Flash Paddle: Fishing Paddle from Dauphin Island
Date: Tuesday, July 19
Place: put in at Fort Gaines on Dauphin Island
Contact: Bill Seibert at 251-639-3413 or e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org
Bill Seibert writes us: My son and I are planning a bit of a fishing trip for Tuesday. We plan to launch from the tiny beach at the end of the road that runs around Ft. Gaines on Dauphin Island. Plan on having to carry your yaks for about 40 to 70 yards on a rock strewn beach. We'll paddle out about 1000 yards into the Gulf, and about 500 yards west of the put in point. Fish expected range from amberjack to white trout, and just about anything in between. We'd like to launch about dawn. We're going to anchor when we get there, and bottom fish, using shrimp and/or squid. Bring your own tackle, bait, lunch, and drinks. Don't forget sunscreen and fishing licenses. Day should be clear, with wind from the north, bearing to the north-west in the afternoon/evening. Swells should be no more than 2 feet, with a 5 second period. High tide is at 1330, so we'll be fishing a rising tide in the morning, which should bring the heavy predators into the area. Bear in mind that Makos DO frequent this area, so there might be some sleigh rides occurring (fun fun fun). There is a heavy current running from east to west along the beach and out into the area we'll be fishing, so make sure everything (including yourself) is leashed to your yak. The wearing of PFDs at all times is REQUIRED in this area, as powerboats tend to scream by ignoring anything and everything in the vicinity. ABOVE ALL, use common sense. If you hook a stingray, cut your leader; if you have a crab on your line, shake it off OUTSIDE your yak. I really hate trying to share space in a yak with an angry crab.