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The pirogue's ability to maneuver in shallow, narrow waterways
while carrying a considerable load makes it the perfect cram for waterfowlers hunting marshes and swamps for small-water anglers.
"IT LOOKS AS UNUSUAL AS ITS NAME - This pointy-ended, flat-bottomed, low-gunwale is a cousin of the
canoe. But for hunters and fishermen in the South, the strange craft called a pirogue can be the magic carpet that transports
them to prime hunting and fishing sites.
ability to negotiate shallow, narrow waterways, coupled with the boat's light weight, load-carrying capacity, and ease
of handling, makes it perfect for many outdoor situations an increasing numbers of outdoorsmen--waterfowlers and pond anglers
in particular--are discovering just how useful these muscle-powered boats, used for centuries in the backwaters of southern
Louisiana, can be.
Pirogue is a mutation of pirogua, the Carib
Indian word for a dugout canoe. Today's pirogues trace their own origins back to those ancient dugouts fashioned from
individual tree trunks. The pirogue--pronounced "PEE row" or "PIER ogg"--developed in the swamps and marshes
of southern Louisiana, where resident Creoles and Cajuns improved on the Indian's dugout, first using lumber, then fiberglass.
A few Louisiana craftsmen continue to build wooden pirogues..
The pirogue's flat bottom means it draws little water, while the asymmetric shape, concave bottom design, and
rocker fore and aft accentuate that characteristic by building a "bubble" of water beneath the moving boat. There's
an old Cajun saying that goes, "A pirogue can float on a heavy dew," and that's not far from the truth Propelled
by a paddle or pushpole, a prorogue can sip over water too shallow for a traditional canoe And because the boat has no keel,
it can slide over logs and other obstacles that would cause a keeled, round-bottomed canoe to roll. Pirogues are amazingly
stable for their size.
The pirogue's ability to traverse
shallow water and narrow passages has made it a standard piece of equipment for Louisiana waterfowlers. Even when the boat
is stuffed with decoys, guns, and other equipment, a pirogue can be paddled or poled to prime ponds isolated by expanses of
marsh or swamp, inches-deep water, and narrow channels that would stymie other watercraft.
Though waterfowlers always have been the largest market for pirogues, increasing numbers of anglers are discovering
the boat's usefulness on ponds, sloughs, bayous, and other protected waters.
A pirogue's light weight (a 14-foot one-man model weighs as little as 30 pounds and a two-man model only 15 pounds
more) means they're a snap to handle and can easily be dragged to water not accessible by vehicle. Purchase a little
pull cart, (PULL CART)load your gear in the boat and take a hike to that little hidden lake. That gives anglers a shot at using a boat to
fish places otherwise off-limits, because of restricted bank access.
Those anglers discovering the advantages of the pirogue are simply the latest converts to this time tested craft.