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Possibilities for fishing are endless

April 26, 2013
By Capt. GEORGE TUNISON ( , Cape Coral Daily Breeze

May is around the corner. The weather is great and the fishing is getter better by the minute. To think that today we can get in the boat and pursue 1,000-pound sharks.

Head offshore a bit and find permit, cobia, kingfish, and an army of bottom dwellers all patrolling a nearshore reef. Fish the passes as they fill with migrating tarpon and hungry giant snook.

Stay inshore and pursue redfish, trout, tarpon, and snook on miles and miles of grass flats and in unending backcountry. Decisions, decisions.

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If you want a real workout you could catch a jack and lower it down around a major bridge structure using the biggest rod and reel you can find and Sumo wrestle a 400-pound Goliath grouper from your Jon-boat.

The possibilities are almost endless and as the weather heats up the fishing just gets better.

This is truly a fishing paradise and the fun doesn't end at night, it's just getting started.

Every bridge in our river system becomes alive with fish, big sharks and tarpon, jumbo snook and many others just waiting for the sun to drop before putting on the feedbag.

To me there's no more exciting site than a huge tarpon exploding through the surface, sometimes mere feet away from the boat, especially at night.

Casting a Bomber plug around the Midpoint and getting a tarpon strike so strong it almost rips the rod from your grip and half scares you to death? If these local big game adventures don't get you going I suggest tennis, or even golf.

Big trophy snook roam and feed at night as do gator trout. Put on your biggest topwaters and quietly wind drift a likely flat at 4 a.m. on a moving tide to catch a 30-pounder in knee deep water.

Just before dawn that same plug will nail your seven-pound spotted sea trout trophy and over the next several months both your trout and plug might get inhaled by a ticked off hungry tarpon in two feet of water looking for an easy two-for-one happy meal.

Walk the Gulf side beaches and cast white bucktails into the surf zone for a snook of a lifetime. Sprint down the beach before that four-foot female steals all your line.

If you like shark fishing in skinny water break out the chum bags and get started. Anchor near a channel and broadcast chunk ladyfish or mullet and bait your circle hooks with the same bait. Toss out a live ladyfish under a float and let it find trouble.

Be prepared to get sharks near the back of the boat as they follow your slick and a lure or big bright fly cast right at their nose will get eaten.

If you like tossing plugs at sharks please change out the trebles and replace with a single larger hook. Never pursue sharks without the proper tools for a clean release and never underestimate the shark's rubber-like ability to turn and get a piece of you no matter how strong of a grip you think you might have.

Onboard shark photos are cool, but things can go very bad in an instant. Keep them in the water and your hands on your arms.

The Sanibel Pier offers huge tarpon and sharks in the channel right in front of the pier, especially at night.

Capt. George Tunison is a Cape Coral resident fishing guide. Contact him at 239-282-9434 or, or



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