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SW FL-Bonita Beach: Redfish, Sheepshead & Snapper Inshore

Capt. Dave Hanson
September 22, 2014
Bonita Beach - Saltwater Fishing Report

Joe Hahn is expecting delivery of his new bay boat soon, and he took a morning to fish Estero Bay's backwaters with me on Monday, 9/8/14, hoping to learn the best techniques for fishing in the backwaters. Prior to now, most of Joe's fishing experience has been from shore. So we headed out to fish various spots in Estero Bay and Hickory Bay, and fished with live shrimp on a favorable tide. Joe landed a keeper sheepshead at 15 inches, a 12-inch sand bream, twenty mangrove snapper, three of which were keeper size, a 16-inch redfish, which he released, and two keeper redfish at 23 inches and 24 inches. It was a pretty productive morning, and I think Joe is looking forward to spending many mornings that way.

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Gordon and Emily Levy fished the backwaters with me on Tuesday morning, 9/16/14. Fishing a catch-and-release trip with live shrimp in lower Hickory Bay, the couple caught and released three redfish, all 16-17 inches, twenty mangrove snapper to 12 inches, a 12-inch sand bream, and a 16-inch sheepshead.

The photo shown is of angler Joe Hahn, with a 24 -inch redfish, caught on shrimp on a recent inshore trip.

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Bonita Beach Fishing Forecast:

It rained most of the past three days, and there is more on the way today. But inshore fishing should be good, between rain showers. Offshore, seas are generally light, but rough within thunderstorms.

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Private guided saltwater fishing trips, inshore and offshore, around Ft. Myers, Naples and Bonita Beach. Native guide with over 30 years local experience. Good species variety. Reasonable rates. Half and full-day trips offered. We book well in advance throughout the winter months, and slightly in advance during the summer months. Families welcome, and anglers of all ages and experience levels will have a good time.

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Fishbuster Charters, Inc.
Bonita Beach
Bonita Springs, FL 34134
Phone: 239-947-1688
Alt. Phone: 239-947-1688
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