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Southwest Florida Fishing Report - Bonita Springs to Captiva

Capt. John GiddyUp-Bunch
June 11, 2004
Fort Myers - Saltwater Fishing Report

"Summer Thunder Bumpers better get your attention."

Before I get to the fun part, I have one request of you this summer. Do not roll the dice with fast moving Thunder Storms. Remove your rods from the rod holder and haul ass in the opposite direction of the approaching storm and seek covered shelter. Live to read my reports another day and let's grow old together. OK? All Right!

Tarpon: Exceptional! Tarpon are on the beaches, bays, and sounds all around SW Florida. All the usual places are holding great numbers of poons'. Knapps Point, The Twins, and directly in front of Cayo Costa. Now is the time to catch your Tarpon from the beach. Just go do it!

Snook: As you know by now, when fish are in the reproductive phase of their life I don't believe in putting pressure on them. How would you like some Dude trying to hook you during your reproductive moments? Ouch! But if you don't give a rat's ass, Snook are all along the beach. When the tide starts ebb off the HIGH, it is time. Bucktails are all you need. You don't need to tip them with shrimp or anything else. Snook are a no brainer right now.

Get your picture in 30 seconds or less and be done with it. If you can't find them along the beach, look from knee deep water to ankle deep water. This is where they are.

Cobia: An abundance of Cobia can be found on near shore reefs such as the May, DGH, and Vanderbuilt. The Cudas are there as well. Be prepared for some serious Cuda action getting in the way of your Cobia fishing.

The Chum Churn is a great way to bring the Cobia right to your boat. You gotta get one. Chumchurn.com

Trout: God Bless em'. Early AM on topwater along any grass bed flat is a blast. The oyster bars will hold the bigger Trout but for high impact, head for grass directly in front of the Sanibel Toll Plaza.

If I was anymore specific, you would be in the boat with me. Be careful out there with these storms. The weather could care less about your well being."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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