Friday, June 13, 2014

Kayaking the Duck.

Not long ago, I took a short kayaking trip on the Duck River, which is located in Middle Tennessee. This river flows into the Tennessee River and is a good river for fishing.
All rigged and ready to go. Smooth Kayaking! The recent rains have the river up a bit and the water is slightly dingy, but we started catching a few small fish.
The fishing is cut short because I saw an interesting rock. I docked to investigate and hike over to the rock.
Check this fossil rock out. The round image is as large as a dinner plate. It appears to be 10" to 12" in diameter and is in sediment rock. I don't think I've ever seen any other fossil like this? 

This area was covered by a swallow ocean milllons of years ago. This petrified cirlce was probably a sea creature. It looks like a cross-section of a piece of coral. If this is correct, it would have been gaint coral and as large as trees. So, this is the rock that I saw.
Here is the rock I caught. Actually it is a Rock Bass also called a Redeye. A bit on the small side but very fun to catch. We caught 14-15 of these ranging in size under a pound.
It's no wonder they call these Redeye. They normally run under a pound, but can get a little larger.
I saw a lot of snakes on this trip, mostly Northern Water Snakes. I could not positively identify this beauty. In the last few years, this river has become loaded with Northern Water Snakes and I'm not sure why?
All good things must come to an end and so did this trip. Hey, Life is short, get away from the big screen and get on a big stream! Need a great gift for the lake lover? Check-out my decor maps of your favorite lake, river or bay.

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