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I am about to move to a neighborhood that has a small pond. My main purpose of this post is to get suggestions on NEW baits to try. My go-to bait, is pretty much always a 4" finesse worm, or 5" worm. Because, I will live right down the street from the pond, I will be able to go there often so I will have plenty of time to experiment with lures I haven't used much before.

Description of the Pond (Its pretty unique): The pond is probably 100 yards by 75 yards. The bottom is sand. The water is clear/stained. There is very little vegetation in the pond. Also, the banks of the pond decline very slowly. You have to cast at least 10 feet off the bank to get into about 2 feet of water. The deepest depth is probably 10 feet at most. I have only caught a couple bass in here but ive only fished it twice.

Any ideas on what lures to use, besides soft plastics? Please include color, and how to fish the lure.

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Rattle traps, spinnerbaits, buzzbaits, and senkos are some of my favorite pond baits. The first three you can just use a straight retrieve. I like bluegill or shad color traps, white and chartruese spinnerbaits, and black buzzbaits. The senkos you can fish wacky, t-rigged weightless or with a weight. Black and blue or green pumpkin should be all the colors you need for pond fish.

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Very similar to my community ponds, except my ponds are larger. I approach it 2 ways, do I want to catch fish or do I want to have fun. If I want to catch fish, dragging a worm is about as good as it gets. For fun, which I do 90% of the time, I'd be using shallow diving lures, like a baby imus holding my rod tip a little high when you get close to shallower water, I've been liking a rapala flat rap lately, in line spinners, spinnerbaits, and a top water popper is always my #1 choice. You ought to get something with those choices.

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Crankbaits: Red Eye Shad, Norman Fat Boy, Bandit 100 or 200, KVD 1.5, 2.5 and 3.5.

Small swimbaits: Hollow Belly, Shadalicious and Keitech Swing Impact Fat

Soft Plastics: Rage Tail Shad, Space Monkey, Smokin' Rooster, Space Monkey and Menace.

GYCB Senko and Fat Ika.

Blade: Sworming Hornet/ LFT Live Magic Shad

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Thanks Guys,

I've hear for Rattle Traps, that you need a high gear reel, which I dont have. I think the highest I have is a 4:1. Would that still work? Also, I've always been interested in fishing spinner baits. A steady retrieve along the bank will catch them?

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bluegill colored swim jig with a green pumpkin rage tail menace. Cant fish it wrong. 4 inch strike king shadalicious in blue shad color. Cast it out, let it sink to desired depth and a slow steady retrieve. A Sammy, this thing casts like a rocket and will let you cover a lot of water, just walk the dog.

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I would definitely add 1/2 oz football jigs with a doubletail grub trailer to the mix since it's not very weedy. Make a long cast let it settle for at least 20 seconds. Try to rock the jig without moving moving it, then drag it a couple of feet then stop. Repeat until you bring it in to make another cast. There are times when you can slow crawl by continously turning the lure handle, try short hops or even swim it. Vary the presentation until you get bit, the great thing about fishing jigs is that they tend to catch a larger grade of fish. Good luck.

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Thanks Guys,

I've hear for Rattle Traps, that you need a high gear reel, which I dont have. I think the highest I have is a 4:1. Would that still work? Also, I've always been interested in fishing spinner baits. A steady retrieve along the bank will catch them?

You don't have to have a high speed reel but I'd suggest at least a 5.2, I use either a 6.2 or 6.4 for mine.

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Considering your description of the pond, I'd go with a jerkbait or topwater, using very long cast in a fan patter. Also, any irregularities are key in ponds... And I mean ANY. Especially in small ponds or ponds without a lot of cove, something as small as a fist sized rock, or as seemingly insignificant as a tiny trickle entering the pond is a hot spot. As for specific lures, check out the Lucky Craft Sammy, Rebel Pop-R, and possibly a Lucky Craft Wake Tail or Brian's Prop Bee in the topwater department, and the Lucky Craft Pointer and Megabass Ito Vision 110.

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Convenient ponds like that are a great way to learn new things. Its not like you've pulled out all the stops to go on a legit all day fishing trip, so you can experiment. Alot of good techniques have been offered to you. Try alot of new things anutd dont be afraid to rig something outside of the box.

Other than whats already suggested I'll add.

Chatterbait. I dont know why, but these things are absolute crack for bass in some ponds. Not all (that I fish anyways). Use some type of twin tail trailer.

Casting spoon. Bass Pro XPS lazer blade. At 5/8oz and 2 1/2" you can LAUNCH these baits. Most underated bait I know of. Cotton Cordell makes something called the "*** blade" but Ive never tried it.

Hair Jig. Spro makes a good one.

Luck E Strike RC stick...I know,I know, its a direct knock off of the Vision 110 before anybody gripes. But these things catch fish like crazy.

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Rapala floating minnows, and poppers. Topwaters are fun to fish. Fish them with twitches of the rod, for a start.

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You said the pond is only 10' deep.I would try a tiny torpedo in frog color and a senko.Fish the torpedo

with slight twitches of your rod tip followed by a lengthy pause.If that doesn't work speed up your retrieve.I have had good luck with these two baits in ponds.

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