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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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Fishing – 07-22-2015

Ray Terrafranca of England hooks up a nice-size tarpon offshore of the Egmont lighthouse on his July 13 charter with Capt. Danny Stasny.

Hatch bait increases, bringing migratory species   Fishing around Anna Maria Island is improving compared to the recent bite. An influx of hatch bait is appearing in Tampa Bay, which is in turn attracting a multitude of migratory fish. Around …

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Fishing – 07-15-2015

Parker Megginson, 12, visiting grandparents Les and Mona McGrath in Cortez from Hendersonville, Tennessee, had great success fishing July 1 from their Mount Vernon home’s seawall in Sarasota Bay. He hooked up this small tarpon, a snook and other fish — all released.

Beat the summer heat — fish early or go deep         Well, if I said fishing around Anna Maria Island is as good as it gets, I’d be lying. Or better yet, let’s say I’d be exaggerating the truth. …

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Fishing – 07-08-2015

Jerry Allen, Ron Mason, Brock Mason and Steve Elder of Ohio and Longboat Key show off their cobia catch on returning from an offshore trip with Capt. Warren Girle. The group fished with success on shiners

Bye-bye silver king, it’s time to catch dinner   As you probably already know, gag grouper season re-opened July 1. The open season will run through Dec. 2 and close Dec. 3. Size and bag limits are as follows: You …

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Fishing – 07-01-2015

Jeff Stewert shows off a 25-pound snook, caught and released on a shiner June 27. He was on an afternoon trip with Capt. Warren Girle, waiting for a tarpon to show, when Girle suggested baiting with shiners in the interim, which resulted in the reward for Stewert.

Water temps, mangrove snapper bites heat up   If you can stand the heat and humidity, fishing around Anna Maria Island is favorable, especially for mangrove snapper. To cool off you can always join the fish for a dip in …

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Fishing – 06-24-2015

C.J. Brisco, 16, of Texas, shows off his tarpon hookup with help from Gary Hoffman. The silver king was caught June 8 on a crab while on an early morning charter trip with Capt. Warren Girle. C.J. was visiting grandparents Fuzz and Sandy Menely of Holmes Beach.

It’s time to put some snapper in your mullet wrapper   An abundance of mangrove snapper is a welcome sight in our local waters. It’s also a great addition to the dinner menu. Most artificial reefs, wrecks and rock piles …

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Fishing – 06-17-2015

Paul Karon of Wisconsin and Longboat Key shows off his catch-and- release amberjack, hooked up on a shiner while on a fishing trip offshore with Capt. Warren Girle.

Tarpon or bust — the craze for the silver king continues   Tarpon are the No. 1 ticket for anglers for yet another week. Tarpon junkies from near and far are flocking to local waters just for the opportunity to …

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Fishing – 06-10-2015

Chuck Soibek of Longboat Key caught this 145-pound tarpon using pass crabs on a May 29 early morning charter with Capt. Warren Girle.

Tarpon star for sportsmen and women on Gulf coast   Tarpon remain center stage for yet another week around Anna Maria Island. Local fishing guides are reporting schools of fish from as far south as New Pass in Sarasota all …

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Fishing – 06-03-2015

Adam Keith, a reporter from an ABC-TV affiliate in New Jersey hangs onto his catch, a 100-plus pound tarpon caught May 26 using pass crabs on an early morning trip with Capt. Warren Girle.

Hooked: Once a tarpon fisher, always a tarpon fisher   You can catch a fever after one hookup. A gleaming mass of chrome fury erupts skyward against an orange sunrise on the horizon. A sequence of aerial acrobatics followed by …

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Fishing – 05-27-2015

Don Garber of New Jersey used a pass crab to entice this tarpon on the line while on a charter with Capt. Warren Girle

Tarpon remain targetable in local waters   The silver rush is on. Tarpon fishing along the Gulf beaches is in full swing now. Schooling fish can be found along the beaches of Anna Maria Island and Longboat Key with frequency. …

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