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Got up at a little after 5 this morning to make sure myself was sitting in my yak & on the water when the sun decided to show itself on this Easter morning. (around 6:15-6:20) After getting ready and after driving some distance it became evident to me that I had not noticed my paddle in my truck in it's usual resting place behind my seat in the cab. I stop and look 5 times. No paddle. I then sit there in the road & in the early morning darkness mentally retracing the last memories I spent with my beloved paddle. It was last Sunday morning. At the same location I was heading to this morning. I caught 2 bass. One almost 6lbs. Then, upon banking my yak to leave I placed my paddle on the shore only to never lay another finger on it for as long as I live. I neglected to break it down into 2 pcs or to even pick it up after dragging my yak to the truck. So, I continue to drive to the lake only to have my newest fear confirmed. It's nowhere to be found after spending almost an exact week where I left it. Why wouldn't someone lay it in a nearby location so it's true owner could reestablish his ownership upon returning to search for it?

I returned home and am now in need of a new paddle. What's your recommendations? It'll be used often and sometimes roughly. I need something that'll last me as long as possible. (Or until I forget to load it into my truck again) My last paddle was one of those cheap Harmony ones. (Which served me quite well and took me to lots of fish) All input is appreciated. Below is a pic including my lost paddle and the first fish I caught using that yak and paddle. You'll be missed.

 

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those bending branches paddles are really nice so x2 on that. You're welcome to borrow one if you need one to hold you over until you buy a new one. I have a cheap spare you're welcome to borrow if you are near the cary area.
 

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Ok, so I needed a paddle like asap so I could fish today so that really narrowed my choices down. Basically Gander Mtn was the only outdoor store within my reach that was open on Easter Sunday. Upon arriving I noticed that they only had a really cool looking Carlisle paddle that I almost bought and some other standard metal ones much like the one I lost. I then found a Bending Branches paddle that I purchased mainly because the color matched my yellow kayak and because it was the lightest of the choices I had available to me. I took it fishing shortly after and overall I like it. There's some getting used to because I think it's a tad bit shorter but no big deal. Thanks for the input guys and my search would've almost for sure gotten me a different paddle if I would've had more time...but the water was calling.
 
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