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.
[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.
[Bonita Beach,FL] Busy season here has ended, but the few trips I got to recently were productive.
[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.
[Bonita Beach,FL] I fished mostly inshore, but had a few good days offshore mixed in. Action was steady inside and outside.
[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.
[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.
[Bonita Beach,FL] Fishing has been great when the weather has allowed us to go out.
[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.
[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.
[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.
[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.
[Bonita Beach,FL] Fishing has been great offshore, when weather allows. Inshore has also been good, on favorable tides.
[Bonita Beach,FL] Both inshore and offshore fishing has been productive, but offshore was especially good for grouper and kings recently.
[Bonita Beach,FL] Bay fishing was very good this week--good thing, because Tropical Storm Ida made it too rough to fish outside.
[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.
[Bonita Beach,FL] Snapper fishing was good for all varieties, and a big barracuda was fun to fight.
[Bonita Beach,FL] Fishing has been good inshore and offshore.
[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.
[Bonita Beach,FL] Fishing was better in the backwaters this week than offshore, with nice redfish and trout, some sheepshead and snapper.
[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.
[Bonita Beach,FL] Fishing offshore was good for sport and for food value, with calm seas and good action and variety.
[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.
[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.
[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.
[Bonita Beach,FL] Wild weather interfered with a few trips this week but we did okay, for the most part, working around it.
[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.
[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.
[Bonita Beach,FL] Bay and Gulf yielded pretty nice catches this week, especially mutton snapper and trout.
[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.
[Bonita Beach,FL] I fished offshore mostly, with one day inshore. Kingfish and shark were the largest catches this week.
[Bonita Beach,FL] Seas calmed this week and fishing was good both inshore and offshore.
[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.
[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.
[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.
[Bonita Beach,FL] Winds howled most of the week and conditions were far from ideal, but we made the most of what we had.
[Bonita Beach,FL] Winds made it tough this week, but a combination of inshore trips and near-shore trips turned out pretty well.
[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.
[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.
[Bonita Beach,FL] Calm seas all week long...and good sized catches with good variety.
[Bonita Beach,FL] Sheepshead fishing was great inside and offshore. The bay was also good for trout, pompano and redfish.
[Bonita Beach,FL] Sheepshead were good sized both bayside and gulfside this week. And the snapper bite remains good, along with a few grouper, bonito and porgies.
[Bonita Beach,FL] Good snapper bite this week and some nice-sized porgies offshore--lots of short groupers to release. Sheepshead are biting well inside and outside, and we released a redfish and a couple snook inside too.
[Bonita Beach,FL] Fishing ofshore was great this week, with calm seas and a good snapper and grouper bite.
[Bonita Beach,FL] Consecutive cold fronts brought rough conditions and I cancelled three of six scheduled trips this week. We caught two nice gag grouper close in, but had to release those due to new regs...onthe bright side, snapper and sheepshead remained strong, and a trout and snook catch (released also) helped spiced up the week.
[Bonita Beach,FL] The snapper bite was hot in depths of 45 to 7o feet this week...until the cold-front came to spoil the fun.
[Bonita Beach,FL] We actually saw fronst down here in SW FL this week...and those cold fronts also brought some rough marine conditions. When able to get out, the snapper bite was good for nice sized mangs and lanes. Trout was the main fare inshore.
[Bonita Beach,FL] Fishing was great this week on the days that the winds and seas behaved. A 28 inch gag grouper topped the list, but mangrove snapper to 18 inches were abundant too.
[Bonita Beach,FL] Fishing was good this week offshore, though seas were a little rough a couple of days, after a smooth-as-glass beginning to the week on Monday. Grouper, snapper, mackerel and more were abundant in offshore waters.
[Bonita Beach,FL] The bay was good until the winds sucked the water dry and made for shallow, muddy conditions. offshore has been good when the winds and seas are calm enough.
[Bonita Beach,FL] The beginning of the week brought some excellent fishing, but conditions deteriorated as the cold fronts moved through later in the week.