Are Florida Fishing Gone

David Lawrence
• Saturday, 10 October, 2020
• 9 min read

By Laura SpinaleThe fishing's great in Central Florida's Lakes Country, even for the first timer. It was well past midnight; we planned on meeting our guide at 6 a.m., and the toilet thing was keeping me awake.

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And while I'm no stranger to 4:30 a.m., I usually only greet the hour after a wonderful party, or a bout of insomnia. So I feel a little grumpy, rising in the dark, making a pre-dawn run to a Shell station on the outskirts of Lake Wales before the appointed rendezvous with my bass guide.

I purposefully put this thought out of my mind and decide to enjoy the ambiance. I'm sitting in a 22-foot Champion Bay boat atop Lake Walk-in-Water, listening to the dawn songs of angina and herons, on a catch-and-release expedition to find some large mouth bass.

When he runs, count to five, turn the handle, tighten the line, and jerk the rod as hard as you can. They call Polk County Central Florida's Lakes Country.

If you want to hook your kids, think about visiting the Tenor Fish Management Area, near Lakeland, where an intensive management philosophy has created some of the best catch rates in the state for a variety of sport fish. Special opportunities are available for children and disabled anglers; bank fishing access is provided on many lakes.

All anglers are required to register at the area headquarters, where a daily use fee of $3 is charged. Jim owns Bass Fishing Charters out of Indian Lake Estates.

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He has spent more than 15 years carting tourists and corporate groups to some of the state's best fishing holes. Now concentrating on central Florida lakes, he guides at least 200 days each year, and, on vacation, goes fishing in Tennessee.

She pretends to kiss the bass, and Jim encourages us to feel its sandpaper teeth. While I'm trying to compose my jealous face into a congratulatory one, I realize something's on my line.

It's amazing to me, the physical strength this takes, even with a fish of only two or three pounds. My arms ache, and the next morning my sternum, where I've rested the fishing pole, feels sore.

If you want to make a vacation of it, take the RV, rent a cabin or spend the night at the 40-room Liar's Lodge Motel. Under the tutelage of the camp's guide, I fish Lake Hatching, part of the Kissimmee River Chain.

More than that, though, these Coast Guard-trained guides embrace a genuine commitment to conservation. I am assured by both guides that hooking a fish does no long-term damage to the animal.

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