Summer dog days are here early with temps reaching the mid 90s. Norton Kayak Company's paddlers spent lots of time cooling off in the waters around the islands. The channel between Long island and the small island in front of the beaches provided kayakers the opportunity to cool off and take a dip on a scorching day. This area makes for a great swimming hole because of its 8-10 ft of water. Its also sheltered from any boat traffic coming off the beaches.
The hot days have ended with some spectacular sunsets over the western shoreline. The late day sun with a few passing clouds provided our tour group members with some great photo ops. Check out our Facebook page for some classic sunset pics of the Norton Rez.
The high afternoon sun provides kayakers with the unique opportunity to get up close and personal with a Great Blue Heron. Spotting these birds with a good pair of binoculars can give you the oppurtunity to sneak up on them, especially with the sun at your back and the sun in their face. These conditions can give you a kayak-length's view of these once rare birds. We have watched them feed on fish, water snakes, frogs and red winged black bird chicks.
Hot temps have slowed the fishing on the Norton Reservoir. Low water levels and high water temps have the bass seeking cover and shade from the hot sun. Try your luck in the early morning or at dusk for the best action. Top water weedless baits work best on these hot days.
Teen Adventure Weeks will start next week for local teens who are looking for a unique camp. The program consits of four mornings paddles, Monday through Thursday, 8:30-noon. Your teen (age 11+) will learn valuable water safety and kayaking skills on the Norton Reservoir. They will also learn how to catch largemouth bass, take great nature photos and learn team building skills in a fun, safe environment. Contact us at 1-508-740-7728 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Space is limited so register early.
Despite the warm waters it is still important to remeber your safety gear when paddling. Bring a whisle or other signaling device as well as your pump and paddle float. Most of all, WEAR YOUR LIFEVEST!!! A special thanks to Rez resident Steve H. who helped out the kayak fishermen a few weeks back.