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Very odd new pond
« on: July 20, 2018, 04:05:57 AM »

Just got done moving out of Detroit to a suburb a little further north last week. I used to live 3 blocks off the river, and a 15 minute drive from St. Clair, so scratching the itch before/after work was easy. Located a few ponds now local to me and Iíve been fishing em all week. Decided to try a new one today that I was told was ďjunkĒ. A few others told me thereís giants in there, but itís just a tough pond because itís very pressured.

I love breaking down and figuring out how a new pond fishes, so I was excited for the challenge. But man, was today ever a grind. Heavily stained water, and Thick, thick mats cover about 55% of the pond (itís a decent size pond) and it screams ďFROGS ALL DAYĒ.

Naturally itís what I tossed first. A brown popper to be exact. Got some hits, but they were all short strikes, even with short tails. Switched over to a Texas rig for a while with zero takers with about 5 different types and color plastics.

Moved to the other side, threw on a small frog in black. Made a crappy cast, so reeled it in quick and got a huuuge blow up. Started to realize they wanted me to scream it from the outside of the mat allll the way to my side, and stop it DEAD no more than 3Ē past the edge. Any further and they werenít chasing. Nailed a 6lber doing this.

Bite died down, so I started throwing random baits. But every time I switched a presentation, they wanted it at a completely different speed, and completely different color. White popper, black frog, chartreuse swimbait. None of it made sense to me. They wanted swimbaits slow rolled and Texas rigs burned.

I caught some fish, and thatís great. But I left knowing less about the pond than before I had ever even heard of it  lo.
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Re: Very odd new pond
« Reply #1 on: July 20, 2018, 08:21:22 AM »

You know there are fish in there now, and you know some are good sized fish. You also know what vegetation there is what the water clarity is. You know quite a bit about the pond.

The fact that you couldn't figure out a pattern that made sense is a different issue. See when you go back to that pond tomorrow, the stuff you tried may not work and you'll need to figure out a new pattern. No matter what that piece of the puzzle will always change. So your goal to get to know the pond was a success, especially since you caught fish.
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Re: Very odd new pond
« Reply #2 on: July 20, 2018, 08:37:08 AM »

Thanks for the report and I would love to catch a 6 lb bass the first time I went to a new lake. ~c~ ~c~ Like Rick said and you know what worked today might not work tomorrow and you will havt to figure it all out again. ;D
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Re: Very odd new pond
« Reply #3 on: July 20, 2018, 08:39:23 AM »

heavily pressured fish learn fast.  be thought-agile.
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Re: Very odd new pond
« Reply #4 on: July 20, 2018, 03:27:58 PM »

Thanks for the report and I would love to catch a 6 lb bass the first time I went to a new lake. ~c~ ~c~ Like Rick said and you know what worked today might not work tomorrow and you will havt to figure it all out again. ;D

I wasnít expecting anything over a pound. Iíve caught a couple 5erís out of ponds, but 6 is kind of ridiculous for my part of the world. If I didnít see the weight myself, Iíd have called myself a liar!
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Re: Very odd new pond
« Reply #5 on: July 20, 2018, 03:29:56 PM »

You know there are fish in there now, and you know some are good sized fish. You also know what vegetation there is what the water clarity is. You know quite a bit about the pond.

The fact that you couldn't figure out a pattern that made sense is a different issue. See when you go back to that pond tomorrow, the stuff you tried may not work and you'll need to figure out a new pattern. No matter what that piece of the puzzle will always change. So your goal to get to know the pond was a success, especially since you caught fish.

I guess youíre right. The off the wall patterns just really threw me off. I question if I even really knew what a bass was after I left!
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Re: Very odd new pond
« Reply #6 on: July 24, 2018, 10:12:00 PM »

So I have pretty much picked this pond apart this whole week. Itís still a tough bite, but Iíve learned a few things. The first is that they hold TIGHT to cover. They donít want to be able to be seen, and to be able to ambush prey. The second is that there is no pattern, theyíll bite what they want, when they want, and however they want. I donít get many bites here, but I have gotten some more shockingly large ones for a pond this size.

Iíve learned 3 things, actually. A main forage of the larger fish (and how they probably got that large) is baby duck. I personally watched 2 ducks go down this week, and caught a fish with what looked like feathers sticking out of his throat
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Re: Very odd new pond
« Reply #7 on: July 25, 2018, 08:40:08 AM »

So I have pretty much picked this pond apart this whole week. Itís still a tough bite, but Iíve learned a few things. The first is that they hold TIGHT to cover. They donít want to be able to be seen, and to be able to ambush prey. The second is that there is no pattern, theyíll bite what they want, when they want, and however they want. I donít get many bites here, but I have gotten some more shockingly large ones for a pond this size.

Iíve learned 3 things, actually. A main forage of the larger fish (and how they probably got that large) is baby duck. I personally watched 2 ducks go down this week, and caught a fish with what looked like feathers sticking out of his throat

Sounds like its time to get this duck lure:



It's from savage gear.

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Re: Very odd new pond
« Reply #8 on: July 25, 2018, 01:30:44 PM »

Like Lou said and from what you said it's time to get one of them lures.
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Re: Very odd new pond
« Reply #9 on: July 25, 2018, 10:42:41 PM »

I honestly thought about buying one, field and stream has em on clearance for $10.

Then I bought some more frogs  lo

I did try punching the mats at this pond, today. Ended up pulling out 3 good size fish and 2 dinks from deeeep in the jungle. Seems to be where all the hogs are hidden there.
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Re: Very odd new pond
« Reply #10 on: July 26, 2018, 01:10:29 PM »

I honestly thought about buying one, field and stream has em on clearance for $10.

Then I bought some more frogs  lo

I did try punching the mats at this pond, today. Ended up pulling out 3 good size fish and 2 dinks from deeeep in the jungle. Seems to be where all the hogs are hidden there.
Well there ya go punch the heck out of it then. :) What kind of frogs did you get. ;D
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« Reply #11 on: July 26, 2018, 08:37:22 PM »

Well there ya go punch the heck out of it then. :) What kind of frogs did you get. ;D

Booyahís. For the price, I canít do better. They usually get beat for half a season before I need to either add a little super glue or replace.

I did buy a Teckel with the paddle tail. Not a fan so far. I donít like how itís weighted. It causes the hole where the hooks come out to sit up too high, and fill with water. And I think a weight on it is just not necessary, it lands in the water like a 747
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