We all know that there’s money to be made in mining. No matter what natural substance you are mining for, if you strike pay dirt then you get paid. But, what happens when those mining pits have been wholly exhausted and there’s nothing left to dig up out of them? Can mines make great fishing holes? It’s a question you might be wondering as you realize that it’s time to do something totally different with your mining facility.
Sure, you could take that money and go to Cozumel fly fishing. Nobody would blame you. Especially if you took Adolfo Vazquez up on his forty plus years of fly fishing experience in that area. He’s all about showing you a good time on the Mayan Riviera no matter how long you have to spend in Cozumel. He will undoubtedly put you on some good fishing. And, that might spark an interest in today’s topic: turning your mining pit into a fishing hole.
What’s Happening in Florida?
Certain areas of Florida are well known for their lucrative phosphate mining operations. However, in recent years a number of phosphate mines have come to the end of their days. These reclaimed phosphate pits might just become some of the best bass fishing locales you have ever experienced. But fishing for bass in these pits is a little different than you are used to.
Fishing in reclaimed phosphate pits used to be a VIP sport. If you didn’t have that special access you were either trespassing or paying to visit the one facility located at Tenoroc in Lakeland, Florida (learn more). But now, there have been new phosphate pits opened up. And while it might still pay to be a VIP you can at least access some of these other areas without that special credential.
The Mosaic Company, a major phosphate mining group in Florida has been creating these bass fishing holes out of their one-time mining pits. There are significant differences between natural lakes and those that are being formed by the reclaimed phosphate pits. Natural lakes are bowl shaped, for the most part. The pits have cliffs, humps, roads, and all kinds of topographical differences in the bottoms of them based on the way they were dug with giant shovels. Read this.
Because lily pads dot the edges of these pits, it is essentially impossible to know how deep the edge of the manmade lake is. And that makes the fishing quite extraordinary as bass like to hide in the depths of these lily padded areas. Keep in mind that the bass are enjoying the depths and probably won’t be coaxed out by a typical lure. In these pits, letting the bait sink and slowly reeling it in is your best bet.
Using bullet weights will help you reach the depth you are hoping for. But when it comes to the bait, there’s a plethora of potential success. You can use worms, jerkbaits, crayfish, lizards, and a host of other crazy contraptions. You will be surprised how quickly you’re reeling a giant bass in. Click this for more ideas.
So What’s in it for Miners?
If you own the reclaimed pit, we suggest you fill it with water, stock it with bass and create some sort of membership system. People will gladly pay for guided bass fishing tours. And, if you are charging a membership fee then you will constantly have money coming in to replenish the stock. Keep a limit on how many bass your members can take to ensure this becomes a lucrative gig for you. After that, happy fishing!