Rain, rain, go away--got some snapper anyway
Capt. Dave Hanson
July 31, 2015
Bonita Beach - Saltwater Fishing Report
Been trying to fish around the rain lately…
Monday morning, 7/20, I headed offshore, 22 miles west of New Pass, with Patrick and Jessica Goodman and friends Ally Janson and Blake Cissell. The group used live shrimp and bait-fish to catch a nice variety of fish, including twenty-five red grouper shorts to 19 inches, which we released, along with a short yellowtail snapper and seven mangrove snapper shorts to 11 ˝ inches. As for keepers, we boxed a 14-inch yellowtail snapper, a 15-inch porgy, six keeper lane snapper, a dozen grunts, and a nice, 17-inch hogfish.
Thursday morning, 7/23, Jeff Blanton and his son, Joel, fished Estero Bay's shoreline by the water tower with me. The guys used live shrimp to catch seven keeper mangrove snapper to 11 ˝ inches and one 15-inch permit.
Friday, 7/24, through Monday, 7/27 were complete wash-outs, as a low pressure system stalled over our area, producing lots of rain, heavy thunderstorms an rough conditions. I had planned to fish twice over those days, but had to cancel both trips.
Wednesday morning, 7/29, we were still dodging a few scattered showers, when I fished in Estero Bay's backwaters, north of Broadway Channel, with Bill Parks, son, Eric, and seven-year-old granddaughter, Olivia. The family had a good time using live shrimp top catch twenty mangrove snapper, including five keepers to 11 inches.
Thursday morning brought more AM-rains, some in the form of heavy squalls, and the offshore trip planned for that day rescheduled for the following week.
On Friday, 7/31, we finished out the month with some drier conditions, but with heavy surf and rip currents, and conditions not safe or pleasant for heading offshore with the family of six that had planned to go. We cancelled that trip also.
The photo shown is of angler Ally Jansen, with a 17-inch hogfish, caught on shrimp on a recent offshore trip.
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Bonita Beach Fishing Forecast:
There is still rain in the weekend forecast, but probably not the widespread and torrential kind we experienced last weekend. Seas will be calming down by early this coming week, and fishing should be good inside and out, as long as the influx of fresh rain water didn't effect the backwaters' salinity too much.
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