Fishing Reports by Captain Dave Hanson

About The Author:

Company: Fish Buster Charters

Area Reporting: Bonita Beach

Bio: Captain Dave Hanson is a native of southwest Florida. He has been fishing local waters since childhood, and has been fishing professionally for over fifteen years. He is Coast Guard licensed, and is a member in good standing of the Bonita Springs Chamber of Commerce. He has been featured in several national fishing magazines, and he also appears weekly in the fishing reports sections of the Bonita, Ft. Myers, Ft. Myers Beach, and Naples, FL newspapers.

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SW FL Bonita Beach Good Variety, even caught a scamp! (9/24/2012)
[Bonita Beach,FL] Fishing has been pretty good, both inside and outside, though low tides have caused a few headaches this past week.
SW FL-Bonita Beach: Nice Gag Grouper, Goliaths, Shark, Snapper (9/03/2012)
[Bonita Beach,FL] Once Tropical Storm/Hurricane Isaac got past us, and the angry seas calmed down, fishing was excellent, especially for nice grouper.
SW FL-Bonita Beach: Goliaths, Gags & Snapper (8/20/2012)
[Bonita Beach,FL] Goliath grouper battles have been fun and exhausting! Keeper gag grouper have made for great table-fare.
SW FL-Bonita Beach: Goliaths, Gags & Snapper (8/20/2012)
[Bonita Beach,FL] Goliath battles have been fun, exciting and exhausting! Keeper gag grouper have been the table-fare of choice recently.
SW FL-Bonita Beach: Abundant Hogfish, Mangs, Lanes, Grouper and more (8/06/2012)
[Bonita Beach,FL] Fishing has been productive offshore. Chances of rain are increasing, with a depression offshore, but so far, so good!
SW FL-Bonita Beach: Recent trips, before the rains came (7/16/2012)
[Bonita Beach,FL] Family reunions and rain have limited my time on the water recently. But, I did have a couple of inshore and near-shore trips.
SW FL-Bonita Beach: Great Offshore Fishing & a 500-lb. Goliath Battle! (6/18/2012)
[Bonita Beach,FL] Fishing offshore has been great over the past two weeks, with lots of variety and abundance. We also had a few big-game experiences with large cobia and monster goliath grouper battles.
SW FL-Bonita Beach: Cobia, Shark, Snapper, Goliaths & Grouper (5/28/2012)
[Bonita Beach,FL] Fishing has been productive offshore for many species.
SW FL-Bonita Beach: Grouper, Snapper, & lots of rough seas (5/07/2012)
[Bonita Beach,FL] Fishing has been good when winds and seas have permitted getting offshore. We had a couple of back-to-back weather-fronts that cancelled out a few trips.
SW FL-Bonita beach: Lane Snapper Plentiful, Red Grouper, Shark & Golia (4/23/2012)
[Bonita Beach,FL] Winds have been relentless the past week, with rough seas offshore and muddy bay conditions. Prior to that, though, fishing was good off shore for snapper and grouper, as well as other bottom-species.
SW FL-Bonita Beach: Red Grouper are Back! (4/09/2012)
[Bonita Beach,FL] The weekend was lost to rough seas, but red grouper season opened April 1st, and the fishing is on this week!
SW FL-Bonita Beach: 20lb. Kingfish, Shark, Mangs, Hogs, Spanish (3/26/2012)
[Bonita Beach,FL] Fishing has been excellent offshore for many different species.
SW FL-Bonita Beach: Nice Grouper & Snapper, Hogfish & Trout (3/12/2012)
[Bonita Beach,FL] Fishing offshore has been great, when winds and seas allow.
SW FL-Bonita Beach: Shark-Battles, Big Snapper, Sheepshead, Hogs (2/27/2012)
[Bonita Beach,FL] Fishing has yielded good-sized, abundant snapper and sheepshead offshore, along with mackerel, hogfish, shark, and grouper.
SW FL-Bonita Beach: Shark, Hogs, Mutton, Mangs & Mackerel (2/14/2012)
[Bonita Beach,FL] Fishing offshore has produced big mangrove snapper and an occasional nice mutton snapper, along with mackerel, porgies, and shark battles!
SW FL-Bonita Beach: Excellent Grouper Action; Hogs & Mangs Too (1/30/2012)
[Bonita Beach,FL] Gag grouper have been biting like crazy. They must be released, due to closed season, but they are still fun to catch. Big mangrove snapper and hogfish have been providing fun fights and good meals for Fishbuster clients.
SW FL-Bonita Beach: Grouper to 32 inches reluctantly released! (1/16/2012)
[Bonita Beach,FL] Offshore fishing has been great for grouper and snapper. Inshore has been productive for redfish and large sheepshead.
SW FL-Bonita Beach: Great Fishing Inshore & Near-shore (1/02/2012)
[Bonita Beach,FL] Fishing has been awesome for sheepshead, drum, redfish and trout, the latter catch-and-release only up until season reopening January 1st.
SW FL-Bonita Beach: Big Sheepshead are Back! Grouper, Snapper, Hogfish (12/19/2011)
[Bonita Beach,FL] Inshore fishing has been very good for redfish and sheepshead. Offshore, lots of grouper, snapper, porgies, and other bottom species have been biting well.
SW FL-Bonita Beach: Red Grouper Offshore; Redfish Inshore (11/28/2011)
[Bonita Beach,FL] Red grouper have been the hot catch offshore, with redfish continuing to be abundant inshore
SW FL-Bonita Beach: Redfish everywhere! (11/14/2011)
[Bonita Beach,FL] Redfish and sheepshead keepers have been abundant in the backwaters.
SW FL-Bonita Beach: Good action inside and offshore (10/17/2011)
[Bonita Beach,FL] Lots of variety--big-game and food-fish, both inshore and offshore this past week.
SW FL-Bonita Beach: Shark, Goliaths, Bonito, Snapper & Reds (9/26/2011)
[Bonita Beach,FL] Big-game and food-fish offerings have been good, both inshore and offshore
SW FL-Bonita Beach: Good Variety (8/22/2011)
[Bonita Beach,FL] Sport fishing for goliath grouper and shark has been fun, along with a good variety of keeper food-fish.
SW FL-Bonita Beach: Offshore Report (8/01/2011)
[Bonita Beach,FL] Goliath grouper action has made for a few exciting trips offshore. The variety of food-fish has also been good.
SW FL-Bonita Beach: Goliath Mania, Red Grouper, Kingfish, even a Mahi (7/04/2011)
[Bonita Beach,FL] Seas have been calm and the fishing has been great offshore. Big-game anglers have been pleased with goliath-grouper fights and some big sharks. Food-fisherman have done well with red grouper and snapper.
SW FL-Bonita Beach Grouper, Mackerel, Shark, Permit and Pompano (6/20/2011)
[Bonita Beach,FL] Fishing has been good, with calm seas offshore. We've had fun with sport-fishing for goliaths and shark, and we have had plenty of good-eating fish too.
SW FL-Bonita Beach: 30 lb. Permit, Cobia, & Goliaths to 425 lbs! (5/30/2011)
[Bonita Beach,FL] Fishing has been excellent gulfside and bayside. Today, winds and seas are picking up, so the backwaters with the nice high tides of summer might be the best bet this week.
SW FL-Bonita Beach: 150 lb shark, keeper grouper, lanes, flounder (5/16/2011)
[Bonita Beach,FL] Fishing has been good offshore until a weather front moved through this weekend with thunderstorms and high winds and seas, persisting into the beginning of this week.
SW FL-Bonita Beach: 8 pound Red Grouper & More (5/02/2011)
[Bonita Beach,FL] Fishing has been very productive for snapper, with some nice grouper thrown into the mix, along with other bottom varieties offshore. Inshore, trout, reds and snook are biting better, now that our higher summer tides are beginning and the water has warmed.
SW FL-Bonita Beach: Grouper, Snapper, Kingfish & More (4/18/2011)
[Bonita Beach,FL] Coditions have been near-perfect the past couple of weeks. The variety and action has been excellent offshore, and inshore has been good for redfish and trout.
SWFL Bonita Beach Nice Trout Reds Inshore and Good Tablefare Offshore (4/04/2011)
[Bonita Beach,FL] Action has been good both inshore and offshore over the past couple of weeks, and weather and conditions have been mostly cooperative.
SW FL-Bonita Beach: Inshore & Near-shore Report (3/21/2011)
[Bonita Beach,FL] Weather and conditions have been ideal most of these past couple of weeks, and the bite and variety have been good inshore and offshore.
SW FL Bonita Beach: Good Action-Lots of Hogfish! (3/07/2011)
[Bonita Beach,FL] Weather and fishing have been good, mostly, over the past couple of weeks. Higher tides are making inshore fishing more productive,as we head toward summertime. Offshore, when calm enough, has been productive for multiple species.
SW FL-Bonita Beach: Finally Fishing Weather on the Horizon! (2/21/2011)
[Bonita Beach,FL] Lane, mangrove and hog snapper have all been abundant catches offshore. The seas and winds have laid down at least for now.
SW FL-Bonita Beach: Snapper fill grouper void; Trout inshore (2/07/2011)
[Bonita Beach,FL] Winds and seas, winds and seas...becoming an old story this winter...but fishing is still good when conditions allow.
SW FL-Bonita Beach: Snapper & Sheepshead Offshore; Reds & Trout Inshore (1/24/2011)
[Bonita Beach,FL] Weather continues to be tricky, but fishing is good when weather allows. Sallow backwaters and rough offshore conditions sometimes happen at the same time, which is no fun. But the snapper bite is hot offshore, as is the trout bite inshore.
SW FL-Bonita Beach: Snappermania! (1/10/2011)
[Bonita Beach,FL] The snapper bite has been great, with mangs, lanes and hog snapper all biting. Grouper are also around but must be released due to closed season. Big sheepshead have also been fun for anglers.
SW FL-Bonita Beach: Big, Winter Sheepshead are Here (when weather lets us fish) (12/28/2010)
[Bonita Beach,FL] We have been fighting the weather, but fishing has been good, despite the cold water temperature, when winds and seas have let us get out fishing.
SW FL-Bonita Beach: Mixed Bag Offshore (12/13/2010)
[Bonita Beach,FL] Fishing has been good when weather permits, but we have been hit with serial cold-fronts, bringing high winds and seas.
SW FL-Bonita Beach: Big Grouper, Snapper, Sheepshead, Goliaths & Shark (11/30/2010)
[Bonita Beach,FL] Fishing has been great offshore, especially for grouper. Inshore was good for catch-and-release snook and reds.
SW FL-Bonita Beach: Grouper-fest! (11/16/2010)
[Bonita Beach,FL] The grouper bite was hot yesterday.! Fishing for grouper and snapper and hogfish has been good.
SW FL-Bonita Beach: 11-Pound Red Grouper; 20-Pound 'Cuda (11/02/2010)
[Bonita Beach,FL] Fishing has been good offshore for snapper, grouper, and more.
SW FL-Bonita Beach: 18-pound cobia and good action this week (10/19/2010)
[Bonita Beach,FL] A 41-inch, 18-pound cobia and a 24 1/2 inch redfish were the best offshore and inshore catches. Conditions have been good and the bite has been strong.
SW FL-Boniyta Beach (10/05/2010)
[Bonita Beach,FL] Fishing has been good inshore and offshore. The air and water temperatures have dropped a bit now, but the trade-off is some higher winds and seas.
SW FL-Bonita Beach: Nice Gags in 43 feet; Trout Bayside (9/07/2010)
[Bonita Beach,FL] We caught some nice grouper, fairly close-in on Sunday, along with a hogfish and other good table-fare. The trout bite was good in the backwaters.
SW FL-Bonita beach: Red Grouper, Snapper & Trout (8/17/2010)
[Bonita Beach,FL] It is slow season in SW FL right now, until our winter residents return in October. The customers who have fished with us over the past couple of weeks have enjoyed productive trips, with summer fishing yielding good catches inshore and offshore.
Trout-bite is hot: SW FL-Bonita Beach (7/27/2010)
[Bonita Beach,FL] Summer high tides have brough productive fishing to Estero bay. Trout have been biting well, along with redfish, some snapper and some sheepshead.
SW FL-Bonita Beach: Yellowtail, Grouper, Hogfish, Kings (7/13/2010)
[Bonita Beach,FL] Fishing has been great recently, in calm seas offshore. The yellowtail bite is strong, and occasional keeper gag and red grouper are biting. Hogfish and mackerel have been plentiful.
SW FL-Bonita Beach: Mostly Offshore (6/30/2010)
[Bonita Beach,FL] Offshore fishing has been good for grouper, snapper, king mackerel, porgies and more. Inshore, the bite has been good for trout, reds, snapper and a few snook.
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