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Cure for the Wintertime Blues?

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Even though I went fishing yesterday for a short while, it’s just not the same as being out on the kayak with the sun warming my face.  I managed to catch a fish after fighting off a few hundred geese to get my line into one of the few spots around here that isn’t frozen, but still it’s just not the same.

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To help alleviate some of the fish-out-of water blues most of us are experiencing during these shorter days, the folks at YakAngler.com and CanoeKY.com have put together a Kayaking Fishing 101 class for this coming Thursday.  They’ve scheduled an indoor pool and we’re going to get a chance to go over some deep water re-entry techniques.

Practicing re-entry skills turns out to be something I need pretty badly.  Even though my Hobie Outback is one of the most stable yaks around, once I put the sail on it I’m at the mercy of big wind gusts that have been known to flip us (one of my beagles, Maggie, was none too happy) more than once!  Don’t get me wrong, sailing on the kayak is a blast and the speed you can achieve is surprising. Even so, sometimes a strong wind gust seems to blow from nowhere and sends me for a swim.

Nathan from Canoe Kentucky is going to bring out some of the 2011 model kayaks for us to try out.  Of course I’m sure we will probably be trying each other’s yaks out as well.  I know some of my friends have some models I’d like to give a try, and I’m sure they know they can hop on the Hobie if they want (just so I get it back)!

I’m sure we’ll discuss safety concerns and the possible situations that can become dangerous all too quick unless a kayaker is paying attention.  Knowing Adam and Mark from YakAngler.com, they’ll have additional ideas for the class as well. Could it be we’ll even have time for a race or two?

I know whatever we do we’re going to enjoy just being on the water after the extended break we’ve had recently.  Some of us have a trip to Jacksonville, Florida’s Little Talbot Island planned for February, but that’s just not soon enough to save the water rats like me!

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Pam Funk

About the Author: A self-described kayak and fly fishing addict, compe”tent” camper, and photographer in her dreams, she found her lifetime fishing hobby was transformed into a full-blown obsession when she bought her kayak and added a fly rod.

Pam is a member of the Yakangler.com Pro Staff team, TFO Flyrods, Hobie Polarized and Columbia Sportswear Pro team. She is a member of the Kentucky Kayak Fishing Association where "Yaks Give Back". Their objectives include environmental clean up projects, working with Special Olympics and wounded veterans, and promoting the growth of kayak fishing and safety in our state.

Pam is also the author of ShesAManiYak.com and can be found on Twitter @shesaManiYak.

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# YakSushi 2011-01-19 08:34
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Practicing re-entry skills turns out to be something I need pretty badly. Even though my Hobie Outback is one of the most stable yaks around, once I put the sail on it I’m at the mercy of big wind gusts that have been known to flip us
Pam are you leaving the mirage drive in? The mirage drive acts like the keel of a sailboat when you have it in and in the down position.
 
 
# Pam 2011-01-23 21:41
Yes, leaving it in. But I'm not sure whether it was in the down position of if I was actually still peddling. I'll have to figure that out...after the water warms up!
 

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