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pond fishing in 40 degree weather??

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#1 GotOne42



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Posted April 08 2007 - 11:32 AM

ok i go to a pond near my house and there are a lot of nive bass in there.  its right now 40 degrees and the water in pretty clear.  i usually use a green tube or a dark brown worm but they aren't biting it anymore. i have 8 lbs. test.  what should i do?????

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#2 Panamoka_Bassin


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Posted April 08 2007 - 11:57 AM

Wait for warmer weather... :)

Seriously, the best luck I've had in the cold ponds is a weightless junebug senko moved EXTREMELY SLOWLY.  Typically, a 30' cast takes about 5 minutes to retrieve.
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Posted April 08 2007 - 12:48 PM

try a 3 in senko. they are very small. use light line  ;)  
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Posted April 08 2007 - 01:25 PM

Na I disagree. In small ponds such as the one you're describing, the water warms a lot easier and faster then in a large lake. On sunny days, whether warm or cold, you'd be suprised in the increase in water temperature. I fish a local pond quite a bit, its about 50 feet across, and 70 feet wide. Especially if the water is clear, on sunny days the water will be pretty warm compared air temperature.

You just have to experiment a little. Try a spinnerbait, or crankbait. Some days they just have locked jaw. Others they kill whatever touches the water. Pond fishing is the best.

Try this. Leave your tacklebag in your car or somewhere on the bank. Tie on a white spinnerbait, and take a walk around the pond. Stop at every spot that looks good, and fish for 10 minutes or so. If you don't catch anything, move on. When you get back around to your tacklebag, if you haven't caught anything, tie on a shiny lipless crankbait. Take a walk. Do this when you until you find something that gets 'em.
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Posted April 08 2007 - 02:06 PM

thanks aaron. il try that and if it works il gives all props to u

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Posted April 08 2007 - 04:07 PM

the advice youve gotten is good. smaller bodies are affected by weather at a compounded rate. near my house have a small 1 acre or so pond. it has a couple 3-4 pound females but mostly dinks and bigger crappie. ill use smaller search baits on my ultra light and have fun catching 1 pound bass and crappie all day. let it get rainy or cool off for one day though and it throws them of for a few days.

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Posted April 08 2007 - 04:16 PM

lipless them very slow though or else you'll be going home pretty ticked...just did this tuesday and caught 4 so give it a try

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Posted April 08 2007 - 04:17 PM

On cold ponds, I have had pretty good action on small marabu jigs suspended under a float. (Or "float and fly" I think some call it.) Seems to work best fished slow.

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Posted April 08 2007 - 08:34 PM

A Rapala DT-4 in the color of forage fish (Bluegill in Michigan's case) works extremely well for me. On a warm (40-50 F) cloudy day. I fish it fast. Pond bass don't really seem to follow a typical trend at all. Which is cool. My prime time is around noon. I go about 8 Bass/hour in those conditions. My pond is about half an acre, 8 feet deep. The crank runs right on the bottom for about half the retrieve, and its about the farthest from weedless I've ever seen. But if it ain't broke, don't fix it.
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#10 Syfer420


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Posted April 08 2007 - 09:00 PM

I have the ultimate tip, i promise it will work. I lived in NJ and fished a small pond in 30-50 degree weather and i hated how slow the fishing was, so i got on a plane and moved to Florida ::) Now for my serious answer SLOOOOWWW DOWNN!!! anything your using just slow down with it. I used worms for example, and dead stick it for up to a minute or more. I also used smaller weights (to make the falling action much longer) and twitching it just barely after letting it hit the bottom completely than dead stick than twitch and repeat the whole thing again. Good luck friend

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Posted April 08 2007 - 09:33 PM

this was the case for me today...smaller cranks and small spinnerbaits seemed to be the key...though i have never caught anything outta there on plastics or jigs (trust me, i've tried) the inline spinnerbaits also work...the mepps algia with the squirrel tail and gold or silver spinner have always worked. good luck!

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Posted April 09 2007 - 09:50 AM

Fishing extremely slow would be a great way to start.  One peice of advice along with Strike King's is just take a few peices of tackle with u.  One is the best but 2 or 3 will be fine, keep the rest in your car!  Just be patient and try different retreives (speed, presentation) and see if anything bites.  If it doesnt work and you've covered the pond then switch to a different lure.  Repeat this until you get a good idea of what the fish like.  It was freezing this weekend at night and around 40-50 during the day when i fished we had luck on beetle spins and yesterday i had luck on a weightless white fluke.  Fishing from shore 2
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