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SW FL-Bonita Beach: Challenging conditions, big porgies, grouper, lanes & more by Dave Hanson (2/16/2015)
Successive cold fronts have been causing windy conditions and rough seas, with a few calm days interspersed. On good days, action has been good for porgies, red grouper, lanes and mangrove snapper.
SW FL-Bonita Beach: Shark, grouper, lots of rough seas by Dave Hanson (2/02/2015)
Fishing has been good in and around weather fronts, but those fronts have been abundant for the past week or so, which canceled out a few trips.
SW FL-Bonita Beach: Kingfish, Grouper, Snapper, Hogfish & More by Dave Hanson (1/19/2015)
Seas have been calm mostly, allowing for some excellent catching offshore, with great variety of species. On rougher days, the backwaters are a good option for big, winter sheepshead, as well as redfish, providing tides are favorable.
SW FL-Bonita Beach: Excellent Action Offshore & Inshore by Dave Hanson (1/05/2015)
Grouper have been biting very well about 20 miles offshore. We released a couple of nice gags, and got to keep a few nice red grouper, now that their season is re-opened. Triggerfish, snapper, hogfish, porgies, porkfish, shark and goliaths also provided lots of fun. Inshore, we have beem getting some nice reds and sheepshead.
SW FL-Bonita beach: Big Sheeps return; Grouper Action Good! by Dave Hanson (12/20/2014)
Fishing offshore was productive for goliath grouper and shark battles, along with lots of good table-fare. Inshore, flats fishing produced some nice sheepshead, trout, and pompano.
SW FL-Bonita Beach: Fighting Fish...and Weather! by Dave Hanson (12/08/2014)
Winds and seas have foiled a few offshore trips, but grouper and snapper action has been good on the ones that went out. And inshore fishing has been productive for sheepshead, drum, and reds.
SW FL-Bonita Beach: Red Grouper, Gag Grouper, Sheepshead & Drum by Dave Hanson (11/24/2014)
Winds have been relentless recently, continuing into this week. I have fished inshore the past couple of days. We are hoping to salvage at least a few of the offshore trips planned for this busy holiday-week.
SW FL-Bonita Beach: Grouper, Hogfish & Snapper by Dave Hanson (11/10/2014)
Fishing offshore has been great for catch-and-release red grouper, hogfish, mangrove and lane snapper, and other bottom varieties.
SW FL-Bonita Beach: Grouper, Yellowtails, Lanes by Dave Hanson (10/26/2014)
Fishing was productive for grouper and snapper and porgies until winds and seas kicked up at the end of this past week. It is calming now. And inshore fishing produced, reds, sheepshead, and crevalle jacks.
SW FL-Bonita Beach: Grouper, Snapper, Hogfish, Triggerfish by Dave Hanson (10/13/2014)
Fishing offshore has been productive for catch-release red grouper (season closed in federal waters)and for snapper and hogfish, and a few keeper-sized triggerfish.
SW FL-Bonita Beach: Redfish, Sheepshead & Snapper Inshore by Dave Hanson (9/22/2014)
It has been raining for most of the past three days, with more on the way today. But fishing inshore around the rain has been productive for nice reds, sheepshead, and small snapper.
SW FL-Bonita Beach: Lanes, Yellowtail & Grouper by Dave Hanson (8/25/2014)
Slow season is upon us, but I took a few trips recently, which were productive for lots of snapper and some red grouper.
SW FL-Bonita beach: Great fishing Inside & Out by Dave Hanson (8/11/2014)
The backwaters have been productive for nice black drum and redfish, while the gulf has been good for grouper, snapper, shark, and more.
SW FL-Bonita Beach: Good Snapper Fishing, grouper, Shark & More by Dave Hanson (7/28/2014)
Mangrove and lane snapper have been abundant and good-sized lately. Red grouper are abundant, but keeprs are a little further out now, along with occasional gags. Blacknose sharks, sandbar sharks, and sharpnose sharks have been frequent biters.
SW FL-Bonita Beach: Fishing Offshore Excellent & 1st Gag of the Season by Dave Hanson (7/14/2014)
Lots of variety and nice-sized catches offshore recently, but with a lot of rain storms to dodge!Gag and red grouper are both in season now, and fishing for those has been hogfish, snapper and sharks.
SW FL-Bonita Beach: Big Shark & Goliaths; Food-fish Too by Dave Hanson (6/30/2014)
Sharks have been abundant--sandbar, sharp-nose and other varieties. Goliath grouper battles have been fun1 And red grouper and all kinds of snapper are still good for the fish box.
SW FL-Bonita Beach: Grouper, Snapper & Sharks by Dave Hanson (6/16/2014)
Fishing has been very productive for red grouper and snapper of many varieties. There have also been lots of sharks around.
SW FL-Bonita Beach: Great Grouper Action! Shark & More! by Dave Hanson (5/26/2014)
Fishing has been very productive for red grouper, mackerel, and all kinds of snapper, along with some big-game action from sharks and goliaths. Backwater fishing has been good for large black drum and some sheepshead.
SW FL-Bonita beach: Big Game & Food Fish by Dave Hanson (5/12/2014)
Shark have been abundant, and grouper action has been steady when conditions are good for getting offshore.Snapper fishing is excellent. Large drum to 26 inches in the backwaters were an inshore highlight.
SW FL-Bonita Beach: Goliath Battles, Shark Attacks and Red Grouper Action by Dave Hanson (4/28/2014)
Fishing has been good, and last week's calm seas were a welcome change, after enduring lots of wind and rough conditions earlier this month. Red grouper and all kinds of snapper have been biting well, and sharks have been abundant.
SW FL: Bonita beach: 50-lb King, 8 1/2-ft Hammerhead, Grouper & More! by Dave Hanson (4/15/2014)
Offshore fishing has been great, when winds and seas allow, with some really nice grouper, big kings, and shark and 'cuda battles. When tides are favorable in the backwaters, the reds have been biting, along with occasional snook.
SW FL-Bonita Beach: Big gags Gulfside; Drum Inshore by Dave Hanson (3/31/2014)
Weather has been tricky, but fishing in one place or another, inshore or offshore, has been possible all but a couple of stormy days over the past couple of weeks. Black drum, redfish, and sheepshead have been primary catches in the backwaters, with grouper, sheepshead and snapper prevalent offshore.
SW FL-Bonita Beach: The Kings Have Returned! by Dave Hanson (3/17/2014)
King mackerel are back, and we caught a couple nice ones over the past couple of weeks. Red grouper are still biting well, as are large, winter sheepshead, along with redfish, black drum and pompano.
SWFL-Bonita Beach: Big Sheepies Rule! by Dave Hanson (3/03/2014)
Fishing has been good offshore and inshore. And the big, winter sheepshead have dominated in both places.
SW FL-Bonita Beach: Big Sheepies, Bull Red, & 8-Foot Shark by Dave Hanson (2/17/2014)
Fishing was good inshore and offshore for most of this past two weeks, except for a couple of days foiled by weather. Redfish, Black Drum and Sheepshead are the primary inshore catches. Grouper, snapper, hogfish, and porgies offshore--and a shark battle too!
SW FL-Bonita Beach: Grouper & Hogs, Sheepshead & Drum by Dave Hanson (2/03/2014)
Weather has been tricky over the past couple of weeks, and we lost several fishing days, but fishing offshore and inshore has been productive when weather allows.
SW FL-Bonita Beach: Inshore the only place to be by Dave Hanson (1/20/2014)
Winds and rough seas have put a damper on offshore fishing lately. But, when the tide is right in the backwaters, fishing there has been very productive for big black drum, along with some nice sheepshead, and occasional pompano, and a few mangrove snapper.
SW FL-Bonita Beach: Pompano, Sheepshead, Drum by Dave Hanson (1/06/2014)
Winds have been a problem offshore, so i have had mostly inshore and near-shore trips over the past couple of weeks. Red and black drum, pompano, sheepshead, and snapper have been our primary catches.
SW FL-Bonita Beach: 30-inch gag best catch (and release!) by Dave Hanson (12/20/2013)
Winds have been strong, and seas sloppy all but a few days recently. Fishing has been great for grouper and snapper when it is calm enough to head offshore a ways. Near-shore and inshore has been okay for sheepshead, drum, and smaller snapper.
SW FL-Bonita Beach: So now that gag season closed... by Dave Hanson (12/09/2013)
Fishing has been productive offshore for many varieties of snapper. Now that gag grouper season closed on December 1st, keeper-sized gags are biting...oh well, still red grouper to keep!Inshore fishing has been good for drum and sheepshead.
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