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Kayaking Is On The Rise On West Point Lake

It’s not a fad. It’s a new form of transportation on West Point Lake.

Kayaking is catching on, and one of the newcomers to the sport is Sandra Jernigan of Pine Mountain. Jernigan has been a kayaker for all of six months.

She loves every pull of the paddle and every ripple in the water. Jernigan was back in her 10-foot plastic kayak on Sunday afternoon. She was cruising every nook, and cranny and creek that she could find on West Point Lake. There is not one thing that Jernigan likes about kayaking. There is an entire smorgasbord of reasons that she likes this sport, which goes back to the Eskimos.

But Jernigan is no Eskimo. She has never been to the North Pole. But she has been to West Point Lake, and she will be back again for more kayaking.

This is more than good exercise, as Jernigan is learning.

“I like fishing and relaxing (from the kayak). It’s beautiful out there. It’s nature,” said Jernigan.

She has already caught some bream and bass since she started kayaking less than a year ago. On Sunday, Jernigan was fishing for something else with her artificial lures.

“I like the scenery. You can see fish bedding. That’s cool,” said Jernigan.

On this particular kayaking trip last weekend, Jernigan was sharing the lake with two other kayakers. Getting on the lake and finding some tree-lined shade were two 18 year olds, Kevon Branch and Jacie Jernigan, also from Pine Mountain.

“Kayaking isn’t very hard, but you need endurance. I have flipped my kayak over (in the past),” Jaycie Jernigan said with a half-grin.

But she and Branch didn’t turn their 10-foot kayak over this time. They just paddled and found some shady fishing spots away from the crowd. Yes, there was solitude from the kayak.

“You can go more places in a kayak, and they’re cheaper than buying a (larger) boat,” said Branch.

Kayaks are good for one other thing. They don’t make a lot of noise as they slide through the water.

“This isn’t motorized travel,” said Sandra Jernigan.

That’s for sure.