Fishing Bonita Beach with Fishbuster Charters (June 3)
Captain Dave Hanson: Returned to fishing Bonita Beach on Tuesday, 5/31, after some family events over the Memorial Day weekend, and was happy to see calm seas as I headed offshore with Steve cook, his son, Kullen, and Steve’s father-in-law, Denziel Sturgeon. We fished 20 miles west of New Pass, with baitfish and live shrimp. The red grouper bit on baitfish, and we caught fifteen of those, including one keeper at 21 inches. Live shrimp brought us twenty-two keeper lane snapper to 14 inches, along with a brace of 13-inch porgies. We released a 40-inch sharpnose shark, as well as a 13 ½-inch triggerfish.
Photo: Angler Sherri Marcus with a 22-inch red grouper, caught on a baitfish 22 miles west of New Pass on a recent offshore Fishbuster Charter. fishbustercharters.com
June 1: Steve Cook and friends had initially planned to fish offshore Tuesday and in the bay on Wednesday, but after so much fun and catching success offshore fishing Bonita Beach on Tuesday, they decided to head back into the gulf. Their morning was nearly a carbon copy of the previous on. They used baitfish to catch another 21-inch red grouper keeper, and released lots of grouper shorts. They also caught fourteen keeper lane snapper to 14 inches on shrimp, along with a 25-inch Spanish mackerel. They again caught a sharpnose shark, about 40 inches, as was the one the previous day. They released the shark, along with a bunch of yellowtail snapper shorts. They also got to see some dolphin up-close, when those notorious fish-stealers invaded our snapper hole!
June 2: Thursday morning I fished inshore in lower Hickory Bay with Will and Melissa Tucker and Melissa’s parents, Bobby and Laura Davis. Using live shrimp, the group caught a 20-inch keeper redfish, and released a 17-inch red. They added to the box five keeper mangrove snapper and a 13-inch sheepshead. They released five stingray.
June 3: Walter Mistak, his son and daughter, Walter, Jr. and Monica, fished offshore fishing Bonita Beach with me Friday morning about 20 miles west of New Pass, using shrimp for bait. The family caught eleven keeper lane snapper to 15 inches, and released lots of lane shorts. They also released lots of red grouper shorts to 19 inches, as well as three triggerfish, all about 13 inches, and a 25-inch king mackerel. They added to the fish box a couple porgies, and released five additional porgies. They also fought and released a 30-inch bonnethead shark.