This July, Anthony and I went bass fishing on one of the charters out of Magic Kingdom. For my birthday, we went out to try the fall bite at Epcot!
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As I mentioned in my last blog post about Disney's fishing excursions, I had fished at Epcot before but had minimal luck since our boat got stuck. I can now say with confidence that it's not something that happens regularly and was a weird one-off! Our guide this time was fantastic and showed us all of the best spots to catch fish... including right before you even take off. My first fish was my personal best!
We started at the Yacht and Beach Club, then moved over to the World Showcase with awesome views of Spaceship Earth and all of the pavilions. Once the bite slowed down there, we fished underneath the bridges on the way back to the Boardwalk Resort area, and then got some fishing in closer to Hollywood Studios overlooking the Tower of Terror.
We finished where we started and caught a few last fish before calling it a day. All in all, we caught 20 fish between the two of us! Not bad for just two hours on the water. It helped that our guide let us have two rods with live shiners in the water while we also fished with an artificial senko. We used one by Gary Yamamoto with a chartreuse tail.
This is a fantastic activity to do if you're looking to stay away from crowds and enjoy being outdoors. Masks are required since you'll be with the guide, but that's still significantly less people that you'd encounter compared to being in the parks... so if you're eager for a touch of Disney magic but aren't totally sure if you want to get into the parks yet or weren't able to score a reservation for a desired day, this is the perfect activity for you.
While you get great views of the front of Magic Kingdom when you fish at Bay Lake, the Yacht Club charter actually takes you into the World Showcase, so if you really want to feel like you're visiting the parks, I'd recommend this one.
Fishing excursions are available at the following marinas:
Call (407) 939-BASS or (407) 939-2277 to make a reservation at any of the above spots! You can go for two or four hours. We opted for a two hour excursion at 7 a.m. (the other time option is 10) and it’s worth noting that discounts are available for annual passholders - if you’re a Disney Vacation Club owner or a cast member, I’d check if you also can!
The charter includes everything: bait, fishing poles, and drinks. You don't have to bring anything, so if you don't have any of your own gear, have no fear!
Also, bring cash! It's customary to tip your captain when you do a fishing charter.
To check out all of the fish we caught (except for one that I caught and immediately dropped upon bringing it onto the boat... oops, but still counts!) and what the experience is like firsthand, check out Anthony's YouTube video about our experience!
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