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: 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.
SW FL-Bonita Beach: Summer Fishing Heating Up-Kings Here! (6/15/2010)
[Bonita Beach,FL] Folks were skittish about where oil might turn up in May, but it looks like word is getting out that our shores here in SW FL are clean--we hope it stays that way. Offshore, the kings have been biting, and summer tides has brought good fishing to the backwaters too.
SW FL-Bonita beach: Inshore & Near-shore recent trips report (5/11/2010)
[Bonita Beach,FL] Busy season here has ended, but the few trips I got to recently were productive.
SW FL-Bonita Beach: Mostly Bay wih a bit of Gulf mixed in (4/26/2010)
[Bonita Beach,FL] I got offshore a few times, where the action was good for snapper, grpouper, and even a surprise cobia bite. Inshore, trout and sheepshead action was good.
SW FL-Bonita Beach: Good Action Inshore & Offshore (4/13/2010)
[Bonita Beach,FL] I fished mostly inshore, but had a few good days offshore mixed in. Action was steady inside and outside.
SW FL-Bonita beach: Good catches inshore & to 20 miles offshore (3/30/2010)
[Bonita Beach,FL] I had only a few days over the past couple weeks that were calm enough to head offshore. But fishing inside and outside has been pretty good.
SW FL-Bonita Beach: 28-inch gag greleased,; snapper, sheeps, hogs & trout (3/16/2010)
[Bonita Beach,FL] The grouper bite has been pretty strong on our offshore days, but season doesn't re-open until April 1st, so we have had to release them all. Snapper, including hogfish, have been plentiful, along with sheepshead and trout.
SW FL-Bonita Beach: Snapper, Sheeps, Hogs, Grouper & Trout Biting (3/02/2010)
[Bonita Beach,FL] Fishing has been great when the weather has allowed us to go out.
SW FL-Bonita Beach: 9lb Mang! Nice Grouper, Hogs, Trout & Sheepies (2/16/2010)
[Bonita Beach,FL] Seas have been rough for a couple of weeks except for this past Monday---wow, we took advantage of that calm day! And inshore fishing has been good too.
SW FL-Bonita Beach: Grouper, Snapper, Hogfish-Nice ones! (2/02/2010)
[Bonita Beach,FL] The catches have been very good, that is, when weather hs allowed us to fish...this is shaping up to be a tough winter for fishing. Recent cold-water fish kills have prompted tighter restrictions on species such as snook and tarpon.
SW FL-Bonita Beach: brrrrrrrr but a few good catches (1/18/2010)
[Bonita Beach,FL] Record low temperatures surely put a hurt on the fishing recently...but we managed a few good catches, both inshore and offshore. Things are warming up and looking up now.
SW FL-Bonita Beach: Inshore & Reefs close out 2009 (1/02/2010)
[Bonita Beach,FL] It is cold here and will remain so for the next week (by Florida's standards anyway!) The winds and seas have been high, so we stuck close to shore.
SW FL-Bonita Beach: Nice Grouper & Snapper, Redfish (12/14/2009)
[Bonita Beach,FL] Fishing has been great offshore, when weather allows. Inshore has also been good, on favorable tides.
SW FL-Bonita Beach: Keeper Grouper & Kings Best Recent Catches (11/25/2009)
[Bonita Beach,FL] Both inshore and offshore fishing has been productive, but offshore was especially good for grouper and kings recently.
SW FL-Bonita Beach: Almost a Too Big Snook, Bull Red (11/10/2009)
[Bonita Beach,FL] Bay fishing was very good this week--good thing, because Tropical Storm Ida made it too rough to fish outside.
SW FL-Bonita Beach: Nice Kings, Bonito, Shark, Snapper & Trout (10/21/2009)
[Bonita Beach,FL] Offshore fishing was great until the seas and winds picked up with a cold front. After that, inshore was the place to be.
SWFL-Bonita beach: Snapperfest and a Big 'Cuda (10/04/2009)
[Bonita Beach,FL] Snapper fishing was good for all varieties, and a big barracuda was fun to fight.
SW FL-Bonita Beach: Gulf & Bay Report (9/15/2009)
[Bonita Beach,FL] Fishing has been good inshore and offshore.
SW FL-Bonita Beach: Goliath Beasts & Redfish (9/02/2009)
[Bonita Beach,FL] We had fun with goliath grouper offshore, then got serious about catching something to eat--snapper fit that bill. Inshore, a nice 27 inch redfish was the catch du jour.
SW FL-Bonita Beach: A Little Girl and a Big Red (8/28/2009)
[Bonita Beach,FL] Fishing was better in the backwaters this week than offshore, with nice redfish and trout, some sheepshead and snapper.
SW FL-Bonita Beach: Near-shore Report (8/19/2009)
[Bonita Beach,FL] We had to stay in the backwaters or at the close-in reefs this week, due to conditions. But the fishing was good for a variety of species.
Goliath Adventures & Table-fare Too (8/12/2009)
[Bonita Beach,FL] Fishing offshore was good for sport and for food value, with calm seas and good action and variety.
SW FL-Bonita Beach: 20 lb black drum, sheepies, snapper...then Keys-Bound (7/23/2009)
[Bonita Beach,FL] A 20 pound black drum in estero Bay was the best local catch this week, only to be outdone by a 100 pound sailfish i caught in the FL Keys on holiday Thursday.
SW FL-Bonita Beach: Hogfish, Yellowtail, Mangs, Lanes, Spanish...Bonefish (7/17/2009)
[Bonita Beach,FL] Seas were calm and the fishing was good for all varieties of snapper this week and for Spanish mackerel. A surprise-catch was bonefish.
SW FL-Bonita Beach: Trout, Sheepshead, Snapper & Snook Inshore (7/10/2009)
[Bonita Beach,FL] Weather has been tricky and slow season is also in full force. I have had several families with young children aboard and we have chosen the backwaters because of unstable patterns offshore. Trout has been plentiful, along with some sheepshead and snapper and a few snook.
SW FL-Bonita Beach: Inshore & Near-shore Report (6/26/2009)
[Bonita Beach,FL] Wild weather interfered with a few trips this week but we did okay, for the most part, working around it.
SW FL-Bonita Beach: Inshore Report (6/20/2009)
[Bonita Beach,FL] Hot, hot, hot! The water temps are unbelievable warm and the need for drinking water crucial out there...but fishing inshore yielded decent catches of snapper, sheepshead and near-misses with reds.
SW FL-Bonita Beach: Bonito, Goliaths, Kings, Spanish, S (6/12/2009)
[Bonita Beach,FL] Good fishing if you can stand the heat this week. It is slow season here but I fished 3 times this aweek and did well with a variety of species.
SW FL-Bonita Beach: Nice Muttons Offshore; Trout Inshore (6/05/2009)
[Bonita Beach,FL] Bay and Gulf yielded pretty nice catches this week, especially mutton snapper and trout.
Backwater Reds, Trout & Shark; Yellowtail & Muttons Offshore (5/23/2009)
[Bonita Beach,FL] Inshore fishing was very good for trout and redfish this week. When seas subsided, i got offshore for yellowtail and mutton snapper.
Kings, Shark & Snapper (5/16/2009)
[Bonita Beach,FL] I fished offshore mostly, with one day inshore. Kingfish and shark were the largest catches this week.
400 lb. goliath whips two of us! (5/09/2009)
[Bonita Beach,FL] Seas calmed this week and fishing was good both inshore and offshore.
Kingfish in 42 feet (5/02/2009)
[Bonita Beach,FL] The winds and seas cancelled out my trips at the beginning of the week, but wednesday began a calming trend. Kings showed up in 38-42 feet and we had good action for snapper and grouper.
Red Grouper, All Kinds of Snapper, Goliath-Wrestling (4/25/2009)
[Bonita Beach,FL] Lots of wind and high seas forced two cancellations this week, but the rest of the time was productive, with all varieties of snapper, plus grouper and porgies.
Nice Red Bayside; Nice Gag Gulfside (4/18/2009)
[Bonita Beach,FL] The winds just won't stop this season...I got one day calm enough to head out. The rest of the week was spent inshore and near-shore. Fishing was variable, depending upon tides and wind direction.
These are the times that try Captains' souls... (4/11/2009)
[Bonita Beach,FL] Winds howled most of the week and conditions were far from ideal, but we made the most of what we had.
Estero Bay & Bonita Beach Reefs (4/04/2009)
[Bonita Beach,FL] Winds made it tough this week, but a combination of inshore trips and near-shore trips turned out pretty well.
Inshore & reef report (3/28/2009)
[Bonita Beach,FL] We had to stay inshore or near-shore this week, due to high winds and seas. But tides were good in the bay and fishing was pretty good there and at the near-shore reefs.
Kings, Mangs, Sheepies, Porgies, Pompano & Trout (3/22/2009)
[Bonita Beach,FL] Nice-sixed mangrove snapper, mixed with some mackerel, sheepshead and porgies, made for good fishing offshore. Sheepshead predominated in the backwaters, with pompano and trout mixed in.
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