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Nice Trout Inshore; Keeper Mutton Offshore by Dave Hanson (11/09/2017)
Fishing inshore has been good, with cooler water temps bringing larger sheepshead, along with some trout and pompano. Offshore, grouper and snapper have been biting well, along with other bottom species.
SW FL-Bonita Beach: Fishing pre and post Hurricane Irma by Dave Hanson (10/07/2017)
The storm, paired with the after effects adding to the slowness of an already slow time for fishing clients in SWFL put a damper on business. But a few trips pre and post-Irma were productive for grouper offshore and redfish inshore.
SW FL-Bonita Beach: Reds & Snook inshore; Shark, Grouper, & Snapper Offshore by Dave Hanson (8/19/2017)
Fishing has been productive both offshore and inshore. Despite heavy rains and fresh water influx, some decent redfish, under-sized snook, and sheepshead have been found aroung the backwater islands. Red grouper and lane snapper predominate offshore, with a few sharks in the mix.
SW FL-Bonita Beach: Grouper, snapper, redfish, black drum, sheepshead by Dave Hanson (7/20/2017)
Fishing has been excellent for lane snapper and red grouper offshore, and for redfish, sheepshead, and black drum inshore.
SW FL-Bonita Beach: June wrap-up-Grouper, Snapper, Shark by Dave Hanson (7/01/2017)
We have had LOTS of rain this month, and a few heavy storms. But, when able to get out, fishing has been excellent for red grouper, lane snapper, and other bottom species, as well as a few shark battles.
SW FL-Bonita Beach: Cobia, Shark, Grouper & Snapper by Dave Hanson (6/03/2017)
Offshore fishing has been productive for various species, including cobia, shark, red grouper, lane snapper and porgies. Inshore, sand bream, snook and sheepshead have been biting.
SW FL-Bonita Beach: Summertime Shark Action, Grouper & Snapper by Dave Hanson (5/11/2017)
Seas are calm right now, and fishing offshore has been good for various sharks, as well as grouper, snapper, and other bbottom species. Inshore, redfish, whiting, some trout, and a few leftover sheepshead have been biting.
SW FL-Bonita beach: Shark, Grouper, Snapper, Drum by Dave Hanson (4/22/2017)
When winds and seas lay down enough, grouper and snapper fishing has been great offshore. Tides in the backwaters have been tricky but, on a good tide, nice black drum are predominant.
SW FL-Bonita Beach: Bull Red; Grouper Offshore When Calm by Dave Hanson (4/09/2017)
Winds and seas have been tricky, but fishing for grouper and snapper has been good on the calm days. Inshore, low tides and muddy conditions have been a challenge, but redfish, sheepshead and black drum are biting well on favorable tides.
SW FL-Bonita Beach: Offshore or Inshore-great Fishing! by Dave Hanson (3/25/2017)
Lots of windy days precluded offshore fishing, but backwater catches of drum and sheepshead were productive. When able to get offshore,red grouper and snapper were predominant.
SW FL-Bonita Beach: Reds & Drum Inshore; Grouper & Snapper Offshore by Dave Hanson (3/05/2017)
Fishing has been productive for lots of lane snapper and red grouper offshore, as well as black drum and redfish in the bay. Winds disrupted things the past few days, with high seas and low tides.
SW FL-Bonita Beach: two weeks of excellent fishing offshore by Dave Hanson (2/16/2017)
Fishing has been excellent offshore for lane snapper, red grouper, occasional mangrove snapper and black sea bass, porgies, grunts, out-of-season-catch-release triggerfish, and more.
SW FL-Bonita Beach: All kinds of bottom fish offshore; Drum & sheepshead inshore by Dave Hanson (1/27/2017)
Fishing has been great offshore when seas are calm, productive for red grouper, lane and mangrove snapper, and other bottom varieties. The bays, on favorable tides,have been producing big black drum and sheepshead.
SW FL-Bonita Beach: Lane snapper, red grouper, black drum & more by Dave Hanson (1/07/2017)
Fishing offshore has been great for lots of keeper lanes, lots of red grouper with occasional keepers as close in as 20-23 miles, and for other bottom varieties. Inshore, the black drum have been hitting hard, along with some winter sheepshead.
Inshore on a good tide; offshore in calm seas-Fishing is great! by Dave Hanson (12/16/2016)
Drum have been biting on good tides inshore, some as big as 32 inches, which are fun to catch and release. Offshore, the red grouper have moved further out, but we still caught a few within 25 miles of shore.
SW FL-Bonita Beach: Black Drum Invasion! red grouper too by Dave Hanson (12/01/2016)
Fishing has been excellent this month, both inshore and offshore, with lots of red grouper, lane snapper, redfish, black drum, and sheepshead.
SW FL-Bopnita beach: october: Mostly back-bay--Reds, Sheepshead, Black drum by Dave Hanson (10/29/2016)
Winds have been relentless for the past few weeks, and offshore fishing has been rough. But back-bay anglers have enjoyed success with redfish, snook, sheepshead, black drum and more.
SW FL-Bonita beach: Grouper, Snapper, Goliaths, Shark, Redfish, Black Drum by Dave Hanson (9/23/2016)
It is slow season here in SW FL, but the several trips i have had so far this month have been productive, both offshore and inshore.
SW FL-Bonita beach: Lanes, grouper, flounder, shark, goliaths & more by Dave Hanson (8/22/2016)
It is slow season in SW FL,but what trips I have taken have been productive, especially for grouper and snapper, as well as for some fun battles with shark and goliaths.
SW FL-Bonita Beach: Lots of Grouper & Snapper by Dave Hanson (7/25/2016)
Red grouper and lane snapper are the predominant catches right now, along with some other bottom varieties. Smaller snapper and crevalle jacks bit well in the backwaters.
SW FL-Bonita beach: Bull-red inshore; Nice grouper, snapper, hog offshore by Dave Hanson (7/02/2016)
Seas have been smooth all this past week, and the fishing has been excellent for a variety of offshore species. Inshore, tides have been good, and fishing is good when there isn't too much fresh water influx from seasonal rains.
SW FL-Bonita Beach: Shark, grouper, big lane snapper by Dave Hanson (6/12/2016)
Fishing has been good on the days it wasn't storming--red grouper continue to bite well, and the size and number of lane snapper has been great.
SW FL-Bonita beach: Some Big Game this week by Dave Hanson (5/21/2016)
A 400-pound goliath grouper and a 10-foot tiger shark topped the list of big-game this week. Food-fish included keeper red grouper, lane and mangrove snapper, porgies, and grunts.
SW FL-Bonita Beach: grouper & snapper & shark, oh my by Dave Hanson (5/06/2016)
Bottom fishing has been very good out to 25 miles, for grouper, lots of lane snapper, and more.
SW FL-Bonita beach: grouper, snapper, shark, trout by Dave Hanson (4/24/2016)
Seas have been higher than their predictions recently, and we tolerated some choppy conditions a few times over the past couple of weeks,. But catches of grouper and snapper have been good, and a few goliath battles were fun too. Inshore, trips have been a little slow, except for a fun battle with a bonnethead and some decent trout.
SW FL-Bonita Beach: Lots of Action! by Dave Hanson (4/09/2016)
Fishing has been great lately, with keeper red grouper, some nice catch-and-release gags, shark, snapper, mackerel, snook, and a b bit of everything!
SW FL-Bonita beach: Lots of variety offshore and inshore by Dave Hanson (3/25/2016)
Trout, sheepshead, and an occasional redfish have been the recent bay catches. Offshore, big sheepshead, land and mangrove snapper, red grouper, Spanish mackerel, flounder, and other bottom varieties have been active.
SW FL-Bonita beach: Grouper, snapper, big sheepshead, trout by Dave Hanson (3/12/2016)
Winds and seas have been difficult obstacles recently, but we managed a few calm enough days offshore, as well as several good inshore trips. Snapper and big sheepshead are abundant, with most of the keeper red groupers now well offshore, though we caught a few keepers the beginning of March as close in as 22 miles.
SW FL-Bonita Beach: Snapper abundant offshore; Trout inshore by Dave Hanson (2/28/2016)
All kinds of snapper have been biting well, about 22 miles west of New Pass, when seas allow us to get out. Inshore, lots of trout have been biting, along with some pompano.
SW FL-Bonita beach: Big snapper, sheepshead, redfish, trout by Dave Hanson (2/14/2016)
Fishing has been very productive for a variety of snappers offshore, and for redfish and trout inshore. Large sheepshead have been biting in both places.
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