Fishbuster Charters’ Captain Dave Hanson reported, “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 ½ 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 ½ inches and one 15-inch permit.
Friday morning brought the first round of some heavy rains, predicted to persist throughout the weekend. We had to cancel our offshore fishing plans for Friday and Saturday”.