Weekends with Whitney: Kayak Fishing
BATON ROUGE - Kayak fishing is a growing sport in south Louisiana. Some credit it's growing possibility to four LSU graduates who launched a new company and their dreams at the same time.
"I got my first kayak when I was a sophomore," Corey Coghlan explains. "That's when I got started and drove down to Grand Isle...and going fishing."
Soon Corey was taking Sigma Chi Fraternity Brothers Andrew Chidlow and Gaines Garrett along with him. Kayak fishing was perfect for college kids on a budget.
"Once you catch a fish in a kayak, you don't want to do it any other way," Gaines opines.
The only problem: the kayaks were confining.
"At the time, you could not stand up in a kayak and trust it to stay underneath your feet," Gaines told News 2's Whitney Vann. "There was a good chance if you attempted to that, you would end up in the water and so (would) all your gear."
They wanted a kayak you could fish the marshes in sitting down or standing up. That's why they started their own company, Kajun Custom Kayaks. They manufacture their KC 12 fishing kayak off Airline Hwy. In Baton Rouge. The 12-foot boat quickly revolutionized the kayak fishing industry. It gives anglers a whole new experience.
Last year they sold 300 kayaks. This year, they hope to sell a thousand.
For more on this story and many others, watch Weekends with Whitney Sunday morning at 6:30 a.m. on WBRZ News 2.