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Wednesday, March 03, 2004


The Second Monthly Monet Paddle: Bay Minette Basin
Date: Sunday, March 7, 2004
Time: 8 a.m.
Contact: Matt Darring,, work - 341-1712, home 343-1196
Place: Put in at Buzbee's Fish Camp, on U.S. 225 north of Spanish Fort, under the south end of the bridge over Bay Minette Creek.
Comments: Just as Monet painted the same bridge each month to capture the changing seasons, Matt has decided to lead a paddle to the same destination each month. $3 fee to launch.

The Derelict Crab Trap Removal Project
Date: Saturday, March 13.
Time: 8 a.m.
Contact: Matt Darring,, work - 341-1712, home 343-1196
Place: If you had a good experience last year, you can return to the location you worked before. If you prefer reassignment, you can go to the Causeway or call Matt.
Comments: This is not just an aesthetic clean up. By cooperating with powerboats and airboats, we paddlers are an indispensable part of this annual effort with very significant environmental benefits. We can spot and mark the crab traps at lower tide, and the powerboats can make the pickup at higher tide. Removal of derelict crab traps (which have detached from their floats and washed up in the shallows) is illegal any but this one day per year, but we can prevent the death of countless crabs, turtles, fish, and even birds in these derelict traps by removing them on this
special "amnesty" day under the supervision of the NEP and other agencies.

Leslie Hartman and Lee Yokel gave a much-appreciated presentation last year about this project. Many of the traps are in water too shallow for powerboats to reach. However, canoes and kayaks are able to reach these traps in shallow water. The best use of canoes and kayaks is usually to flag the traps in the shallows so airboats can pick them up later. In some cases, paddlers are "satellites" to the powerboats, so they connect a line to the trap in shallow and carry the other end of the line to the power boat in deep water.

Matt Darring has kindly volunteered to coordinate the MBCAKC's participation in this project. If you would like to participate, call or e-mail Matt at the numbers listed above, and for further information, see The best time to reach Matt is during business hours at his work number (Spoke N Trail).

Paddle and Hike in Rock Creek
Date: Saturday March 13, 2004
Time: 4:00 p.m.
Contact: Larry McDuff 928-1582
Place: Put in at Fairhope Yacht Club and paddle up into Rock Creek.
Comments: We will tie up our boats at the limit of navigation on Rock Creek and walk about a mile upstream into Montrose. Return to the boats and paddle back in time for sunset. Bring a covered dish to share for dinner at the take-out, at the FYC gazebo. This is a preview of the race course that Larry proposes to use, but without the bicycle segment.

Third installment of 4 Seasons Paddle: Lower Perdido River
Date: Saturday March 27
Time: 9:00 am, come earlier if you can to move boats for the shuttle.
Place: Ruby's Fish Camp
Contact: Mark Vance, 458-7574
Comments: Meet at Ruby's Fish Camp; shuttle to Adventures Unlimited. Take out at Ruby's. Ruby's is on Hwy 90 just east of the Perdido River which is on the AL/FL State line. Take I-10 to Hwy 90 alternate (9 mile road) go west to meeting place on north side of road. Bring lunch and $3.00 - $5.00 for launch and take out fee.

Club Party at Marilyn's
Date: Saturday, April 3, 2004
Time: Noon
Place: Marilyn's home
Contact: Marilyn Craig: Home 973-0129, Cell 605-6453
Comments: Marilyn lives on Fowl River just down from the marina. She has a good put-in and plenty of parking space. The Antique Car Show is at Bellingrath Gardens, about a 30-40 minute paddle. Wear your club T-shirt and we may get a reduced admission price.

Marilyn is fixing chicken for us so call her to let her know how many are coming. Aven is coordinating the food; give her a call at 473-1819 to find out what we will all need to bring for "potluck" to round out the meal.

Bob Andrews (344-8664) will be renting canoes. Perhaps you know someone who would like to paddle but does not have a boat. Invite them, and call Bob to reserve a canoe!

Directions to Marilyn's house will be sent to club members via e-mail. If you are reading this on the club website and would like directions to Marilyn's house, e-mail Julie (the club's webmistress) at


Club clothes:
The club still has a small number of T-shirts for sale. The T-shirts are sold at cost to recover our capital outlay. You can see the remaining shirts at Fairhope Boat Company near the corner of Section Street and Volanta Avenue in Fairhope, just uphill from the Fairhope Yacht Club.

Harriet is making arrangements for ball caps with the club letters and crossed paddles embroidered above the bill. She estimates the cost at $5.50 per cap. Colors available are orange, yellow, white, shades of blue, dark green, stone
and red. Orange is highly recommended as it is the most visible and is the color one should wear in the wild during hunting season. Harriet wants to take the orders at our April meeting. Bring money.

Kayak for Sale
Walden Vista, 12.5 ft. kayak, red with black rigging, wt. 39 lbs. Has only been in the water twice. Asking price 300.00. Contact Cindy @ 209-1062 or 988-1062.

Nature Notes:
Dolphins have been seen in Wolf Bay.

Bay Minette Creek is showing climbing heather, red maple, golden club, eagles, and beaver sign.

Red Maples are making color in the delta. Check out McVay Lake and Maple Slough.

Pitcher plants will peak in April. You can see them by walking around the pitcher plant bog near Weeks Bay, or you can paddle Boiling Springs and see them on the bank. You will need a permit to paddle Boiling Springs. Instructions for obtaining such a permit are included in the club's FAQs, reprinted below.