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July 2003
Lake Sinclair

Lake Sinclair - by David Smith

Beautiful Lake Sinclair is definitely at full pool on June 4th as I am writing this thanks to all the rain we had in May. The main river channel is very muddy but the secondary creeks are starting to clear up. Both ends of the cove across from my house are full of bedding bream. You can smell them from across the lake. This is a great opportunity to put some fish in the freezer for a July 4th fish fry. Kids will love the experience of fishing for these easy to catch fish. Wives will also love it so take them along too guys. Bass fishing should be good early and late in the day and great at night. Take advantage of the great fishing on Lake Sinclair and a great summer.  Doc and his wife Fay are making big plans for their retirement starting in July. Doc told us that they have plans to travel and see many friends and family across the country. Oconee Springs Park is a much better place because of all the hard work Doc and Fay have done over the years at the park. Doc is planning to leave the park in good hands; he is overseeing the hiring process of his replacement. On my last visit no replacement had been named yet. I will introduce the new manager next month. Good luck and safe travel Doc and Fay and you will be missed. Call now for availability of cabins for a nice spring time outing or fishing trip. The cabins at Oconee Springs Park are nice. They are fully furnished except for the linens –you have to bring your own.  They also have cable TV and each cabin has a deck and an outside grill. They even have handicapped accessible cabins. The park is very nice and also offers a peaceful atmosphere.  Give Oconee Springs Park a try on your next adventure in the Lake Sinclair area.

John Williams of Williams Sports Center says to come to Milledgeville and see his full selection of hunting and fishing supplies.  He has plenty of Browning guns in stock.  They are the only authorized Browning dealer in the Sinclair area.  They have good selection of hunting clothes and boots.  Williams even has Redhead snake boots and they are guaranteed snake proof. These boots are at a real good price, see ad for details.  For you fishermen, Williams Sports Center has a very good selection of rods and reels, fishing line, hooks, and weights.  They also have the largest selection of Zoom plastics in Milledgeville for the Bass fisherman and they have plenty of triple ripple grubs for Crappie fishing.    They also have very nice gun safes to protect all of your prized rifles and shotguns. They have everything you need for turkey season including box calls, slate calls and decoys.  So don’t let turkey season sneak up on you, go by Williams Sports Center and stock up.

Twin Bridges Landing on Lake Sinclair is well stocked with fishing items.  They also offer a great location to launch your boat. There is a bridge right at the boat ramp with good rip rap rocks to fish this month at the water warms.  They are an authorized Mercury dealer and repair facility.  Twin Bridges sells Weeres Pontoons powered by Mercury.  They have very competitive prices on their pontoons and they now have their 2003 pontoons in stock. Contact Twin Bridges at the marina phone number listed in the ad and they will be glad to store your boat for you.  If you need anything for fishing from groceries, bait and tackle, to gas they have what you need.  Remember, Twin Bridges Landing is the closest marina to Macon and Warner Robins.  They sell Mister Twister Exude, Reaction Lures and Zoom plastic baits. They also have boat batteries, oil, floating crappie lights for night fishing, coolers, and even ice cream.  Stop in and see Sammy at Wooten’s Barber Shop in Eatonton, GA. This month when I stopped by Wooten’s, Mr. Sammy was cutting up as usual and telling plenty of good stories. So, if you need to look good in the woods or on the water and it’s time for a trim, stop by and see Sammy. If all you want to do is joke around and talk he still invites you to come by to see him in action.  Sammy has a lot of interesting pictures on his wall for you to look at when you come in for a cut. Call Wooten’s and get a haircut appointment today or just walk on in and he will cut it just the same.  Call 706-485-5002 or 485-7730 or come by today if you want to meet one of the nicest people around.   We would like to welcome back Best Value Sales Company as our newest advertiser in the Lake Sinclair area. Best Value Sales Company carries Southeastern Portable Buildings in sizes ranging from 6X8 to 12X32. These buildings have a written 25 year warranty and free delivery in a 25 mile area. Best Value Sales also carries the line of Dura Bilt buildings. Dura Bilts features all wood siding in sizes from 8X8 to 12X30. The great deal is you can rent to own these buildings with no credit checks and get free delivery. Also available are Carolina Carports and they can be installed anywhere in Georgia. Best Value Sales accepts all major credit cards and they have financing plans available.  There are two great locations in the Lake Sinclair area. One is at 980 South Elbert Street across from the Shrimp Boat and at 1026 Milledgeville Hwy across from the Peoples Bank. The Elbert Street phone number is 478-453-8348 or call the Milledgeville Hwy. store at 706-485-7055.  Stop by and have a look for all your storage needs. 

The staff at the Comfort Inn really knows how to cater to a tired tourney fisherman, hunter, or overnight traveler.  Their rates are reasonable and all of the rooms are clean and comfortable.  They have a breakfast counter with bagels and waffles and other food items along with milk juice and coffee. This is a courtesy to all of their guests.  Stop in and stay on your next trip to Milledgeville.  They are located at 2595 North Columbia Street.  Call and reserve a room on their toll free line, 800-228-5150 or locally 478-452-9290. Red’s Minit Mart in Eatonton has a full line of bait and tackle for you fisherman out there.  You can get everything from gas to groceries and even lottery tickets if you’re feeling lucky.  This is one of the most winning places around.  Come by Red’s Minit Mart and get some crickets or minnows before you head to Lake Sinclair or Oconee.  Be sure you go by and check them out and if you have a photo you want to put on their “Braggin’ Board” they will be glad to add yours to their collection. This month when I went by Red’s there was only one picture of a gobbler on the board.  No fish and no other turkeys. It is time to see some fishermen on the Braggin Board, so all you fishermen in the area take your cameras to the area lakes and ponds and bring a picture to Red’s and I will put you in our magazine so you can carry around your own personal braggin board. 

Do you need a cool new H2O toy for the summer to pull behind your boat or just maybe a raft to lie on to waste a hot afternoon away? Stop by Kwik Stop #2 on Hwy 441 in Milledgeville and check out the new toys. The Scoggins also have great deals on hunting supplies and rod and reel combos with prices that are competitive with the big chains. They have several different sizes of minnows and a wide selection of worms including Red Wigglers and Pinks.  Scoggins also carries frozen bait such as shiners, livers and shrimp.  They have a huge selection of soft plastics for the serious Bass angler.  They have one of the largest selections of Zoom plastic baits on Lake Sinclair.  Kwik Stop #2 now sells triple ripple grubs and jig heads to help you catch those crappie. They’ve got gas, snacks, sandwiches, cold beer, t-shirts, hats, and great boiled peanuts too.  So if you want good prompt service, stop by Kwik Stop #2 today for all your fishing and hunting supplies before heading out on your next hunting or fishing trip.  They also sell gas so even if you don’t hunt or fish stop by and fill up at the Kwik Stop.

Kwik Stop #4 is now open for business. They are located at the corner of Pea Ridge Road and Scuffleboro Rd. Kwik Stop #4 is the newest venture for the Scoggins family who are famous for their service and hospitality. This beautiful new store as all the chips, candy, drinks and picnic supplies you could possibly need. And don’t forget to stop by and get your bait. Just look at the picture of Mr. Bobby and his catfish to see what you can catch with bait and tackle form Kwik Stop. And while you are there filling up with BP gas get a bag of boiled peanuts - they are the best around. Give Bobby or Shelby a call at 706-484-2228 or better yet stop by for a great lunch and great service at the new location at 406 Pea Ridge Rd.

When you are in the Lake Sinclair area, stop by and visit our faithful advertisers and support the people who love and support the outdoors that we all enjoy. Good fishing and have fun! See you next month!

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