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Like to fish? Southwest Florida is the place to be!

May 26, 2017
By Capt. GEORGE TUNISON , Cape Coral Daily Breeze

If you are a fishing nut, a real true rather fish than eat, don't know when to come in out of the lighting, oh, man should have left an hour ago, spent the last 5 bucks on bait shrimp instead of milk for the baby kind of angler, then Cape Coral is a pretty good place to dock your boat.

Relocated from the frozen north? No need to trade that Ranger for a flats boat as we have arguably one of the best bass lakes in the world pretty close by (Lake O) and it's no secret the Cape's hundreds of miles of fresh and saltwater canals hosts largemouths.

I've had several big number days on plain black or purple plastic worms and flipping docks with the same colored small flipping jigs and creature lures.

Get the urge to pull on something that can really test your physical stamina and determination? Want to do it with rod and reel, or how 'bout hand to hand with a rope, your back and a pair of gloves? No problem, got you covered.

Just a short ride you're into Boca Grande and the home of the Goliath grouper.

Fish of nearly 500 pounds dare you to test them. How amazing is that?

It's tarpon time and the Cape not only hosts the world's oldest active tarpon club, but the local passes are known as the birthplace of big game fishing with an incredible angling history.

Here, anglers can try their luck on tarpon in the rivers, along the beaches, in the passes or softly poling a quiet skinny backwater while quietly presenting a fly to a laid up silver rocket.

The Cape's shark fans can enjoy world class sharking. Where there are migrating tarpon there are, unfortunately, submarine sized sharks looking to pick them off.

Want a 1,000 pounder? Bigger? No problem! It's very possible here. Motor over to Boca Grande again; there are several there waiting to play tug of war with you.

While playing the tarpon game at Boca or anywhere, give your hooked tarpon a chance when Big Jaws comes calling to eat your 150-pound trophy. Free spool or cut the line so it can get away or it may be eaten boat side.

It takes 50 years to grow a tarpon like that. It fought you with everything it had, so now do your best to protect it.

Many newbies to the Cape are surprised to find that there are sharks in the over hundred pound range that are happily swimming in their backyard canal mere paces from the kitchen table.

The Cape also allows you to have the double option.

Where I live I not only have sharks but small to medium-sized dinosaurs they call alligators in my backyard. Pretty cool!

Snook? Yes, as long as your leg. Walk the beaches, hit the passes, the snook are doing their summer vacation thing and having a ball. Live baiters and lure guys are catching their share.

Walking the beaches early casting a white bucktail could result in you running madly down the beach trying to keep up with a fat 40 pounder bent on testing your spool capacity.

Year around trout and redfish angling draws anglers to our city with really good shallow water red fishing.

Redfish Pass is a great place to hook a big one as well as a jumbo snook. Get in line with the other boats and fish along the rocks. Late September redfish school up and ply the flats in Matlacha Pass or Pine Island Sound allowing great sight fishing to schools of 5 to 15-pound redfish, sometimes all the way to Christmas.

This is all just local fishing in and near the Cape.

Offshore, and even near-shore, Cape Coral anglers have nearly every species imaginable to make an old or young salt happy.

Angler's paradise? Pretty darn close.

Capt. George Tunison is a Cape Coral resident fishing guide. Contact him at 239-440-1621 or



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