KEY WEST, Fla. - Gov. Rick Scott went fishing in the Florida Keys to promote tourism.
Scott and Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission Chairwoman Kathy Barko cast lines for tarpon in the calm waters off Key West on Thursday.
The governor hooked one tarpon, but it snapped the fishing line and got away. Scott did reel in a large gag grouper, which he released back into the water after posing for pictures.
Scott paid the $550 half-day fee for the charter boat himself.
Florida tourism officials bill the state as "the fishing capital of the world." State wildlife officials say Florida's saltwater fishing industry employs nearly 55,000 people and has an estimated economic impact of more than $5.6 billion.
August 11, 2011 01:52 PM EDT
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