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 Although it"s great to catch big fish, I'm just happy to catch fish.

 

Do you consider a 5 pound bass caught in a pond the same as one caught in a big lake or reservoir? 

 

 

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for me i'd be more private pond/lake vs public waters...public waters = yes the same...but that 5er would be less of an achievement/significance if it were in private waters for me...

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A big fish in tournament waters, is a bigger accomplishment to me as compared to non tournament waters... My current PB came out of a small chain of lakes less than 1000 acres which does not host tournaments, but my previous PB of 7.38 lbs came out of tournament waters during prefishing, i actually am more proud of that fish than the 8+ out of the much less pressured system... those big ones are fun to catch no mater what though...

 

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a lake fish can be anywhere, fished for by anyone and seen tons of lures. i still was able to locate and outsmart to catch it.

 

a pond fish is confined and fishing pressure is limited.

 

no real comparison to me.

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I fished farm ponds, watersheds and reservoirs from the time I was 10 till I was about 26. I thought I was a pretty good fisherman. Then I started fishing lakes and I soon realized that I wasn't much of a fisherman at all. Even to this day I am still learning every time I go out. I will fish a pond every once in a while, but I would rather be out on a lake really trying to test my abilities. Catching a big bass from a small pond really isn't a big accomplishment in my book.

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for me i'd be more private pond/lake vs public waters...public waters = yes the same...but that 5er would be less of an achievement/significance if it were in private waters for me...

 

x3. I look at large lakes and reservoirs as nothing more than a bunch of connected ponds. On the other hand, private waters, particularly golf courses and the like, while fun, I don't count towards goals or PBs.

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I agree with the consensus, a 5-pound bass from a low-pressured pond is not the same achievement 

as one from a large high-pressured lake. On the other hand, bass in small ponds are more rapidly conditioned.

 

My wife is a real estate agent, and when we lived in Georgia we got permission to fish several private ponds.

The pondmaster (puddle lord) would generally be landed during our first few outings, and the fishing would be Red Hot.

Almost without exception though, our success rate would taper off rapidly with each successive outing.

This leads me to believe that bass in private ponds are rapidly conditioned to our lures and deliveries.

 

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This thread discussion reminds me of something I read this last year in the book "Largemouth Bass; an In-Fisherman handbook of Strategies", circa 1991.

 

They did a study of two lakes close together that had similarities in as many ways as possible: structure, size, water clarity, depth etc. I want to say they were even originally stocked in the same way around the same time. The big difference was that one ended up being a public access lake that was heavily fished, and the other was on private land and had low fishing pressure. They had a team of fisherman use the same lures and techniques on both lakes in similar conditions, trying to keep as many variables the same as possible. Their goal was to determine the impact angling pressure has on bass.

The results (based on my memory) were the following: They caught an average of 1 bass every 3 hours on the heavily pressured lake, and caught an average of 3 bass per hour on the low pressured lake. The math of course works out to mean that 9 times as many fish were taken on the low pressured lake versus the highly pressured lake during the same period of time.

 

With that said I personally feel giddy like a 5 year old everytime I catch a bass regardless of where it is at, and on the inside I'm telling myself "act like you have been there before", but I just can't help the feeling of excitement! It has been that way for years and years and honestly I hope the feeling never changes because that's what keeps me wanting to get back on the water as soon as I leave.

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If the small place is pressured I'm earning every fish I catch.

This one place wasn't pressured till I took two so called friends there. They told there friends and so on. One caught a big Brown trout and didn't know what kind of fish it was. I hear of a 5# bass being mounted because they think it's big. Now I keep my mouth shut. It tests my skill now to catch fish at this one place.

Think about it fishing a place that's unfinished is fun. It's picking the right color and lure size too. It's no different than a heavy pressured place. The unfinished places the fish are very sensitive to noise. Any noise that's out of the ordinary it's over. Once a deer raises that white danger flag(tail) there gone. It's no different than fishing a very quiet place. It takes a different more stealthy talent. To fish from shore.

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This thread discussion reminds me of something I read this last year in the book "Largemouth Bass; an In-Fisherman handbook of Strategies", circa 1991.

 

They did a study of two lakes close together that had similarities in as many ways as possible: structure, size, water clarity, depth etc. I want to say they were even originally stocked in the same way around the same time. The big difference was that one ended up being a public access lake that was heavily fished, and the other was on private land and had low fishing pressure. They had a team of fisherman use the same lures and techniques on both lakes in similar conditions, trying to keep as many variables the same as possible. Their goal was to determine the impact angling pressure has on bass.

The results (based on my memory) were the following: They caught an average of 1 bass every 3 hours on the heavily pressured lake, and caught an average of 3 bass per hour on the low pressured lake. The math of course works out to mean that 9 times as many fish were taken on the low pressured lake versus the highly pressured lake during the same period of time.

 

With that said I personally feel giddy like a 5 year old everytime I catch a bass regardless of where it is at, and on the inside I'm telling myself "act like you have been there before", but I just can't help the feeling of excitement! It has been that way for years and years and honestly I hope the feeling never changes because that's what keeps me wanting to get back on the water as soon as I leave.

My feelings exactly! Doesn't matter where or when, if I land it...time for a happy dance.

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I consider a 5 lb LMB to be an adult bass wherever it's caught.

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for me i'd be more private pond/lake vs public waters...public waters = yes the same...but that 5er would be less of an achievement/significance if it were in private waters for me...

x4 or 5 or whatever the count is at lol

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So yall mean to tell me, If yall caught a 10 pounder in a farm pond yall wouldn't get all jacked up?? That's just crazy. I've caught big fish in lakes, rivers and farm ponds and with the exception of catching a giant on tournament day, they all get my blood pumping the same way. I have to admit, catching a big fish on tournament day is a little more exciting.

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I consider a 5 lb LMB to be an adult bass wherever it's caught.

Tom

Not when I seen and caught bigger ones there. I don't like killing bass for a mount.

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I agree with some here.  A pond/lake, whatever......Some can go to Okeechobee and catch a ten pounder on their first trip.  A pond with a lot of pressure it would take some serious timing, presentation and luck to get a ten pounder out of there thats being pounded by baits day in and day out.  Even though they aren't ponds, even the bigger lakes in California get so much pressure DD's are probably a lot harder to come by back when they didn't have the pressure.

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A fish is a fish, doesn't matter for crap if its caught in "tournament waters"

I don't care where I catch one, a good fish is a good fish.  I don't care about personal bests, tournaments or even weighing them.  I'm just as happy catching an 18" bass from a pond on light spinning as I am catching a much larger one elsewhere.  We have plenty bass down here, I don't put them on a pedestal outside of just having a little fun.  A bass is just one of many species I fish for, I enjoy catching anything that swims.

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I can go to the pond and throw anything and catch fish.  Can't say the same for lakes. 

I challenge you to catch fish throwing a dirty sock at the end of the line.  Sorry I know stupid, but you said anything!

 

Also, I don't think anyone was stating catching a 5lb+ fish in a private pond/lake was not fun...they are just saying it is more gratifying if it was in a pressured/public body of water. 

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