9/16/08 Madison Chain
By Paul Strege
Tuesday Evening Conditions: Winds SSW 10-15 mph, Mostly Sunny, 65 deg
I headed out this evening for a couple hours to chase some bass on Lake
Mendota. Although the windy conditions made running around
less-than-smooth, I was able to find some fish. I tried weedline
drop-offs, rock bank and weed flats. Out of the three, the weed flats
produced the best quality fish.
Both noisy topwater baits and rattling subsurface lures were productive.
I burned a Rat-L-Trap just above the weeds yo-yoing it in and out of
individual pockets within the weed flat. The technique was great for
numbers of fish. The flat also produced a 17” smallmouth which crushed a
big Super Spook worked over 6 feet of water.
I did not fish too many docks this evening, however, the first one that
I stopped at yielded a healthy 18” largemouth. I flipped a Ripe Melon
Gambler Ugly Otter, and the fish was positioned on the outer edge of the
dock between boat lifts in 4 feet of water.
In total, I caught around a dozen fish on the evening.
Rat-L-Trap Rig: Rogue Rods Magnum Bass MB664C, with 15-pound P-Line
Floroclear, ˝-ounce Gold-Black Rat-L-Trap, and 7:1 Shimano Curado DVHS.
Flippin’ Rig: Rogue Rods Flipping Stick (FS 766 XC) with 65 lb Power
3/16 Ounce Gambler Florida Rig Weight. Ripe Melon Gambler Ugly Otter.