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Southwest Florida Fishing Report - Bonita Springs to Captiva

Capt. John GiddyUp-Bunch
May 26, 2004
Fort Myers - Saltwater Fishing Report

OK, The Fishin' is so hot, I'm thinkin' about A/C for da boat! Goodness Gracious, Great Balls of Fire!!

Tarpon: Locals cannot remember a Tarpon Season like 04 in many years. I'll just say this. You can literally walk on them BUT there is a big problem associated with this orgy. SHARKS! There are BIG SHARKS following the tarpon. Bulls, Hammers, and Tiger Sharks. All have been seen in shallow water as well. I'm talkin' inside the freakin' swim buoys. F-Me Running!!!

Ingman Marine Owner and Head Cheese Gary Ingman reports sharks destoying tarpon in Boca Grande Pass as fast as they are hook. Several acts were caught for television during the Ingman Marine (Port Charlotte)Fishing Tournament. Reports of a 18FT Hammerhead slamming a tarpon against a boat are no bull feces.

Off Ft. Myers Beach, the Tarpon are all over the place.

If you have never caught a tarpon, now is the time.

Bait is very easy to find. I throw a 10FT fast sinking Calusa Pro Net. Awesome. No cast net compares in my opinion. The big thread herring seem to be the favorite munchie of the big tarpon.

Be careful releasing Tarpon at the boat. Please do not drink and fish right now for Tarpon because of this shark situation. You need to have fear not the John Wayne idiotic mentality drinking brings. Just don't do any combat drinking out there.

My charter on Monday was with Gregg "Big Dick" McCord. His father fished with us as well. Stange but true, his father had "Little Dick" on his shirt. This blew my mind. Both Dicks were from California (figures huh?)

and they wanted to catch as many species of fish possible. They requested Pompano, Flounder, Trout, Jacks, Ladyfish, Tarpon, Snook, and Reds. I said, "are you sure that's all?"

We scored almost all of the above at the good ole Sanibel Causeway grass flats. "Big Dick" McCord lost the Pompano at the boat. "Little Dick" caught a very nice Flounder.

Snook: I firmly believe in leaving these fish alone during the summer. There are just too many better targets. The beaches are loaded if you must. I took the "Dicks" to a place where there were so many Snook the fish sought refuge under my boat to get shade.

Large Spanish are near and around Marker 1. Fun and high impact on light tackle. "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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GiddyUp Fishing Charters
3624 Bayview Avenue
St James City, FL 33956
Phone: 239-283-8838
Alt. Phone: 239-822-8888
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