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Southwest Florida Fishing Report - Bonita Springs to Captiva

Capt. John GiddyUp-Bunch
December 27, 2004
Fort Myers - Saltwater Fishing Report

Southwest Florida Fishing is warming up as temps warm up. We seem to be in a great mixed bag phase right now. Anglers on GiddyUp Fishing Charters have been catching limits of Flounder, Trout, and Redfish. The bite is slow and limits usually take all day. So, what's wrong with all day on da water?

Flounder have been a big surprise of late. Big shrimp work but soft plastics deserve a throw. Try the residential canals and inlets. Your presentation must be must be slow. When you think you have achieved slow, slow down some more. It takes me forever to retrieve my DOA shrimp. For some reason, I have much more luck with DOA Shrimp than TerrOrize.

Big Trout seem to be in Big Potholes and along the sunbaked shorelines. These fish are hungry. Topwater lures work very well in the morning when there is little. I saw a guy fishing Topwater the other day in 30MPH wind.

Maybe he knows somethin' I don't. Actually the guy looked like Jimmy Houston from a distance. Probably was knowin' Jimmy!

If you can stand the night air and chill, docks are really producing right now. Smart dock owners are going to Amber colored lights. Holy Smokes! Amber is hot on fish. I took a Hyrdoglow Light over to Snook Heaven the other night with 10 LARGE HAND PICKS. I scored 10 Snook all over 28". Snook Heaven is located at the mouth of Tarpon Bay. 2nd House. 2nd Dock. The old dude that lives there hates fisherman but he is snoring by 7PM. Go drag some out of there. It is a BLAST. I suggest 30LB Power Pro and drag set to ZERO. These are BIG Boys! "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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