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 Post subject: Neighborhood Ponds
PostPosted: Thu Jun 18, 2015 10:02 pm 
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It's been a long time since I've posted a report, and a first for Freshwater. I haven’t done much fishing the past couple years, work and kids and all. We moved recently and now we have a few small ponds close by. Before that, you could count the number of times I had been bass fishing on one hand. There's some learning to do.

The first night we moved in, I took the kids to the nearest pond and they each caught nice little bass within minutes. They were stoked. This should be easy I thought. Right?


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Wrong.

Winter through spring it was the occasional small bass with a bluegill here and there. We tried different worms, different rigs, frogs, Spooks, jigs and crank baits. As spring turned to summer the action really slowed down. I would go days, a couple weeks at one point, without so much as a bite.

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I started theorizing that the easiest places to fish are just that, so everybody fishes there and the fish are wise.

My first decent bass came after I bushwacked my way around the side of the pond. This guy (gal?) hammered my Spook Jr.

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A few more weeks rolled by. My son caught bass here and there, but I was having no luck. So this week I finally got off my ass and redneck rigged my bike to haul the canoe to some of the more remote ponds.

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Last night was the first bike/canoe trip and we did well. Not huge fish, but multiple bites and we landed three. For as hot as it's been I was surprised to find this much action. I was feeling pretty smart with my remote pond theory.

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So tonight I walked to the pond at the end of the road, the one where the neighborhood kids roll up in trucks and four-wheelers to fish everyday. Never caught a thing there myself, but I thought I’d throw a worm for a few minutes anyway. Right away I was getting hits just like last night. Lost one fish from pulling too soon. A couple more hits. Then I got this sucker on the slow take. Pulled like hell for a bass. Note the light color.


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There goes my theory.

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 Post subject: Re: Neighborhood Ponds
PostPosted: Mon Jun 22, 2015 9:51 pm 
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Great Report............. reminds me to get out to the Cape Coral lakes and ponds in the morning and evening. I love it when they take top water plugs.

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PostPosted: Tue Jun 23, 2015 9:37 am 
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Nice, I used to fish fresh water all the time before getting into paddling.. neighorhood ponds are great around here especially older ones.. say 20 years ago almost all the ponds are somehow connected to the tri-county area drainage canal systems and could hold anything form minnows and tad-poles to beast tarpon and snook. Recently, 20 years and younger, most develoment requires builders to put in a self contained retention pond to hold runoff some suck, but some have been stocked...

Here if you can get in its always worth a few cast.

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PostPosted: Tue Jun 23, 2015 10:18 am 
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Nice work pops! :cool:

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PostPosted: Tue Jun 23, 2015 11:33 am 
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nice pictures......

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Nice Post Jay.....Man I cant get over how big your son has gotten.....I remember just yesterday you pulling up to my house with a tiny young baby in your arms.......Good Job being a Dad.......BTW... I loved walking the local ponds but last year every one was posted I mean single one.....

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Looks like fun. Well done.

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