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Southwest Florida Fishing Report - Bonita Springs to Captiva

Capt. John GiddyUp-Bunch
July 17, 2005
Fort Myers - Saltwater Fishing Report

From the best spring Tarpon season in years to a summer filled with early hurricanes, record rainfall, and the Big "O" releasing dark and nasty water. Our grasses are being destroyed, the Tarpon have pulled a Hank Snow, and I don't know jackcrap about freshwater fishing. Roland, where the hell are ya when I need ya????

Pine Island Sound is as dark as Expresso Coffee. I'm not bitching here, just giving you the 411. There are a few willing Trout knocking the bait off of Topwater Lures fished very early.

Big Jacks are roaming around as well. If you see a major disturbance and wanna have some fun, remove all the hooks from your Topwater Lure. It is a blast to tease them.

A few Tarpon remain off the beaches north of Redfish Pass. All of these Tarpon have PHD's in how to avoid getting hooked. Seldom will they pass up a small and well presented pass crab. Fly fisherman have the best chance of scoring these fish in my opinion. Most of the fly-guys I've met are rich as hell and pretty smart. Smart tarpon and Fly Fisherman. The perfect marriage.

Permit were knocked DOA Terrorize (rootbeer) before they pulled a Hank Snow.

I'm sorry my fishing report sucks. It's not my fault. Blame it on the rain. "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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