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March winds in April. On and Off Tarpon

Capt. John GiddyUp-Bunch
April 26, 2011
Fort Myers - Saltwater Fishing Report

How bad is the wind velocity? I was doing 25MPH looking for fish and a wind surfer passed my boat! My boat is equipped with the best anchor made. It requires no chain. The Sea Claw. It has taken me 2-3 tries to set up nearshore. 25 Flippin Knots every single day.

Tarpon: Most activity has been Inshore. My customers seem to score one day and strike out the next. As you know, my reports are not fiction, self-serving, or fiction. Schools of tarpon have shown up in bizarre areas and most of the time at the beginning of the Ebb.

Off and On action (good one day and sucks the next) is tough on me. I had a pretty redhead and her Father on Easter Sunday. On the day before, we hooked up 2X and saw 1 free jumper all day. Anyway, back to the redhead, she and her Dad (I'll call her Cynthia) were so delightful. I chummed. I used live Atlantic Threads. Pinfish, cut bait, and basically every trick in the book. NOTHING except a shark all day. Monday? 3 Tarpon to the boat and 2 jumped (short romance).

To sum it up, the fishing has been tough because of the wind.

My girlfriend has some health challenges and I'll be spending the next 9 days with her. As soon as I leave, the winds will die and the tarpon bite will be full on. Book it.

You always get the truth her. 8 days of fishing in the last 10 yielded 5 great trips, 2 not bad trips, and 1 skunk. Of course some guys never get skunked. They ALWAYS score. Just ask them!

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TV CO-Host, Outdoor Writer, Florida Sportsman Seminar Speaker, and named by author Ron Pressley as 1-20 Best Saltwater Master Professionals in Florida. In 2007 Bonita Living Magazine identified "Capt GiddyUp" as one of the top guides in Florida. Bunch is known as "Skipper to Our Troops" in SW FL. His charity (501c3) affords all US Troops returning from combat or foreign duty free fishing. Bunch is the recipient of the highest honor given to a Lee County citizen. The Honor of Distinction. USMC!

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GiddyUp Fishing Charters
3624 Bayview Avenue
St James City, FL 33956
Phone: 239-283-8838
Alt. Phone: 239-822-8888
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