Fishing – 03-11-2015

Matt Georgov and Bruce Georgov of Pennsylvania and Longboat Key caught and released a 31-inch and 33-inch red fish consecutively March 6 in Sarasota Bay using shrimp while on charter trip with Capt. Warren Girle.

March madness — Anna Maria style   March is here and with it comes a hint of spring — warm southern breezes, longer days, hoards of tourists and, best of all, springtime fishing. Amid personal watercraft, tour boats, rental boats …

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Fishing – 03-04-2015

Jeff Counihan, Gabby Magliocchetti, Rachel Counihan and Mike Magliocchetti of Colorado show their catch of hog snapper caught in 40 feet of water using shrimp on a very foggy Feb. 24 charter with Capt. Warren Girle.

Sheep herding season starts up in earnest   Well, it’s that time again— the sheep herding has begun. Respectable numbers of convict fish are being reported throughout our region. Most of the nearshore reefs are holding fish, as well as …

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Fishing – 02-25-2015

Capt. Warren Girle guided Gregg Balance, Mark Srellini, Phil Pellegrino and Tony Pellegrino — all from Bradenton — to Sarasota Bay Feb. 17, where they caught trout, sheepshead and black drum using shrimp for bait. Islander Courtesy Photo

Hold on for warmer weather, sunny days, improved fishing   Wintertime fishing around Anna Maria Island remains subject to frequent cold fronts sweeping down from the north — limiting opportunities on the water. While water temps have dropped to 57-60 …

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Fishing – 02-18-2015

After an afternoon of catching sheepshead, Beulah Bowen of Westbay Cove in Holmes Beach, managed to finish her day with a pompano on a Feb. 12 charter with Capt. Danny Stasny.

Wintertime bite around Anna Maria settles into pattern   The wintertime bite around Anna Maria Island is settling in with a cast of the usual suspects — the species we normally catch this time of year. Sheepshead are beginning to …

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Fishing – 02-11-2015

Linda Smith of Oxford, Iowa, shows off a 27-inch redfish she hooked with a shrimp for bait on a Jan. 31 charter with Capt. Danny Stasny.

February fishing: patience, persistence   With water temps ranging from the high 50s to the low 60s, fishing our local waters is requiring patience, persistence and several layers of warm clothes. Strong winds from the north are bringing the cold …

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Fishing – 02-04-2015

Earl Jaffe of Chicago and Rick Platz of Canada fished Jan. 28 in Sarasota Bay with Capt. Warren Girle, resulting in some nice-size sheepsheads.

On again, off again winter weather results in sporadic catch   The cold weather is upon us. The lack of cold fronts and rough seas I spoke of in last week’s fishing report are came back to haunt me. I …

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Fishing – 01-28-2015

The winning catch Kyle Feehan of Holmes Beach says she worked real hard and “just couldn’t find any bigger sheepshead.” In one day she reeled up three convict fish — two a little over 4 pounds and one just under 5 pounds — to capture The Islander “biggest sheepie contest.” Thanks for all the submissions, including from Joyce McKinney of Cortez, and Hunter Difeffenbach, 13, visiting from Michigan. This trio had the biggest and best — and we’d like to award them an Islander “More-than-a-Mullet-Wrapper” T-shirt. Locals, come to the office, 5604B Marina Drive, Holmes Beach. Hunter, give us a call with your address. Congratulations to the top anglers.

Is it really January? The fish seem confused   Is winter going to settle in for Anna Maria Island? Mild temperatures and calm waters have made most of the winter season feel like fall never ended. My thermometer outside reads …

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Fishing – 01-21-2015

Dave Ferguson of Holmes Beach shows off one of the pompano he caught on a Jan. 14 trip with Capt. Danny Stasny.

Pompano is the species to target in January   Typically, January fishing around Anna Maria Island brings one thing to mind — pompano. During this month, we start to see a concentration of these tasty fish foraging along the various …

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Fishing – 01-14-2015

Joyce McKinney of Marion, North Carolina, reels in a sheepshead at her son-in-law’’s dock in Cortez, but she was too excited to weigh or measure it. She quickly returned it to the bay, saying, “I’m a catch-and-release fisher woman and do so every opportunity I get.”

Hot fishing action takes on new year chill   January fishing is proving to be productive in our local waters despite recent cold fronts. If you haven’t noticed, days of mild temperatures and calm waters are outnumbering the cold windy …

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Fishing – 01-07-2015

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