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so i found this new killer spot! heard of very big bass being caught from here! finally found access! first time i fished it was from shore last sunday and caught a 5.2.  went out yesterday afternoon first time in a boat here. fishing was a little tougher then i expected! caught 3 bass! 2 dinks and a 4.2. tossed swimbaits alot! 

the structure of this place is amazing!  lot of weeds and trees!  clear water. shallow  but has some depth to it! dont know how deep but id say like 10-20.   lot of weeds! but ton of deep holes in between the weeds! also flooded islands to! like theres reeds up shallow in the middle of the pond and deep water around it!  lot of points and coves! lot of pads to!  lot of holes! youll cruise a flat of weeds then there would be a deep hole.  theres one spot with a flooded reeds on both sides then a deep channel in between! 

what would you guys fish here and how? I CANT WAIT TO GO BACK!!!!  did i just found heaven? been a long time since ive felt this way about a spot

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Seem pretty excited. Happy for ya bud. Usually when I go to a new place I like throwing a hard bait first. Something with some flash that can cover alot of water. Sounds like a real play ground. Good luck. 

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Lipless crankbaits cover water and help you figure out depth especially if off colored,but always throw a Topwater of your choice or Frogs because if topwater is working, why do anything else? In Summer fish are often supsended at the thermocline if you have depth changes that are steep, a quick way to get the depth of where they are holding if they won't come up is to drop a bait in the water and when you lose sight of the bait, that is usually the depth you may want to crank first. Try Silver, Chart, Gold, Red...

I would try working flukes and soft baits in the weeds, try a deep diving crank or c-Rig...Find where the water enters, and then focus on weed edges since that usually means the bottom changes composition and or depth. Areas where 2 different types of weeds connect, or any change in cover, and look at the shore around the pond for slopes etc...

 

Key is also figuring out what the main forage is in the pond. If rocks,then craws and crawfish colors may work, if lots of bluegill,catch a few and try to match that color with any bait you choose. Some times ponds that are full of fish and seem easy are not easy at all. Usually it takes a few trips to figure them out and then it rains, and you go back and get shut out and have to start all over. This time of year, I like early and late with topwater prop baits like a Torpedo, Rapala X rap Prop. Bagleys makes a minnow bait with a prop that is becoming a favorite lure, Bass always seem to be willing to feed upwards, especially when fishing cover, but if not, start picthing a jig or creature and you will catch bigger fish. Find 1 good fish and odds are it was not an accident. You will get them, sounds like you are starting to figure them out. 

Keep it simple, fish the areas you are most confident in fishing with the baits you feel work best for you and you will figure them out. You may need to get inside those weeds by flipping during the day to get the bigger fish.

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This time of year fishing can be tough in the heat. Target the deeper holes with dropshots, jigs, to rigged creatures and worms. Lipless cranks and square bills in the open spots. I usually find fish holding tight to cover or under it on sunny days. Early in the morning and late in the evening they will be more active. Then I'd try top waters like spooks, frogs, and buzzbaits. You might try at night. I catch way more bass in the dark from may-september. At night try single Colorado spinnerbaits, buzzbaits, jigs, and to rigged worms. My best color is usually black or black and blue at night or if the water is muddy. During the day my best pond colors imitate bluegill or crawfish. What swim baits did you try? My absolute favorite pond bait is a bluegill imitation swim bait like the mattlures ultimate and u2 gill, savage gear gill, little creeper panfish swimbait, or hudd gill. Cast it out, reel it slow, and hang on:)

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thanks you all for awesome tips!. 
i fished a slammer ALOT!! one of my favorite baits!   drop shot in the shallow water works very well. beefed up and pitching to cover like wood. ive done very well years past with it.i should do it here.  i heard theres a lot of springs. 
the main forage here is sunnies and shiners and eels! we took out the flash light and were looking for big bass and what ever else we could find! we didnt scout the whole pond like that  just on the way back to the launch.  

i tried pitching and punchin but i used a 1.5 ounce weight! hard to find punching weights around here.
i was really focused on fishing swimbaits cuz i heard and feel that theres giants in here!  but with swimbaits your not always going to get bit!  next time i will focused on flipping and pitching,froggin and fishing deeper as welll!  

i dont know the depth to it! 
 

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It's the middle of summer, dangle the worm. Run a drop shot weedless with an 8" Robo with a 3' leader. 1/8oz if it isn't windy because that weight walks around through the weeds like magic, 1/4oz if it's windy. It won't cooperate nearly as well in the weeds but it needs to get down there. 

Keep your emotions in check. When you hook a fish mark a GPS or get visual landmarks from two different angles so you can remember where you caught fish. Then when you have your spot on spots get excited and catch a lot of fish. Spot on spot is critical in the summer. You usually get an area about the diameter of a kiddie pool to be really successful.

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Mimic the local forage and fish the points, islands, and any other structure areas. Particularly if it has some type of cover on it. 

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15 hours ago, Mosster47 said:

It's the middle of summer, dangle the worm. Run a drop shot weedless with an 8" Robo with a 3' leader. 1/8oz if it isn't windy because that weight walks around through the weeds like magic, 1/4oz if it's windy. It won't cooperate nearly as well in the weeds but it needs to get down there. 

Keep your emotions in check. When you hook a fish mark a GPS or get visual landmarks from two different angles so you can remember where you caught fish. Then when you have your spot on spots get excited and catch a lot of fish. Spot on spot is critical in the summer. You usually get an area about the diameter of a kiddie pool to be really successful.

yea fished many different spots but not the hole pond, buddy who fished it hit the areas he had luck in the past. tough bite but im so excited to get back there. unfourtunatly my car died

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My tip is     Dont Take Anybody to your killer spot .. 

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haha RIGHT!! i dont spot burn! i will take my buddies but thats it! 

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4 minutes ago, swamp hawgs said:

haha RIGHT!! i dont spot burn! i will take my buddies but thats it! 

LOL . Ok  good luck .

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Sounds like this body of water is GOLD. Eels, Shiners. That is plenty. Eels would be my primary focus since that is what Bass will prefer if they are lucky enough to find one they can catch. Eels represent almost everything lures are based after, long, Thin, slimy, and provide a ton of nutrients, easy to swallow, and a 9-12" Eel is something a Big Bass will chase, since Eels rarely leave areas where they can be prey. Eels in ponds/lakes can live in areas where Bass do not want to be from PH, O2, Shallow, Heat etc. Eels are often buried in mud or slime and if a bass spots one, that is a tough bait to catch, but present an injured Eel, or Disoriented one, and Big Bass will respond.

Eels are a favorite for Striped Bass and I used to wonder if Saltwater Stripers on Long Island in 80 feet of water ever see Eels, but that was almost always a sure thing. I have also used Eels in Freshwater with success in NY and here in Florida, and I usually like to drag a Gulp Eel (It works better for me than any Savage gear etc.) but a Sluggo is another good option, and you can punch a Senko or Long Straight Worm on lighter weights which is easier (at least for me, 1.5 oz is not easy to learn) but a 6" Senko, or 5" Gambler Fat Ace will slide through most cover with only 3/8-1/2, maybe a 1/4. Or Fish the Sluggo like a fluke, same with a senko, but you should always drag a soft bait on bottom while fishing a new lake in a rod holder to locate spots while you are concentrating on cover. I usually drop a 10" Power Worm in a rod holder every time I fish, sometimes I will use a Creature or a Fluke, and if you want a bait to float, pick up some cheap walleye slip floats and color them any color you want and then peg them to the worm and it becomes a floater. Or just stick one in a tube and drag that on a C-rig/Mojo Rig, I like a Mono Leader in clear color, something abrasion resistant, in 12-17lb test when dragging bottom, and if weeds, 2-3' leader but you can usually just eyeball a leader that is good enough 14-20" about my standard, 1/2 oz bullet weight, brass and glass for stained water or hard bottoms, but I usually just use a cheap bead and lightest weight I can to keep the bait on bottom, drag not too tight or loose, but make sure it is Secure. 

In that pond. Drag one bait only. A GULP EEL, the big ones, 9" I think they are, they work great especially at night but you can fish them like any other worm. I like the black color but prefer the brown one with silver sides, they sell a pint for about $10 online, and that is money well spent, I have used the savage Eels etc. They are always on clearance here in florida, I like their creative colors, but at the end of the day, Berkley Gulp is the next best thing to live bait if imitating an Eel. 

I like this pond. I hope I find one like this on my next Google earth outing. Good luck. I would be confident that you have Huge Bass in that lake, Shiners and Eels, that can make fishing tough, too much forage can make artificial lures harder, that is when I focus on Soft baits and stealth. Find the springs in summer and you will catch fish, if you are not catching, before changing lures, try a few retreives super fast, sometimes that works in summer. Not sure why, but sometimes burning a bait in mid summer will generate strikes when you are getting shut out.

Good Luck. I love finding new places to fish, figuring out new water is what makes fishing so d**n addicting. I still have not figured it out, but one slam dunk tip is to look up in the trees for any Big Birds that feed on bait, I call them Loons, but if a pond has birds that feed, then you can be certain they will sit on a tree that is over a spot where bait washes up. Turtles also mean wood usually, and when all else fails, break out your 6lb test, put on a tiny split shot, and a tiny bait like a 2" grub.

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Don't tell no one, trust no one. I showed two of my buddies and they took everyone to one of my spots. One caught a 5lb bass and had it mounted. That's a small one I said nothing. 

In the weeds a weighted grub. A 6" black worm split shot rigged during the day. Fish the weed line with Crankbaits.

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On 8/12/2016 at 4:24 PM, scaleface said:

My tip is     Dont Take Anybody to your killer spot .. 

This is one of the best tips you can get when it comes to bass fishing. Small bodies of water (under a couple hundred acres) get overwhelmed easily if people start fishing it hard,so choose wisely who you tell about your new spot. I learned this lesson the hard way with a couple of my favorite locations .Since then I have found much better spots and the only people I talk to about these locations are my loved ones.

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It sounds like almost anything would work at that spot right now.  Fish whatever you feel confident in, and fish any new techniques you'd like to learn.  Seems like it's a great opportunity to draw strikes to new techniques.  Most importantly though as other people have already mentioned...

Tell.  No.  One.

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yea im gona fish some new lures in this spot! i rarely fish buzz baits crankbaits and spinnerbaits! 

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In the summer heat in a place with a lot of shallow cover, I like to go at low light periods and fish topwaters. The best time of the year for topwaters seems to be the most humid mornings and evenings. And places with a lot of weeds and/or logs are the best locations. My favorite topwaters are...drumroll...ALL OF THEM. But try everything you try everywhere else. Every body of water is different.

If your buddies can find the place again, bet they'll be there when you return. :)

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i love fishing slammers! 9 inch topwaters!!! 3 ounce and 8 inch jitter bug style lures. i go big!!! i love the big baits and big bites! they dont always work but when you get that one fish chances are its a good one

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update on this pond! THERES SO MANY AWESOME HOLES!!!!!  so theres random holes in the submerged weeds. we also found that there are islands of bog that have deep water under them. i cant wait to go flip and pitch each hole!!!! also found that  a few of the weed beds have deep water under them as well!! 
those big tanks are hanging out in these deep holes!!!  CANT WAIT TO GO BACK!!!!! 

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