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Fishin’ on the Lazy River

2010 Carpe Diem Fishing Tournament and River Paddle

For the canoe and fishing enthusiasts who came down to the Trinity River on October 29, the day could not have been more glorious and the fish were biting. A dozen canoes launched from Mountain Creek Preserve in Irving, Texas after they enjoyed a continental breakfast provided by the Irving Chamber of Commerce.

From there, the fishermen and women enjoyed testing out their rods and reels while paddling down to Trammell Crow Park. The trip ended at the boat ramp at Trammell Crow Park because boating is currently closed on the river between Sylvan Avenue and Loop 12 due to the construction of the Standing Wave.

The canoe trip took about four hours depending on just how much fishing took place along the ride south on the Trinity River. All the fish were released back into the water so they can grow larger and perhaps rise to arch their backs and snap at another fishing lure during the next Carpe Diem event!



The prize catch of the day was a twenty-four pound spotted gar and the smallest was a five-inch striped bass. The majority of the fish caught on that sunny day were channel catfish ranging in length from six to twelve inches long.

Mike Wyatt is the star of this event, the founder and organizer of the Carpe Diem Fishing Tournament and River Paddle. He is the executive director of Cushman & Wakefield of Texas, Inc. and he is a constant ambassador for the Trinity River encouraging everyone to stop ignoring it and learn about how it provides water and is a critical natural resource for Dallas.

The Trinity River is the longest watershed contained within a single state. The river is a source of recreation and outdoor adventure in a dense urban setting. Mike Wyatt worked with Trinity River Expeditions for the canoes, logistics and river maps for this year’s Carpe Diem.

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Now through November 30, 2010
Trinity River Photo Exhibit
“Bringing the Trinity to Life”
African American Museum
3526 Grand Avenue
Dallas, TX 75210
(214) 565-9026


November 18, 2010
Trinity River Audubon Center
6500 South Loop 12
(I-45 South to Loop 12 East)
Dallas, Texas 75217
Late night, 3rd Thursday Free Admission


November 18, 2010
Trinity Watershed Management
Public Meeting regarding FEMA Remapping
Golden Gate Missionary Baptist Church
1101 Sabine Street
Dallas, TX 75203
5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m


November 20, 2010
Student Conservation Association’s
School Year Program
Forest Workshop
Rochester Park
3000 Municipal Street
Dallas, Texas 75215
8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Audubon Center
The Texas Buckeye Trail
U. S. Army Corps of Engineers
Trinity Trust Foundation
City of Dallas Council
Agendas and Briefings
Trinity River Corridor Project
Committee Agendas & Briefings
City of Dallas Council
Agendas and Briefings
Trinity River Corridor Project
Committee Agendas & Briefings


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Dallas Responds With 850 Sensational Photos!

For the 2010 Trinity River Photo Contest, children and adults responded to the call to capture their own photo adventure by sending in 850 fantastic photographs from all along the Trinity River Corridor; the 20 miles and 10,000 acres of the project. The photographs depict everything from fluttering birds and insects to restorative forest trails and compelling architectural elements.

In its second year, the photo contest grew 59% and included participants from the Dallas Camera Club, Dallas ISD and communities from throughout Dallas and surrounding areas.

Five judges donated their time and selected the winners in each category, including a number of honorable mention photographs. The judges were: Michael Hamtil, photo editor of the Dallas Morning News; and professional photographers Jesse Hornbuckle, Reginald Loftin, Matt Nager, and Allison Smith.

All of the winners will be announced during the special recognition of the Dallas City Council Meeting at 9:00 a.m. on Wednesday, November 17, 2010. The event is open to the public. In addition, the new collection of winning photographs will go on tour throughout Dallas in 2011 making their debut at Methodist Dallas Medical Center in the spring.

Thank you Dallas for sharing your interesting and beautiful outdoor adventures!

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