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Southwest Florida Fishing Report - Bonita Springs to Captiva

Capt. John GiddyUp-Bunch
May 3, 2004
Fort Myers - Saltwater Fishing Report

Tarpon, Redfish, and King Mackerel Alert

Tarpon are everywhere. The Silver Kings are especially thick in front of "The Twins" on Ft. Myers Beach. This area is located almost Mid-Island. Big Fish are on the prowl. I'm talkin' Tarpon over 100LBS.

Drifting live thread herring will get you hooked up. If you are smart, you leave the rod in the rod holder and start crakin' once the fish is on. "GiddyUp"

Snook are all over the beaches. Don't forget about the slot on these fish. There is none. All Snook of all sizes MUST BE RELEASED. If you can't caught taking one home for the Barbie, don't call me to bail you out of jail. No fish is worth the nightmare.

Throw white bucktails close to shore. Real close to shore.

Redfish are all over Estero Bay. Try the trolling motor around Hell Peckney Bay. Topwater lures are working very well.

Try the oyster shell bars further back towards "Need More Point." Not many keepers but great numbers of big trains. Most of the Reds back there are over 35"

Tripletail: I cannot find them anywhere. In my opinion, these great but very dumb fish need protection. Even the crabbers cannot find them.

Going for Tarpon in the morning. If I can ever help you pls let me know. Oh, by the way. Once the winds decrease try running out to 40-44FT of water directly out of New Pass for Permit and Kings. Go catch crabs first though (fishing crabs that is) GiddyUp!

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