Itching to go fishing? Pasco County has plenty of opportunities to do just that. With more than 20 miles of shoreline and numerous lakes and rivers, fishing is a popular pastime for both beginner and experienced anglers. “Pasco County offers excellent fishing,” says Captain Ed Peters of Rum Runner Charters. “We have great weather here as well as a variety of fish including kingfish, blue marlin, amberjack and grouper. In fact, this is one of the best areas for ‘grouper digging’ or ‘bottom fishing.’”Deep-sea fishing charter companies, such as Rum Runner Charters, handle all of the details of your fishing excursion. Tackle, bait and licensing are all included with the ride out to sea. Spend the day fishing for numerous types of fish, while sitting back and enjoying the sunshine on these adventures.
For inland fishing, Crews Lake is the largest natural body of water in Pasco and home to many species of fish including largemouth bass, bream, gar, pickerel and catfish. Devil’s Rock Yard, with its rocky minefield guarding the approach to Fillman Bayou, is a favorite fishing spot for locals. Aripeka, a historic fishing village on the Gulf of Mexico, also attracts fishing enthusiasts from all over the county.
Ten miles northwest of Anclote Park sits a fisherman’s dream. This water is home to Spanish mackerel, snook, tarpon, cobia and trout. With numerous fishing spots, bait shops, private tours, guides and charters, Pasco County is nearly irresistible to anglers of all ages. For more information, go to www.visitpasco.net , or contact the Tourism Office at 1-800-842-1873 or firstname.lastname@example.org Information provided by Eric Keaton, Pasco County Office of Tourism. Photo By Lilka-shpilka (Flicker)