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  • SW FL Bonita Beach Red Grouper and Snapper

    After some rainy days, one no-show customer (that makes twice within a month, and is oh-so annoying), and a few seasonally slow days, I finally got out fishing again on Tuesday, 10/9, when I fished 22 miles west of New Pass with Scott Severaid, Gregg Hass, Todd Vershaw, Jason White and Mike Wernsman. We used pinfish for our big-game fishing and shrimp for table-fare. The guys caught and released an 80-pound goliath grouper (photo shown). Red grouper were abundant, though we didn’t land any keepers. We released about fifty of those, to 19 ¾ inches, just shy of keeper-size. The group also released twenty mangrove snapper shorts. They caught about twenty lane snapper, a dozen of which were keepers, along with a keeper porkfish and a mess of grunts.

    Thursday, 10/11, I headed out 22 miles from New Pass in some rough morning seas, which calmed somewhat later in the day. I fished with Dave Carey, Steve Wanner, John Faletto and George Siamuanes. We used live shrimp for everything but the groupers, which preferred pinfish. The guys caught about forty lane snapper, twenty of which were keepers at 11-12 inches. They also caught a half dozen 11-inch, keeper porkfish, a keeper mangrove snapper, a mess of grunts and a few nice whitebone porgies. They released twenty red grouper to 19 ½ inches, along with ladyfish, two dozen yellowtail snapper shorts and a couple dozen mangrove shorts.

    You can check out all of our shark and goliath grouper action videos at the following link:

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    http://www.fishbustercharters.com/fishing%20videos.htm
    Captain Dave Hanson
    Fishbuster Charters, Inc.
    Bonita Beach, FL
    239 947-1688
    fishbuster@comcast.net
    http://www.fishbustercharters.com

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    • SW FL-Bonita Beach: Grouper,Snapper,Shark,Sheeps,Reds

      Saturday, 10/20, I fished with long-time customer Marshall Swain, along with his family and friends. We used live shrimp, about 22 miles west of New Pass, and the group caught twenty-five keeper lane snapper to 12 inches, along with one keeper mangrove snapper at 13 inches. They released a half dozen smaller mangs, along with fifteen undersized red grouper to 19 7/8 inches (so close but not close enough!) They also released five yellowtail snapper shorts, grunts, porgies and a brace of 18-inch lesser amberjacks.

      We had some wild winds and some rain preceding Hurricane Sandy, and we deferred the trip we had scheduled for Friday, 10/26 to Monday, which was the final day of Jalissa Reever’s and Steve Spitzer’s visit. Monday, winds and seas were still way to strong to venture offshore, but there was no rain, and we were able to fish inshore in Estero Bay, where we used live shrimp, along the edges toward Wiggins Pass. The couple released nine sheepshead shorts and three snook that were 16 inches, 18 inches and 19 inches. They caught a keeper permit at 13 ½ inches and a keeper redfish at 18 ½ inches.

      After Hurricane Sandy left the coastline, it took until Thursday for seas to be calm enough to tolerate offshore. I fished that day, 11/1, with Bert Van Kooten, Ron Dallimore, Norman Grieve and John Rankin. We fished 17 miles west of New Pass, using live shrimp, and the guys caught a good variety of fish. Catches included twenty keeper lane snapper to 12 inches, fifteen decent-sized grunts, and ten porgies to 12 inches. They released fifteen yellowtail snapper shorts, five red grouper shorts, and a 30-inch bonnet-head shark.

      Friday morning I fished several spots in central Estero Bay and down toward Wiggins Pass with Greg Sills and Phil Jicklititer. The guys used live shrimp to catch a 19 ½-inch redfish and three keeper sheepshead, two at 15 inches and one at 13 inches. They released ten shorter sheepshead, two crevalle jacks and a stingray.

      The photo shown is of angler, John Rankin, with a 30-inch Bonnethead-shark, caught on shrimp and released on a recent offshore trip.

      You can check out all of our shark and goliath grouper action videos at the following link:

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      http://www.fishbustercharters.com/fishing%20videos.htm
      Captain Dave Hanson
      Fishbuster Charters, Inc.
      Bonita Beach, FL
      239 947-1688
      fishbuster@comcast.net
      http://www.fishbustercharters.com

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      • Fantastic Fort Lauderdale Fishing

        Ft Lauderdale fishing

        November 14, 15, 16, 2012

        Fishing Fort Lauderdale

        The last three days the weather has been mild, with temperatures in the low 60’s, and moderate winds out of the northeast. The bit of chop and swell resulting from the northeast wind has produced some great fishing. We have caught a few sailfish trolling on fresh mullet strips, prepared from some of the mullet we’ve netted as they move down the beach. The mahi-mahi have been abundant out in 600-800 feet of water. On the 15th we found the remnants of a cuban raft floating offshore that had a nice school of dolphin swimming underneath. The next day we found a 55 gallon drum floating offshore and it too was loaded with mahi-mahi, up to 10 lbs. We are always on the lookout for floating debris as it invariably attracts tripletail, mahi-mahi and wahoo. No wahoo were landed from around the raft or drum, but we landed three nice fish while trolling live bonito around from 150 to 300 feet of water.


        The Friday night driftfishing off Fort Lauderdale turned into another snapper fest, as our anglers landed 50 snappers, including yellowtail, lanes and mangroves. They also hooked up 60 blue runners, a barracuda, and a small shark. That’s over 100 fish in one four hour trip! Fort Lauderdale fishing sure is exceptional this time of year and the Lady Pamela Sportfishing fleet is making the most of these great fishing opportunities.
        Tight Lines,
        Capt David Ide
        954 761 8045
        www.ladypamela2.com

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        • SW FL-Bonita Beach: Red Grouper; Big Sheepshead

          Tuesday, 11/20, I fished inshore in Estero Bay with Al Tooley and his thirteen-year-old son, Aiden. The guys caught a 20-inch, keeper redfish, along with five keeper sheepshead to 15 inches, all on shrimp. They released seven smaller sheepshead and two stingrays.

          Wednesday morning, I again fished central Estero Bay, using live shrimp, this time with Tim Fox, his son, Eli, and his father-in-law, Alan Zeilinger. The sheepshead were abundant and biting well, and the trio caught fifteen of those in all, including nine nice keepers to 16 inches. We had one sheepie boat-side that was about 20 inches, but it snapped the line at the last minute. The guys also released three crevalle jacks, all about 5 pounds, along with four stingrays and two puffer-fish.

          Ron & Janet Farqueherson fished a catch-and-release trip with me Saturday morning in Estero Bay, using live shrimp. The couple caught and released a brace of 17 ½ inch redfish, along with two keeper-sized sheepshead to 16 inches, five keeper-sized mangrove snapper, a brace of 16-inch black drum, and two puffer-fish.

          Monday, 11/26, I headed out to fish with Todd Flemmin and Eddie Alfonso, 28 to 35 miles west of New Pass. We had live shrimp and squid, and used both with good success. The guys caught three keeper red grouper at 21 ½ inches, 22 ½ inches and 23 inches. They released about twenty shorter ones. They also caught nineteen beautiful mangrove snapper, all of which were in the 15-inch to 16-inch range, as well as three nice yellowtail snapper that were 13 inches each. The whitebone porgies were large and plentiful, and the guys kept four 15-inch porgies, out of twenty they caught. They also caught nine large grunts, and kept four of those that were 16 inches. They released two gag grouper that were 21 inches each. All in all it was a very productive and beautiful day on the water.

          Long time customers, Erwin and Millie Metusiak, fished with me Tuesday morning, about 18 miles west of New Pass, using live shrimp. The couple caught three keeper mangrove snapper to 12 ½ inches, and kept six whitebone porgies to 18 inches, out of about twenty caught. They also caught a keeper hogfish at 15 inches. They released three 21-inch gag grouper, ten red grouper shorts, a 15 ½ inch scamp grouper, six triggerfish to 13 ½ inches, and blue runners.

          Saturday morning, I fished central Estero Bay with Rich and Nancy Honsa, using live shrimp. The sheepshead bite was hot, and the couple caught fifteen nice ones to 19 ½ inches. They only wanted enough for a meal, so they kept the biggest one and released the rest. They also released five keeper-sized mangrove snapper to 11 inches and two puffer-fish.


          The photo shown is of angler, Eddie Alfonso, with a 23-inch red grouper, one of three red grouper keepers caught on shrimp on an offshore trip 11/26/12.

          You can check out all of our shark and goliath grouper action videos at the following link:

          fishing videos

          http://www.fishbustercharters.com/fishing%20videos.htm
          Captain Dave Hanson
          Fishbuster Charters, Inc.
          Bonita Beach, FL
          239 947-1688
          fishbuster@comcast.net
          http://www.fishbustercharters.com

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          • SW FL-Bonita Beach: Winter Sheepshead are Back...and Bi

            The first week of December was kind of slow around here, which is typical for the few weeks between Thanksgiving and the beginning of the holiday rush. But I did get out fishing in Estero Bay, on a catch-and-release trip with Dave and Diane Carey on Friday, 12/7/12. The couple used live shrimp to catch twenty sheepshead to 14 inches, eight of which were would-be keepers, along with one keeper-sized mangrove snapper at 13 inches, two puffer-fish and two stingrays.

            My next trip wasn’t until ten days later, the interim filled with lots of rainy, windy weather. On Monday, 12/17, I fished Estero Bay’s backwaters with Greg Sturley, his son, Chris, and his father-in-law, Richard. Using live shrimp, the guys caught ten sheepshead, three of which were 14-inch keepers, along with three keeper mangrove snapper at 12 inches each. They released two 16-inch crevalle jacks, a couple of puffer-fish, and a couple of rays.

            Wednesday morning, 12/19, I again fished the backwaters, this time with Robert and Kim Rzepiela. The couple used live shrimp to catch three keeper sheepshead, all in the 13-14-inch range, a keeper mangrove snapper, and a 16-inch pompano. They released ten smaller sheepshead and three stingrays.

            Today, Friday, 12/21, I cancelled my offshore trip in the face of 25 knot winds and 5-foot seas. A cold front has made it all this way south, and is predicted to drop our usually tropical temperatures to a chilly 40 degrees tonight.

            Happy holidays to all!

            The photo shown is of angler Rich Honsa, with a 19 ½-inch sheepshead, caught on shrimp on a recent trip.

            Captain Dave Hanson
            Fishbuster Charters, Inc.
            Bonita Beach, FL
            239 947-1688
            fishbuster@comcast.net
            http://www.fishbustercharters.com

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            • SW FL-Bonita Beach: Lots of Action & a 20-inch Hogfish!

              Tuesday, 1/8, I headed well offshore, 37 miles west of New Pass, with frequent customer Ron Musick and friends, Eddie Alfonso, Dick Arnett and Ralph Lussluer. We had a good day fishing with live shrimp, and the guys landed four keeper red grouper, 21 ½ inches, 22 ½ inches, 24 inches and the prize winner at 27 inches. They also kept seven whitebone porgies to 18 ½ inches, and released eighteen others, since they had no need for that many fish. Added to the fish-box were four keeper mangrove snapper to 14 inches. The guys released a 16-inch amberjack and six gag grouper to 18 inches. A couple of big sharks were around and bit off a couple catches but we managed to reel in most of them!
              Wednesday morning I fished Estero Bay's backwaters with Vince Graham, Bernie Saltor, and Denny Mascioli. The guys used live shrimp to catch two keeper redfish at 19 inches and 21 inches, along with a 15-inch keeper sheepshead an 18-inch black drum keeper, and a 12-inch keeper mangrove snapper. They released ten smaller sheepshead.
              Thursday, with seas predicted to be two-to-three feet offshore, I headed out only about seven miles before we encountered three-to-five-foot seas. John Leahy and friends toughed it out, and caught and released a 28-inch gag grouper, which bit a grunt that was being reeled in. They also caught and released seven additional gag and red grouper shorts, a small triggerfish, and a bunch of blue runners. They took home some pan-fish too, with four porgies to 14 inches, a 22-inch Spanish mackerel, and seven good-sized grunts.

              Friday, seas were considerably calmer than they’d been the day before, and I was able to get out nineteen miles, with frequent customer Mike Connealy and his friends, Rick Rosen and John Pound. The guys used live shrimp to catch a mess of lane snapper, ten of which were keepers to 12 inches. They also caught porgies to 14 inches, and released lots of gag and red grouper shorts to 18 inches.

              Saturday morning, seas were still calm enough to head offshore, where I fished, using live shrimp in 38 feet, with brothers Bill and Bob Latham, Bob graham, Dell Bowden, and Rich Meyer. The guys caught a keeper hogfish at 13 inches and released a 22 ½-inch gag grouper, due to closed season. They also caught a mess of porgies, including half a dozen nice-sized keepers, some large grunts, a brace of 13-inch keeper mangrove snapper, and a 20-inch Spanish mackerel. In addition to the extra porgies, they released two smaller snapper, a dozen red-grouper shorts, fifteen gag grouper shorts, a 15-inch scamp grouper, triggerfish to 15 inches, and a small kingfish.

              Monday, 1/14, I headed out nineteen miles west of New Pass with Fred Matthews, Harry Rigsby, and Hal Bennett. The guys had good success fishing with live shrimp, and caught a keeper red grouper at 21 ½ inches, five nice whitebone porgies to 17 inches, a 13-inch keeper mangrove snapper, a keeper sheepshead at 13 inches, and a mess of grunts. They released lots of red grouper shorts, a gag grouper (due to closed season) and a short triggerfish.

              Tuesday morning brought calm seas, and I headed out 22 miles from New Pass with Mike and Barb Haacke and Bruce and Beth Garner. The couples planned to head back north the following morning, so they had no interest in keeping fish—just catching them! They did well with that mission, using live shrimp and small grunts to land three keeper-sized red grouper to 22 inches, as well as the largest hogfish I’ve encountered in my many years of catching them: This beauty was a full 20 inches, and was gratefully accepted as a gift to the captain! The group also released a few gag grouper, a few short yellowtail snapper, porgies and grunts. There were signs of red tide out there, with lots of dead mullet around, but it sure didn’t hurt our fishing one bit!

              Wednesday, I fished all day with John Rankin, Norm Grieve, Ferrell Fulkerson, Peter Tam and Gary Jackson, and Bob Fulertec, 37 miles west of New Pass, where the guys used live shrimp to catch a nice variety of fish. Red grouper were abundant, but we only got one that was a keeper, at 22 inches. We released lots of red grouper shorts, along with four scamp-grouper shorts. Added to the bag were a mess of nice whitebone porgies, all of which were about 17 inches, along with a dozen nice keeper mangrove snapper to 16 inches, three keeper 12-inch yellowtail snapper, a keeper porkfish at 12 inches, and a keeper triggerfish at 14 1/4 inches. We had several sharks try to terrorize our catches, along with sea turtles also out for a free meal. The turtles managed to eat a couple of our catches as they were being reeled in, and the turtles' powerful jaws actually crushed the heads of a few fish, leaving jaw imprints. But the guys came in with plenty of fish, despite the competition!

              Thursday, a weather-front came through the area, and small craft advisories were in effect by 10 AM, so I had to cancel my offshore trip for that day. Friday brought howling winds, cold temperatures, low tide, and a bit of drizzle, and I cancelled my bay trip, due to poor conditions. Add to that a little red tide, which has been plaguing our inland waterways for the past week or so, and conditions remained poor in the bay for Saturday's trip, which I also cancelled. So that's it for now, and I am hoping for some improved conditions soon.

              The photo shown is of angler Mike Haacke with a 20-inch hogfish (the largest I have seen around here), caught on shrimp on a recent offshore trip.

              You can check out all of our shark and goliath grouper action videos at the following link:

              fishing videos

              http://www.fishbustercharters.com/fishing%20videos.htm
              Captain Dave Hanson
              Fishbuster Charters, Inc.
              Bonita Beach, FL
              239 947-1688
              fishbuster@comcast.net
              http://www.fishbustercharters.com

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              • SW FL Bonita Beach Near Shore Reefs Productive

                After a cancelled trip on Monday, I got out fishing Tuesday, 2/19, as winds and seas finally began to calm down from their week-long highs of 30 knot gusts and 4-12 foot seas. It was still a little sloppy so I stayed near-shore, about 12 miles off Naples Beach, where I fished with frequent customers Ron Musick and Eddie Alfonso, joined by friend Kay Daugherty. The group used live shrimp to catch eleven nice, keeper mangrove snapper to 15 ½ inches and ten nice sheepshead keepers to 16 inches. They released five would-be-keeper gag grouper to 29 inches, but had to release them all, due to closed season.

                Larkin Hosmer, friend Eric, and Eric's son-in-law, Merrill, fished a catch and release trip with me in Estero Bay on Thursday, 2/21, where they used live shrimp to catch a dozen sheepshead and a 13 1/2 inch black drum.

                Friday morning, I fished near-shore, about 5 miles out of New Pass, with long-time customers Jim McGrath and Bill Crockett. The guys used live shrimp to catch thirty-five sheepshead, releasing all but fifteen of those, which were between 14 and 16 inches long. They also caught a keeper hogfish at 17 inches, and released lots of short mangrove snapper. Lines were broken off four times by something big, but we never got to see what it was.

                Saturday morning, seas kicked up somewhat, though not as much as they are predicted to do for much of the following week. I fished a catch-and-release trip at the Bonita Beach near-shore reefs with Greg Haas and Rick John. The guys used live shrimp to catch sixty sheepshead to 15 inches, mangrove snapper to 12 inches, red grouper and triggerfish shorts, and a 21-inch gag grouper.

                Monday, 2/25, I fished the near-shore reefs with frequent customer, Mike Connealy, his daughter, Mandy Ewig, and her husband, Brett Ewig. The sheepshead bite was on, and the group used live shrimp to catch twenty-four of those in all, keeping the nine largest ones in the 15-to-16-inch range. They also caught grunts, and released mangrove snapper shorts, puffer-fish, and two gag grouper at 25 1/2 inches and 23 inches.

                By Tuesday, a very windy weather pattern was here, with seas building to seven feet offshore, along with low tides and gusty winds in the bay, and I remained in port. The seas forecast was just as bad for Wednesday, though the winds had subsided quite a bit. John and Jane Vilkaitis traded their original offshore fishing plans for a morning of fishing the backwaters of Estero Bay. The couple used live shrimp to catch seventeen sheepshead in all, keeping two of those and releasing the rest.

                Thursday, 2/28, seas were calmer than they had been and calmer than they were predicted to be in a few days. So, I took that window of opportunity to fish about twelve miles west of New Pass, where we had about a three-foot swell, but tolerable seas, for most of the day. Ron Musick, Eddie Alfonso and friends, Bob and Jack, used live shrimp to box sixteen mangrove snapper to 14 inches and seven sheepshead to 15 inches.

                Friday, seas were rougher, but Dennis page, Arnie Sancaitier, Jack Scott, and Jack’s son, Kevin Scott, were hardy enough to fish the near-shore reefs on a catch-and-release trip, using live shrimp for bait. They caught and released eleven sheepshead to 16 inches, two Spanish mackerel at 22 inches and 24 inches, and several gag and red grouper to 20 inches.

                Saturday brought hard winds and seven-foot seas. I cancelled my planned trip for that day, and remained in port through the chilly and blustery weekend. Monday’s 43-degree temps weren’t too enticing to many anglers, but I am happy to see warmer temps and calm seas predicted for Tuesday.

                The photo shown is of angler Brett Ewig with a 16-inch sheepshead, caught on shrimp on a recent offshore trip. These larger sheepshead are one of the best parts of winter fishing.

                You can check out all of our shark and goliath grouper action videos at the following link:

                fishing videos

                http://www.fishbustercharters.com/fishing%20videos.htm
                Captain Dave Hanson
                Fishbuster Charters, Inc.
                Bonita Beach, FL
                239 947-1688
                fishbuster@comcast.net
                http://www.fishbustercharters.com

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                • Snooking Good

                  “Happy Easter” to all you fellow anglers, the past week provided great weather and plenty of rod bending action. The warmer weather raised water temperatures and the fish reacted with a feeding frenzy. Hopefully April brings warm weather and plenty of bait our way.

                  The snook bite really turned on as water temperatures were ion the rise, top water plugs or live mullet free lined got the linesiders attention. The snook have been schooling up the past week and many of the snook ranging from 6 to 20 pounds. Docks, seawalls and flats are the best areas to locate the snook, doa jigs on a 1/8 ounce jig head will get the rod bent. Night time snook fishing is another great way to get the drag screaming, shrimp, small twitch baits and flies all entice the snook to feed.

                  Tarpon action has been great on channel edges and in canals. Live baits have been the best choice to get hooked up with the silver king, small swim baits in green and baby bass colors on a ¼ ounce jig head entices strikes. The tarpon have been averaging 5 to 25 pounds.

                  Jack crevalles are roaming the sea walls and channels these fish are ferocious, taking live baits and top water plugs. The jacks hang in schools and range in size from 5 to 30 pounds. Jigs worked fast off the bottom entice schoolie fish to strike with a vengeance, light tackle is a blast with these fish, hold on tight.

                  Sheepshead fishing has been stellar dock pilings and seawalls have held big fish and schoolie fish. Live shrimp on a size 1 hook gets the drag screaming, the best part is sight fishing for these creatures they willingly take fly and pull hard. The average size of the sheepies has been 1 to 5 pounds.

                  Well that is the fishing report for the past week hope you all enjoyed. Remember you can’t catch them from the couch, so get out there and get hooked up. Tight Lines! Capt. Craig Korczynski, PhlatsInshoreFishing.com, 561-644-4371

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                  • SW FL-Bonita Beach: Grouper & Yellowtail Bite Hot!

                    Paul McConnell and family had planned to fish offshore with me on both Tuesday, 7/2/13 and Friday 7/5. We nixed Tuesday’s trip, as our weather was stormy for four consecutive days, Sunday, 6/30 through Wednesday morning, 7/3. After that, the continual rains quit, but with numerous lingering thunderstorms popping up Wednesday and Thursday, some containing dangerous lightening. Seas were also 3-5 feet offshore. By Friday, 7/5, seas close in were predicted at 2-3 feet, with 3-5 feet well offshore. The McConnells decided to brave a trip near-shore, and we headed out to fish about seven miles off Naples, using live shrimp. Seas were sloppy, and rougher than predicted, even close-in, but we managed to get nearly a half-day in before fleeing toward shore just ahead of a nasty looking squall that was approaching. The group caught two keeper mangrove snapper at 14 inches, two keeper porkfish, and three whitebone porgies to 15 inches. They released about twenty mangrove snapper shorts, an equal number of yellowtail snapper shorts to 11 ½ inches, fifteen crevalle jacks to 13 inches, numerous gag grouper shorts to 18 inches and red grouper shorts to 15 inches.

                    Saturday morning, 7/6, three of the group of five who had fished Friday with me returned to head offshore for a second time. Seas were still messy, with 3-4 footers, but this hardy group of three, including Paul McConnell, his son, Matt McConnell, and Matt's friend, George Frankel, headed out 19 miles from New Pass with me to fish with live shrimp. The guys caught and released about twenty yellowtail shorts, and got one keeper yellowtail at 12 1/2 inches. They also caught a nice, keeper hogfish at 17 inches, a 24-inch Spanish mackerel, and a dozen whitebone porgies, including an 18-incher. They released half the porgies and kept six of those at 13-14 inches, in addition to the 18-inch. They also caught four porkfish, including two keepers, and a mess of grunts. They released lots of grouper shorts--reds to 19 inches and gags to 18 1/2 inches.

                    Tuesday, 7/9, I fished 35 miles west of new Pass with John Hamilton and friends, Bob, Joe and Richard. The guys did great with yellowtail snapper on shrimp, and caught twenty-two yellowtail keepers to 14 inches. They added to the fish box a dozen nice whitebone porgies to 17 inches. They released fifteen additional porgies, along with lots of red and gag grouper shorts. We got chased by storms on the way in, and were glad to get back into shore before the worst of it.

                    Wednesday morning, 7/10, I managed to avoid some scattered rain showers fishing 19 to 22 miles west of New Pass with Greg Delano and his sixteen-year-old son, Dan. The guys used pinfish for grouper fishing and caught a 21 1/2-inch red grouper keeper. They released fourteen additional red grouper shorts. They used live shrimp for snapper fishing, and caught fifteen keeper lane snapper to 13 inches and one 12-inch keeper mangrove snapper. They released ten smaller lane snapper, as well as a 13-inch triggerfish.

                    Thursday morning, 7/11, I fished 20 miles west of New Pass with Darryl Metzger and his two sons, Barrett and Mitchell. We dodged numerous rain showers and even spotted a couple of water spouts throughout the morning. But fishing was good, and the guys caught two keeper red grouper at 25 inches and 21 inches. They released seven additional undersized grouper, all of which bit pinfish. They used live shrimp for snapper catching, and landed two dozen keeper lane snapper and one keeper yellowtail snapper. They released two undersized yellowtails, along with five whitebone porgies and some grunts.

                    Friday, I headed out 19 miles from New Pass with Bob O'Hara and his grandson, Kevin. They guys got to battle a 40-pound blacktip shark, bringing it to the surface for a photo before releasing it. It bit a blue runner filet, and was definitely good for some adrenaline rushes! As for food fish, caught on shrimp, the guys caught a 20 1/2-inch keeper red grouper, a 16-inch whitebone porgy, a 14-inch lane snapper, and a 12-inch yellowtail snapper. They released more than twenty red grouper shorts, six mangrove snapper shorts, seven yellowtail shorts, five lane snapper shorts, and some grunts.

                    Saturday morning, 7/13, was calm when I headed out 19 miles, but as the morning progressed winds and seas picked up and made conditions a little sloppy. I fished with Paul Fenwick, his young daughter Emma, and his son, Spencer. Their friends, Susan Carlisle, John Purdy, and John’s daughter, Jordan, joined them. The group did not wish to keep any fish so we just had fun catching and releasing. Catches included two mangrove snapper at 16 inches and 13 inches, yellowtail snapper to 11 inches, triggerfish to 14 inches, whitebone porgies to 15 inches, a 15-inch Spanish mackerel, a strawberry grouper, red grouper to 18 inches and gag grouper to 16 inches.

                    The photo shown is of angler Mitchell Metzger, with a 25-inchred grouper, caught on a pinfish on a recent offshore trip.

                    You can check out all of our shark and goliath grouper action videos at the following link:

                    fishing videos

                    http://www.fishbustercharters.com/fishing%20videos.htm
                    Captain Dave Hanson
                    Fishbuster Charters, Inc.
                    Bonita Beach, FL
                    239 947-1688
                    fishbuster@comcast.net
                    http://www.fishbustercharters.com

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                    • SWFL-Bonita Beach:Nice Hogfish,Red Grouper,Gag,Snapper,

                      Bob O’Hara and grandson, Kevin, who had fished offshore with me on Friday, 7/12, fished again with me on Monday, 7/15. We headed offshore again, twenty miles from New Pass and had a fun fishing adventure, as well as bringing home some nice fish. The guys battled and brought to the surface a 30-pound barracuda, which bit a blue runner. After releasing and recovering, they fished for food fish, using live shrimp, and caught three keeper-sized hogfish at 13 inches, 16 inches and 18 ½ inches. We released the 13-inch one, since it was a female, and the two larger ones were plenty for the guys to bring home. They also caught a keeper gag grouper at 25 ½ inches, a half-dozen keeper lane snapper, two 15-inch mangrove snapper, a few grunts and a few whitebone porgies to 14 inches. They lost one big gag that bit a pinfish but got away, and they released six red grouper shorts, all of which bit pinfish.

                      Wednesday morning, 7/17, with small craft advisories issued for beyond twenty miles, I knew my offshore trip would have to be a near-shore one. Even at the reefs just six miles off Bonita Beach, we encountered seas of three-to-four feet. I fished at the reefs with long-time customer Reiner Neumann and his son, Steven, who were joined by friend, Dennis Hill, and his grandson, Caden. The foursome used live shrimp to catch a half dozen Spanish mackerel to 25 inches, three keeper mangrove snapper, all 12 inches, and one keeper lane snapper. They released numerous mangrove snapper shorts, along with a few triggerfish shorts.

                      Thursday, it rained all day, and that was followed by some sloppy seas on Friday, 7/19. It wasn't calm enough to get too far offshore, so I fished near-shore with Bob Snyder, his son, Zack, and Zack’s grandfather, Buck. The guys used live shrimp at the May and GH reefs off Bonita Beach to catch fifteen Spanish mackerel to 24 inches, five grunts to 14 inches, a 15-inch spadefish, two triggerfish shorts, a few porkfish shorts, and six mangrove snapper shorts, They kept eight of the Spanish mackerel and the grunts for dinner, and released the rest.

                      Shawn & Lacy Ruhl and friends, Dave and Sharon Emerhiner, fished twenty-two miles west of New Pass with me on Monday, 7/22. The group used live shrimp and caught fifty keeper lane snapper to 13 inches, along with a 15-inch whitebone porgy. They released red grouper shorts. Interestingly, they hooked four squid also, and got two of those to the boat, decided calamari would be a good appetizer for their snapper dinner, and brought those home as well!

                      Tuesday, 7/23, I fished in Estero Bay on a catch-and-release trip with Steve and Judy Vender and their nephew, Cody Hennessey. The group used live shrimp to catch five keeper mangrove snapper to 13 inches, three sheepshead to 16 inches, a stingray, and a couple of crevalle jacks.

                      Wednesday, 7/24, I fished 27 miles west of New Pass with Ken Karstedt, his girlfriend, Kathleen Wendorf, Ken's brother, Bill Karstedt, and dad, Kenneth Karstedt. We used grunts and lane snappers for grouper bait, and used shrimp for all our other catches. The grouper did very well with red grouper, landing four nice keepers at 22 inches, 25 inches, 27 1/2 inches, and 28 inches. They also caught fifteen keeper lane snapper and a keeper mangrove snapper at 13 inches. They released lots of red grouper shorts, mangrove snapper, lane and yellowtail shorts. The group also had some fun with a 45-pound barracuda that ate a fish being reeled in, and battled until it finally cut the line, close to the boat. They also had an 8-foot sandbar shark bite a grouper that was being reeled in, and cut the line after a noble battle!

                      Thursday, 7/25, with seas too rough for the Miller family to take their young daughters, we opted to fish inshore in Estero Bay. Casey Miller, his daughters Megan and Maren, his sister, Mandy, and his dad, Ron used live shrimp to catch a nice keeper redfish at 22 inches, along with three keeper 11-inch mangrove snapper and a 13-inch sheepshead. They released lots of snapper shorts, a two-pound stingray, and a twenty plus-pound stingray.

                      With a family event on the weekend, I was off the water Friday through Monday.


                      The photo shown is of angler, Kevin O’Hara, with an 18 ½-inch hogfish, one of two nice keeper hogs caught on shrimp on a recent offshore trip.

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                      Fishbuster Charters, Inc.
                      Bonita Beach, FL
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                      • August snook fishing inshore fishing on fire

                        The Inshore fishing has been full of action for anglers targeting Snook. The Snook continue to gather in our inlets and deep channels. Anglers have been reporting catches in double digit numbers with many of the Snook averaging 5 to 25 pounds. Live baits dropped to the bottom and jigs bounced off the bottom will get you hooked up.

                        The Tarpon action has been great on the beach and inside the ICW for anglers looking to tango with the silver king. Look for rolling fish and present a live bait or jig in the area were fish are rolling. The Tarpon have ranged in size from 10 to 70 pounds. Always remember to bow down while a Tarpon is jumping to avoid the break offs and hooks pulling out.

                        The Docks and seawalls have provided great action for anglers using jigs and live baits. The Jacks, Snapper and a few Trout have been the main predators being caught. These fish have been ambushing bait schools as they look for shelter. Early morning and late afternoon has provided the best bite.

                        Well that is the report for the past week hope you all enjoyed. Remember you cant catch them from the couch, so get out there and get hooked up. Tight Lines! Capt. Craig Korczynski, PhlatsInshoreFishing.com, 561-644-4371





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                        • SW FL-Bonita Beach: Fishing Awesome Offshore!

                          Tuesday morning, 7/30/13, I headed 22 miles off Naples with Brian Ritter and his daughter, Danni, joined by their friends Bill Sands and his daughter, Alissa. We used live shrimp to catch twenty keeper lane snapper along with one keeper yellowtail snapper at 14 inches. Danni used a pinfish to land a keeper red grouper at 24 inches. The group released lots of red grouper shorts and triggerfish shorts.

                          Wednesday morning, 7/31, Jeramie Sollman and his two sons, Tyler, age eleven, and Mitchell, age thirteen, fished a catch-and-release-trip with me at offshore spots ranging 17 to 22 miles off Naples, in depths of 36 to 45 feet. The trio caught two hogfish to 14 inches, ten mangrove snapper to 13 inches, thirty lane snapper to 14 inches, yellowtail shorts, seven 11-12-inch porgies, one gag grouper short at 18 inches, and a half dozen red grouper shorts to 19 ½ inches. They used shrimp for everything, except for the larger red grouper, which bit pinfish.

                          Carl and Christine Vellenga and seven-year-old son, Jake, fished about 13 miles west of New Pass with me on Thursday morning, 8/1. Seas weren’t as calm as they had been earlier in the week, so we didn’t venture too far offshore. The family used live shrimp to catch three Spanish mackerel to 24 inches and a 13-inch whitebone porgy. They released seven red grouper shorts to 17 inches and a 12-inch hogfish.

                          Saturday, 8/3, I had a great day of fishing with Dr. Alejandro Miranda Sousa, his parents, Raul and Carmen, Dr. Victor Luna, and Dr. Meir Daller and young son, Brenden. We fished 28 miles west of New Pass, using live shrimp for all our catches, except for the groupers, which bit pinfish. The group caught six keeper red grouper, one measuring 21 inches, one at 23 1/2 inches, two at 24 inches, one at 26 1/2 inches, and one at 28 inches. They released twenty smaller red grouper to 19 7/8 inches. Added to the fish box were three 13-inch yellowtail snapper, two 13-inch mangrove snapper, a half-dozen whitebone porgies to 15 inches, , four 12-inch grunts, and ten 11-inch lane snapper out of the twenty-five keeper-sized lanes caught. Carmen battled a 4-foot sharp-nose shark, which she victoriously posed with, then released!
                          Tuesday, 8/6, I fished 26 miles west of New Pass with Douglass Crane, son-in-law, Tony Abrantes, and Tony's ten-year-old son, Tonito Abrantes. The trio used grunts to land four keeper red grouper, one at 21 inches, two at 24 inches, and one at 28 inches. They used live shrimp to catch two keeper lane snapper at 12 inches and 14 inches, three keeper mangrove snapper to 13 inches, and six whitebone porgies to 14 inches. They released lots of red grouper and lane snapper shorts, along with a bonnethead shark.

                          Seas were a little rougher than they have been on Thursday, 8/8, when I headed out to fish with A.J. Laprete, his young son, Joe Laprete, Joe's friend, Paul Schnadig, and family friend, Joe Bianco. We fished near-shore in 30 feet, due to 15 knot winds and rougher seas further offshore. The group used live shrimp to catch a 17-inch hogfish, eight whitebone porgies, three porkfish, and a triggerfish. They released a dozen red grouper shorts and fifteen mangrove snapper shorts.
                          Dave Carey, daughter Brianna Carey, and Brianna’s boyfriend, Patrick Legge, fished in central Estero Bay with me on Friday morning. The trio used live shrimp to catch three sheepshead, including two keepers at 13 inches and 18 inches, a 14-inch black drum, and six keeper mangrove snapper, along with a 20-inch redfish.

                          Saturday, Carlos and Jennifer Cavernego had hoped to fish for a full day offshore for grouper. But the winds picked up, starting on Friday, and the seas that were predicted to be about two feet were actually four feet (plus) just 18 miles offshore. So we didn't venture further than that, and we cut the trip down to a half-day. The morning was productive, despite the rough conditions. The couple used live shrimp to catch fifteen keeper lane snappers, two keeper yellowtail snapper (13 inches) a 14-inch whitebone porgy, and a 24-inch Spanish mackerel.
                          The photo shown is of angler Raul Sousa, with a 28-inch red grouper, one of six keeper red grouper caught on bait-fish on a recent offshore trip.


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                          Bonita Beach, FL
                          239 947-1688
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                          • SWFL-Bonita Beach:August Grouper & Snapper Fishing Good

                            Monday morning, 8/12/13, father and son anglers Bruce and Mike Epstein fished with me 22 miles west of New Pass, where they used pinfish for grouper fishing and live shrimp for snappers. The guys did well, catching four keeper red grouper, one at 21 inches, two at 26 inches, and one at 27 inches. They also caught five keeper yellowtail snapper to 13 inches, a half dozen keeper mangrove snapper to 13 inches, and ten keeper lane snapper. They released lots of red grouper shorts and fifteen lane snapper shorts.

                            Pat Cunningham had enough family members visiting to constitute a six-person trip offshore on Wednesday, 8/14/13. The family fished 22 miles west of New Pass, using live shrimp. Catches included twenty-five keeper lane snapper, ten grunts, and a couple of whitebone porgies. The group released all but three of the grunts, along with red grouper shorts to 18 inches, blue runners and crevalle jacks.

                            Thursday morning, 8/15, with a few light sprinkles of rain falling, I fished inshore in Estero Bay with the Ponnozo family: Grandpa Jack, Dad John, eleven-year-old son Alex, and younger son, Jake. The guys were celebrating Jake’s eighth birthday with a catch-and-release trip. They used live shrimp to catch two keeper-sized redfish at 18 inches and 24 inches, six sheepshead to 15 inches, twenty mangrove snapper shorts, a 15-inch snook, a 13-inch black drum, and a two-pound stingray. They released all.

                            I had planned an offshore trip for Friday morning, 8/16, but rain over the gulf and sloppy seas conditions weren’t optimal for the family who had planned to go. They opted to defer their trip. The weekend of 8/17/13 (and into the following week) was characterized by an early rain pattern, with some heavy rain and T-storms each day, usually beginning sometime around noon to the 2PM hour. Pair those conditions with the slow season that officially began in mid-August, once kids returned to school and families quit vacationing, and it is a prescription for a short fishing report!

                            We expect scattered trips throughout the rest of August and September, and will be gearing up in October for the return of our seasonal residents, which typically happens in mid-to-end October. Meanwhile, we will post whatever reports we have, and, as always, thanks for reading!


                            Labor Day weekend provided a little fishing action amidst slow season. I fished Saturday, 8/31, with Tim & Kathy Pedley and their friends, David & Arlee Kachenski and son, Matthew. We headed out in calm seas to 18 miles west of New Pass, but winds and seas picked up by late morning, and made for a rougher ride in than we had going out. The group used live shrimp to catch and release twenty-five red grouper shorts to 19 ½ inches. They also caught fifteen lane snapper, ten of which were keepers, and ten mangrove snapper, four of which were keepers, measuring about 12 inches each.


                            The photo shown is of angler, Ken Karstedt with a 28-inch red grouper, one of four keeper red grouper he and his group caught on pinfish on a recent offshore trip.

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                            Fishbuster Charters, Inc.
                            Bonita Beach, FL
                            239 947-1688
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                            • SW FL-Bonita Beach:September Backwater Trips & Goliaths

                              Labor Day Monday, 9/2/13, I fished the backwaters of Estero Bay with Lee and Lauren Wehr and their friends, Brian and Debbie Lucas. The group had originally planned to fish offshore, but with lots of rain over the gulf, they decided it might be safer to stay closer to the coast. We did, in fact, just beat the rain in, after a good morning of fishing. The group caught two nice, keeper redfish at 24½ inches and 25½ inches. They also reeled in a keeper sheepshead at 14 inches, along with three 11-inch keeper mangrove snapper, all caught on live shrimp.

                              The following Monday, 9/9, I fished Estero Bay again, this time with Steve Landy and Bob Bastuba. Using live shrimp, the guys caught two keeper redfish, one 21 inches long and one 24 ½ inches long. They released a couple of crevalle jacks, some mangrove snapper shorts, and a 14-inch snook.

                              Friday-the-thirteenth turned out lucky for Scott Saveraid and friends, Dave Howell, Dave Carris, and Mark Kilmer, who wanted to have some fun on a catch-and-release trip, hoping for some goliath grouper action. The group caught three goliaths, one sixty pounds, two 80 pounds and one 100 pounds. All of those bit Spanish mackerels. The rest of our catches bit on live shrimp, and included two cobia at 26 and 27 inches, six 13-14 inch mangrove snapper, and a brace of 20-inch Spanish mackerel. We took some photos and video and released all.

                              Saturday, 9/21, I spent the morning fishing Estero Bay with Colby and Colleen Dunavan. The couple used live shrimp to catch two keeper redfish, Colby’s red measuring 24 ½ inches and Colleen’s 23 inches. Colleen also caught and released a 23-inch snook. The couple added to the fish box one 13-inch sheepshead and a half dozen keeper mangrove snapper, all around 11 inches.


                              The photo shown is of angler Brian Lucas, with a 25 ½-inch redfish, caught on shrimp on a recent inshore trip.

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                              Fishbuster Charters, Inc.
                              Bonita Beach, FL
                              239 947-1688
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                              • SW FL-Bonita Beach: Inshore & Near-shore Report-Reds!

                                Redfish have been the best bet around here lately, with trips scarce overall, and with favorable bay tides trumping some sloppy conditions offshore. Monday morning, 9/23/13, I fished the backwaters of Estero Bay with Doug Duncan, Eric Bastion, and Randy Cummings. The guys had originally planned an offshore trip, but Monday was an unsettled day with abundant rains in the area, and the Gulf winds had picked up to 15 knots, with the promise of sloppy seas, so we opted to remain inshore and dodge the rains as best we could. The guys did well, using live shrimp. Dough caught a keeper redfish at 22½ inches, and the group released two smaller reds. Eric caught a 14-inch, keeper sheepshead. Randy caught and released an 18-inch snook. The group also caught five keeper mangrove snapper to 13 inches.

                                We were stuck in an early-day rain pattern for days, with lots of moisture hanging over the gulf, until it dried out some on the weekend. The next trip I had was Wednesday, 10/2, and it was supposed to be an offshore trip with Bill and Michelle Severns. Seas were predicted to be about two feet, but as we approached the near-shore reefs, we could see that the further out we ventured, the rougher it would be. We decided to use our live shrimp near-shore and, even there at the reefs five to six miles off the beach, seas were pretty rough. Fishing was tough, but the couple caught a bunch of mangrove snapper, including three keepers. They also released a lot of lane snapper shorts, but managed one keeper lane. They released gag grouper shorts, crevalle jacks and Spanish mackerel too.

                                Saturday morning, 10/5, I fished inshore in Estero Bay with Clement and Evelyn Wong and Peter and Miranda Tai. The guys each caught keeper redfish, one 18 ½ inches and one 19 ½ inches. The group also released some sheepshead, along with a ten-pound stingray.

                                The photo shown is of angler Colby Dunovan, with a 24 ½-inch redfish, caught on shrimp in Estero Bay on a recent backwater trip.

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                                Fishbuster Charters, Inc.
                                Bonita Beach, FL
                                239 947-1688
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                                • SDWFL-Bonita Beach:22-inch Hogfish!Red Grouper, Snapper

                                  Friday morning, 10/11, I fished 22 miles offshore with Roberto Russi, his father-in-law, John, and friend, Bill. We used a grunt to land a nice, 25 ½-inch red grouper, and we also had something big cut 100-pound, braided line, so that might have been a bigger grouper! The guys used live shrimp to catch a 14-inch hogfish, a 13-inch yellowtail snapper, a 13-inch lane snapper, a 15-inch mangrove snapper, a half-dozen keeper porkfish, and five whitebone porgies. All in all, it was a good morning of fishing, with seas of two-to-three feet, and no rain! Looks like dry season is finally here.

                                  Saturday morning, 10/12, I fished inshore in Estero Bay with Jim Jambor, Jim Burton, and Herb Lethert. The redfish liked our live shrimp, and the guys caught two keepers, 24 inches and 25 ½ inches. The rest of our catches were mostly throw-backs, including a half dozen mangrove snapper shorts, five short sheepshead, and three stingrays about 3 pounds each. We did catch one keeper mangrove snapper to add to the fish box.

                                  Thursday, 10/17, I fished 28 miles offshore with long-time customer, Dave Carey, and his friends, Scott Ehartt, Steve Wanner, and George Siambanes. The guys did well with red grouper, using pinfish and cut- bait. They caught six keeper red grouper, measuring 21 inches, 22 inches, 24 inches, and a trio of 25-inchers. They released about 45 additional red grouper that were short of keeper size. They used cut-bait for a couple of 40-inch sharp-nose sharks, which they released, then switched to shrimp for some snapper catching. They landed a 13-inch yellowtail snapper, four keeper lane snapper, and a 16-inch triggerfish. They released a dozen lane snapper shorts, along with a mess of grunts and a dozen porgies—no need to keep those with a box full of grouper and snapper!

                                  The same guys who fished with me Thursday fished again on Saturday, 10/19, and we had another great day of fishing, this time about 35 miles west of New Pass. George caught a beautiful red grouper at 25 ½ inches, along with a really nice hogfish at 22 inches, both of them on shrimp, using a light spinning rod. The group added to the fish box another keeper red grouper at 21 inches, seven whitebone porgies that were all 15 and 16 inches, four keeper mangrove snapper to 16 inches, three yellowtail snapper to 17 inches, and a few large grunts. The guys released about twenty-five red grouper shorts, four yellowtail shorts, a 40-inch sharp-nose shark and a 3-foot long, odd looking fish that I am calling a trumpet fish—I’m not sure if that is its technical name or not, but it resembles a trumpet. We used mostly shrimp for bait, but we did have what I think was a very large shark bite a bait-fish and break the line before we could get a good look at it.

                                  The photo shown is of angler, George Siambones with a 22-inch beauty of a hogfish, caught on shrimp on an offshore trip this past Saturday.

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                                  Bonita Beach, FL
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                                  • SWFL-Bonita Beach:Grouper, Hogfish, Shark, Reds, Sheeps

                                    Bob and Jo-Ellen Exby fished 18 miles offshore with me on Tuesday, 10/22, just ahead of a cool-front due in the next day. The day began calm, and seas of one-foot were predicted by NOAA, but we had two-to-three foot seas most of the morning, as winds picked up to 15 knots prematurely. The couple used live shrimp to catch a nice, 17-inch hogfish, a keeper 21 1/2-inch red grouper, a keeper yellowtail snapper, three keeper porkfish, and four keeper whitebone porgies. They released a half dozen mangrove snapper shorts and six porgy-shorts.

                                    It was a good while before I fished again, given lots of wind and rough seas offshore, along with our typical lull in activity at the end of October, just prior to busy season’s commencing. I fished a very windy Monday morning in Estero Bay with Jack McGrath, wife Suzanne, and fourteen-year-old daughter, Haley, on 11/4/13. The family wanted to catch and release and just get some experience fishing in the backwaters. They used live shrimp to catch and release fifteen mangrove snapper, five of which were keeper-size, ten sheepshead, including two keeper-sized to 16 inches, a sand bream, two crevalle jacks and a stingray.

                                    Sometimes it seems Mother Nature is out to get you, especially when windy weather fronts arrive right about the time my long-time seasonal customers and angling friends return to the area, eager to wet their lines. We lucked out on Thursday, 11/7, just ahead of a prediction for three-to-five-foot seas offshore for the next couple days to come. I fished with Ron Musick and Eddie Alfonso, and we went after red grouper, using pinfish, in spots from 22 to 29 miles west of New Pass. We caught five keeper red grouper, one measuring 20 ½ inches, two measuring 24 inches, one at 25 inches, and one at 28 inches. The guys released about fifty additional red grouper that were short of legal size, along with lane snapper and yellowtail snapper shorts, a half-dozen triggerfish shorts, two small amberjack, a four-foot sandbar shark, and a 7-foot nurse shark.

                                    Friday, 11/8, was windy, as predicted, with seas predicted to be two-to-four feet within 20 miles, and three-to five feet beyond 20 miles. Long-time customer, Mike Connealy, usually changes plans to fish inshore when conditions are rough offshore. But, this time Mike had three friends with him, Mark Linhart, Bob and Terry, who wanted to fish in the gulf and were willing to deal with the rough seas to fish the close-in reefs. It was rough, for sure, which made fishing tougher. The guys released mangrove snapper, sheepshead, and flounder shorts, and Mark did catch one nice, keeper flounder at 17 ½ inches, on shrimp.

                                    Saturday morning, with winds still blowing 20 knots, Bob and Stephanie Rose chose to fish inshore in Estero Bay. Right off the bat, we had a big redfish take a shrimp and break the line. Shortly after that, Bob caught a 23-inch redfish. Stephanie caught a nice sheepshead at 15 ½ inches, and a keeper mangrove snapper. The couple released several smaller sheepshead and a dozen mangrove snapper shorts, along with a crevalle jack.

                                    The photo shown is of a 28-inch red grouper, one of five keepers caught on pinfish, fishing with angler Ron Musick, on a recent offshore trip.

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                                    Bonita Beach, FL
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                                    • SW FL-Bonita Beach: Grouper, Snapper, Hogs, Shark, Drum

                                      Tuesday, 11/12/13, I fished offshore with long-time customers Kari Vilamaa, George Dyer, and Paul Kikendall. We were one day ahead of a cold front that was predicted to bring strong winds and seas of six to eight feet offshore, but we had calm conditions all day, and we were able to fish in various spots ranging from 19 to 29 miles west of New Pass. The guys caught two keeper red grouper at 20 ½ inches and 21 ½ inches, and released a gag grouper that was just ½-inch short of keeper-size at 21 ½ inches, all of which bit pinfish. Fishing with live shrimp yielded a keeper hogfish at 14 inches, a brace of 13-inch yellowtail snapper, eighteen keeper lane snapper, a keeper mangrove snapper, and four Spanish mackerel to 25 inches. The group released porgy-shorts, along with two sharks, an 8-foot nurse shark and a 3-foot sharp-nose shark.

                                      My scheduled offshore trip for Wednesday had to be canceled, as the windy cool front passed through over-night on Tuesday, with gale-force winds in the area by Wednesday morning. Thursday was less windy than Wednesday was, but a persistent 20-25 knot wind blew for much of the day. The tide was dead low first thing in the morning, so I waited until mid-morning to take John and Toni Heimrich fishing in the backwaters—the gulf was still way too rough, so the bay was our only option. I tried my best to keep us sheltered from the wind in spots that held some fish. The couple did very well with drum and sheepshead, caught on live shrimp. They landed three keeper sheepshead, all nice size to 17 ½ inches. They also caught two keeper drum, one at 14 ½ inches and one really nice one at 24 inches. They released a few smaller sheepshead and drum, along with four stingrays.

                                      Friday was another windy morning of backwater fishing. The tide was higher than it was the day before, but the fishing wasn't as productive. Pat O'Neill and friend, Rick, had initially hoped to fish offshore for grouper but, foiled by high winds rough seas, they fished in Estero Bay instead. They caught three keeper-sized sheepshead, released a crevalle jack and a stingray, and had their lines broken by redfish three times on an oyster bar.

                                      Monday, 11/18, I fished an offshore catch-and-release trip, using pinfish and live shrimp, from 18 to 22 miles west of New Pass, with Bill Doyle and his three friends, all of whom were named Dave! The guys released fifteen red grouper shorts to 19 ½ inches, a 13 ½ inch yellowtail snapper, a 14-inch mangrove snapper and a 14 ½ inch lane snapper, along with a few whitebone porgies to 15 inches.

                                      Tuesday, seas were flat smooth, and the grouper fishing was great 25 to 28 miles west of New Pass, where I fished with frequent customers, Ron Musick, Eddie Alfonso, Dick Arnett and John Ebrecht. The guys landed five keeper red grouper, ranging in size from 21 inches to 25 inches. We used pinfish for four of them, but Eddie caught his 24-incher on a jig. John added to the fish box a 14-inch hogfish, and the guys also added a dozen keeper lane snapper, a keeper mangrove snapper, and seven whitebone porgies to 14 inches. We had two big sharks bite fish that were being reeled up. One of those sharks was big enough to destroy Eddie’s reel—we didn’t see what kind it was. The other one was a nine-foot tiger shark, which breached the surface close enough to the boat that we could see its stripes and identify it, before it broke the line.

                                      The grouper bite was on again Wednesday, 11/20, when I headed out to 29 miles west of New Pass with John Rankin, Peter Tam, Stephan Arani, Bob Furlotte, Norm Grieves, and Farrell Fulkerson. The guys used pinfish to land five keeper red grouper, consisting of a brace of 20 ½ inch, one 21-inch, one 25-inch and one 26-inch. They used live shrimp for their other catches, which included three dozen whitebone porgies that ranged 14 to 16 inches, a few keeper lane snapper, a keeper mangrove snapper, a keeper yellowtail snapper, and a mess of 13-to-14-inch grunts. The guys released some smaller yellowtail snapper.

                                      Thursday morning, 11/21, I fished 18 to 22 miles west of New Pass with Mike Gengler, Sr. and son, Mike Gengler, Jr. The guys used pinfish to attract some red grouper, but the biggest ones they caught were 19 7/8 inches—in fact, they caught three of them that measured 19 7/8, just 1/8-inch short of legal size. They released those, along with a few yellowtail snapper shorts and a short hogfish. They did box three nice, keeper lane snapper to 14 inches, one keeper yellowtail snapper, a keeper porkfish, a keeper triggerfish at 14 inches, and a brace of 14-inch keeper hogfish, all on live shrimp.

                                      The lucky run of smooth seas we had ended on Friday, when I fished 17 miles west of New Pass with Paul Dryden and his friends, Rich, Bill-1, Bill-2, and Greg. The winds blew 15 to 20 knots all morning, and seas were three-to-four feet. At one of our spots, there was a goliath grouper nuisance, which managed to eat seven nice sized catches as before they could be boated. So we vacated that spot, and went to a couple of others, where the guys used live shrimp to catch three 14-inch keeper mangrove snapper, ten whitebone porgies, all in the 13-14-inch range, and a mess of grunts. They released red grouper shorts.

                                      Monday, 11/25, was the first windy, rough day of a week that is forecast to stay that way—with seas anywhere from six to fourteen feet during the week. Depending upon water levels in the bay, I might get a few backwater trips in, but offshore fishing isn’t looking good until this weather system passes.

                                      The photo shown is of angler John Heimrich with a 24-inch black drum, caught on shrimp in Estero Bay on a recent inshore trip.

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                                      Fishbuster Charters, Inc.
                                      Bonita Beach, FL
                                      239 947-1688
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                                      • SW FL-Bonita Beach: So now that gag season closed...

                                        Tuesday, 11/26/13, I fished on a very windy morning in Estero Bay with Al Tooley and his two sons, Jeff and Aiden. The tide was up, making for favorable conditions in the bay, and the guys did well, fishing with live shrimp. Catches included a 25-inch keeper redfish, an 18-inch keeper black drum, and five keeper sheepshead, two at 13 inches and three at 14 inches.

                                        Wednesday, a strong weather front arrived on schedule, with rain, gusty winds and seas of 14 to 16 feet offshore. I rescheduled my trip planned for that day, deferring to Saturday.

                                        Friday morning, the day after a day off the water for Thanksgiving with family, I fished again in Estero Bay and again in very windy conditions. Jack Glendenning, his son John, and two grandsons, Tommy and Jack Jr., fished with live shrimp and did pretty well with redfish and sheepshead. They caught a keeper red at 19 ½ inches, and released a 17-inch redfish. The boys caught sixteen sheepshead in all, four of which were keepers to 18 inches. Tommy also caught a 14-inch black drum, and the group released smaller drum, some ladyfish and a couple of stingrays.

                                        As it turned out, my Wednesday trip, which had deferred to Saturday, could not get offshore Saturday either, with persistent rough seas of three-to-five feet, so we had to cancel that one for good.

                                        Over Sunday, winds and seas subsided, and Monday, 12/2, brought much better conditions, with seas of two feet. I fished with Andrew Combes and John Vassilakas in spots 18 to 22 miles west of New Pass. We used pinfish to lure some grouper, and we used live shrimp for everything else. As luck would have it, with gag grouper season closed as of December 1st, the guys caught two gags that would have been keepers had they not caught them on December 2nd! Those two measured 22 ½ inches and 24 inches. The guys released those, and caught about twenty red grouper, which were shorts and had to be released also. The snapper fishing was good, though, and the guys landed eight nice, keeper mangrove snapper to 15 inches, six keeper lane snapper to 12 inches, and a keeper, 13-inch yellowtail snapper. They released triggerfish shorts, a six-pound crevalle jack, and a bunch of porgies.

                                        Tuesday, though seas were predicted to be one foot, they were three-to-four feet 18 miles west of New Pass, so II ventured no further than that when I fished with frequent customers, Ron Musick and Eddie Alfonso. Just like the day before, it was as if the gag grouper spread the word that it was safe to bite now, since season closed as of December 1st. The guys released two of those, a 23-inch and a 24 ½-inch, which bit pinfish. They also released fifteen red grouper shorts and ten triggerfish shorts, and hooked two big sharks, one that broke the line before we could tell what kind it was, and the other a 9-foot tiger shark, which ate a porgy. As for table-fare, the guys boxed seventeen whitebone porgies to 17 inches, which were caught on live shrimp.

                                        Wednesday morning, 12/4, heading out 18 miles from New Pass, seas were a little sloppy, but they calmed down, and I had a good morning of fishing with Tony Bowlen, A.J. Dohall, and Rick Simpson. The guys boxed an 18 ½-inch mutton snapper, fifteen mangrove snapper to 17 inches, ten porgies about 15 inches each, two keeper yellowtail snapper at 14 inches each, and a 21-inch white margate, all caught on shrimp. They released a 22 1/2-inch, out-of-season gag grouper, along with some triggerfish shorts.

                                        Thursday, I headed back to the same spots that were so lucky for lots of nice snapper the day before, this time with Shaun and Paige Stevens. The seas were calmer and conditions were nicer, but the snapper bite just wasn’t there. We were plagued with goliath grouper and shark nuisances that ate five of our biggest catches. But the couple brought home food-fish, including a 14-inch yellowtail snapper, five whitebone porgies, and five good-sized grunts. They released triggerfish shorts and three red grouper shorts.

                                        Ron Musick and Eddie Alfonso, who fished with me Tuesday, did so again on Friday, in some rougher seas, in various spots between 18 and 28 miles west of New Pass. Using live shrimp, the guys caught fourteen keeper lane snapper, nine whitebone porgies to 14 inches, six grunts to 14 inches, and a 15-inch hogfish, all boxed for good table-fare. The red grouper were biting like crazy, but we didn’t get any keepers—the guys released 55 red grouper shorts, all the way to 19 7/8 inches, just short of keeper size.

                                        The photo shown is of angler Rick Simpson with an 18 ½-inch mutton snapper, caught on shrimp on a recent offshore trip.
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                                        Fishbuster Charters, Inc.
                                        Bonita Beach, FL
                                        239 947-1688
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                                        • SW FL-Bonita Beach: 30-inch gag best catch (& release)

                                          Monday, 12/9, I fished inshore in Estero Bay with long-time customers, Erwin and Millie Metusiak. The couple boxed six nice sheepshead to 17 inches, and released five smaller ones. They also released short black drum, a couple of stingrays, and four crevalle jacks to five pounds.

                                          Tim and Caroline Peterson fished the backwaters with me Tuesday morning, where we used live shrimp to catch seven sheepshead, all 14 to 16 inches, a 14-inch pompano, a keeper black drum, and a brace of 11-inch mangrove snapper.

                                          Low tide and high winds made for some tough inshore fishing Saturday morning, 12/14, when I fished with Greg Starleaf, his son Chris, and his father-in-law, Richard Johnson. The guys caught mostly sheepshead, with three keepers to 18 inches, and eight shorts released, along with a few puffer-fish and a couple or stingray.

                                          Tuesday morning, 12/17, seas were rough at the outset, with winds having blown hard all weekend and into the early hours of Tuesday. Seas calmed down as the morning progressed, and I fished the near-shore reefs off Bonita Beach with Chris Bauman and his sons, Sam and Louie. The guys used live shrimp to catch four Spanish mackerels, all in the 21-to 22-inch range, a 13-inch sheepshead, and a mess of grunts. They released lots of triggerfish to 13 inches, along with small gag grouper.

                                          Wednesday morning, though predicted to be calmer was pretty much a carbon copy of Tuesday. Seas were sloppy, even at the near-shore reefs, where I fished a catch-and release trip with Mike Cilip, Sr, Mike Cilip, Jr., and friend, Gordon Gau. The guys used live shrimp to catch seven sheepshead to 15 inches, grunts, Spanish mackerel and gag grouper shorts.

                                          Thursday’s seas began a little sloppy, but calmed down nicely, and I was able to get out about eighteen miles, where I fished with frequent-fishers Ron Musick, Eddie Alfonso, and Bob Deering. The guys used live shrimp to catch and release yellowtail snapper and triggerfish shorts, three mutton snapper to 15 inches, and a dozen red grouper shorts to 19 ¾ inches, just short of legal size. They also released a 30-inch, out-of-season gag grouper. They boxed some grunts, along with twenty-five whitebone porgies to 16 inches to take home for dinner.

                                          Winds picked up again Friday, 12/20, with sloppy conditions even at the near-shore reefs, where I fished with Reiner Neumann and his three sons, Steven, Brian and Christopher. We caught a lot of fish, but only a few were keepers, including a 14-inch sheepshead, a brace of 13-inch mangrove snapper, and a half-dozen grunts. We released eight mangrove snapper shorts, eight triggerfish shorts in the 12-13-inch range, and blue runners.

                                          The photo shown is of Cap’t Dave, with a 30-inch gag grouper he helped angler Ron Musick catch, caught on a pinfish on a recent offshore trip. Gags are out of season, so this big boy had to be released.

                                          You can check out all of our shark and goliath grouper action videos at the following link:

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                                          http://www.fishbustercharters.com/fishing%20videos.htm
                                          Captain Dave Hanson
                                          Fishbuster Charters, Inc.
                                          Bonita Beach, FL
                                          239 947-1688
                                          fishbuster@comcast.net
                                          http://www.fishbustercharters.com

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