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Time for Cape Coral to prepare

June 12, 2010

Day 54. Turning on the television used to be fun and informative. Now, turning on the TV is a terrifying proposition.

New figures out Friday show the oil leak to be at least twice as bad as reported and stories of coverups by both BP and President Obama's administration.

Reports indicate the amount of oil is equal to an Exxon Valdez spill every 5-10 days or 2.2 to more than 4 million gallons a day pouring into the Gulf of Mexico along with a reported million gallons of toxic dispersant.

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Capt. George Tunison

Finally, Obama has agreed to meet with BP officials (at day 55?) to discuss the issue. The response of the administration has earned low marks here in the U.S. and abroad and continues to illustrate an administration and a president in training, woefully unprepared to lead in this time of crisis. Just imagine this crew trying to run your health care.

The blame game and cleanup efforts will go on for decades to come. BP will go bankrupt, ruining investors, and guess who will be left to fund the cleanup?

Big oil always has been a major contributor to its chosen candidates in the U.S. and has been getting a soft pass on safety issues for decades, and now here we are.

How do we protect ourselves and our environmental treasure from the coming oil? Does the Cape and the Mayor have a plan? The governor? Have we started stocking oil booms to be quickly deployed to save our shorelines? If not, why and when are they coming? We cannot wait to find out IF it's coming. A wait-and-see proposition will make a bad situation much, much worse. The time to prepare is now.

Cape Coral has 460 miles of canals filled with fish and wildlife. I'm not an expert, but it would seem reasonable that we could protect that canal system with simple booms. Booms surrounding all the mangrove islands in Pine Island and as much shoreline as possible along with entrances to as many sensitive back waters as possible.

It's a shame the passes can't be closed somehow, but with strong currents pouring in and out it would seem to be impossible. Help!

I'm angry, frightened, and saddened by this most recent ongoing assault on our home waters that may very well turn out to be - if it's not already - the worst environmental disaster of all time. It's past time that we really start to wean ourselves from the grips of toxic oil and coal and fully embrace the free and clean technologies, such as wind, hydro, and solar.

Why in this beautiful world would we choose otherwise? The fish would agree.

Capt. Rob Modys of SoulMate Charters said the Gulf has been the ticket for the past week. He's been working tarpon in 18 to 24 feet of water with success using live threadfins free lined on 5/0 hooks.

Be patient and thoroughly work any area where you see rolling fish. You'll also hook up with sharks, Spanish mackerel and a few cobias in the same area.

The near shore reefs and rock piles are providing good grouper action on cut baits. There are a few snapper showing up, but they are still a bit small. Be sure to put live bait out under a cork and let it free swim. You might get a nice surprise from a kingfish.

Big jacks have been hitting around the bridges in the passes as well as the back country creeks in Estero Bay. Big bait equals big jacks! They aren't good to eat, but they sure are fun on light tackle.

Check out Roff's Ocean Fishing Forecasting Service website ( for real time updates and live pictures showing the oil being moved around by the currents. Roffs is a scientific consulting company based in Miami that works in fisheries oceanography, environmental science, and satellite remote sensing.

Capt. George Tunison is a Cape Coral resident fishing guide. Contact him at, or Flying Fins Sportfishing.



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