PFD Equals Happy Ending

The following is from the Indiana Department of Natural Resources. The story has a happy ending because the paddler was wearing a life jacket. Paddlers, please wear your PFD. I wear mine. So does my wife. She’s the pretty lady in the photo.

Indiana Conservation Officers responded and rescued a kayaker in distress from the Mississinewa River this afternoon (Monday). A approximately 12:55 p.m., officers responded to a call from Grant County Dispatch of a stranded kayaker on the Mississinewa River who was clinging to a branch. Paul Bryant, 52, of Converse, was kayaking on the river, which is at elevated levels due to recent rains.  Bryant’s kayak struck an overhanging branch, causing it to capsize. Bryant, who was wearing a Personal Flotation Device (PFD), was able to grab a branch and hold on until rescuers arrived. Conservation Officers with the assistance of the Marion Fire Department were able to launch a boat and reach Bryant. Bryant was transported to shore and checked by medical personnel before being released. Conservation Officers would like to remind the public of the importance of wearing a PFD and using sound discretion when deciding to launch a boat in high water. 

Easy Fishing

The School of Agriculture at a university near my home harbors three ponds. They flood about an acre each. There is a fourth pond but it hasn’t held water for years and has the overgrowth to prove it.

The ponds are used to irrigate the surrounding fields, which serve as classrooms for the agriculture students. A fence surrounds the property. The gate is rarely closed.

I stop occasionally to fish. I rarely stay more than 20 or 30 minutes. It’s that kind of place. Bass and bluegill aren’t huge but they are plentiful.

The fishing is easy. And sometimes, like today, that’s just what you need.

Outdoors with Kentucky Monthly

The Erie Canal, new public lands along the Kentucky River, a state record saugeye and bluegill time: a grab bag of goodies in my May Kentucky Monthly Field Notes column. Thanks for reading

Capt. Frank Campbell with a Lake Ontario smallmouth from near the mouth of the Niagara River.