We visited Deleon Springs State Park in Volusia county on Saturday and it was crowded! This park has a renowned Pancake House Restaurant, and I think everyone in the state of Florida decided to go out for pancakes that morning!
The park has a spring that has a concrete walkway that partitions off the spring from the creek that connects to it. Many people come to either scuba dive the spring, or watch for manatees. Surprisingly, there were very few Manatees for a cool January morning.
The only area I could really fish was around the docks that the paddle boats are located, and another dock that is for fishing or viewing. I noticed that the bank to the right of the dock had high water forming a marshy area. Some flow was coming out of the marsh very slowly, which was either tidal, or runoff from the marshy area due to all the rain we were having.
After about my fifth cast I had a bite on my trick worm. A few more cast later I set the hook on a fish and my line broke! I should have re-tied that morning, but forgot….. I composed myself, and fished for another 30 minutes without a bite. I was beginning to think I lost my opportunity when I saw a bass break near the marshy area. I made a cast and had a pick up. I set the hook and caught this 14″ bass. I had a second one strike and lost him when he jumped out of the water.
That was it for the day as I wore out the area I had to fish, but still a little action and 4 bites in an hour and a half is still not bad. Take a day trip to Deleon Springs when you get a chance, and even if you do not fish, or scuba dive, you can still get a mean stack of pancakes!