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Thursday, 30 October 2003
Day 14 Oct 30 Bates Lake to Mobile
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Bates Lake off the Tenn-Tom Waterway below DemopolisOut again at 5:45am we left Bates Lake for the ocean at Mobile Bay. The river changes from cypress groves to marsh and then the great harbor at Mobile. The channel has been dredged from 9 feet to 42 feet deep so ocean going freighters can get to the harbor. There were boats of every size going in every direction. 

Soon we were out in the open with 10 miles per hour winds and chop with 3 foot waves. It was as rough as Kentucky Lake on a windy day. The Katy Leigh handled it easily. Just like everywhere the fishing always seems to be best in the main channel (see photo). Just so you know, that is not dirt in the photo it's seagulls looking for scraps.

We headed south about 10 miles then west for 3 miles to Dog River and Grand Mariner Marina. As if reaching the sea were not enough excitement for the day, a panel truck caught fire on the bridge over the harbor entrance. We had a perfect view from our fly bridge. The fire department arrived and put it out in seconds with foam. We used the courtesy car to visit West Marine, then dined at the dockside restaurant here. A 52 foot Grand Banks is also on our dock. It looks exactly like the 36 foot, just a whole lot bigger. Tomorrow we cross the bay 10 miles or so to Fairhope.

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Posted on 10/30/2003 10:29 PM by Bob Duthie
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