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So I'm fishing a pond that's about 10 acres. It doesn't have muddy water but it's not clear either. It has very few weeds but it has some dead trees/tree limbs all around it. It has 2-3 mounds of dirt out in the middle you could get to with a boat and has about 10-15 foot holes on each side of the mounds. I've used senkos and have caught a few descent fish. My buddy and his dad fish it often and they use ONLY rooster tails. They catch lots of fish but all smaller than the ones I catch with a senko. Any other suggestions on what I should use? I'm using senko weightless wacky and Texas btw

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If it were me I would spend a decent amount of time there, find little differences in bottom contour, and use a bait(s) that you have a high amount of confidence in in throwing. When I say spend a decent amount of time out there I mean get there a lot and take the time to learn everything about the place. If you do that you'll find out where they live, their habits, and how they position. If you do that you'll catch fish.

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If the water is moderately deep (6-12ft) I would try some crank baits. Ive caught many nice bass on a rapala shad rap, and jointed shad rap. Also bomber model A is almost impossible to beat for the price.. plastics , other than the previously mentioned jigs. You could try a double tail hula grub , weightless or t-rigged . Or the good old ribbon tail worm t rigged . (I like culprit , red shad or tequila ) that will offer a different presentation than the senkos you've been throwing. And they Can be worked many ways 

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Try a T-rigged creature bait all around and in the trees. Also, a frog and a buzzbait wouldn't be a bad idea in the morning/evening.

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It depends on whether you want a lot on fish or want to go after the biggest bass in the pond. If you want a lot use senkos, shaky heads, ned rig, drop shots, and smaller hard baits and jigs, spinnerbaits, and buzzbaits. If you want to catch the biggest one try a large jig and trailer, a 10 inch worm, or large spinnerbait. Or try my favorite, a bluegill imitating swim bait like the Mattlures ultimate and u2 gill, savage gear gill, little creeper sunfish, hudd gill, etc. My personal favorite is the ultimate gill but I've caught fish on all these. Most ponds have bluegills and panfish, crawfish, and frogs as the forage base. Try imitating these and see what you catch. Small baits do catch big fish, and small bass hit large baits,  but most or the time I find I catch much larger bass on average on large baits than small ones. Also I'd much rather catch 1 or 2 big ones (or more if they are biting good), than 20 keeper size 12-15 inch bass

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Fish whatever you have confidence in, works effectively in the conditions and has caught bass there in the past . . . . . .

The difference will be ~ to Fish There AT NIGHT.

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A-Jay

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I agree with the night fishing also. This time of year I always catch more fish at night, plus as an added bonus the lakes will be way less crowded and it won't be as hot. At night in ponds I just take a handful of baits. A black single Colorado spinnerbait, a black cavitron buzzbait, a black jitterbug topwater, black 7" and 10" worms, and a black jig and trailer. I carry a few white lures too but usually catch more on black. I add rattles to the bottom contact stuff and even the spinnerbait. May just be a confidence thing but I catch more fish with rattles at night or in dirty water.

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Try a Keitech swimbait. Either the Swing Impact or the Swing Impact Fat in 2.8" or 3.8" rigged on a weighted swimbait hook should work.

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