It's Shoaliepalooza Time!!
Georgia River Fishing is proud to announce the 7th Annual Shoaliepalooza,
which will be held Saturday and Sunday, April 18th and 19th on the Flint River near
Thomaston. Whether or not the fish are bitin', this is a great chance to meet
other GRF members, eat a bunch of fried catfish, and tell lies around the
campfire. Last year was an absolute blast! Anyone is invited, and if you can
only fish for one day come on anyway!! Here is the pertinent information:
WHEN: Saturday and Sunday, March 18th and 19th (though there will be a good many
folks fishing Friday the 17th also!) . Meet at 8 AM (or thereabouts) Saturday morning.
Some folks will be ready and raring to go right at 7 and will want to run their
own shuttles in their own boats. If anyone would rather rent a canoe from Flint
River Outdoor Center, they run a shuttle at 9 AM to Sprewell Bluff. That float
ends at the campground so we'll see you there! If you can only make it on
Sunday, drive on back to the campground on the side of the river OPPOSITE the
store some time between
8 and 9 AM. Some folks might head home, but there will be plenty of folks to
fish with. There are a few folks I know of who are camping on Friday night also.
Check the GRF Message Board to coordinate with those folks.
WHERE: The Flint River Outdoor Center is located on GA Highway 36 a few miles
south of Thomaston right where Highway 36 crosses the river. We have two
campsites reserved right on the river (on the side of the river
opposite the store- this is a different campsite from years past). The phone number is (706) 647-2633) in case
you get lost. Riverbend Restaurant is located off 36 a mile or less from
the FROC. It'll be on your right as you head back into Thomaston.
COST: Camping costs $15
per campsite with two adults. Each additional adult is $4 per night.
GRF pays the $15 for two campsites Saturday night, so theoretically
you should pay $4 if you camp Saturday night. There's probably room
for 8-10 tents between the two campsites. GRF has the same campsites
reserved for Friday, but Friday night campers will need to foot the
bill for that. When you arrive, stop and pay at the FROC (Flint River Outdoor Center)
store. If you are planning on renting a canoe and getting FROC
to shuttle you upstream, the cost is around $30 I believe. The only
other cost I can think of is the $12-$15 for all-you-can-eat catfish at the Riverbend restuarant, which is less than five minutes away from the campground.
* Cost Disclaimer: All the comings and goings of the GRF crew tend
to discombobulate the accounting staff at the FROC. This sometimes
results in pricing discrepancies. My advice is to be very patient
and smile a lot.
WHAT TO BRING: Bring whatever you normally would for a fishing/car camping trip.
You'll want to bring some food and drink for when you are out on the water, and
something to eat for breakfast Sunday morning. I imagine a bunch of these
details will be worked out on the
Shoaliepalooza VII Thread on the GRF Message Board. That will be the best
place to get your questions answered if there is something I have neglected to
I look forward to seeing all of