Snakes in the water in close proximity make for some very unnerving encounters. Especially when you think about how low to the water you are in a kayak. Me and a fishing buddy were fishing Jordan lake in NC. last summer. The water was very low because of a drought a lot of the smaller coves were almost inaccessable. I paddled into the mouth of one small cove which when the water level was normal was probably about 50 ft. wide. Then it was about 6 ft. wide and about 6-12 in. in depth. As I paddled into the mouth of the cove I had my fishing rod laying across my lap and trailing the hook and worm. The rod pulled back and I thought I had snagged a stump but it was a good size bass. By this time my buddy paddled to one side and casted between a stump and the shore which wasn't but maybe 2 ft. I wondered what he was doing I thought his cast went wrong but he pulled a nice sized bluegill out of there. I watched out of the corner of my eye and he casted on the other side of the stump and got snagged on the stump. He was reeling in which pulled the boat close to the stump. He reached around the stump to get unhooked and the next thing I know he is paddling away from the stump as fast as he could. He then told me there was a copperhead in the stump. I wanted to see and sure enough you could see him in there, I thought about poking him with my fishing rod but better thought and good sense told me to leave him be so I listened. We fished on to other parts without trouble thank God for good sense. Watch out fishing around partially submerged structures. Have fun catch fish and be careful.