another snapper…   “If I have to fillet another snapper” … kind of sounds like a complaint, but it’s the opposite. I love catching mangrove snapper, and I love eating them, too. And, …

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Fishing – 08-19-2015

Melanie Brooks and husband Earl Brooks of Indiana show off their results from an Aug. 10 charter fishing trip with Capt. Warren Girle. They hooked up with these nice mangrove snapper while using shiners for bait in the nearshore waters of Anna Maria Island.

Weather, fishing fall into typical August pattern   Inshore fishing around Anna Maria Island is following a typical August pattern. Fishing the nearshore reefs and wrecks is resulting in mangrove snapper, flounder and juvenile grouper. Migratory fish, such as Spanish …

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Fishing – 08-12-2015

Bekka Stasny of Bradenton, Paul Leighton of Cotuit, Massachusetts, Dan Kuzyk of Goffstown, New Hampshire, and Angel Ruidiaz of Boston show off a catch of grouper and snapper they reeled up Aug. 5 while fishing offshore with Capt. Sam Kimball.

Stop watching the weather radar, go fish   The weather is back to normal and the fishing is following suit. Light east winds in the mornings are followed by a sea breeze and a 40 percent chance of rain in …

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Fishing – 08-05-2015

Kate Long of Sanford, Florida, hoists a 24-inch trout that hit her pinfish on a fishing trip July 31 with Capt. Danny Stasny.

Rain, rain go away — please stay out of Tampa Bay   If you like fishing in the rain, this past week was your week. Like clockwork, thunderstorms developing in the Gulf of Mexico were making landfall every morning, usually …

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Ricky Hoffman, father Rick Hoffman and their friend Rocky Azari, all of New Jersey, find their limit of trout in Sarasota Bay using shiners on an early morning charter July 23 with Capt. Warren Girle.

Avoid the worst heat — fish early or late to get hooked up   Fishing around Anna Maria Island in the peak heat of July can be a challenging venture to say the least. With water temps hovering near 90, …

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