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Southwest Florida Fishing Report - Bonita Springs to Captiva

Capt. John GiddyUp-Bunch
February 24, 2005
Fort Myers - Saltwater Fishing Report

Red Tide is all over us in Southwest Florida. In three words or less, it sucks. Gag Grouper, Snapper, Big Redfish, and Gator Trout are laying upside down in The Gulf and The passes. It stinks literally and the sight of it all is very depressing. BUT, where the red Tide is Not, the fishing is Hot.

Cobia are running along the edges of Matlacha Pass. Find the big schools of rays and you will find the Cobia. A pinfish on a popping cork is a lethal presentation.

Trout appear in excellent numbers along the grass flats of Pine Island Sound especially along the south end of Chino Island. The "A" frames around the Sanibel Causeway are holding righteous size trout.

Redfish schools are prowling around the Ding Darling/Tarpon Bay area. The redfish are very skidish so stealth scores fish.

Nearshore Gulf of Mexico Fishing (My Specialty) sucks right now. I wish I had better news but I would rather give you straight scoop than blow smoke up your posterior.


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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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