Fishbuster Charters’ Captain Dave Hanson reported,”Tuesday, 10/28, I fished with repeat customers, Clement and Evelyn Wong, joined by their son, Aaron. After a windy weekend, seas were still a bit choppy twenty miles offshore, where we fished with live shrimp. The bulk of our catches were red grouper, which had to be released, due to closed season, but the family had fun catching six of those, to 23 inches, all of which would have been keepers if in season. The group also released a couple of triggerfish, which are also out of season, along with a few mangrove snapper shorts. They boxed three lane snapper keepers, all about 12 inches, some grunts, and a 14-inch whitebone porgy.
Dave and Judy Eckrich, daughter, Francine, and son-in-law, Joe, fished with me on Wednesday, 10/29, using live shrimp in spots located 22 miles and 25 ½ miles west of New Pass. Out-of-season red grouper were biting like crazy, and the family released about fifty of those to 25 inches. They boxed a half dozen keeper lane snapper, a couple of 13-inch mangrove snapper, a few 13-inch porgies of the fifteen they caught, and a few of the fifteen grunts they caught, to 14 ½ inches, along with a 24-inch Spanish mackerel. They sacrificed a couple of porgies to a greedy barracuda, which began terrorizing our catches at our final spot of the day.
Thursday, long-time customer, Dave Carey, fished with me, along with his friends, George Siambanes, Scott Erhardt, and Steve Wanner. We used live shrimp for everything we caught, 36 miles west of New Pass, and the guys caught quite a variety. They boxed fifteen yellowtail snapper keepers to 14 ½ inches, a 13-inch hogfish, a brace of 13-inch mangrove snapper, twenty whitebone porgies to 15 inches, and a dozen grunts, all 14 to 14 ½ inches. Red groupers were biting big-time, and we released fifty of those, including many in the 20 to 25-inch range that would have been keepers if in season. The guys released four triggerfish to 15 inches, which are also currently out of season. George also caught an unusual fish, which I believe I identified correctly as a rainbow runner, at 21 inches.
Friday and Saturday brought high winds and seas in advance of a cold front that predicts 47 degrees as a low in our area Sunday morning. I remained in port.”
Fishbuster Charters, Inc.
Bonita Beach, FL
Captain Dave Hanson
Marti Hanson, Manager