Anna Maria Island Fishing Report: Captain Danny Stasny-12-14-14

Anna Maria Island Fishing Report
Captain Danny Stasny – Fishing Report – December 14, 2014
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—With the Christmas season approaching, another season is doing the same. Yes, that’s right — it’s time to start stalking the shorelines for pompano.
—The beaches of Anna Maria Island are a great place to start searching. Despite the beach renourishment totally changing our local shoreline, pompano fishers should be able to find a bite.

—Some of the more popular pompano spots are now buried with sand so you may need to do your homework to find the fish. And by homework I mean cruising up and down the beach until the right conditions appear. Look for spots along the beach where the trough still exists. The trough is the stretch of water between the shoreline and the first sandbar. Pompano use this as a highway to hunt for sand fleas up and down the shore. If you can find the trough, you’re looking in the right place. You just have to hope the fish are there.

—To catch pompano, fishers use a variety of baits and lures. Pompano like crustaceans, so using live shrimp, sand fleas and even small crabs will produce a bite. Small jigs also work well for pompano. There are a variety of sizes and shapes so it’s best to carry a few of each to see which one works. You can also have the best of both worlds by taking the jig you’re using and tip it with a small piece of shrimp. This way, you have the action of the jig combined with the smell of the shrimp — a deadly combination that can give you an edge when the pomps are finicky.

—Remember, according to FWC, pompano have to be a minimum size of 11-inches to the fork of the tail. There is no maximum size. The bag limit for pompano is 6 per person per day.

Anna Maria Island Fishing Report: Captain Danny Stasny 04-15-2013

Anna Maria Island Fishing Report
Captain Danny Stasny-April-15-2013
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—–April 2—– I fished around Anna Maria with Bob Salmon joined by his two sons, Hunter and Keegan, and Bob’s friend Dan Barker. We started out fishing some near shore structure with good results. Using live shiners for bait we managed to boat 4 cobia and a 22 inch flounder. Then we switched to using live shrimp on a knocker rig which resulted in numerous keeper mangrove snapper as well as some sheepshead in the 3 to 4 lb range. To finish out the day we rallied on spanish mackerel and a few black tip sharks. Not bad for a bunch of guys from Michigan. Continue Reading…

Captain Danny Stasny – Fishing Report – 04-01-2013

Captain Danny Stasny – Fishing Report – 04-01-2013
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—–Neil and Susie Mandsager of Iowa were able to join me this week for some sheepshead action on the artificial reefs around Anna Maria island. Using live shrimp combined with a 1/2 oz. knocker rig resulted in multiple fish ranging from 1 to 4 lbs.
—–After banging away on sheepies for awhile we switched locations in search of spotted sea trout.  Fishing deep grassflats with Berkely Gulp shrimp and a 1/4 oz jig head got us connected with some nice sized fish.  Along with speckled sea trout, Neil and Susie also managed to catch some respectably sized silver trout which we promptly filleted and put on ice once back at the dock.
—–Flounder are inhabiting near-shore structure as you can see in the picture of Vivck and Ravi Kiluk of Tampa. Their father, John, was very proud of his sons after watching them reel up so many different species in one day.  Along with that 21 inch flounder, the boys caught sheepshead, kw’s, and spanish mackerel.
—–After taking a little break from the action Vivck informed me that he wanted to catch “JAWS”.  I told him that sounded like a great idea to finish out the trip, so off we went in search of some man eaters.  I knew of a spot where some bonnet head sharks had been hanging out and upon arriving I saw multiple fish from up in the tower.  Ten minutes after setting the anchor we had a bonnet head shark on the line which was exciting for the kids.
—–On the next bait we were lucky enough to hook up with a 4 1/2 ft sand shark.  Needless to say, dad had to reel this one in.  Both sharks were released unharmed.
—–On a recent trip with Eric Harvey and his family we had good action on multiple species while fishing artificial reefs.  We started the day with sheepshead, mangrove snapper and Key West grunts. Eric’s sons, Ryan and James, quickly got the hang of reef fishing after their first couple fish.  Now, this is when the story starts getting good.  Jen, Eric’s wife, was busy reeling up a mangrove snapper and as  I peered into the green water to spot the fish in the depths below I got quite a surprise. Not only did I see the undersized snapper at the end of Jen’s line but I also saw a big, brown bomber directly under the fish curiously trying to get a taste.  Immediately I reached for another rod and frantically baited-up with a nice fat shiner.  The cobia was more than willing to accommodate us and instantly whacked the unsuspecting bait. Well, six cobia later we had two keepers in the coffin along with plenty of sheepies and grunts. Great job guys.
—–I also sent in the picture of Ryan’s file fish.  What a beautiful golden little fish.  It almost didn’t look real.  It may not be the biggest fish in the world but it made a really cool pic.

Captain Danny Stasny – Fishing Report – 03-25-2013

Captain Danny Stasny – Fishing Report – 03-25-2013
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—–Sheepshead are still biting good from the skyway bridge all the way down Longboat Key.  Artificial reefs seem to be holding bigger fish than docks.  Live shrimp combined with a knocker rig consisting of a 1/2 oz egg sinker and a 1/0 circle hook are getting the job done.
—–John Quill of Maryland has the biggest sheepie of the season so far, all 7 pounds and 22 inches of him.  John and his longtime friend Tom Boyer joined me for an afternoon trip which resulted in numerous sheepshead, mangrove snapper, and a few stray gags.
—–The trip with John Bryant, his son Matt,  and buddy Tyler Richie was another rally on sheepies.  We returned to the dock with at least 20 fish in the 1 to 3 pound range.  These guys were on a sheepshead mission with a fish fry in mind.  They got it too.
—–While fishing with Scott Balmanno and his son Braden, we added a little variety to the mix with redfish and snook.  We were joined by Randy Fields and his son Mac.  With water temps in the low 60’s we started out dock fishing for reds.  Two hours later we had caught 15 reds and had 4 keepers on ice in the coffin.  The biggest fish was 24 inches.  So we moved on to find some sheepshead and we sure found them.  We had a good rally around docks although most were on the small side.  We managed to add 10 sheepies to our box and decided to see if we could get a snook to bite.  When we arrived at the spot I could see a lot of snook from my vantage point in the tower.  When I got down, I could also see that the water temp was only 63.5 degrees.  We started out by chumming with live shiners.  Only one fish rose from the bottom to eat a bait.  Real encouraging, huh?  Well, we managed to catch eight snook, the biggest coming in at 27 inches.  Belly hooking the baits to get them to swim toward the bottom seemed to work.  We also sight casted to a couple of fish which worked too.
—–Jigging deeper grassflats with Berkley gulp shrimp combined with a 1/4 oz jighead is producing decent numbers of big trout up to 22 inches.  While targeting trout we’re catching spanish macks and ladyfish which adds a little variety between trout bites.

Captain Danny Stasny – Fishing Report – 03/14/13

Captain Danny Stasny-Fishing Report-03-14-2013
Island Discount Tackle Charter Desk: (941) 779-2838

—The next trip report is with Richard Scanlon of Minnesota on Friday the 7th.  Richard is a really cool guy and I like fishing with him.  He fished with me last year at along the Seven Pines shoreline between Perico Bayou and the mouth of the Manatee River. We tore-up the redfish on that trip.
—Well, this time the tide wasn’t right for the reds so instead we set-out to do a little sheepherdin’. We ended up puttin’ a hurtin’ on the sheepies that day. We came back to the dock with eighteen fish ranging from 1 to 4 pounds.  We also managed to coax a few mangrave snapper out of the structure that day too.  The biggest snapper was 15 inches.  Add a few fat key west grunts and the fish fry was complete!

Captain Danny Stasny – Fishing Report – 03/11/13

Captain Danny Stasny-Fishing Report-03-11-2013
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—On last week’s trip with Jen Kroeger and her daughter Evelyn, we dock-fished for reds using a knocker rig baited with live shrimp. A knocker rig usually has a free-sliding egg sinker located just above the hook or above a swivel.
—This trip was on Friday the 1st which was the beginning of that last good cold front we had.  The temperature was in the low fifties when we left the dock at Island Discount Tackle. By the time we got to the eastern shoreline of Palma Sola Bay, my eyes were tearing from the 20 minute freezing cold ride we had all just endured.
—After we thawed out, we managed to get great rallies on redfish and sheepies on 3 out of the 4 docks we tried.  The average size on the reds was 15 to 17 inches but we caught at least 30 of  ’em.  It was great. The keepers that Jen and Evelyn caught were 23 and 25 inches.
—We were joined by Craig and Deb McKinney, Jen’s parents.  Figured I better mention them since they paid for the trip.  Ha! They’re from Wisconsin.  Oh yeah, Craig caught a 21 inch flounder that day but it eluded my camera for some reason.

Captain Danny Stasny – Fishing Report – 02/10/13

Captain Danny Stasny-Fishing Report-02-10-2013
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—My clients have been having a great time catching big sheepshead, snapper, and grouper around structure in Tampa Bay. The Egmont Reef has also been holding fish during the slack tides, and the grassflats have been producing redfish and trout.
—The key to enticing the sheepshead to bite has been by using fiddler crabs or live shrimp with a light fluorocarbon leader and a small size 4 hook. Split-shot weights, or 1/4-1/2 oz. jigheads have also been working well as the tide picks up.

– Captain Danny Stasny