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Fishing – 04-15-2015

Jack and Phoebe Lembeck, visiting Anna Maria Island while on spring break from Chicago, caught this black fin tuna offshore in 40 feet of water using live bait. Capt. Warren Girle was as surprised as the kids with their catch of the day.

Snowbirds depart, migratory fish species arrive   Springtime fishing is heating up with a host of migratory species making a showing in our local waters. Kingfish, Spanish mackerel and cobia can be found in depths as shallow as 20 feet …

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Fishing – 04-08-2015

Capt. Will Osborne of Osborne Fishing Charters out of Cortez was fishing with Molly Taylor in Sarasota Bay March 30 when Taylor hooked up this monster tarpon — estimated to be 150 pounds — near the Cortez Bridge. Taylor battled the silver king for 45 minutes while a crowd watched her reel it to the boat. The fish was revived and released healthy to hook up another day. Islander Courtesy Photos.

No more cold fronts — please, let it spring into summer   Water temps are on the rise again, and, again, the bite is improving. The last week of March’s water temps fell into the mid 60s after the cold …

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Fishing – 04-01-2015

Michael Imparato of Bradenton shows off his whopper 31-inch linesider, caught March 17 offshore of Anna Maria Island on white bait on a charter fishing trip with Capt. Warren Girle.

Snook, redfish, trout — no break on action for this hot trio   Fishing the flats around Anna Maria Island is proving to be as good as it gets. Live bait shiners are providing sizzling flats action for spotted seatrout …

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Fishing – 03-25-2015

Bruce Georgov hooks up a 40-inch snook in Sarasota Bay using cut ladyfish while on a March 6 charter with Capt. Warren Girle. After a quick photo, the over-slot linesider was released to fight another day.

No (spring) break: action heats up on snook, redfish, trout   Springtime fishing around Anna Maria Island is heating up fast. Both back country and migratory species are being caught with regularity. On the flats, snook and redfish are devouring …

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Fishing – 03-18-2015

Bill and Barbara Keening along with friend Scott King, all from Bradenton, fished Sarasota Bay the afternoon of March 12 and caught trout using shrimp for bait on a charter with Capt. Warren Girle.

Warm waters means hot fishing   Springtime fishing around Anna Maria Island is living up to its reputation, when warmer waters and light breezes are providing some of the best fishing our region has to offer. Whether fishing with live …

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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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