Courtesy Dan Gourley and the Bonita Springs Historical Society
Nice catch. Can you guess the name of the boy in this 1956 photo? He is former Bonita Springs Fire Chief Dan Gourley, then age 5. This 350-pound goliath grouper was caught using a mullet as bait off Bonita Beach. Gourley says the massive fish was caught off the beach and hauled to what is now called Riverside Park by Rehard's wrecker service. In the photo is Gourley's late father and mother, Wendell and Ellen. FYI, the bridge in the background is what today separates the park from the upcoming Imperial Landing project downtown. The bridge spans the Imperial River at Old 41 Road — at the time known as U.S. 41. Photo courtesy Dan Gourley and the Bonita Springs Historical Society.