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.