Our Lake Monroe tournament
by: Michael Guiles , Florida5/16/2012
This month our club tournament was on Lake Monroe, part of the St Johns River complex. The day started out windy so going out into the lake was a bit bumpy. It only got worse as the day went on with the waves reaching white cap stage. In the beginning about half the teams went out into the lake while the other half decided to to north in the river. Those heading north were trying to keep dry and not get bounced around. The fishing was good for most of the teams getting their five fish limit. But unlike our last tournament on Lake Istokpoga the sizes were a bit smaller. The winners weight was nineteen but fell some to second place which was still a respectable fifteen plus pounds. For the twenty one teams there were ninety three fish caught. The big fish was a nice seven point three pound bass caught by John Rethwill. Nice job John, the picture is below. When fishing the St Johns River system make sure to keep your speeds within the legal limits at twenty five miles per hour. The sheriff had many boats in the river giving out speeding tickets as well as checking everyone for safety equipment. This all needs to be done but these big bass boats sure don't like going only half speed, they want to get up and run. I guess the manatees are in charge here.