Bonita Beach Fishing Report: Fishbuster Charters’ Captain Dave Hanson reported,”I was off the water for several days, due to my grandson’s graduation and lots of family in town for that event. Following that, we had a couple of days of rainy conditions, along with a slow-down in bookings, which is typical each June, between the time our seasonal residents head north and our vacationing families begin to arrive.
On Saturday, 6/7, I fished 26 miles west of New Pass with Dave Roller, his daughter Trish, and friend Steve. The trio caught twenty-five keeper lane snapper to 14 inches. They released twenty red grouper shorts to 19 inches, along with a two-foot bonito. Most everything bit shrimp, except for a few of the red grouper, which bit on bait-fish.
Saturday, 6/14, I fished in spots between 20 and 29 miles offshore with long-time customer, Paul McConnell, his son Andrew, and friend, Ron. The guys caught three keeper red grouper at 21 inches, 24 inches and 26 inches, all on pinfish. They also caught twenty-five red grouper shorts on shrimp, and released those along with fifteen yellowtail snapper shorts, a couple of mangrove snapper shorts, grunts, and a 30-inch sharp-nose shark. The group also caught twenty-five keeper-sized lane snapper, but chose to release all but a dozen of those, as they already had plenty of fish in the box.”