On New Years weekend, Sharon and I visited two parks south of Lakeland as we made our way south to my parent’s winter home in Lake Placid Florida. On the way down, we stopped at Alafia River State Park, near the town of Picnic Florida. Have you ever been to Picnic? If you make your way down 17, and in-between Mosaic mine land, there is a general store in Picnic, and that’s about it.
I fished at the Alafia State park which is a misnomer. It really isn’t on the river……. It is mostly trails for cyclist through old mined area that the sandmine companies turned back to the state. It is actually a tribute to the fact that you can mine areas in Florida, and bring them back to natural beauty if they are treated correctly. They do have some lakes, and they are actually very nice and natural after mother nature took control several years ago. I caught one fish on a Zoom Super Fluke, but that was it. Here is a picture of the fish and the area I was fishing.
On the way back from our visit, we stopped at Payne’s Creek State Park. This is a beautiful park that has trails that go along the creek and end up where Payne’s Creek meets the Peach River. I thought this was a perfect spot to fish and catch a bass or two….. There were many bass moving into the creek from the river that I could see in the clear water, so I pitched my finesse worm to them in the shaded area of the creek mouth. I had two bites there, but nothing that held on long enough for me to set the hook on them. I also got a bite in the Peace River, but my line broke right at the knot! Ouch! I hate when that happens, and I had to take a Zero for the day. Here is a picture of the Peace River where Payne’s Creek meets up with it.