If you like paddling and eating, we’ve got a deal for you. Charlie McVea and Fletcher Songe will be hosting a fish fry on an island (shell midden) at the mouth of Bayou Cumbest, this Saturday. And to make it interesting, you have to arrive in a kayak or canoe. Charlie and Fletcher have stockpiled a load of speckled trout filets that they caught in Bayou Cumbest recently and are ready to show off their cooking abilities as well.

Here’s the plan: Let’s meet at the Point O Pines launch ramp at the end of Grand Batture Road in Moss Point, at 10:00 AM on Saturday 1/31. We will paddle the 2 ½ miles out to Bangs Island and have lunch. Then paddle back. Feel free to bring a side dish if you would like, although, it’s not necessary. Fletcher and Charlie will go out early and set up. The lunch should be ready shortly after we arrive. If you like to fish, bring your rod and troll out and back.

For those that have never been to Bayou Cumbest, which is in the eastern part of the county and is part of the Grand Bay NEER, it’s real treat. It’s a unique location, with maritime forests , salt pannes, and shell middens, that you will not see much of elsewhere on the Ms. Coast. Couple that with fresh fried speckled trout, along with good fishing and paddling, and you can see that this will be a great trip. FYI, Bangs Island, and the other shell middens on Bayou Cumbest were established as Indian encampments about 2-3,000 years ago. We found pottery shards on Bangs the last time we were out that would date back to that time.

This will be a leisurely cruise in protected waters, so it’s ideal for newcomers to the sport.

If interested please email Eric.Richards@vthm.com, so Fletcher and Charlie can make sure they have enough fish. Also, there is a $3.00 launch fee at Point O’ Pines. ($5.00 regular launch, but $3.00 for us)

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