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mgeiger posted 03-24-2010 07:46 AM ET (US)   Profile for mgeiger  
I'm going to SGI for the 4th year in a row. Taking my Montauk down for the first time. I know I can use the ramp by the old bridge, however, does anyone know if I can use the ramp in the Plantation (we are renting a home in that section about 300 yards away from the ramp). Here is a pic of the ramp itself: http://images.vrbo.com/vrbo/images/fdfc5

Planning on some fishing with the kids and Father-in-Law. Any other SGI boating advice is welcome - things to check out - things to avoid - etc.

Thanks

Moose posted 03-24-2010 09:09 AM ET (US)     Profile for Moose  Send Email to Moose     
I've never used the ramp in The Plantation, we've always rented on the east end. The VRBO photo doesn't show a chain or gate blocking it, I'd use it if I was renting in that neighborhood, can't imagine the home owner having a beef with that. He took the time to include it in his advertisement...

Another ramp, that you may already be familiar with, is by Rattlesnake Cove/East Cove in the State Park. Not the best ramp, much like the area by the bridge. Quick access to Dog Island, Carrabelle and the pass between Dog Island and SGI, which may be the best beach in the panhandle now that they've closed the road a few miles back to the west.

Aside from the usual suspects... things to check out? Lynn's Quality Oysters in Eastpoint.

mgeiger posted 03-24-2010 09:44 AM ET (US)     Profile for mgeiger    
Thanks Moose. That pic was from another home's ad - still same difference if you ask me. That ramp in the park looks really shallow over oyster beds - scares me... maybe I'm wrong. Dog Isl is now on my list - Thanks. Lynne's is the best. We cook in every night we're there, so we make a daily run over there. Last time we were there they ran out of Grouper and the guy went out back to check - in he came off the dock with whole fish. In 4 quick passes of what had to be the world's sharpest knife the guy had me 2 fillets - My boys just stood there with their mouths wide open.
1980Montauk posted 03-24-2010 11:55 AM ET (US)     Profile for 1980Montauk  Send Email to 1980Montauk     
Matt- SGI is the absolute funnest place I have ever had the Montauk. I stayed there with my sisters family for a week at the house Annie's Inn. It's right next to the Blue Parrot. I mainly used the ramp at the old bridge. I had to walk it out a few times at low tide. You can come in on plane most of the time at low tide, just stay to left of the pilons and be careful. I also put in at 10ft hole ramp in Appalachicola. We took a ride up river to Lake Wimico and back then ate at Boss Oyster. There is a really cool turn bridge about half way up the river. I fished mainly at Bob Sikes cut and on other end of the Island just inside the point. If you like to ride like me, a cruise around Little St. George is fun. I also had a good time all around Dog Island and Carrabellle. Fisherman's Headquarters is a good little bait shack. He is on the right as you enter the island. This was a few years back. Also, keep an eye on the weather. I have never seen a thunder storm brew up so fast. Hope you have a great time and I would love to see some pictures. I'll try to get you some of my trip to St. George. You may also want to contact Kevin if you haven't already. He is VERY familiar with that area. Garey
Moose posted 03-30-2010 01:48 PM ET (US)     Profile for Moose  Send Email to Moose     
mgeiger,

Depending on how old your sons are this may work for you, but, have you hiked the trail in Tate's Hell State Forest?

My wife and I hiked it on our most recent trip there in late February. We had a windy-cold day (heck, the whole trip was cold...) and the beach wasn't an option so we checked it out. About 4 miles each way. Sandy trail, pines, palmettos, etc., very nice. We did the round trip in about 3 hours.

http://www.fl-dof.com/state_forests/sf_pdf/ tates_trail_highbluff_coastal.pdf

Hopefully you'll have good weather and won't be looking for things to do away from your boat and the beach.

Hoosier posted 03-30-2010 08:49 PM ET (US)     Profile for Hoosier  Send Email to Hoosier     
We'll be down at Port St. Joe next week with our Montauk, maybe we can link up.
johnhenry posted 03-31-2010 07:09 AM ET (US)     Profile for johnhenry  Send Email to johnhenry     
Last time I was on St George was on my honeymoon(1st wife) in 1983. It is absolutely one of the most beautiful beaches in the world.
A great place to go back in the early days was Cape San Blas. Back then it was Government or St Joe Paper Co. property. I found some of the most fabulous shells I have ever seen just laying on the beach. You could walk the beach and never see another soul for days. I heard that now there are condos, what a drag.
Apallachacola(sp) is an interesting town for a rainy day. The guy who invented air conditioning lived there and there used to be a museum of sorts.
My family owned(some still do)beach houses in St Theresa. When I was a kid you could seine the water and pull up amazing life of the sea. Small sea horses, multiple crab types and so many types of fish, it was mind boggling. These days there is so much silt and the environment has changed so much that it will never be the same. A lot of it due to idiotic dredging by the Army Corps of Engineers.
This is also where my love of Whalers originated. We would spend weeks at a time fishing, skiing and exploring in 13ft'rs and other small boats.
The Dog Island reef was a great place to catch fish, I have no idea how it is now. Wow-brings back memories.
mgeiger posted 04-01-2010 06:30 AM ET (US)     Profile for mgeiger    
I'm not going until the Summer is here. Garry loaned me an awesome fishing map of the area (thanks man).

I can imagine it was an amazing place a long time ago. I did an inshore charter in St Joes Bay last year. Seeing the untouched parts of the Northern end of CSB, I was amazed at the beauty - yet feel guilty for being a part of the continued development of the area.

johnhenry posted 04-01-2010 07:20 AM ET (US)     Profile for johnhenry  Send Email to johnhenry     
I grew up in Florida and explored the beaches through out the state. Moving to Maryland it has given me the opportunity to check out beaches all over the east coast, and as the chance has risen, the Caribbean, and Central America. IMO St Georges beaches are the benchmark in judging beautiful beaches. Unless you have been there, you have no clue.
Moose posted 07-18-2010 06:49 PM ET (US)     Profile for Moose  Send Email to Moose     
mgeiger,

Did you make the trip to SGI? I read your posts, on an oil spill thread, that you had been watching the beaching of the oil to the west, Gulf Shores, Pensacola, etc., and may have been possibly reconsidering your plans.

If yes, please throw a few photos up, I'd really enjoy some shots of warm weather SGI Whaler activity after my numerous February/March trips there with 55 degree highs.

mgeiger posted 07-19-2010 03:09 PM ET (US)     Profile for mgeiger    
Just got back. Great time. The ramp in the plantation is in terrible condition. 2' vertical drop at the water. Even with 4wd, that sand/shell "ramp" would be sketchy.

The boat was great to have for the whole family - fishing with the boys, and taking the girls to uninhabited Cape St George for some shelling.

I'll get some pics up. In a day or two. Boat and trailer have been washed, but my Sequoia needs a bath after work today - still has a crust of salt on it from a Sunday morning squall.

mgeiger posted 07-20-2010 07:00 AM ET (US)     Profile for mgeiger    
Just a mix of shots. I didn't always have my cam on board - sorry. http://s776.photobucket.com/albums/yy44/mgeiger72/ Boating%20and%20Fishing%20around%20SGI/
Moose posted 07-20-2010 09:29 AM ET (US)     Profile for Moose  Send Email to Moose     
Good stuff! I've got to get there sometime other than the middle of winter.

Regarding the shot of the BP boats. Was there tar balls, etc., that far west? I haven't heard/read that... yet. I can't think of many things worse than oil getting in to the oyster beds in the bay.

Thanks for posting those.

mgeiger posted 07-20-2010 11:23 AM ET (US)     Profile for mgeiger    
Hey Moose. Contractors were there staging boom etc - truthfully, I didn't see them do much. At least they're there and ready. No cleanup needed anywhere. Only signs of tar balls are west of PCB at this point.
johnhenry posted 07-20-2010 01:39 PM ET (US)     Profile for johnhenry  Send Email to johnhenry     
I'm jealous. It's been a long time since I have left a boat anchored out in front of the house. A dock is one thing, but the wading, swimming out to the boat 1st am to fish or ski. Great way to start the day. Did you have to drag your feet to avoid the stingrays?
Menemsha69 posted 07-22-2010 05:30 AM ET (US)     Profile for Menemsha69  Send Email to Menemsha69     
Good stuff Matt! How was the fishing?-k
Mambo Minnow posted 07-30-2010 06:02 PM ET (US)     Profile for Mambo Minnow  Send Email to Mambo Minnow     
My wife just handed me a great article in Southern Living, Feb 2008 edition on Apalachicola. Charming fishing village they claim has the best bivalves in the state of Florida.
Tohsgib posted 07-31-2010 11:41 AM ET (US)     Profile for Tohsgib  Send Email to Tohsgib     
They are famous for their oysters. Neat place, not too redneck, not too built up yet either.

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