8-15-15 Hontoon Island State Park

Hontoon Island is on the St. Johns River near Deland. The park has a pontoon boat that takes you from land to the park for free! The island is fairly large, and has hiking and bike trails, and a store where you can get food and supplies. You can also rent canoes or kayaks at the store.

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There is a large dock to fish off of, and a seawall where most of the fisherman stake a claim. Along the seawall the current or tide is usually moving, so fishing can be good. I started at the point on the seawall and worked towards a few other fisherman that had already staked a claim. Since the water was moving, I tried a shaky head lure and floated it with the current over some rocks that were in the water along the seawall. I didn’t get any bites, so I went over to large dock and tried fishing some of the lily pads and vegetation with a senko and fluke. It must have been the wrong day, as I never had a bite. The bank I was fishing leads to the mouth of Lake Beresford, which is a very nice area for bass.

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I highly recommend a trip to Hontoon Island State Park, whether it is to fish, kayak, or just to relax, it is a great way to spend the day.

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a bite there either.

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