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Sunday, October 26, 2003

- - - Fishing Paddle Report - - -
Sat. Oct. 25, 2003

The fishing is getting better. Two of us went Saturday and had a ball. Danny Hart
and I went to the pilings and everyone caught fish. D. Hart caught 4 and I caught
2 trout in the 18 inch range. Some power boats were there also and they did real
good, one caught 9 and the others also did good. We used "popping Corks" with
live shrimp. They were still going strong when we stopped .

- Red Boat Mickelsen

Saturday, October 25, 2003

- - - Escatawpa River Paddle - - -
Saturday, October 25, 2003
by Brint Adams

Linda & I arrived in Wilmer a little early, so we went west one mile to left on Natchez Hwy and traveled 7 mi. to the Hwy. 612 bridge take-out point and left our shuttle vehicle. We returned to Wilmer, met David there and traveled west 5 mi. to the Escatawpa Campground on the left. While putting in our canoe and kayak, Randy showed up after taking the scenic route north around Wilmer for several miles. We took off at 10:00 AM under near perfect conditions with partly cloudy skies, a light breeze and 72 degrees. The river level was low, but very clear. The only remarkable sight before we stopped for lunch was intruding on the nesting area of a large group of about 15 Black Vultures. If we didn't know better, we might have thought there was a dead body around somewhere, as they circled high above us, until we were well past there habitat. We stopped for lunch on one of the many beautiful white sand beaches on every turn of the river. The sand was every bit as nice as sitting out along the Gulf Shores coast. David caught and turned loose a couple of fish during our stop. The total paddle time took approx. 2 hours, as we arrived at the take-out beach just past the Hwy. 612 bridge on the right.

Thursday, October 23, 2003

- - - Fishing Paddle Report - - -

I got under way at 0800 instead of 0700, forgot something and had to go back to Fairhope to get it. The fish are there. I caught three trout about 18" long. Saw a lot of large "Jack" chasing fish on the surface, but could not get one to hit. These jacks must have been at least 30 pound or better. I saw parts of them and they were huge.
- Red Boat Mickelsen

Sunday, October 19, 2003

- - - Byrne's Lake Paddle - - -
Saturday, October 18, 2003
by Brint Adams -

The morning was absolutely gorgeous for a paddle with a light breeze, clear blue sky and 70 degrees. Mike Ward, David Haynie and I met at Bruno's in Spanish Fort at Hwy 31 & 225 and headed north on Hwy 225 for nine miles and turned left at the sign to Byrne's Lake boat launch. We traveled on the dirt road for about two miles until it dead-ended at the parking lot, pier and launch. We started leisurely paddling at 10:00 AM and first went to the right or upstream and explored several forks as far as we could go and returned to the pier, taking about 20 minutes. We then headed further downstream and turned around when we reached the main channel of the Tensaw River, looking across at Gravine Island. On the return, we also explored a couple more sloughs and reached the pier at 11:45 AM. Along the way, we saw numerous ducks, terns, egrets and cranes among the Cypress. It was a most beautiful fall morning with some leaves turning color as well as several varieties of flowering plants still showing color on both the banks and in the water.

Thursday, October 16, 2003

- - - Fishing Paddle - Oct 16 - - -
by Red Boat Mickelsen

Went fishing and outsmarted some fish. No one showed. Guess I will have to try a evening paddle or a weekend paddle. Did catch one good trout and two puppy drum....... weather was real nice, no wind, no chop and it was not cold.

Sunday, October 05, 2003

October Big-Boy Paddle - Across Mobile Bay
by Larry McDuff

The October Big-Boy paddle across Mobile Bay set a record for the lowest number of participants ever in a Big-Boy paddle. Leaving Fairhope Yacht Clug at 9:00 a.m., Carl, George, and Larry glided across the eleven miles to the Dog River Bridge with scarcely a ripple on the surface of the bay. With the sun at our backs and a very light northwesterly breeze wafting across our faces, the paddle was literally a breeze. The highlight of the crossing was the first sighting (for me) of the migratory white pelicans. A flock of about 35 birds soared above us as we lazily paddled across the bay.

We arrived shortly after noon, but not before planning the November Big-Boy paddle. Mark your calendars for Saturday, November 8th to paddle the Rigolets.