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August 2003
Lake Blackshear

by Steve Powell

People came from all over to camp or stay at the Retreat, and even in Cordele to watch the big 4th of July fireworks show.  When I was at Lucy’s Dock Store on Sunday morning the 6th, I met a guy that came all the way from Augusta with his family.  I met a retired couple on the golf course on Friday afternoon of the 4th of July, too.  They told me they had to stay in Cordele at a hotel because every place at the lake was booked.  It was a great show and a wonderful weekend at Blackshear.

The topwater bite is really in full swing.  A yellow Heddon Torpedo worked well for my partner the other morning.  I took him to a good producing bass spot on the Sumter County side and that paid off for us.  Try buzz baits, Zara puppies or Torpedoes and work ‘em fast early a.m. or late p.m.  Cats are biting all over the lake.  The white perch are still hot on the dock lights at night.  The lights in Cedar Creek were loaded the other night.  Go get ‘em and safe fishing!!

When I was at Mitchell’s Bait and Tackle last visit I believe that everybody in there was loading up their minnow buckets with minnows.  The report from Mitchell’s is that the crappie have moved shallow now and are easily caught around the cypress trees early in the morning or late in the afternoon.  They are biting really good at night also.  The new Cook Storage Buildings that Mitchell’s is now carrying are really super nice and quality built.  These buildings are priced to sell.  Mitchell’s is also now renting all U-Haul equipment so if you need to move a large load or a small load, go by and see them and you’ll find the right size for your needs.  You’ll get great service!  Fishing is still great in August so stop in at Mitchell’s and stock up on plenty of live bait, like worms, minnows, shiners and crickets before you hit Lake Blackshear.  MBT also has a lot of artificial lures to make your fishing day on Blackshear a success.  Fill up your boat and your truck with gas while you’re there; get plenty of ice and snacks ‘cause you know being on the water makes your belly hungry!  MBT is open Monday through Saturday from 6:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. and Sunday from 12:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.  Visit Mitchell’s Bait & Tackle today at 902 16th Avenue West, Cordele, Georgia or call them at 229-273-1343 and remember, MBT says “Our live bait catches fish or it dies trying.”

Joyce and Rubin Christmas at Campers Haven tell me that the catfish are still biting really, really good right now up the river.  People are still coming in with some really nice catches of catfish now and the kids are still catching tons of catfish right off of their own public dock right there at the store.  Campers Haven serves breakfast and lunch every day except Monday; cause Monday is the cook’s day off!  There is a boat ramp here, gas on the water, live bait, showers, restrooms and obviously, any kind of campers are welcome.  This famous camping area is located right in a prime area of fishing on the north end of Lake Blackshear.  These folks have a new attitude and are ready for the  summer.  Their camping rates are really great and the food is real good, too.  They even have a pool table.  Call to inquire.  Mr. Christmas can tell you where to catch the fish.  Turn right as you travel west on Hwy. 280 just past Arrowhead Grocery and drive till you see the new sign on your left about 3 or 4 miles north.  Call ‘em today at 229-268-9076 or 229-268-5457.  They are open Tuesday thru Sunday from 7:00 am until ya’ll quit coming!  Come join in on the summer fun on the water with Turkey Creek Outfitters, LLC.  For fun in the sun they’ve got Pontoon Boat Rentals from 18 ft. up to 24 ft.  Don’t have a boat?  Just rent one for the day!  Rather fish?  They also have fishing boats for rent with 15 hp motors and trolling motors available. 

Nikki McGlamory is the manager.  Just call her and they’ll meet you at the Courte sy Dock at The Retreat at Lake Blackshear with a pontoon boat for the day and get you started for your fun day on the water!  Corporate Groups are available.  Call today at 229-271-1997 and visit the website at  Now there is no excuse for not getting the family out on the water. Do you think that after 40 years of gunsmith and engineering experience with rifles and shotguns that Buddy Roseberry at Lake Blackshear Gunsmith knows what he is doing by now???  I know cause I’ve seen his work.  He’s phenomenal!  He’s an expert.  He’s an award winning marksman.  I’ll tell you that he’s modest and I’ll tell you that he’s best I’ve ever seen.  His work does all of the talk for him.  I’ll give you a rundown of what he can do for you and your guns.  Here we go……he can improve your pattern, increase shot velocity, reduce recoil by 30 % to 40% with his shotgun long forcing cone.  He’s got muzzle brakes for rifles to reduce recoil by 30% to 40%.  He can completely restore your gun whether it is a rifle or a shotgun.  Be sure to take your guns in so he can get them ready for turkey season.  He can build you a rifle for competitive shooting or hunting.  He does rebluing.  He refinishes stocks, does checkering.  He does glass bedding stocks to provide maximum accuracy.  He’s got Walther, Shilen and Hart barrels.  Take all your guns in to Lake Blackshear Gunsmith at 183 Tommy Warren Drive, Cobb, Georgia 31735 or call Buddy now at 229-853-2355.  You can also e-mail him for questions at   The Pecan Grove Restaurant is now owned by Dewey and Patricia Buffington and they welcome everyone to stop by.  At the Pecan Grove Restaurant the theme is great country cooking, great people, great prices, great fun, great service and …..great everything!  The daily lunch special is really something to look forward to.  The breakfast is really something to look forward to also. You surely won’t go away hungry.  In a hurry?  Call your order in and they’ll have it ready when you get there.  Dewey and Patricia are in Warwick, Georgia on Hwy.

300.  You can’t miss ‘em.  I love to take some breakfast sandwiches down to the Flint River with me.  I call 229-535-4876 before I leave for the dam.  I pick ‘em up on the way and have a full belly before I’ve caught my first Shoal Bass.  For some great tasting food, stop by Pecan Grove Restaurant but be sure you save room for a piece of delicious cake or pie to top off a great meal. Mr. Jimmy Griggs, owner of the new Dixie R. V. Park wants to invite everyone to go by and check out this super nice R.V. park.  There are many reasons to come and camp here.  The one I like the most is the fact that Mr. Griggs’ park is located right in White-Tail deer heaven.  Dooly County is world renowned for its huge Flint River Basin bucks.  All you hunters and fishermen have to come and stay.  He is located 8 miles north of the Veteran’s State Park entrance.  There is a public boat ramp only 1/8 of a mile from the park.  Dixie R. V.  Park’s camper spaces are not jam up against one another.  Everything is new and clean.  Pricing for overnight stays are very reasonable.  See the advertisement for Dixie R. V. Park on page 18 for all the details or just call Mr. Jimmy at 229-268-5712.

Call Joseph or Ken at Tremont Archery to inquire about coming over and practicing your archery skills for the upcoming deer archery season. I’ve got to tell you that practice, practice, practice makes for a perfect shot and there is no better place to go to practice than Tremont Archery.  What started out as a little fun for Ken Phillips and Joseph Cantrell has turned into a real interesting hobby and sport for these guys and all of their customers that come from miles around to practice archery.  Go see this unique advertiser and let them set up simulated hunting situations for you.  They have bag and 3-D practice with broad head and field point.  They are open evenings and weekends.  Call to inquire at 229-273-0927 or go practice today at 1576 Tremont Rd., Cordele, Georgia 31015.  This is their second year of business here!  As we have mentioned before, Mr. Roy Cape fishes in the Crappie U.S.A.  tournaments.   For up to date information on the Crappie U.S.A. tournaments go to their website  Mr. Cape has done very well in these tournaments.  Mr. Cape is giving away a very nice 4 X 6 trailer to the person who catches the biggest crappie during the Crappie U.S.A. 2003 schedule of tournaments.  What a great prize!  Cape’s Trailers and Deer Towers sells EZ-Go Golf Carts at great prices.  He now has Cargo Craft, Inc. trailers in stock.  His trailers are priced ready to sell.  Mr. R. T. Cape can really build a super nice deer tower stand as well.  Mr. Cape sells tons of both…….trailers and deer stands and can build one special for you, too.  He also has golf carts for hunters and golfers.    If you are in the market for an ATV utility trailer, this is the place to shop.  He is conveniently located on Hwy. 280 East just 3 miles from I-75 at Cordele, Georgia.  Go see him personally or call him at 229-273-1568.

When I stopped in to fill up at Fields Gas & Oil, Tommy and the crew were busy fixing flat tires for customers, doing oil changes and filling everybody’s tanks up with gas.  Tommy sure greets you with a big smile when you go in his station.  He’s a full service gasoline dealer and if you break down on the road, call him at 759-6586 and he’ll come and get you rolling again.  Tommy sells a ton of gasoline because he has great gas prices and he does a lot of tire business.  Tommy keeps my boat trailer in great working order, particularly my boat trailer tires.  Call Tommy today at Fields Gas & Oil in downtown Leesburg at 127 Walnut Avenue and inquire about the many services he can provide you with for your cars and trucks.

How convenient can it get? You can actually drive your boat up to Lucy’s Dock Store and Marine and buy gas, drinks, sandwiches, snacks and can do it all right from the water.  And now you can even drive your boat to Lucy’s Dock Store Marine and hear the Sunday morning dock side worship service.  It begins at 9:00 am and she also provides complementary coffee and donuts.  Call for details.  Lucy has done a complete remodeling of the store and dock.  It’s bigger and better now.  She has even installed lights on the deck for night. They have great homemade hamburgers and chili dogs and there is a beach located next to the store and marina.  The marina has plenty of water toys right there in stock at the store.  They also have cabins for rent.  The RV park is available with a laundromat and clean restrooms.   Lucy is really a nice lady so you should go by and meet her.  Call Lucy today at 229-853-2275 or 229-853-2463. Lowell at the new Arrowhead Grocery has really got a lot going on now.  This convenient and customer friendly store is really a great place to shop.  Everybody goes to Arrowhead!  I was in the store recently and now there is one huge counter to shop the deli and to ring up your purchases.  Stop by and see for yourself!  The crew at Arrowhead Grocery prepares breakfast orders to go at the deli early in the morning.  So if you are heading out to the lake stop in before you hit the water and they will fix you right up with delicious food.  The store is always busy.  You can buy cold drinks, ice and snacks and gas up the boat for a fun day on Lake Blackshear.  Lowell wants all his customers to know that without them, they obviously wouldn’t stay in business.  Remember, Lowell has discount prices on shotgun shells and is loaded down with ammo. Go to Arrowhead Grocery and fill up your minnow buckets.  The crappie are biting all over the lake.  The report is that people are catching lots of catfish now.  At Arrowhead Grocery one really gets service with a smile.  They take great pride in customer service and look forward to continued success.  Arrowhead obviously has plenty of live bait and artificials.  Ask Lowell about the fishing report and he will tell you all about Lake Blackshear. Go to Arrowhead Grocery today, just across from the main entrance to Georgia Veterans Memorial State Park.  Once again, Lowell and the crew at Arrowhead Grocery say, “Thanks for all the continued support.”   

Be sure to visit Walls Factory Outlet, Inc. for great buys on leisure wear.  Just in are ladies and men’s Columbia shirts for the summer and they have a new shipment of Georgia Boots in stock now.  They also carry khaki slacks, nice short sleeve shirts, also fishing shirts to beat the summer heat in.  So just because hunting seasons are over, doesn’t mean you don’t need to go by Walls.  This discount camo superstore is located just 4 miles out Hwy. 280 East in Cordele.  That’s 4 miles East of I-75 on Hwy. 280.  Check out Shannon’s Bug Tamer in 4D Mossy Oak Breakup.  The new pattern for this year is Realtree, Hardwoods Green.  Walls is also loaded down with the popular Realtree Hardwoods and Advantage Timber patterns.   The new lite-weight pant and shirt are in along with the Leafy Suit in Advantage Timber.  I could go on and on and on about the new Rocky Boots and Rocky Insulated Rainwear and Browning boots and snake chaps.  Gosh, better yet, just go see for yourself.  Just think of all the great gifts for all those outdoorsmen and outdooswomen you can find there. Call Billy Hobbs or Betty Jordan at 888-816-4361 or locally at 229-273-5299. 

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