Thank you for visiting The Islander Newspaper Online.

We are currently updating our website to provide you better service and function.
If you would like to access the new site, please, click here: The Islander Newspaper

Sorry for any inconvenience. Our new site and service will resume shortly.

Web Master

The Award Winning & Best News on Anna Maria Island, FL Since 1992

"The Award Winning & Best News on Anna Maria Island, FL Since 1992"

Sunday, Apr, 20, 2014
Florida Press Assn. Award-Winning Web Site
Home Latest News Weather Sports Real Estate Classifieds Island Guide Islander Store

 SECTIONS

 • 

Main News

 • 

Classifieds

 • 

Opinions

 • 

Streetlife

 • 

Calendar

 • 

Fishing

 • 

Sports

 • 

Real Estate

 • 

Obituaries

 • 

Weather

 Features

 • 

Cortez Cook Off: The Results

 • 

Anna Maria Island Bridge FDOT replacement bridge

 • 

National Hurricane Center (Atlantic)

 • 

Advanced Search

 • 

I love AMI

 • 

Mystery Story

 • 

Fishing Laws

 Classifieds

 • 

Classifieds Page

 • 

Place An AD

 • 

Items for Sale

 • 

Garage Sale

 • 

Estate Sale

 • 

Announcments

 • 

Lost & Found

 • 

Pets

 • 

Transportation

 • 

Boats & Boating

 • 

Fishing

 • 

Kids 4 Hire

 • 

Help Wanted

 • 

Health Care

 • 

Services

 • 

Lawn & Garden

 • 

Landscaping

 • 

Home Improvement

 • 

Business Opportunities

 • 

Rentals

 • 

Real Estate

 Weather

 • 

Today's Forecast

 • 

10 Day Forecast

 • 

Today's Tides

 • 

Emergency e-mail

 • 

Storm Watch

 Archive

 • 

News Archive

 • 

2009 Top Notch Gallery

 • 

2008 Top Notch Gallery

 • 

2007 Top Notch Gallery

 • 

2006 Top Notch Gallery

 • 

2005 Top Notch Gallery

 • 

2004 Top Notch Gallery

 Useful Links

 • 

Island Links

 • 

i.wed

 • 

Islander Store

 • 

About this Site

 Contact Us

 • 

Islander Store

 • 

Subscribe

 • 

About Us

 • 

e-mail us

Story Tools

Date of Issue: September 10, 2008

Backwaters good, offshore iffy with storms

Fishing pic
Capt. Logan Bystrom, left, and brother Connor Bystrom, both of Holmes Beach, came up on some tuna while on a summer fishing trip to the Florida Keys.
Fishing pic
Big red
Joey Gillis of Tampa caught this fine-looking redfish while fishing with Capt. Tom Chaya aboard Dolphin Dreams Charters.

Offshore anglers are having a tough time, what with the mix of tropical weather associated with Fay and Gustav and the anticipated rough seas with the approach of Hurricane Ike.

But the backwater fishers are doing well with trout, snook and redfish.

Capt. Sam Kimball, out of Annie’s Bait & Tackle on Cortez Road, said he’s staying in the backwater, catching snook, redfish and trout.

Capt. Mark Johnston of Annie’s said he’s also catching trout, redfish and snook.

Bill Lowman at Island Discount Tackle at Catchers Marina in Holmes Beach said offshore fishers have had a rough time getting out, but those who do are catching a few grouper. Backwater anglers are catching redfish, snapper and trout.

Bob Kilb at the Rod & Reel Pier said anglers there are catching small mackerel, mangrove snapper, redfish and black drum.

Dave Sork at the Anna Maria City Pier said fishers there were pretty much echoing what was coming from the Rod & Reel: macks, snapper, reds and drum.

Dave Johnson at Snead Island Crab House said he’s seeing big snapper coming to the dock, as well as big redfish from Terra Ceia Bay.

At Tropic Isles Marina, reports include some big 60-pound bull sharks, plus trout and snapper.

Capt. Rick Gross on Fishy Business out of Catchers Marina in Holmes Beach said snook season’s opening has been good so far, with limit catches every day to date.

Capt. Larry McGuire of Show Me The Fish Charters said he didn’t go out last week due to the bad weather, but expects fishing “to be fantastic when the weather clears up. These storms always push new fish into our area, including lots more grouper, snapper and cobia on the ledges and hard bottom. I forecast more pelegic fish being pushed into our area, like big mahi mahi, wahoo, billfish and kingfish.”

Capt. Zach Zacharias on the Dee-Jay II out of Parrot Cove Marina said he took Homer and Jesse Williams of Tampa out last week and caught spotted sea trout and mangrove snapper. “We fished primarily in the Tidy Island vicinity of north Sarasota Bay and Palma Sola. White bait was plentiful, good-sized, and easy to get. The heavy rain bands from Gustav over the weekend didn’t mess up the water quality, in fact, the storm helped by lowering the water temps,” he added.

On my boat Magic, we’ve been putting charters onto trout, mangrove snapper to 20 inches and too many sharks.

Good luck and good Fishing.

Capt. Mike Heistand is a 20-year-plus fishing guide. Call him at 723-1107 to provide a fishing report. Prints and digital images of your catch are also welcome and may be dropped off at The Islander, 5404 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach, or e-mailed to news@islander.org. Please include identification for persons in the picture along with information on the catch and a name and phone number for more information. Snapshots may be retrieved once they appear in the paper.

Have your say:

No comments for this page. Feel free to be the first

Username:

Contact:

(email or url)

Subject:

Your View:

Please enter the security code below:

security  

Get breaking news

Follow the Islander on TwitterBecome a fan of The Islander on Facebook

Sign up to receive breaking news alerts via e-mail. We'll send you a notice when the news and classifieds appear online every week, before the print edition hits the streets.

Click here for Gulf oil spill updates related to Anna Maria Island.

Historic Anna Maria City Pier Plank Walk

Put your name, your message, your memorial on the Historic Anna Maria City Pier prior to the Pier Centennial Celebration! And join the fun!

CLICK HERE for Stoltzfus e-mails and related court documents.


FREE Island
Vacation Guide:
get it here

Cortez Cookoff

Click here for 2010 Cortez Cookoff Winner and recipes

To advertise here, please
visit our rates page
or contact us at:
sales@islander.org
Phone: (941) 778-7978
Fax: (941) 778-9392

Back to top of Page

Home | Weather | Real Estate | Classifieds | Archives | Contact | Island Links
Islander Store | Subscribe About this site | Classifieds Page | Place an Ad
For Sale | Garage Sales | Announcements | Lost & Found | Pets | Transportation
Boats & Boating | Fishing | Kids for Hire | Help Wanted | Health Care | Services
Lawn & Garden | Landscaping | Home Improvement | Business Opportunities | Rentals | Real Estate

Our Privacy and Copyright Statements © 1992 - 2009, The Islander