|This past Saturday we decided
to make it a group day and spend it paddling around a
pond that we hadn't checked out before. so with three
mouseboats and my canvasback loaded in the van we headed
It turned out that the
pond we chose was rather heavy with reeds, pollen and
Lilly pads, but except for a few areas it was paddleable.
while Norma and I headed up from the input area. the
boys headed right into the reeds with their fishing
gear. The reports of 5 to 7 pound large mouth bass being
pulled out from this pond really made their eyes light
As the day progressed the boys were
having mixed luck catching fish, (Daniel's luck was
good, Kevin's wasn't). Norma and I were enjoying our
trip around the pond, checking out the foliage, ducks,
Canadian geese, egret, and swans. Even though the geese
got a little loud if we got too close.
After a couple of hours of cruising
around we headed in for a picnic lunch, glad we bought
cold cuts as the boys didn't catch anything worth frying
up. After lunch the boys headed back out to try their
luck again, while I took Norma's flats rat out for a
little goose hunting (with a camera that is).
Upon heading back down toward the
dock and put in area I started to approach the boys
and watched how nicely Daniel could stand in his mouse
and cast easily without any rocking or loss of stability.
Standing made the casts that much easier and more accurate.
After a few minutes of watching the
boys fish in the area they were in Daniel decided to
try another spot, and as I watched in amazement, he
pickup up his paddle (still standing, by the way) and
proceeded to paddle to another spot. Now I'm really
impressed with the stability of this little boat. Even
though I warned him to be careful I wasn't worried about
him drowning. He was wearing his pfd and the water was
only about 4 ft deep.
This had been a great day so far but
as the sun was about an hour from setting I told the
boys they had another half hour and I headed for the
landing area. About 20 minutes later Daniel started
to head toward us still showing how well a mouse boat
could be paddled while standing. He then discovered
that stopping a boat from that position is almost impossible,
as he hit the side of the dock head on. This caused
him and gear to thrown forward putting all the weight
on the fordeck, which quickly submerged and swamped
the boat. Poor Blackbird II. As Daniel scrambled to
pull his wet self and gear onto the dock I went down
to see that he and the boat were ok. Even though Daniel's
face was as red as the paint job on his boat and he
was wet from the waist down the only damage was a broken
The boat even in its swamped condition
was no worse for wear.
Even though Daniel hates it every
time I relate this story, It proves that you should
not paddle while standing, but also proves the stability
and durability of mouse boats.