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SW FL-Bonita Beach: Gulf & Bay Catching by Dave Hanson (12/04/2018)
Fishing has been good offshore and inshore, now that red tide has diminished. We have had high winds the past few days, and another cold front approaching, so offshore waves might be rough for a couple of days, but fishing the bay is a good option.
SW FL-Bonita Beach: Good Riddance to Red Tide! by Dave Hanson (10/14/2018)
Finally, the red tide seems to have left our area, and fishing is starting to revive.
SW FL-Bonita Beach: Red tide hasn't stopped offshore fishing by Dave Hanson (8/11/2018)
Local anglers have been avoiding the inshore and near-shore waters, due to a bad bout of red tide. But out about 20 miles or more, there is no sign of red tide, and fishing is good.
SW FL-Bonita Beach: June wrap-up by Dave Hanson (7/01/2018)
Seas have been calm, and summer tides are here, so fishing has been good offshore and inshore, although rainy season is upon us here in SW FL, so there is always the possibility of a thunderstorm or two.
Shark, grouper, lanes & rains! by Dave Hanson (6/01/2018)
We have lost several fishing trips over the past couple of rainy weeks, thanks to Tropical Storm Alberto hanging over our area. But the fishing we got to do was good!
SW FL-Bonita Beach: Snapper bite is hot; red tide is a bummer by Dave Hanson (4/28/2018)
Fishing offshore when calm enough has been very productive for all kinds of snapper, as well as red grouper (shorts0 and many other bottom varieties. Inshore fishing was good until red tide intruded on our bays and estuaries.
SW FL-Bonita Beach: Big game and Tablefare by Dave Hanson (4/08/2018)
Fishing has been tricky, due to lots of windy days, but juggling inshore with offshore days, depending upon conditions, has yielded good catches in both places.
Nice catches offshore and inshore by Dave Hanson (3/17/2018)
Fishing has been good when weather has cooperated. On good tides inshore, big sheepshead, permit, pompano, and drum have been prevelant, along with occasional snook. Off shore, red grouper action is good, but keepers are occasional. Lane snapper, mangrove snapper, and occasional mutton snapper and yellowtails are around, along with grunts, porgies, porkfish, and shark.
SW FL-Bonita Beach: Still windy, still fishing! by Dave Hanson (2/23/2018)
Winds have been relentless lately, but we have managed to get offshore in tolerable seas. Fishing inshore has been good on incoming/favorable tides.
SW FL-Bonita beach: battling winds and tides, but catches good! by Dave Hanson (2/05/2018)
Winds have been howling much of the past couple of weeks, and low tides in the backwaters were exacerbated by the super-moon. But we have managed to catch plenty of fish most days.
SW FL-Bonita Beach: weather isn't helping, but we're catching fish anyway! by Dave Hanson (1/18/2018)
Weather has been challenging, with successive cold fronts bringing chilly temps, high winds, and rough seas. Tides inshore have been low, but on a good tide, fishing has been productive there for sheepshead and drum.
Christmas Time Fishing in Bonita Beach, SWFL by Dave Hanson (12/30/2017)
Weather cooperated for this busy couple of weeks of holiday fishing. But the New Year is predicted to kick off with a weather front bringing high winds and seas. We'll hope that is short-lived!
SW FL-Bonita Beach: Sharks, Grouper, Snapper, Reds, Sheepshead, Drum by Dave Hanson (12/16/2017)
Fishing has been excellent offshore for grouper and snapper, as well as a variety of sharks. Inshore, nice sheepshead and drum, along with an occasional redfish have been biting well.
SW FL-Bonita beach: Sharks, Grouper, Snapper; Sheepshead, Drum, Bream by Dave Hanson (11/30/2017)
Fishing offshore has produced red grouper, though few keepers, along with lots of nice-sized lane snapper, and some good shark action for blacknose. Inshore, larger sheepshead and drum have been biting well.
Nice Trout Inshore; Keeper Mutton Offshore by Dave Hanson (11/09/2017)
Fishing inshore has been good, with cooler water temps bringing larger sheepshead, along with some trout and pompano. Offshore, grouper and snapper have been biting well, along with other bottom species.
SW FL-Bonita Beach: Fishing pre and post Hurricane Irma by Dave Hanson (10/07/2017)
The storm, paired with the after effects adding to the slowness of an already slow time for fishing clients in SWFL put a damper on business. But a few trips pre and post-Irma were productive for grouper offshore and redfish inshore.
SW FL-Bonita Beach: Reds & Snook inshore; Shark, Grouper, & Snapper Offshore by Dave Hanson (8/19/2017)
Fishing has been productive both offshore and inshore. Despite heavy rains and fresh water influx, some decent redfish, under-sized snook, and sheepshead have been found aroung the backwater islands. Red grouper and lane snapper predominate offshore, with a few sharks in the mix.
SW FL-Bonita Beach: Grouper, snapper, redfish, black drum, sheepshead by Dave Hanson (7/20/2017)
Fishing has been excellent for lane snapper and red grouper offshore, and for redfish, sheepshead, and black drum inshore.
SW FL-Bonita Beach: June wrap-up-Grouper, Snapper, Shark by Dave Hanson (7/01/2017)
We have had LOTS of rain this month, and a few heavy storms. But, when able to get out, fishing has been excellent for red grouper, lane snapper, and other bottom species, as well as a few shark battles.
SW FL-Bonita Beach: Cobia, Shark, Grouper & Snapper by Dave Hanson (6/03/2017)
Offshore fishing has been productive for various species, including cobia, shark, red grouper, lane snapper and porgies. Inshore, sand bream, snook and sheepshead have been biting.
SW FL-Bonita Beach: Summertime Shark Action, Grouper & Snapper by Dave Hanson (5/11/2017)
Seas are calm right now, and fishing offshore has been good for various sharks, as well as grouper, snapper, and other bbottom species. Inshore, redfish, whiting, some trout, and a few leftover sheepshead have been biting.
SW FL-Bonita beach: Shark, Grouper, Snapper, Drum by Dave Hanson (4/22/2017)
When winds and seas lay down enough, grouper and snapper fishing has been great offshore. Tides in the backwaters have been tricky but, on a good tide, nice black drum are predominant.
SW FL-Bonita Beach: Bull Red; Grouper Offshore When Calm by Dave Hanson (4/09/2017)
Winds and seas have been tricky, but fishing for grouper and snapper has been good on the calm days. Inshore, low tides and muddy conditions have been a challenge, but redfish, sheepshead and black drum are biting well on favorable tides.
SW FL-Bonita Beach: Offshore or Inshore-great Fishing! by Dave Hanson (3/25/2017)
Lots of windy days precluded offshore fishing, but backwater catches of drum and sheepshead were productive. When able to get offshore,red grouper and snapper were predominant.
SW FL-Bonita Beach: Reds & Drum Inshore; Grouper & Snapper Offshore by Dave Hanson (3/05/2017)
Fishing has been productive for lots of lane snapper and red grouper offshore, as well as black drum and redfish in the bay. Winds disrupted things the past few days, with high seas and low tides.
SW FL-Bonita Beach: two weeks of excellent fishing offshore by Dave Hanson (2/16/2017)
Fishing has been excellent offshore for lane snapper, red grouper, occasional mangrove snapper and black sea bass, porgies, grunts, out-of-season-catch-release triggerfish, and more.
SW FL-Bonita Beach: All kinds of bottom fish offshore; Drum & sheepshead inshore by Dave Hanson (1/27/2017)
Fishing has been great offshore when seas are calm, productive for red grouper, lane and mangrove snapper, and other bottom varieties. The bays, on favorable tides,have been producing big black drum and sheepshead.
SW FL-Bonita Beach: Lane snapper, red grouper, black drum & more by Dave Hanson (1/07/2017)
Fishing offshore has been great for lots of keeper lanes, lots of red grouper with occasional keepers as close in as 20-23 miles, and for other bottom varieties. Inshore, the black drum have been hitting hard, along with some winter sheepshead.
Inshore on a good tide; offshore in calm seas-Fishing is great! by Dave Hanson (12/16/2016)
Drum have been biting on good tides inshore, some as big as 32 inches, which are fun to catch and release. Offshore, the red grouper have moved further out, but we still caught a few within 25 miles of shore.
SW FL-Bonita Beach: Black Drum Invasion! red grouper too by Dave Hanson (12/01/2016)
Fishing has been excellent this month, both inshore and offshore, with lots of red grouper, lane snapper, redfish, black drum, and sheepshead.
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