Need Proof Florida is the Fishing Capital of the World?

By: Terry Tomalin


If you need proof that Florida is the Fishing Capital of the World all you have to do is ask Zack Mack. The angler from Murfreesboro, Tenn. recently hooked a 14-pound, 2-ounce Florida largemouth bass on Lake Kissimmee, close to the mouth of the Kissimmee River on his sixth fishing trip in five years to Florida.

For his efforts, Mack will receive a Big Catch angler recognition certificate and 10-pounder club Trophy Award pin from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. Mack will also get the coveted “released” endorsement which recognizes anglers who catch quality-size freshwater fish in Florida and release their catch.

Over the years, Lake Kissimmee has been the scene of many innovative fishery management efforts. Mack’s monster bass, and the 30 largemouths that he and his partner released, are a testament to Florida’s fine fisheries.

Just one week before, Gerald Swindle earned his first B.A.S.S. tournament win by catching 80 pounds, 13 ounces of bass at the three-day Bass Pro Shops Southern Open on Lake Tohopekaliga.

To learn more about Florida’s freshwater fishing opportunities, click here.

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