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I found this old fishing map of the Butler Chain from Tim’s Tackle Box. It was the largest tackle shop in Orlando back in the 80’s and I used to love going to this place when I was a kid. I must admit that I prefer the slightly unorganized look of places like this with the smell of reel grease in the air and the sound of aerators for shiners in the background compared to the lavish look of a Bass Pro Shops. Ah, those were the days.
The biggest bass I ever caught was on a spinnerbait I got from Tim’s Tackle Box. It was a warm and sunny day in Spring and I decided to take the Huffy down to the shop. One of the guys there turned me on to a new lure that just came out, a white 3/8 Roland Martin signature spinnerbait with a huge willow leaf blade made by Blue Fox lures. I still remember the picture of the white fox on the packaging. Ooh son. It was right when spinnerbaits were becoming popular. I then rounded up a few buddies to fish this pond between Fern Creek Rd. and the Lake Pineloch condominiums. The guys at the shop said they were catching some monsters there.
We got on our bikes with fishing rods on the handle bars and hopped the fence for the condominium complex. We took our shoes off and waded the shoreline. I then noticed a sunken old dock about 30 yards from shore with just one corner of the dilapidated dock peering through. The water was dead calm and the only sounds we heard came from the birds and the cars driving by on Fern Creek Road. I threw the spinnerbait just past it and burned it just below the surface. As soon as it got next to the dock, it was the biggest explosion I’ve ever seen from a bass and the drag went screaming.
Nowadays, the closest thing to Tim’s Tackle Box you’ll find is Clermont Bait and Tackle on highway 27. All the honey holes are marked by bass icons on the map with fairly accurate topography and vegetation info. You may want to check it out before your next fishing trip on the Butler Chain in search of some monster bass.
see virtual tour: QTVR of the Butler Chain taken from a Helicopter by Ed Fink