Kayak fishing club prepares for first tournament

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) - A Central Kentucky kayak fishing club is preparing to hold its first open tournament.

The Lexington Herald-Leader reports the Bluegrass YakMasters hope to use the April 6 tournament to grow enthusiasm for the sport that is just beginning to take off in Kentucky.

Enthusiasts say kayak fishing is less expensive than motorized boating and is good exercise as well.

Bluegrass YakMasters member John Walters said fishing kayaks have "sit-on-top" seating, rod holders and compartments for tackle. They are wide and sturdy enough that you can stand up in them and fish.

Member Tim Dunham said he enjoys taking his fishing kayak into secluded spots that motorized boats can't reach. There he sees fish as well as "otters, turtles and everything else."

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