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] Grouper, snapper and sheepshead were all biting like crazy this week.
[Bonita Beach,FL] We got a couple keeper gag grouper offshore this week. The big sheepshead still predominate inshore.
[Bonita Beach,FL] High winds most of this week, but the fishing was good one calm day offshore and also good for sheepeshead in wind-sheltered areas of the backwaters.
[Bonita Beach,FL] We got some nice yellowtail and mutton snapper this week offshore, along with a 3-foot king mackerel. Inshore produced nice sheepshead and some reds.
[Bonita Beach,FL] Fishing offshore was good for several species, with calm seas most of the week. Inside, the large winter-time sheepshead are starting to appear.
[Bonita Beach,FL] Windy condition have made offshore fishing impossible, but the near-shore reefs and inland waters have offered some decent catches.
[Bonita Beach,FL] Offshore was terrific for all varieties of snapper this week. When the seas kicked up, I fished inland for some nice reds, sheepshead and catch-and-release snook.
[Bonita Beach,FL] Windy and rough this weekend but fishing went okay.
[Bonita Beach,FL] Finally, the storms are gone, customers are back, and the fishing is excellent.
[Bonita Beach,FL] After the waters calmed from the storm, the fishing was good in about 37 feet, with a nice variety and a lot of snapper.
[Bonita Beach,FL] The redfish bite was great inshore. The reefs and out to 18 miles offered a good variety of species.
[Bonita Beach,FL] The fishing was great this week inside and outside, with lots of nice tablefare as well as some sport fishing.
[Bonita Beach,FL] There was great redfish action this week inshore, and a nice variety with a steady bite offshore.
[Bonita Beach,FL] Fishing was good this week in the Gulf with a few hogfish, lots of snapper and mackerel and a bunch of throw-back groupers.
[Bonita Beach,FL] Fishing inshore this week offered a nice variety of species and good redfish action. Offshore, the whitebone porgies were good sized and a few yellowtails and mangs entered the mix.
[Bonita Beach,FL] Yellotail were abundant about 28 miles offshore and mangs were biting near-shore this week along with Spanish mackerel and porgies. Sharpnose sharks were almost a nuisance they were so abundant.
[Bonita Beach,FL] My trip to the Tortugas was a great adventure...marli and sailfish sightings, and mahi galore. Back home, goliaths and mackerels at the Bonita Beach reefs.
[Bonita Beach,FL] The reefs yielded steady action and good species variety and the backwater was good for snook and redfish.
[Bonita Beach,FL] Fishing was good both inside and outside this week. we caught a good variety of species and a good quantity of fish.
[Bonita Beach,FL] Big redfish are back in the bay now with summer approaching. And offshore, the catches have been varied, with both sport and dining fare.
[Bonita Beach,FL] The winds howled all week with barely bearable seas even close-in. But we caught some snapper and porgies in 45 feet. Inside, the redfish bite was good.
[Bonita Beach,FL] The best catch this week was a 29 inch gag grouper, hooked by a nine-year-old angler in 43 feet.
[Bonita Beach,FL] Friday was the only day the winds laid down enough to fish offshore. Tuesday and wednesday also brought low tides that weren't too good for inshore prospects. But the fishing was good inside and outside the 3 days I went this week.
[Bonita Beach,FL] Kingfish were the big catch this week, along with some other good eating fish on the days that the bite was good.
[Bonita Beach,FL] Fishing was great this week for shark, king mackerel and a few grouper, yellowtail and hogfish mixed in.
[Bonita Beach,FL] The windy start to the week subsided by week's end and the fishing was good both inshore and offshore this week.
[Bonita Beach,FL] March winds are killing us around here...two trips out of six actually got to go this week--one nearshore and one inshore.
[Bonita Beach,FL] Choices this week weren't optimal--the gulf was choppy and the bay was shallow most of the week. But we made the most of it and managed to catcha few grouper, snapper, hogfish and sheepshead.
[Bonita Beach,FL] Weather has been playing havoc with fishing lately, but we managed a few catches of sheepshead, mackerel, trout, reds snapper and grouper.
[Bonita Beach,FL] Fishing was good offshore once seas subsided this week. Inshore provided a few nice sheepshead and whiting and a snook ot two to release.
[Bonita Beach,FL] Fishing was great this week with some exciting sport-catches as well as consistent table-fare.
[Bonita Beach,FL] Too bad the grouper season is closed in federal waters or we'd have had a few nice ones--But the snapper bite was excellent too.
[Bonita Beach,FL] Sheepshead fishing was strong both inside and outside this week.
[Bonita Beach,FL] Fishing was good this week for big sheepshead, several hogfish and grouper.
[Bonita Beach,FL] I got out a couple times between weather fronts and had good success with hogfish, sheepshead, snapper and fun with catch & release grouper.
[Bonita Beach,FL] Weather fronts blew out most of this week's fishing but the few trips salvaged yielded good fishing both inside and outside.
[Bonita Beach,FL] Grouper were biting nicely this week, even fairly close-in.
[Bonita Beach,FL] I got two out of five trips out this week, thanks to a nasty cold-front that intruded on everyone's fishing plans. We caught a good variety of fish on those two trips.
[Bonita Beach,FL] I fished offshore most of this week, where I found a hot kingfish bite,. Inshore was pretty good for trout, snook, reds, and sheepshead too.
[Bonita Beach,FL] We had some rough seas for a few days this week but at the end of the week we caught some nice grouper and snapper.
[Bonita Beach,FL] Hot snapper bite this week, with some good sized mangs--also triggerfish, a hog, some shark, king bites offshore and nice sheepshead in the bay.
[Bonita Beach,FL] A 14 pound red grouper topped the list this week, with a smaller but keeper red and a keeper gag on the same trip.
[Bonita Beach,FL] Sheepshead to 17 inches were the main catch inshore this week, with some grouper, snapper, goliaths and triggerfish offshore
[Bonita Beach,FL] I fished inshore most of this windy week catching some nice trout but, on the one offshore trip, we caught a nice gag grouper.
[Bonita Beach,FL] The winds were steady most of the week, but the backwater fishing was very good. Near-shore yielded a keeper grouper and some other nice keepers once the seas decreased somewhat.
[Bonita Beach,FL] Noel kicked seas and winds up to nearly tropical storm levels all week so i stayed inshore...hard to anchor at times, but paid off with nice redfish and some other decent catches.
[Bonita Beach,FL] Fishing was hot this week, both inshore and offshore.
[Bonita Beach,FL] Landed the first keeper-sized red grouper in a while, in 65 feet 28 miles offshore. yellowtail were abundant but not real big.
[Bonita Beach,FL] A bull shark and some goliaths provided some sport this week, while snapper and mackerel provided tasty tablefare.
[Bonita Beach,FL] Snapper of all kinds were around in the Gulf this week. A 4 foot barracuda provided some fun action too.