Lake Monroe 11-4 & 11-5-2008
We (Mr. Sidekick and I) got to Hardin Ridge at 2:00 p.m., set up camp, then headed for the ramp by the same name. We were one of three campers there, which is kind of unusual since the is so beautiful this time of the year and the camping on the federal campground if free.
We launched and headed for the mouth of Hardin Ridge to start. Nothing. Went around the corner. Nothing. Across the lake to the beach area. Nothing. Down to the dam and over to Sugar Creek. Nothing. We headed back to camp as darkness settled over the lake and the moon, nearly a half moon, shined bright on the water. No fish taken. No bites. No nothing, but no shortage of fishermen, either. I hope they did better than we did.
Sidekick and I were up at dawn and launching. We fished until noon and did not find anything, although Side did manage to catch a largemouth that was slightly larger then the Rattletrap lure he was using. At noon we trailered the boat and headed up to the store near the mouth of Hardin Ridge campground for lunch. It's the "We don't have that on this side of the lake" store, if you are familiar with it. Had a great lunch, then launched again.
I was tired no fish at all and tied on a floating Rapala as we entered Chapel Hill Inlet. I was thinking at least I could probably catch a bass and not go home emptyhanded. On my firs cast I caught a fish that turned out to be about a 1.0 lb. wiper taken on a floating Rapala. As I unhooked the fish, I saw a boat being pushed toward us by the wind, a couple out for an afternoon of fishing, and I decided to fire up the big motor and go to the back of the inlet and let my boat drift behind thiers, rather that have to maneuver my way around them using my trolling motor against the wind. I fired up and as I started back, I decided to toss my line out and troll my way to the back. Of course I gnarled the line and had to stop the engine while I tried to get the line straightened out, and while I fooled with it, a 6.5 lb wiper took my lure. I am not sure how I got that thing in the boat without breaking it off, but I did get it in the boat with the couple in the other boat oohing and aahing. By the time we left that cove at dark, I had four fish, all in the 6.0 lb range and Side had one that went about 6.5 lb. Turned out to be a good two days on the lake after all, but it is strange that they should have all been in the one small cove. I did find them stacked in other coves, but they would not bite anything I threw. It was only in Chapel Hill Inlet and they came only on trolled lures.
Keep Your Tip Top Up!