Fishing Reports by Captain Dave Hanson

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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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Shark, grouper, lanes & rains! (6/01/2018)
[Bonita Beach,FL] 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 (4/28/2018)
[Bonita Beach,FL] 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 (4/08/2018)
[Bonita Beach,FL] 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 (3/17/2018)
[Bonita Beach,FL] 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! (2/23/2018)
[Bonita Beach,FL] 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! (2/05/2018)
[Bonita Beach,FL] 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! (1/18/2018)
[Bonita Beach,FL] 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 (12/30/2017)
[Bonita Beach,FL] 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 (12/16/2017)
[Bonita Beach,FL] 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 (11/30/2017)
[Bonita Beach,FL] 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 (11/09/2017)
[Bonita Beach,FL] 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 (10/07/2017)
[Bonita Beach,FL] 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 (8/19/2017)
[Bonita Beach,FL] 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 (7/20/2017)
[Bonita Beach,FL] 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 (7/01/2017)
[Bonita Beach,FL] 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 (6/03/2017)
[Bonita Beach,FL] 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 (5/11/2017)
[Bonita Beach,FL] 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 (4/22/2017)
[Bonita Beach,FL] 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 (4/09/2017)
[Bonita Beach,FL] 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! (3/25/2017)
[Bonita Beach,FL] 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 (3/05/2017)
[Bonita Beach,FL] 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 (2/16/2017)
[Bonita Beach,FL] 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 (1/27/2017)
[Bonita Beach,FL] 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 (1/07/2017)
[Bonita Beach,FL] 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! (12/16/2016)
[Bonita Beach,FL] 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 (12/01/2016)
[Bonita Beach,FL] Fishing has been excellent this month, both inshore and offshore, with lots of red grouper, lane snapper, redfish, black drum, and sheepshead.
SW FL-Bopnita beach: october: Mostly back-bay--Reds, Sheepshead, Black drum (10/29/2016)
[Bonita Beach,FL] Winds have been relentless for the past few weeks, and offshore fishing has been rough. But back-bay anglers have enjoyed success with redfish, snook, sheepshead, black drum and more.
SW FL-Bonita beach: Grouper, Snapper, Goliaths, Shark, Redfish, Black Drum (9/23/2016)
[Bonita Beach,FL] It is slow season here in SW FL, but the several trips i have had so far this month have been productive, both offshore and inshore.
SW FL-Bonita beach: Lanes, grouper, flounder, shark, goliaths & more (8/22/2016)
[Bonita Beach,FL] It is slow season in SW FL,but what trips I have taken have been productive, especially for grouper and snapper, as well as for some fun battles with shark and goliaths.
SW FL-Bonita Beach: Lots of Grouper & Snapper (7/25/2016)
[Bonita Beach,FL] Red grouper and lane snapper are the predominant catches right now, along with some other bottom varieties. Smaller snapper and crevalle jacks bit well in the backwaters.
SW FL-Bonita beach: Bull-red inshore; Nice grouper, snapper, hog offshore (7/02/2016)
[Bonita Beach,FL] Seas have been smooth all this past week, and the fishing has been excellent for a variety of offshore species. Inshore, tides have been good, and fishing is good when there isn't too much fresh water influx from seasonal rains.
SW FL-Bonita Beach: Shark, grouper, big lane snapper (6/12/2016)
[Bonita Beach,FL] Fishing has been good on the days it wasn't storming--red grouper continue to bite well, and the size and number of lane snapper has been great.
SW FL-Bonita beach: Some Big Game this week (5/21/2016)
[Bonita Beach,FL] A 400-pound goliath grouper and a 10-foot tiger shark topped the list of big-game this week. Food-fish included keeper red grouper, lane and mangrove snapper, porgies, and grunts.
SW FL-Bonita Beach: grouper & snapper & shark, oh my (5/06/2016)
[Bonita Beach,FL] Bottom fishing has been very good out to 25 miles, for grouper, lots of lane snapper, and more.
SW FL-Bonita beach: grouper, snapper, shark, trout (4/24/2016)
[Bonita Beach,FL] Seas have been higher than their predictions recently, and we tolerated some choppy conditions a few times over the past couple of weeks,. But catches of grouper and snapper have been good, and a few goliath battles were fun too. Inshore, trips have been a little slow, except for a fun battle with a bonnethead and some decent trout.
SW FL-Bonita Beach: Lots of Action! (4/09/2016)
[Bonita Beach,FL] Fishing has been great lately, with keeper red grouper, some nice catch-and-release gags, shark, snapper, mackerel, snook, and a b bit of everything!
SW FL-Bonita beach: Lots of variety offshore and inshore (3/25/2016)
[Bonita Beach,FL] Trout, sheepshead, and an occasional redfish have been the recent bay catches. Offshore, big sheepshead, land and mangrove snapper, red grouper, Spanish mackerel, flounder, and other bottom varieties have been active.
SW FL-Bonita beach: Grouper, snapper, big sheepshead, trout (3/12/2016)
[Bonita Beach,FL] Winds and seas have been difficult obstacles recently, but we managed a few calm enough days offshore, as well as several good inshore trips. Snapper and big sheepshead are abundant, with most of the keeper red groupers now well offshore, though we caught a few keepers the beginning of March as close in as 22 miles.
SW FL-Bonita Beach: Snapper abundant offshore; Trout inshore (2/28/2016)
[Bonita Beach,FL] All kinds of snapper have been biting well, about 22 miles west of New Pass, when seas allow us to get out. Inshore, lots of trout have been biting, along with some pompano.
SW FL-Bonita beach: Big snapper, sheepshead, redfish, trout (2/14/2016)
[Bonita Beach,FL] Fishing has been very productive for a variety of snappers offshore, and for redfish and trout inshore. Large sheepshead have been biting in both places.
SW FL-Bonita Beach: Fishing great when weather allows. 22-inch mutton snapper! (2/01/2016)
[Bonita Beach,FL] Dodging rain and wind has been a challenge lately. But on the days we can fish, catching has been good, with lots of variety and steady action.
SW FL-Bonita beach: Gotta love the grouper bite! (1/18/2016)
[Bonita Beach,FL] When weather has cooperated, the red grouper bite has been strong, allowing us to catch limits several days, and as close in as 15 miles. But weather has been a tricky factor lately.
SW FL-Bonita beach: Red Grouper Re-open Today! Big Sheepshead Moving in Too! (1/01/2016)
[Bonita Beach,FL] Fishing offshore for red grouper has been great during their closed season, when we have had to release them...let's hope that bite continues now that season is open! And winter sheepshead and nice trout have dominated backwater catches recently.
SW FL-Bonita Beach: Great Grouper & Snapper Fishing! (12/17/2015)
[Bonita Beach,FL] The red grouper bite has been hot, even as close in as 12 miles. It's like they know they are out of season, can't be kept, and have nothing to lose! There have also been a few gags biting, and lots of really nice lane snapper to 16 inches.
SW FL-Bonita Beach: Tricky Winds & Seas, but Fishing Good (11/28/2015)
[Bonita Beach,FL] Winds howled and seas built for several days. I fished offshore when I could, relocated a couple of trips to the backwaters, and cancelled a few. But fishing for snapper, grouper, and more has been good.
SW FL-Bonita Beach: Red grouper know it's safe to bite now! (11/14/2015)
[Bonita Beach,FL] With red grouper season closed, the bite has been hot for catch-and-release. Snapper are also abundant, mostly lanes, along with some mackerel, tripletail, and other bottom varieties.
SW FL-Bonita beach: reds, Snook, Cobia, Shark, Grouper & Snapper (10/18/2015)
[Bonita Beach,FL] Fishing has been very good for lane snapper and for releasing now out-of-season red grouper. Inshore, reds, snook and cobia have been biting.
SW FL-Bonita beach: Nice redfish inshore; red grouper offshore (9/21/2015)
[Bonita Beach,FL] Backwater fishing this month has been good for redfish, and offshore has been good for red grouper and lane snapper.
SW FL-Bonita beach: Red & Black Drum Inshore; Grouper & Snapper Offshore (8/14/2015)
[Bonita Beach,FL] Rains depleted the salinity in the backwaters for a bit, but things improved this week, with nice catches of drum there. Offshore, red grouper and lane snapper have been the primary catches.
SW FL-Bonita Beach: rain, rain, go away--got some snapper anyway (7/31/2015)
[Bonita Beach,FL] A stalled low-pressure system dumped inches of rain upon our area, and brought thunderstorms and unsafe, unpleasant conditions our way for consecutive days. I fished when I could--cancelled the rest.
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