Monday, August 8, 2011
6.8 mile Kayak Trip on the Meremac and Big Rivers, St. Louis County, Missouri, August 7th, 2011
This was just what the doctor had ordered! It had been a couple of weeks since I have paddled due to pulling a muscle in my back and the crazy schedule...this was excellent! It was super hot, so I took my time in the initial put in. I put in at the Route 66 State park ramp and went upstream. Caught a medium sized largemouth on a Chomper Hula Grub with a stand up jig in some structure and shade. I did not have a lot of fishing success the rest of the day.
It is amazing how much the gravel bar at the Big River confluence point has changed. The heavy current comes a lot further and has some weird undertows.
I took a quick break and did a quick swim....that is the greatest thing about kayaking in the summer time on river. No matter how hot it gets, as long as you can bring some water and can get in it, you really never have to worry about overheating.
Quick note: the real shame of the Big River is how much man made debris is on the bottom of the river (i.e pieces of metal, concrete stuff, etc). You can tell it has been like this for awhile. I would image it got there from attempts by people up river to keep the banks from eroding....at least I would like to think that is why.