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Southwest Florida Fishing Report - Bonita Springs to Captiva

Capt. John GiddyUp-Bunch
August 30, 2004
Fort Myers - Saltwater Fishing Report

August 13th has changed Southwest Florida for years to come. The fish are still here but the Hurricane imparted some serious damage. I'm not sure where to begin but I'll do my best.

Redfish: The Reds are everywhere. Now is the best time of year in the shallows. A draft of 12" will work but a 9" draft works much better. Early AM is the only time to go look for tails and the incoming tide seems best.

Snook: The linesiders are still along the beaches. Bait is tough right now but hit the beaches early AM and late PM. Yo-Zuri Crystal Minnows are working really well.

Tripletail are all over the Gulf of Mexico. There is plenty of debris out there and checking it all is smart.

The Hurricane has set us back but we will be back. JB

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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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