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Old 05-05-2014, 02:02 PM   #1
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I'm new to the area and was wondering if you can use a trolling motor in the grass beds at the east end of Ono by Rabbit Island? There are a bunch of no motor signs around the grass bed, so I was wondering if that was outboards only. Not wanting to give the grass a haircut and ruin a habitat I wanted seek the guidance of the pros who post on the boards here.

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I think no motors means electric or gasoline motors.
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Technically, no motors means none- "0"- nada. But, I've not gotten in trouble yet when we motor up to the sign boarder of the grass beds, picked up the outboard and trolled up to the edge of the grass to fish. But we DON'T go trolling around the area! I've also seen lesser people try to motor right across the flat chewing it all up... on several occasions. No one stopped and ticketed them.
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Those were the answers I was looking for, thanks guys. I was trying to figure out how to attack them with out killing them. As I said I'm new to fishing down here with a boat.
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This weekend I watched several boats chew up those grass beds, not paying attention to the signs. Or maybe getting up close to read them?? Not to mention the jet skis that treat the bird perches like a slalom course.

But I fish those flats all the time, and consider no motor as no big outboard chewing up the grass. I run the trolling motor once I hit the edge of the signs.

I have seen several boats ticketed for churning up the grass. Not nearly enough though.
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Our Ono house is right next to rabbit island I've never fished there myself but i have always thought that there were fish there. please if you go there and catch something pm me! thanks!
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That's me on the mighty Pollywog. There are redfish and trout all over rabbit island. And on high tide there's a pond in the middle that gets full of reds some days.

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I thought that the grass flats on the east end of Ono were trolling motor accessible. BUT On the other hand, the posted areas inside Big Lagoon (by Fort McCrea for example) are posted "No Combustible" motor - so they are clearly marked. I know that trolling motors are allowed there.

There are areas (AL) in Orange Beach that are posted that I KNOW are strictly NO MOTOR - trolling, gas, etc. Those area are accessible by primitive means: paddle, pushpole, etc.
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I thought that the grass flats on the east end of Ono were trolling motor accessible. BUT On the other hand, the posted areas inside Big Lagoon (by Fort McCrea for example) are posted "No Combustible" motor - so they are clearly marked. I know that trolling motors are allowed there.

There are areas (AL) in Orange Beach that are posted that I KNOW are strictly NO MOTOR - trolling, gas, etc. Those area are accessible by primitive means: paddle, pushpole, etc.
Like I said, that doesn't keep "some people" from plowing right through them. And I haven't had any problem with AMP by trolling up to the edge of the grass to fish. They've seen me... But if they ever do, I have a collapsible push pole to use.
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That's me on the mighty Pollywog. There are redfish and trout all over rabbit island. And on high tide there's a pond in the middle that gets full of reds some days.
Thanks! i have rode my kayak into the pond in the middle last summer and i saw a few rays and that's it
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