Visitors spring on Lake Martin
Lake Martin — Record high temperatures and bright blue skies over the weekend brought both the visitors and wildlife out at Lake Martin.
The gators took advantage of the warm weather to bask in the sun, some of the famous birdlife came back to begin nest-building and the many tourists took advantage of all this to watch the wildlife.
The perimeter roadway was crowded and the parking lots were bristling with trailers and tow vehicles.
Young and old lined the bank with fishing rods and reels in hand. The catching was also reported to be better than average. Typical of this was the Pat and Charlotte Guidry family from Breaux Bridge. Fourteen-year-old Patrick Jr. was fishing from the banks in Lake Martin using crawfish as bait when a feisty five pound, 18” long choupique (bowfin) took the bait and gave the young angler all the fight he wanted. The final outcome, after the fish was caught and cleaned, was that Patrick Jr. had a special fish dinner on Palm Sunday.
Kevin Miller and his two brothers, Tad and Derrick, all from Lafayette, took advantage on Sunday to engage in something not often seen on Lake Martin. They literally set sail on the water, taking advantage of the somewhat stronger than normal winds to fill their PVC sails.
The Miller brothers, normally more at home on Tad Miller’s 22’ fiberglass hull sailboat, cruising out of Cypremort Point on Vermilion Bay, used three eight-foot single person, inflatable boats rigged for sailing to cruise across the lake.
They had purchased the vessels through a Web site on the internet and were able to inflate and rig them at the water’s edge. When last seen, the three small boats were seen heading west across Lake Martin into the beautiful sunset that marked the end of a perfect spring weekend.