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Southwest Florida Fishing Report - Bonita Springs to Captiva

Capt. John GiddyUp-Bunch
May 16, 2004
Fort Myers - Saltwater Fishing Report

Tarpon are THE BIG STORY!

This is the time of year I live for. Tarpon fishing brings sleepless nights and long days. But I have never had anything that thrills me more than this great fish. At this time, Tarpon fishing is as good as it gets. Off the "Twins" at Ft.Myers Beach, the silver kings are thick. Big fish and very hungry. I'm running a 17Ft Maverick until my new Ingman Marine Pathfinder 2400V is rigged and ready. If you need a Pathfinder, Gary Ingman is the man to buy your boat from. He is located in Port Charlotte.

Tarpon are off Knapp's Point as well. These fish are big fish as well. 125-150 is the norm. Catching and landing a big Tarpon is the thrill of a lifetime. It is my belief woman with red hair die and come back as Tarpon. These fish will fight you to total exhaustion.

Gas Prices are also the big news. I've had to raise my prices recently and I'm not sure how it will be accepted. Insurance, maintenence, gas, and rod/reel cost keep going through the roof. I am booked solid so I guess I'll be able to stay afloat.

Snook are all over the beaches. In all honesty, I don't like catchin'em this time of year. Maybe I'm getting weird but I think they deserve a rest during the closed season. I have quit running trips to certain Snook hot spots. What does it prove when you can catch them this time of year with live bait? Nothing. They see it and they eat it. Topwater lures make for great fun especially taking the hook OFF. It is actually pretty funny.

Big Trout are all over the Picnic Island area. I don't eat Trout because of the mercury content but they sure are fun to catch on 4-6LB mono.


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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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