Just for Fun

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We all love a great and fun day out, fishing, especially out of a Jackson Kayak. We fish hard and sometimes it can be stressful trying to figure out what lure to use next and what rod to use for which condition. After a day of that it can be both mentally and physically taxing. Sometimes it’s nice to take a break from all that and just get out and paddle. I had the opportunity to go out with my youth group from church and my dad Chris Funk, who is also on the Jackson Kayak fishing team, to go paddle the Coosa River in Wetumpka, Alabama. This trip was just to have fun, splash a little and not worry about catching fish. It is a nice float with rapids and slow sections where you can climb out and swim or stop to eat a snack. It is just too great a place to get out in an awesome Jackson Kayak and have some fun! DSC_4276E
I took a Coosa HD down the Coosa (How ironically awesome..LOL!) and my dad and youth pastor both took Big Rigs. My youth pastor is 6’6” and makes the Big Rig look tiny compared to him. The Big Rig is the only boat that he is able to stay in through the rapids we hit going down the river. It also kept him comfortable and had enough room to haul the cooler with everyones lunch! I am amazed at how these two kayaks handled the water and everything thrown at them. The rapids on this beautiful stretch of river run from class 1 to class 3 DSC_4477

These boats are awesome to paddle, but something not enough people do, is just relax. After a long time of paddling the fun runs through the rapids and down the river, my dad and I hopped out of the boats and floated the rest way to the take out. It was so nice to just float in the cool water and let the river pull us. That was such a great experience, that I recommend it to anyone! Just get out and float and relax, it will open your eyes to some of the things you would have missed when you’re so focused on the fishing be it wildlife or some of the awesome wildflowers blooming on the bank. I’m not downing the fun or importance of fishing or paddling, but the next time you’re out kayaking, think about just taking a float. I promise you won’t regret it.

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