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I put in and took out at a small public boat launch in a remote location, described below. I was there three times over two days and never saw more than four other people using it. Excellent place for a near beginner like me to perform without an audience. Also, I had the entertainment of watching two young men having to pole their bass boat from rock to rock with their oars in order to get back to the ramp. As I said, shallow, and perfect for yakking.
I followed the shore leftward to the mouth, then came back down the deeper center. Nice psuedo-surfing effect on the larger swells while returning with the wind at my back.
Spent some time exploring the shallow western section of the bay. Lots of birds, including a flock of wild swans. Large fish (carp and bass) visible in the shallows.
The kayak was a 13' Dagger Catalyst which I had just obtained on closeout the day before. This was my first experience with a rudder. I can see how one could be of great help in difficult conditions, but all I did was get used to the controls. Great time, over all.
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