YEP I was born and raised in Memphis and have always wanted to duck/goose hunt on sandbars on the MS but I just can't bring myself to do it because I KNOW of the danger of those "here today, gone in 2 minutes" sandbars. I doubt I'll EVER try it, even as much as I enjoy reading Nash Buckingham's exploits on the Big Muddy, I just have seen to many MULTI-ACRE SIZED SANDBARS just instantly let go and disappear in the big river.This fella sent a scary scenario but all of yours are just as dangerous.
My wife and I decided to take a walk out on a sandbar in the Miss. River
at Shelby Forest old river ramp one day. The sandbar went almost out to
the main channel. We had walked out and the down the river a ways when
we decided to head back.We walked straight back to the river bank from
where we were when we heard the sound of water rushing by!I slowly
approached what I heard and out of no where a gushing , fast moving
stream of water was coming out from under the sand going about 20 feet
and disapeared back under the sand. It was a very scary site to see.THERE
IS MOVING WATER UNDER THOSE SANDBARS AND THEY CAN CAVE AT
ANYTIME AND TAKE YOU WITH THEM!!I have not been back out on a
sandbar since. We walked back out away from the flow of water and back
pretty much the way we came before trying to walk up the river bank. That
rushing water was right at the rivers bank, not way out near the edge of
the sandbar!! SANDBARS ARE DANGEROUS FOR SURE!!!
Even with a lifejacket or floatcoat I doubt you would stand much chance of a surviving being swept out in the MS unless you were lucky and back in a chute, runout or slough or something. But if you are in the main channel or river proper, as they say in New York... FUGGITABOUTIT!!!