Plantation Inn now official IGFA fish weigh station

The Plantation on Crystal River is now home to the only official International Game Fish Association (IGFA) weigh station for more than 400 miles to the north or south on Florida’s West Coast.

Good for far more than bragging rights, the weigh station gives local anglers and guests a chance to have their catch considered for one of IGFA’s nearly 7,000 world records.

Located at the resort’s Plantation Adventure Center, the weigh station has made arrangements to weigh fish up to 2,000 pounds. The Adventure Center will also have all the documents necessary to submit a catch for a world record, and with the knowledge of all the rules and regulations, will assist in completing them so that they have the best chance of being considered.

"A lot of people believe the flats in the Crystal River and Homosassa River have more world record tarpon than any other flat along the Gulf Coast," said Paul Cross, Adventure Center manager. "Now, with the new IGFA weigh station, we can put some of those ‘fish tales’ to the test and maybe set some new records."

According to Cross, along with tarpon, other potential world-record breakers in the area include redfish, speckled trout, black drum, Spanish mackerel, tripletail, cobia and sharks and freshwater species include largemouth bass.

In addition the new IGFA weigh station, the Plantation Adventure Center is home to the marina and dive shop, with everything needed to enjoy a day on the water, including tackle, ice, area charts and current fishing reports. Marina captains can schedule a launch from the boat ramp and trailer storage on-property, or coordinate one of the best charters in the area, supplying provisions and all necessary fishing equipment.

For more information about Plantation on Crystal River or the Adventure Center, visit or call 800-632-6262. To locate other official IGFA weigh stations around the world, visit the interactive map on