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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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.
Calm seas-Hogfish, Sheepshead & Snapper (3/14/2009)
[Bonita Beach,FL] Calm seas all week long...and good sized catches with good variety.
March in Like a Lion; Plenty of Sheep (3/07/2009)
[Bonita Beach,FL] Sheepshead fishing was great inside and offshore. The bay was also good for trout, pompano and redfish.
Bonito, Grouper, Snapper & sheepshead ( Inshore & Off) (2/28/2009)
[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.
SW FL-Bonita Beach: Snapper, Sheepshead, Hogfish & Porgies (the new grouper) (2/21/2009)
[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.
Red & Scamp Grouper, Hogfish, Snapper (2/14/2009)
[Bonita Beach,FL] Fishing ofshore was great this week, with calm seas and a good snapper and grouper bite.
Cryin' Over gags; settling for Sheepshead, Snapper & Trout (2/08/2009)
[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.
Snapperfest (1/30/2009)
[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.
Snapper, Sheepshead, Hogfish & Rough Weather (1/24/2009)
[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.
28 Inch Gag Best Catch & Big Snapper (1/10/2009)
[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.
Good Start to a New Year of Fishing (1/03/2009)
[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.
SW FL-BonitaBeach:Offshore& nshore Recent Catch Report (12/27/2008)
[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.
SW FL-Bonita Beach: Weather Tricky but Fishing Good (12/13/2008)
[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.
SW FL-Bonita Beach: True Black Grouper & Good Fishing this Week (12/07/2008)
[Bonita Beach,FL] Grouper, snapper and sheepshead were all biting like crazy this week.
SW FL-Bonita Beach: Nice gags, snapper & sheepshead (11/29/2008)
[Bonita Beach,FL] We got a couple keeper gag grouper offshore this week. The big sheepshead still predominate inshore.
Macks, Mangs & Muttons Offshore; Big Bay Sheepies (11/22/2008)
[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.
Kingfish, Yellowtail, Muttons, Mangs, Sheepies & Reds (11/15/2008)
[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.
Mangs & Muttons, red Grouper, Mackerel, Sheepshead & Snook (11/08/2008)
[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.
Pompano, snapper, sheepshead & flounder (11/01/2008)
[Bonita Beach,FL] Windy condition have made offshore fishing impossible, but the near-shore reefs and inland waters have offered some decent catches.
Snapperfest gulfside & good bay fishing too (10/13/2008)
[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.
SW FL-Bonita Beach: Gulf & Bay Short Report (10/05/2008)
[Bonita Beach,FL] Windy and rough this weekend but fishing went okay.
Offshore Fishing Excellent (9/27/2008)
[Bonita Beach,FL] Finally, the storms are gone, customers are back, and the fishing is excellent.
Tropical Storm Fay gone, then good fishing (8/29/2008)
[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.
Nice Redfish Action; Snapper, Flounder, Spanish (8/15/2008)
[Bonita Beach,FL] The redfish bite was great inshore. The reefs and out to 18 miles offered a good variety of species.
27 inch gag & Nice Snapper-Reefs; Bay Reds & Sheepshead (8/01/2008)
[Bonita Beach,FL] The fishing was great this week inside and outside, with lots of nice tablefare as well as some sport fishing.
Good Bite Inshore & Offshore (7/05/2008)
[Bonita Beach,FL] There was great redfish action this week inshore, and a nice variety with a steady bite offshore.
Good Action Offshore (6/27/2008)
[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.
Reds, Snook, Snapper, Sheepies Inshore; Yellowtail & Porgies Gulfside (6/20/2008)
[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.
Hog, Yellowtail, Mangs, Spanish, Sharks & Reds (6/14/2008)
[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.
Tortugas Tales and Goliaths on Bonita Beach Reefs (6/06/2008)
[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.
Good Gulf Variety; Reds & Snook (6/01/2008)
[Bonita Beach,FL] The reefs yielded steady action and good species variety and the backwater was good for snook and redfish.
Reds Inshore; Gag, Snapper, Shark (5/25/2008)
[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.
It Takes Two to Hold this Cuda; Bull Reds (5/16/2008)
[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.
Nearshore in 25 Knots; Redfish in the Bay (5/03/2008)
[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.
A Little Boy and a Big Fish (4/26/2008)
[Bonita Beach,FL] The best catch this week was a 29 inch gag grouper, hooked by a nine-year-old angler in 43 feet.
Shark Battles, Yellowtail & More (4/19/2008)
[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.
Kings, Porgies, Snapper (4/12/2008)
[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.
Kings, Shark, Grouper, Hogfish (4/06/2008)
[Bonita Beach,FL] Fishing was great this week for shark, king mackerel and a few grouper, yellowtail and hogfish mixed in.
Sheepshead Predominate, Inside & Out (3/29/2008)
[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.
How's Fishing? The Answer is Blowin' in the Wind...SW FL-Bonita Beac (3/22/2008)
[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.
Brave the Seas or Endure the Shallows - SW FL-Bonita Beach (3/15/2008)
[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.
Mostly inshore due to high seas this week. (3/07/2008)
[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.
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