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Things are about to get REALLY HOT in SW FL

Capt. John GiddyUp-Bunch
April 3, 2011
Fort Myers - Saltwater Fishing Report

The March winds have arrived but so have quite a few tarpon, cobia, and king mackerel. Inshore there have a ton of trout and spanish mackerel.

Wind will prevent any productive NEARSHORE fishing today (Sunday) because the Gulf of Mexico is ALL STIRRED UP. I've spoken about this dynamic many times if you follow the truly weak dribble posted on this website. Anyway, we trolled lures yesterday (because my know it all customer insisted and as soon as I saw the water clarity (or lack of it) I thought to myself "We are so screwed and I can't imagine the poor woman who is married to this stubborn stiff." I know what you are probably thinking. Indeed, Senor Stiff lives and dies with my reports and it has to be his way. In the process of this disaster yesterday, I tried every lure color and some new prototypes. Smart enough to bring live bait, we scored a 19LB Triple Tail under a cutting board which must have been left on the back of someone's boat.
There he was just sitting there under this cutting board. Mr Know it All would have no part of a Cajun Thunder with a 10" leader so we free lined a pinfish to him. I'm downwind and the sun is at our back. Current is running us in the same direction as the cutting board. Know It All had about as much chance of making a good cast to this floating cutting board as making it in the NBA so I said "Let me give it a shot." Instead of throwing it MORTAR STYLE I skipped it in. The Triple Tail inhaled it out of instinct and the fight was almost on. I said "Don't you dare set that hook for 5 more seconds."

We finished the day with 3 Triple Tail. Total weight 44LBS. Figure 1/2 fillets X 21.00 per pound and Know It All paid for his trip. He did tip nicely and you should when a Guide runs you for Triple Tail. My Honda BF225 averaged 4.0 Miles per gallon at 26MPH.

Fort Myers Fishing Forecast:

Excellent if winds subside.

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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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