Sunday, October 16, 2011
St. Francis River, Wayne County, Missouri October 14th, 2011: Got a little action before the front moved in
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I put the kayak in at the Greenville area (run by Corps of Engineers). This is the point where the St. Francis River starts to turn into Lake Wappapello. I decided to paddle up stream on the St. Francis River side. The weather was interesting. It started at about 80 degrees and sunny. As I set out to paddle, it started to get real windy. By the end of the trip, it was cloudy, cool, and I ended up putting on the sweater I had packed earlier. I am really glad I brought it. The high cirrus clouds looked like they were moving about 80 mph. It was a cold front moving in for sure.
I really thought there would be a shot at some smallmouths, but they were quite. I did catch a fairly nice sized Largemouth Bass on my standard- texas rigged Zoom trick worm. I only caught one, but the fight was excellent with this guy.
It is interesting the difference in the experience kayaking in regards to comparing a SOT fishing kayak vs. a sea kayak. I really enjoy fishing off of both, and can see now why both are excellent. Soon I will probably be moving back to the sea kayak with the temperatures getting cold. My intent is to kayak all year, including the winter time. I know that I can navigate the SOT with a pair of waders and a rain jacket, but my hopes are to get a Kokatak wet suit this year. The cold weather should not stop us from getting up on the water.
Saturday, October 15, 2011
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Lake Atkins is located in central Arkansas between Little Rock and Ft. Smith. I brought my SOT fishing kayak, "The Bossy Flossy" along for the trip. I was able to get a couple of hours of fishing in before the sun started to go down (I figured the fishing would turn on towards sunset). I paddled across the lake and drifted along shore. This lake is chock-full of trees, stumps and structure. I had read that it was drained in 2002 and restocked with Florida-strain Largemouth bass.
It is a nice sized lake, and looks like one that does not receive as much pressure due to the stumps and the location.
I was throwing a lot of stuff out trying to get something to hit. I have not had a lot of success the last couple of trips, so I was really hoping to catch something (It is funny how if you do not catch a bass after about the 3rd trip you start to wonder if you can remember how to fish!!).
I put out some white spinners, mini spinners with minnow, stand up jig with hula grubs, texas rigged dark worms. What I had success on was what my go to has been for 2011- watermelon zoom trick worm texas rigged on spinning rod. And sure enough, caught it in some trees, right about sunset.