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: Nice Redfish Inshore; Grouper & Snapper Offshore (4/01/2013)
[Bonita Beach,FL] Fishing has been excellent in the gulf, that is, when seas have been calm enough, which has not been often enough this winter! Inshore fishing on a good, incoming tide has been productive for some nice redfish and sheepshead.
SW FL-Bonita Beach: Big Drum, Grouper, Plentiful Snapper (3/18/2013)
[Bonita Beach,FL] When winds and seas allowed offshore adventures, fishing was very productive for grouper, drum, snapper, porgies, triggerfish and more. Inshore, redfish and sheepshead are biting well.
SW FL Bonita Beach Near Shore Reefs Productive (3/04/2013)
[Bonita Beach,FL] Had to work around winds and seas, so fished mostly near-shore these past couple of weeks. The reefs off Bonita Beach were good for catch-and-release grouper, along with some nice mangrove snappers and sheepshead.
SW FL-Bonita Beach: If only the winds would stop... (2/18/2013)
[Bonita Beach,FL] Fishing has been tough around successive weather fronts, but we have managed a few good catches.
SW FL-Bonita Beach Plenty of Grouper in Closed Season! (2/04/2013)
[Bonita Beach,FL] Winds have been relentless, with back-to-back weather fronts hitting our area. But this week, things are looking up, with calmer winds and seas, and fishing should be good, both inshore and offshore.
SW FL-Bonita Beach: Lots of Action & a 20-inch Hogfish! (1/21/2013)
[Bonita Beach,FL] Fishing has been great offshore, but not too good inshore lately, due to low tides and some red tide action in bays and estuaries.
SW FL-Bonita Beach: Winter Fishing Lookin' Good! (1/07/2013)
[Bonita Beach,FL] Fishing incoming tides in the backwaters and fishing near-shore reefs as well as offshore have all been productive recently.
SW FL-Bonita Beach: Winter Sheepshead are Back...and Big! (12/21/2012)
[Bonita Beach,FL] Estero Bay's backwaters have been very productive for sheepshead, with a few catches of snapper, permit, pompano, and more.
SW FL-Bonita Beach: Red Grouper Gulfside; Big Sheepshead Inshore (12/03/2012)
[Bonita Beach,FL] Fishing has been productive for red grouper, snapper of all varieties and large sheepshead, along with various other bottom species.
SW FL-Bonita Beach: Good Action & Variety Inshore & Offshore (11/20/2012)
[Bonita Beach,FL] Grouper and hogfish and snapper have been biting well offshore, and the backbay has been good for redfish.
SW FL-Bonita Beach: Grouper, Snapper, Shark, Sheep, Reds, Snook (11/05/2012)
[Bonita Beach,FL] Fishing has been productive, inshore and offshore, since Hurricane Sandy left the coastline.
SW FL Bonita Beach Red Grouper and Snapper (10/15/2012)
[Bonita Beach,FL] Fishing has been good offshore for red grouper, snapper varieties and other bottom species.
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.
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