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Tuesday, 04 December 2012 11:38

December in Kentucky

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"If you don't like the weather in Kentucky, stick around a day or two." I can't count how many times I have heard the "old timers" say this when I was a kid. This saying seems to hold true every November and December around here. One day we will have highs in the 30s the next it will be 65 and sunny. The trick is you never know how many of those nice 65 degree days you will get.

This Sunday we got one of those days, only with winds at about 20 mph. Troy Constant and I decided the wind wasn't going to keep us off the water. That was a decision I'm sure both of us are very happy we made.

Troy and I met at Metcalfe County Lake, near Edmonton Ky, at 10:00 Sunday morning. After three hours of battling the wind and throwing just about everything we had, to no avail, we decided to head to the ramp. We were at one end of the lake and the ramp was in the middle. We were going to let the wind blow us down the bank to the ramp.

About halfway down the bank, where a short point stuck out into the lake, Troy chucked a Red Eye Shad lipless crankbait. Then came the words every angler loves to hear, "I got one" he shouted. After a good fight, Troy boated the first fish of the day, a 12 inch keeper.

We dropped anchor out from the point to where we were quartering the point on each side. I tied on a blue and chrome Bandit 300 crankbait. On the fourth cast to the point, as soon as I pulled the Bandit lure under, it felt like it got hit by a freight train. I knew it was a good fish when I set the hook.

It seemed like an eternity went by before i finally lipped the fish and brought it aboard. It measured out at 19", but as I was trying to snap a picture with my phone, it started flopping. At a split second, I was faced with a decision, let the fish go or drop my phone in the drink. As much as I would have loved to have that pic, cooler heads prevailed and I watched the fish swim off.

Like a true fishing buddy, Troy was about to fall out of his kayak laughing at the fiasco. While I was sitting there, disgusted about not getting a pic, Troy hooked up and netted a nice 17 1/2" fish. Being very careful this time we managed to get a couple good pics.

Thirty minutes went by when we pulled anchors and started floating towards the ramp. We had both tied on spinnerbaits, mine a War Eagle sexy purple shad and Troy's a chartreuse $1 Wal-Mart special.

Tossing the spinnerbait next to a long tree in the water, Troy boated a 16" bass. Karma, being the you know what she is, the fish jumped off the board before he could get a pic.

I threw my spinnerbait next to a big beaver hut and felt a tap, a pause, and another tap. I set the hook only to watch the spinnerbait fly through the air to the other side of the kayak. Throwing it right back to the same spot, I felt another tap and let the lure sink. Only after feeling wight, I set the hook on what would be the biggest fish of the day. When the sleigh ride was over I had netted a nice 20" bass.

At the ramp, Troy and I agreed that Metcalfe County Lake was a lot better than we expected. Not knowing how many days between now and spring we will get to fish, we are definitely looking forward to our next trip to this little gem in Central Kentucky.

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Chip Gardner

I am a avid fisherman and devoted husband and father. I grew up fishing in Kentucky mainly farm ponds and small creeks, and the occasional trip with my uncle who was a tournament angler. After a five year hiatus in the Air Force I moved back to Kentucky, got married and renewed my love of fishing. Living close to Green River my wife and I borrowed a buddy's canoe and went for a float. We were instantly hooked. We soon bought our own canoe and since have switched to kayaks.




# reelsemin 2012-12-04 13:07
man you dont know how bad i wish i would have gone with you two. Next time i tell troy no i hope he punches me in the gut.

Any way it sounds like you all had a good time and i cant wait to fish with you soon!
# troybanshee01 2012-12-04 15:57
We had a great time!! Best fish I caught all year. Chip, you write pretty good for an ol' redneck LOL. Just kidding good job.
# Eric Hardin 2012-12-11 19:29
Enjoyed the article...I'm not far from you and spend about half the year scooting around in one of my kayaks...lately it's been paddling the kids in the Big Tuna. I'm surprised we haven't crossed paths.

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