It sounds like a good trip, I wish I could have gone. I'm so jealous of you
guys down south with all of the wonderful species and habitat. I think that
Casper and I hit some of those same area last year after the convention.
I've got a bunch of Rainbow Shiners from that trip, plus a Goldline,
Harlequin, and Rock Darter in my aquariums.
How as the visibility of the water in the Cahaba? When Casper and I tried
it, the visibility was two feet at best. Did you see any Crystal Darters
From: B.G. Granier <bgkajun_at_worldnet.att.net>
To: nanfa_at_aquaria.net <nanfa at aquaria.net>
Cc: Prizma_at_aol.com <Prizma at aol.com>
Date: Sunday, April 29, 2001 7:14 PM
Subject: NANFA-- RE: Alabama creeks
>You should have been there with Casper and his son Coby and I! It was a
>memorable trip to say the least!
>We met at the little town of Centreville, Alabama which is just about 30
>miles south of Tuscaloosa, Alabama at the Bar-B-Que haven named the Twist &
>Tween.......after a quick huddle, we decided to go check into a motel, 2
>double beds at the Woodwind motel.....I brougth Casper and son a bag of
>Cajun Boudin on which they quickly supped! After a good nights sleep we
>awoke at about 8:30 AM and after getting our directions and our heads
>straight, we proceeded to chech out the Cahaba River, Sandy Creek and
>another creek that was hidden away high in the forest uplands just south of
>Centreville. We encountered a smoky haxe and also a road-block by county
>wildlife officials ther, so we back-tracked our way back to Centreville and
>continiued to the Cahaba River.....
>After a quick look-see, we decided to check out the Shultz Creek and while
>it was very inviting to Casper, as far as snorkeling goes, we then set our
>sights on the Little Schultz creek, home of the beautiful Rainbow shiner,
>_Notropis chrosomus_! As soon as we arrived and started to survey the
>smallish creek with it's rocky substrate and pockets of sand and gravel
>between the riffles of current, we began to see many flashes of neon-blue
>and red coloration, denoting the presence of the Rainbow shiners!
>Casper and I waded down the creek, Casper in full snorkeling gear,, until
>had spotted a huge gravel mound that was built by a Nocomis species known
>the Bluehead Chub, and he proceeded to go downstream while I removed
>from the creek so as not to stir the sediment up and obscure his vision of
>these wonderful fish!
>He observed many species of Alabama native fishes , the most fantastic of
>which was the afore-mentioned Rainbow shiners, many darters and other
>various and un-identified (by us) shiners.
>After a most gratifying visit at the Little Schultz Creek, Casper then
>proceeded back to the Schultz Creek ( a non-connected stream) and proceeded
>to snorkle there. Un-knowling to him, my trucks starter failed to start my
>engine and after a wait of an hour and a half, Casper came back to rescue
>his son Coby and I!
>As soon as he arrived, he knew that just a couple of sharp raps on my
>truck's starter motor should get it going, and so it did! I was relieved
>that me and Coby wouldn't have to walk back to the motel, my legs were
>I'll tell you!.......
>Casper then related the fishes that he'd seen while snorkeling in the
>Shultz Creek and the inventory of fishes was quite amazing! By then, I was
>too tired and my legs were just about giving out, to join him and Coby in
>the Shultz Creek, but I sat on the bank while Casper reported to me what
>he'd seen under the water!
>After we returned to the Motel and had a great meal at the afore-mentioned
>restaurant, we had a really good nights sleep, being so tired...........
>We awoke at about 7:30 AM and had a good breakfast at BJ's Restrurant and
>said our good-byes soon afterward! My truck's starter was failing, and I
>replaced it today with a new new unit!
>If ever you are invited to go on a trip with Casper Cox and son Coby, I
>sincerely recommend that you take them up on it! You won't be
>After a most gratifying
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