I Now Understand..
Posted July 22 2012 - 07:52 PM
I drove some 60 odd miles (round-trip) today to check out a pond that is home to an alleged DD. Now, this is not a private pond. This is a public lake managed by the VA DGIF. But I understand it gets very little serious fishing pressure.
I started with a 1/2 oz backwater (Dominic's) brush jig with a rage lobster trailer. I was trying to catch a big fish after all. You'd think that the jig + lobster would be a big fish bait. WRONG! Turned out to be a dink magnet.
I caught 12 keepers and half a dozen 10 inchers on that jig in 2 hours. I couldn't keep the jig away from the little ones long enough to let the bigger ones find it. Two of the dozen keepers were 3+ btw, and fat. My guess is that these fish have never seen anything other than nightcrawlers, beetlespins, and inline spinners.
In addition, fishing the pond, and keying in on the area where the bigger ones might be expected to live was sooo easy. I had a topo map of the surrounding area, and before I left home, I intended to fish only a tiny part of the pond thoroughly. Sure enough, both the 3+ fish came from that one place (point on a creek channel).
Well, the dinks won't leave my jig alone; so I switched to a hudd 68. Caught a little 1.5-ish fish on it, but I had so many bumps on the hudd, it wasn't even funny.
Big fish don't eat all the time, so I'm not surprised I didn't catch my DD; but really, even if I stuck one today, I won't know if I would have been able to brag about it.
Pond fishing is a lot of fun for sure, but not challenging enough for me IMO. I don't know how the situation would be in real private ponds, but I can guess!
Posted July 22 2012 - 10:46 PM
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Posted July 24 2012 - 06:24 AM
I have also found that when it comes to friends, a good friend will come and bail you out of jail, but best friends will be right there beside you saying d**n that was fun !!!
Posted July 24 2012 - 06:57 AM
FL PR- 8lbs 2 ounces
VA PR- 3lbs 12 ounces (Wow is that Bad)
Posted July 24 2012 - 11:27 PM
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Posted July 29 2012 - 02:32 PM
Pond fishing has it's moments, There is nothing like going to a pond that no one fishes or is fished very little and catch a mess of fish, but my hat is off to the guy's and gals that are limited to fishing high pressure ponds and small lakes, they know what works and what does not work and can throw a butt whoopin on ya, I have been fotunate enough to be able to take a couple of these people on a big lake fishing trip for their first time, and let me tell ya, what they have learned from the small lakes and ponds can be applied to a tough day on the lake, they can and will throw a butt whoopin on ya too if your not on your "A" game.
Amen, MUCH respect right here. Very well said.
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