July 2016

ADVENTURE OFF THE BEATEN PATH

Sometimes you just want to go where no one has ever been. Or, at least somewhere you’ve never been! We understand! There are so many places to blaze your own trail in Gulf County. And, so many great Guides to get you out in the thick of it.

Lake Wimico is a nature-lover’s dream. Over 4,000 acres of natural lake, it is only accessible by boat and makes for a haunting and beautiful trip up the Intracoastal. Most people who visit Gulf County have never heard about the lake unless they are avid fresh-water fishermen. But, fresh-water fishing is just the tip of the iceberg on this beauty.

“Lake Wimico just has so many different things you don’t see on a regular bay trip. I like to start my trips by showing people a houseboat village. Then we follow along and look for alligators and other wildlife. It’s amazing how shallow Lake Wimico can get especially when you are just a few miles from the Gulf of Mexico. It makes for all kinds of interesting animal spotting.” Captain Phil Cox, a Gulf County Adventure Guide and part of the new concierge program, loves taking visitors on Lake Wimico eco-tours.

The Indian Pass Lagoon is also teeming with wildlife and will transport you back in time. Catch some Tarpon or hunt for Triple Tail with Adventure Guide Captain Carle. Or, just spot an occasional shark in the shallow waters. But, Captain Carle will remind you to look up every once in a while, too.

“The Lagoon is next to St. Vincent Island so you can see all of the different types of wildlife on the island while enjoying being on a boat in the water. People really enjoy seeing the different types of birds and especially the eagle nests out there.”

Updated: Dec 14, 2017 20:55

Published: Jul 01, 2016 19:05

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ADVENTURE OFF THE BEATEN PATH
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Sometimes you just want to go where no one has ever been. Or, at least somewhere you’ve never been! We understand! There are so many places to blaze your own trail in Gulf County.

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EXPLORE GULF COUNTY’S MANY DIFFERENT WATERWAYS
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With 244 miles of different and varied shoreline, you may think so. Water may actually run through Captain Trey Landry’s veins.

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FISHING IS IN OUR BLOOD
Ronald Picket -

“We grew up vacationing here. We camped in Apalach and in 1968 we found St. Joseph Peninsula State Park. Right after that we built a house in Indian Pass. As soon as the house was built, we came down every weekend.”

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GCFL DOLPHINS HAVE A SENSE OF HUMOR
Gary Hites -

Well, I just took a sunset cruise out and saw 12 dolphins. The night before we saw 24. They feed at night so dusk is the best time to catch them. We have a tidal current that goes out of the Intracoastal and the dolphin like to follow that.

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GCFL VERSION OF ADOPTING A PET. MEET DD.
Charlene Burke -

“I’m always taking in strays. We have a resident dolphin in the Bay. Wild dolphins live in pods. Even though this sounds bad, dolphins kick the big male dolphins that are ready for reproduction out of their existing pods to go join another pod. This behavior keeps the genes from bottlenecking.”

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SKIP THE TURKEY TROT
Zach Farrell -

“I don’t really do the ‘Turkey Trot’ thing but I’m sure there are runs down here. Instead, we go fishing up the Intracoastal. It’s easy to jump on a charter or a few charters on different days...”