Thursday, November 21, 2013

Fish we are thankful for

Thanksgiving is a great time of year- delicious food, time with family & friends, and a day when we can all reflect on things we are grateful for.  Wonderful weather that's not too hot or cold, waters that are full of action packed fishing, & stone crab season (it opened Oct. 15th) are just a few of the many things to give thanks for.  Kingfish right off the beach is something else to be thankful for!  Not many people are aware of how many kings are this close inshore (don't tell anyone!), and the best time to fish for them is when we have a strong east wind & the seas are too large for the kingfish to go further offshore.  Might as well stay in closer & let the island block the winds... this allows YOU to be "king" of the beach!

Above is Megan Crane from WIlloughby, OH, with the first kingfish she's ever caught!  She was using a freelined sardine directly off Anna Maria Island.  Megan & her family also experienced a bountiful harvest of more kingfish, as well as other fish.

Mark Scovill is thankful for the grouper he caught while here from Grand Rapids, Michigan.  He's pictured above holding the gag he caught using sardines in about 50 ft offshore Anna Maria Island.  On the same trip with Capt. Larry, Mark & the party he was fishing with caught their limit of grouper & some miscellaneous snapper.

If post-Thanksgiving football isn't enough entertainment for you, book a trip with Show Me The Fish Charters & you'll not only have the good times you're looking for, but you're also sure to burn off some of those pumpkin pie calories!

Capt. Larry McGuire
SHOW ME THE FISH CHARTERS
OPERATING OUT OF THE BRADENTON BEACH MARINA
Cell: (941) 720 - 6475
Email: Captlarrymcguire@gmail.com
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Monday, November 4, 2013

No tricks, only treats!

Thought there's fishing in England, it's just not quite the same as the fishing in Tampa Bay waters.  Nathan Bowman- from London, England is pictured at left with his first kingfish, and it's an impressive one at that! The big king hit a free-lined sardine in about 60 ft offshore of Anna Maria Island. Nathan also caught his limit of red grouper and some snapper while fishing with Capt. Larry. 




Along with the kingfish & cobia, gag grouper are on the move, going closer inshore. To the right is Bill Evans from Bradenton, with his limit of monster gag grouper. He caught these beasts in about 50 ft offshore of Anna Maria Island using live grunts and pinfish. The party also caught more gag and red grouper, kingfish, mackerel and snappers.

Below is the Captain himself, holding a bright American Red Snapper he caught during the recent mini-season. He was using a sardine in about 125 ft offshore of Anna Maria Island. On that same trip, they also caught many large red grouper, a few gag grouper, scamps, lane and mangrove snapper.


 If your candy wasn't what you were craving, and you need something a little more fun than dressing up, Show Me the Fish Charters has exactly what you are looking for to kick your happiness into high gear!

Capt. Larry McGuire
SHOW ME THE FISH CHARTERS
OPERATING OUT OF THE BRADENTON BEACH MARINA
Cell: (941) 720 - 6475
Email: Captlarrymcguire@gmail.com
facebook.com/ShowMeTheFish





Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Snap up some snappers!





Though they don't get as big as some of the other fish Capt. Larry often catches, snappers are some of the tastiest fish in the Gulf.  Joey Dale is pictured to the left with two nice American red snappers.  Joey was using sardines in about 150 ft offshore of Anna Maria Island. The party caught their limit of red snappers, beautiful scamp, a myriad of red grouper and more sharks than you can shake a stick at!


Bill Rolston, from Bradenton, got to tap into the MANGROVE MANIA too!  He's pictured below holding a delicious  mangrove snapper he caught using a sardine in about 100 ft offshore of Anna Maria Island.  It's not the first time Bill has been fishing with Capt. Larry; he enjoyed his last adventures so much he came back for more!  In this most recent trip, his party also caught more snapper, battled (and won) some serious amberjack, and a 120 lb spinner shark. 



Frank Ditzig from Cleveland, Ohio is shown below with a delightful red snapper he caught using a sardine in about 135 ft offshore of Anna Maria Island. Frank and party also caught a busload of large red grouper, more snappers and a few sharks.  It's safe to say a good time was had by all!



If your fall activities aren't as exciting as fighting fish that could end up on your skillet, maybe it's time to reevaluate how you're spending your time & make an allowance in your schedule to get out on the water with Capt. Larry.  A wise man once said, happiness can be found at the end of a fishing line.  Get your line in the water & catch something worth talking about on facebook!


Capt. Larry McGuire
SHOW ME THE FISH CHARTERS
OPERATING OUT OF THE BRADENTON BEACH MARINA
Cell: (941) 720 - 6475
Email: Captlarrymcguire@gmail.com
facebook.com/ShowMeTheFish



Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Grouper Bonanza!

Though the heat is starting to dissipate as we get into autumn, the grouper action offshore of Anna Maria Island is really heating up!  Check out the picture of Austin Goncalves (from Bradenton), holding one of the many red grouper he caught that day while fishing with Capt. Larry.  Austin was using a sardine, a bait that the grouper seem more than a little partial to.  


Big things were poppin' on a different trip.  Brad Burton, Howard Merritt, Dan Rawls, Shannon Willis, Marc Todd (and not pictured in the team- Les Citko), a group from Tampa, FL are shown to the right with their catch of groupers [reds and gags], plus some mangrove snapper, lane snapper and vermilion snapper.  The party caught their limit of grouper early in the trip, and then went to work catching snapper, fought some mean amberjacks, sharks and goliath groupers to finish out the day.   They were fishing with live and cut bait out to 130 ft offshore of Anna Maria Island.


If that isn't enough to convince you about the serious grouper business awaiting you, perhaps this will:  here's Cayla Massy, from Cederville Michigan, with her first gag grouper!  She also caught it using a sardine, but in about 45 ft offshore of Anna Maria Island. Kayla and her family caught many more grouper and snapper while fishing with Capt. Larry.

Even though it's football season, there's still plenty of time for fishing & getting a piece of
the grouper action.  As you can see from the above photos, Capt. Larry doesn't mess around when it comes to grouper, and if you want someone to SHOW YOU THE FISH, he's the man to do it-  keep your lines tight & your hook baited!

Capt. Larry McGuire
SHOW ME THE FISH CHARTERS
OPERATING OUT OF THE BRADENTON BEACH MARINA
Cell: (941) 720 - 6475
Email: Captlarrymcguire@gmail.com
facebook.com/ShowMeTheFish

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Tuna Time!

What time is it kids?  IT'S TUNA TIME!  Fun fact: blackfin tuna are actually the smallest of the tuna species, but that doesn't make them any less delicious or exciting to catch.  To the left is Max Lawson & Hayden Wilson holding a big blackfin tuna, caught while using a pinfish on a flat line in about 145ft offshore Anna Maria Island.  The guys were down here for summer vacation from Tulsa, Oklahoma, celebrating their graduation from high school. The party also caught red snapper, red grouper, catch and release monster gag grouper, amberjacks, barracuda  blacktip and spinner sharks while fishing with Capt Larry.


Just because it's Tuna Time, doesn't mean there aren't other species to be pursued.  Below we see Sara Dale, a local from Anna Maria Island, with an angry red snapper she caught while using a sardine in about 150 ft offshore of Anna Maria Island. Sara and family caught their limit of tasty snappers, plus red grouper, scamps and sharks.

Another local, Richard Winston- of Bradenton, is shown below with the largest red grouper he's ever caught.  Richard was using a sardine, a favorite treat for many fish, in about 130 ft offshore of Anna Maria Island, when he hooked this monster.  The party had a great day, catching more grouper than what's pictured, amberjacks,  a few different kinds of snappers, & even some sharks (blacktip & spinners up to 6 ft)!  


So, if you're sick of tuna from a can, now is the time to go out there & get you some of the delight that is fresh fish.  However, if food isn't your first priority when it comes to fishing, there's some great action out there this time of year.  Offshore fishing is a rewarding hobby no matter how you look at it.  Book a trip with Capt. Larry today & liven up your recreational activities that's full of excitement & fresh air!

Capt. Larry McGuire
SHOW ME THE FISH CHARTERS
NOW OPERATING OUT OF THE BRADENTON BEACH MARINA
Cell: (941) 720 - 6475
Email: Captlarrymcguire@gmail.com
facebook.com/ShowMeTheFish

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Mahi- Mahi are in town

Some people aren't huge fans of catching or eating mahi-mahi, because they see it as a type of dolphin, when in reality it's a dolphinfish (also widely known as "dorado"), and not even related to a Flipper-style dolphin.  Red Bailey, of the Lakewood Ranch Fishing Club, is shown to the left holding some of the school of mahi-mahi he caught using chunks of sardines, in about 150 ft offshore of Anna Maria Island.  

 Steve Miller, also with the Lakewood Ranch Fishing Club, holds his trophy red grouper below.  The Lakewood Ranch Fishing club has had adventures with Capt. Larry before, which you can read about here & here.  The club also caught large red grouper & some mangrove snapper.





Below is Jackie Nords, posing with a bull shark she caught offshore of Anna Maria Island, in about 100ft waters. Jackie is from Cincinnati, Ohio & is a student from Notre Dame.  She was here on summer vacation with friends catching amberjacks, grouper, snapper and more sharks while fishing with Capt Larry.  



This post just goes to show, there's quite a variety of fish out there to be caught, so whether you are down with the Mahi-Mahi being in town, maybe want to make a shark week of your own, or just want some tasty fish to throw on the grill, Capt. Larry can lead you to the promised land of better living through good fishing!  


Capt. Larry McGuire
SHOW ME THE FISH CHARTERS
OPERATING OUT OF THE BRADENTON BEACH MARINA
Cell: (941) 720 - 6475
Email: Captlarrymcguire@gmail.com
facebook.com/ShowMeTheFish

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Vacation or Staycation... Fishing is where it's at!

As we ease into fall, Capt. Larry's charters are still enjoying the hot summer smoker kingfish.  Below we see Ken Bennett & Josh Brown (both from Bradenton), with their kingfish they caught offshore Anna Maria Island.  The big kings hit a free-lined sardine that was sitting the rod holder while they were catching their limit of grouper- as well as some snappers, and an 8 ft nurse shark. Every summer we usually hook up a few of these giant mackerel, but are usually more of a fall and spring break catch. Its a beautiful thing when the plan comes together!  




Cassidy Muller is shown below holding one of her FIRST groupers she's ever caught!  She was visiting from Caldwell, New Jersey, & it's safe to say the family had a great vacation while fishing with Capt. Larry.  This red grouper was caught using a sardine, in about 50 ft offshore of Anna Maria Island. 


When Mark Priede & his family were on vacation from Cincinnati, Ohio, with they caught a lively & varied group of fish while on their charter; bull sharks, grouper, snapper & quite a lot of amberjacks!  Mark is pictured with his first amberjack he caught while using a butterfly jig, in about 150 ft offshore of Anna Maria Island. 

 
Whether you're in the Tampa Bay area for a vacation or you live here year round, a fishing trip with Capt. Larry is the perfect way to enjoy the great outdoors with friends/family.  As it starts to cool down, there will more types of fish just aching for a hook to bite... It's up to you to make it your line that has that big fish on it!

Capt. Larry McGuire

SHOW ME THE FISH CHARTERS
OPERATING OUT OF THE BRADENTON BEACH MARINA
Cell: (941) 720 - 6475
Email: Captlarrymcguire@gmail.com