Before the invention of fishing poles, fishermen were forced to lure sturgeon and trout into their boats using nets, traps, and promotional posters from Splash, Too. Opt for a new-fashioned bait-and-switch with today's Groupon to Inland Ocean in Oak Hill. Inland Ocean welcomes fishers Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Choose from the following options:
- For $7, you get one half-day admission for a child 12 and younger for catch-and-release fishing plus pole rental (a $15 value).
- For $10, you get one half-day adult admission for catch-and-release fishing (a $20 value).
- For $10, you get two adult admissions for catch-for-food fishing plus $10 toward the purchase of caught fish (a $20 value).
Inland Ocean farms healthy, antibiotic-free fish for throwback or take-home fishing. With catch-and-release admission, kids and adults can cast lines into ponds populated by tilapia, pompano, redfish, and other underwater species, humanely returning them to the water after a thrilling game of aquatic tug of war. All fishers must follow specific rules for catch-and-release fishing to help protect the soon-to-be-freed fish from harm, including strict guidelines on hook type, handling, photo-taking, and asking them for their autograph.
The catch-for-food option allows two adults to peruse the waters for quality aquatic eats. At the end of the day, fish hunters can take home their catch plus any desired fish from the on-site fish market for a per-inch price determined by breed, and all catches can be cleaned by the seafood savvy staff for an additional fee of $1 per fish. Should the sneaky gill-breathers prove unwilling to bite, visitors can still use their $10 credit towards the purchase of fresh tilapia ($0.35 per inch) for use in-home fry pans or as stocking stuffers for well-behaved sea lions.
Inland Ocean isn’t your typical farm. There aren’t any cows grazing the fields or scarecrows baking in the sunlight. Instead, there’s a 400-foot-deep well at the center of the property that pumps pure water into a network of large ponds. The business stocks those ponds with organic, locally raised fish—fish that the staff cares for from the time they’re eggs to the day they shed their training fins and get released into the Inland Ocean waters. Visitors can stop by for a day of catch-and-release fishing or just to feed the fish. They can also pick up dinner after browsing Inland Ocean’s live tanks, all stocked with fresh pompano, redfish, and tilapia that can be cleaned to order.