|Veteran paddler Martina Ellis |
evaluates a vintage Dagger Sojourn
The curious were invited to take a paddle on the historic bayou in one of the many canoes (most of them solo) and one sea kayak brought by the members from their own "fleets."
Next to the Haystackers, a display of more than a dozen sit on top (SOT) kayaks, some of them specially outfitted for fishing, drew considerable interest. Several paddle boards were also on hand for a trial voyage.
Chad Almquist, of Massey's in New Orleans, said demand for fishing kayaks and the gear to go with them is very strong in the New Orleans area.
"A kayak outfitted for fishing can go where a guy in a $30,000 bass boat can't get to. And the kayaks are a lot cheaper to own and operate," said a newly slender and fit Almquist.
And the 60-pound weight loss? "Marry a nutritionist," Almquist said.
|Canoes and a kayak wait for paddlers at a outdoor "outreach" held on Bayou St. John, Saturday, April 20, 2013|