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I'm a bank fisherman and I usually catch about 2-4 fish and I fish from 6:30 to 9:00 most of the time is there any way I can up my game? Also incase you were wondering I am a pond fisherman

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I am happy with it and thank you but I'm just looking for a way to add a few more fish and be a better angler 

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6 hours ago, Brewter Beans said:

I am happy with it and thank you but I'm just looking for a way to add a few more fish and be a better angler 

Do you fish ponds or lakes?

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I bank fish as well, I'd chalk that up as a win ending the day with 2-4 fish for a few hours spent. 

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1 hour ago, trick worms said:

Do you fish ponds or lakes?

Ponds

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Towards sunset I always watch for any action from bait fish. Many times I'll see the bass start chasing shad. I'll usually start throwing a super fluke and manage to catch a few just before sunset. Obviously your pond may not be the same but my point is just keep an eye out for any unusual activity that you can take advantage of. Btw, I'm primarily a bank fisherman as well. Good luck.

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Sounds about right. I average about 1 to 2 per hour on most days at my favorite little pond.

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Try using smaller stuff like new rigs, drop shot, shaky heads, small cranks, topwaters, spinnerbaits, and buzzbaits work too. And try to match the hatch with colors. Most ponds around here only contain pan fish like bluegill and crappie, crawfish, and frogs for forage, so I always try to use something with those type patterns.

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If you're catching from the bank each time you are doing something right.

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2-4 bass in 2.5 hours of fishing this time of the year from shore is solid.  A bass every 30 minutes in the middle of summer would be an amazing day, a bass every 1-1.5 hours is more common.

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smaller baits work great in ponds. A small swimbait is one of my favorite lures. But don't be afraid to throw bigger baits as well.

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I've been seeing a lot of people mentioning dead sticking. I had a decent size bass grab at a yum craw that I had resting on bottom the other day. Sadly I was fishing impatiently and distracted so I missed all but one out of 20 good bites that I had in 3 hours.

 

That's my newest lesson learned (again). If you can't concentrate on the fishing, you may as well be home. Thats when I get most frustrated. Getting bit all day but my mind is somewhere else so I miss some good strikes.

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On 7/13/2016 at 2:05 PM, Brewter Beans said:

I'm a bank fisherman and I usually catch about 2-4 fish and I fish from 6:30 to 9:00 most of the time is there any way I can up my game? Also incase you were wondering I am a pond fisherman

Fishing from the shore is significantly more difficult than fishing from a boat, so 2-4 fish in less than 3 hours time is good.There are bass fishermen on boats that cannot keep up with that rate, so whatever your doing keep doing it!

With that said,your catch rate per hour will increase as your bass fishing experience increases.There is nothing that can replace time spent on the water.Some lures that may help you catch more numbers of bass per hour are the following; senkos, flukes, speed worms, jerkbaits, and topwaters.

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sounds to me like your doing something right buddy. dont wear yourself out throwing the same bait all day. I throw a shakey head with a green pumpkin trick worm. i throw a drop shot with a aarons magic robo and a square bill crank bait. occasionally if i am throwing in deep water ill throw a swim bait.  cover all colums of water

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I try to hit points on both sides if I can access them. I also always work the weed lines and lay downs. If there are places on the pond that are nearly inaccessible, try really hard to get to them. I've found that the bigger bass will stay on the sides of the ponds that have less pressure. If you're crawling through brush you're doing it right:lol:

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Try looking on Google maps for ponds to fish. Try them all until you find a nice honey hole. 

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I was up to 9 to 10 bass plus a pickerel or two in a few hours on average from shore. In the light warm rain my PB has been 19 bass. But the moon phases matter. Topwater, inline spinners, spinnerbaits, crankbaits, plastics, are a good start. A inline spinner like joesfly 1/4oz bass size in firetiger apache to start off with.

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Be on the water at first light, not sunrise (6:30)! 

I want just enough light to see snakes in the grass!

If the bass are on a morning bite you could be missing a good 45+ minutes.

During this 45 minute time frame I'm throwing spinnerbaits, buzzbaits, chatterbaits, or crankbaits. 

I'll have 2 rods, one with one of the afore mentioned lures & a Texas rigged plastic of some sort, either weighted or unweighed.

Pay close attention to the area around where you cast & retrieve because the bass will give themselves away. Watch for movements in the water, vegetation that moves when the wind aint blowing; when I see something I fire that Texas rig in there!

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I was out there fishing 24/7 @ 4am till 9am. Being very stealthy. Being quiet in the dark is the key to catch the bass feeding at the shoreline. I cast past the area I target. If I'm fishing near the edge of the Lilly pads and there is action in the pads I cast parallel to them about 10' away from the edge and past the area I target. I walk the dog (spook) right by that area. The rattle spook will draw them right out. I don't cast into the pads so I don't spook the bass.

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