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I'm a new bass fisherman and have never caught a bass before. I've been watching some bass videos on YouTube trying to learn a thing or two. I have two rods with spinning reels and one with a baitcaster that I don't have down yet haha. I found this new pond that's about a 10 minute walk from my house and it's got bass in it because I've seen someone catch a nice 4 pounder in there on a green lipless crankbait in the middle of a hot July day.

 

Earlier today, my girlfriend and I went down there fishing it with spinnerbaits, shaky heads, and crankbaits. She claimed that something hit her spinnerbait but I think it was just a tree but I could be wrong. Other than that, nothing happened. I don't know what I should do and how I should fish it. I can only fish it from the bank, and only about half of it is accessible.

 

I don't know how I should find the fish and what to use. If anyone could give me some recommendations and advice on how to get started, please feel free to leave it down below. Thank you!

 

I've currently got 10 pound copolymer fluorocarbon-coated line on both of my spinning rods.

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The Bass Resource Articles section has excellent How-To information for the aspiring bass angler.

Click the link below and let the reading begin.

:)

A-Jay

http://www.bassresource.com/how-to-fish/

 

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Look for areas with lots of baitfish,the bass will be close.

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8 hours ago, A-Jay said:

The Bass Resource Articles section has excellent How-To information for the aspiring bass angler.

Click the link below and let the reading begin.

:)

A-Jay

http://www.bassresource.com/how-to-fish/

 

Thank you, I'll be studying this in class all day today haha

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8 hours ago, soflabasser said:

Look for areas with lots of baitfish,the bass will be close.

If I can see a school of bream up on the bank, should I try near there?

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Pond fishing is probably the most common type of fishing around, but there's a few things that can increase your catch rate. The simplest is to go finesse. Using a downsized (smaller) lure can not only catch spooked fish, it will simply catch a lot of fish. When your lure is smaller, more fish find it a viable meal and will hit it. Another thing to try is to fish slower. Keep your presentation in front of the fish for longer, give them more chances to take your bait. Then finally I would find any kind of cover (downed limbs, rocks, docks, etc) that might hold fish and really concentrate on them. Without knowing the contour of the pond bottom it would be tough to fish open water and expect to be catching a lot of fish. 

If you've not tried a Ned Rig it might be a good time to try it. That thing flat out CATCHES pond fish!

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Ned rig and any kind of senko bait will definitely catch you some fish. When fishing the bank don't necessarily cast straight out in to the middle of the pond. Cast parallel to the bank and work it back towards you.  

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9 minutes ago, jleonard91 said:

Ned rig and any kind of senko bait will definitely catch you some fish. When fishing the bank don't necessarily cast straight out in to the middle of the pond. Cast parallel to the bank and work it back towards you.  

I second this. I recently started this year as well and didn't do well in the beginning primarily because I didn't know what I was doing and also because I bought all different types of bait. I would suggest getting out there at first light or right before sundown. Rig you spinning rod a black senko or green pumpkin color. You can get senkos from any Walmart around...be either Gary Yamamoto, Strike King or YUM. Rig it weightless and texas rigged. throw parallel to the bank and your retrieve should consist of letting the worm fall to the bottom. Gently lift the rod and let it fall reeling in the slack each time. You have to be extremely patient with this. Don't walk the bank but pick your spot and throw left and right starting close to the bank then working your way out from there. In my experience the morning is the best time because the water temp drops overnight and the bass will be cruising the bank in the morning looking to eat. I hope it works for you. Let me know if this makes sense or if you have any questions good luck....

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6 hours ago, Avery said:

If I can see a school of bream up on the bank, should I try near there?

Yes ,you should try fishing if there is a healthy population of baitfish present. Every location is different,but I have success using the following lures when it comes to catching Bass in a short amount of time;

Rebel Pop-R

Spinnerbait

Rapala jerkbaits

Texas rigged Zoom super fluke

Texas rigged Senko 

Texas rigged Trick worm

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7 hours ago, Avery said:

If I can see a school of bream up on the bank, should I try near there?

If you know there is a good amount of bait in one location, this is where I would start, the bass have to eat so they won't get too far from potential prey sources. Most ponds I fish have bluegill as the primary food sources and I do well fishing swim jigs (green pumpkin is my top color), green pumpkin/junebug swimbaits, and watermelon red flukes when the bluegill school up.

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Thank you all so much for the help! I'm going to try all of this. What should I do if I'm fishing around 4pm-7:30pm? What should I use and where should I fish it? Thank you all again!

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The simple fact is...none of us have fished your waters before....only you can determine what will get the bite and that's going to be by trial and error....after many attempts you'll build an arsenal that the bass can't refuse, but their moods change season to season....nobody ever knows...that's the fun part...when you've put hours into fishing a spot and you land a dinky bass...it doesn't matter that it's small...it's that you put hours into it and tricked the fish into biting something fake on your own presentation...just got out and fish...have a good time doing it is the most important part

And the people that say oh this bait straight out catches fish in a pond...well how do they know ow...they might be in a different water temp, different weather patterns at a certain time and even a different moon pattern....or haven't fished a pond in months but stayed that a certain bait just flat out catches fish....nobody knows....that's why the sport is so big...and not to be mean...but if they knew all about it...wouldn't they be pro already?

Just observe the forage, make a play off of that, and keep plugging away...you'll get one eventually if they're there

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5 hours ago, Avery said:

Thank you all so much for the help! I'm going to try all of this. What should I do if I'm fishing around 4pm-7:30pm? What should I use and where should I fish it? Thank you all again!

You are welcome. Give the lures that I and the other members mentioned a try,they might not catch you fish 100% of the time,but they do catch fish for 1000's of bass fishermen across the country. With time you will find out what lures work best in your area.Let us know how you do!

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7 hours ago, MikeWright said:

The simple fact is...none of us have fished your waters before....only you can determine what will get the bite and that's going to be by trial and error....after many attempts you'll build an arsenal that the bass can't refuse, but their moods change season to season....nobody ever knows...that's the fun part...when you've put hours into fishing a spot and you land a dinky bass...it doesn't matter that it's small...it's that you put hours into it and tricked the fish into biting something fake on your own presentation...just got out and fish...have a good time doing it is the most important part

And the people that say oh this bait straight out catches fish in a pond...well how do they know ow...they might be in a different water temp, different weather patterns at a certain time and even a different moon pattern....or haven't fished a pond in months but stayed that a certain bait just flat out catches fish....nobody knows....that's why the sport is so big...and not to be mean...but if they knew all about it...wouldn't they be pro already?

Just observe the forage, make a play off of that, and keep plugging away...you'll get one eventually if they're there

Good words, my man. I see where you're coming from. Thank you for the help. 

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