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I fish a pretty small neighborhood pond in central florida and can't seem to catch anything over 1 pound but there are a couple fish around 3-4 pounds. Iv'e tried fishing texas rigged soft plastics and crankbaits . Its an open water pond with no surface vegetation, the water clarity is around 2 feet and Im not sure if there are any underwater structures.

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Fishing at dusk and dawn should get you bigger bites. Bigger bass tend to be more active in low light times. Just make sure no gators are around. 

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I've tried fishing at dusk with no luck.

Ive fished square billed crankbaits, spooks, and soft plastics at dusk and dawn

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In Florida when water temps approach 90o the larger bass migrate to Canada. Or at least to deeper water where they wont suffocate. Most residential ponds, especially in Florida, are artificial and shallow and are connected to each other and to a network of canals by a system of conduits that serve to equalize water levels. They also allow migration of species that live in the water. Bass will seek cooler water in the summer, and that water may not be in your pond. It may be in some deeper canal some distance away. I'd bet there is a big pipe or two you can find somewhere along the shore.

Anyway, if you can't find deeper water to fish, you can try throwing a weightless T- or wacky rigged senko, or a weightless zoom fluke, to the deepest part of your pond. If that doesn't work, wait till the weather starts to cool in October or November. That's when the larger bass will return to shallower areas to seek food and begin to prepare to spawn.

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Also add the Ned Rig from ZMan, the heads are called ShroomZ and the bodies are called TRD ( the real deal). They are a true finesse style bait. We used them in Kentucky. on Dale Hollow Lake, right after spawn this April.The big smallies were extremely finicky and they ate these up while ignoring other baits. Another real good bait is a Reaction Innovation Skinny Dipper with a 1/8 or 3/16 belly weighted swimbait hook.  Both of these baits require very little action to be added jut let then seductively fall and shake  or hp, maybe lift again and let fall. This is best done on a 6'6" or 7 foot medium light spinning rod. My guide put us on the Ned Rig deal and I was amazed how many 6 pound smallies I caught that week  on them. We fished them with 1/10 ounce heads even in grass in 10 to 20 feet of water. 

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On 8/8/2016 at 7:32 AM, N Florida Mike said:

Try live shiners?

cheater... lol jk.. throw a senko way out and work it back in

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I use a 2.5 square bill light color, stop and go. At dawn.

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12 inch plastic worm. So slow one cast should takes a minimum of 3 minutes. Fish any faster you might as well go home. Believe me, been fishing Florida for 59 years.

listen to all the advice from out of state guys and newcomers you want. They mean well but this ain't Kansas !

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davecon has very good advice there - I would only add give a frog a chance - same time frame for retrieve

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12 hours ago, davecon said:

12 inch plastic worm. So slow one cast should takes a minimum of 3 minutes. Fish any faster you might as well go home. Believe me, been fishing Florida for 59 years.

listen to all the advice from out of state guys and newcomers you want. They mean well but this ain't Kansas !

^^^ This sentence right here is awesome!! ^^^ LOL!!! 

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12 hours ago, davecon said:

12 inch plastic worm. So slow one cast should takes a minimum of 3 minutes. Fish any faster you might as well go home. Believe me, been fishing Florida for 59 years.

listen to all the advice from out of state guys and newcomers you want. They mean well but this ain't Kansas !

 

4 minutes ago, BassinLou said:

^^^ This sentence right here is awesome!! ^^^ LOL!!! 

He's right you know, there's no bass in Kansas! :D

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I usually have good luck in shallow ponds with a shallow running crankbait that dives 2 to 12 inches.  Try different retrieval speeds until  you get a strike.

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