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So I just fished this pond near my home. It has about 6” visibility with a 4’ weed line around the edge. Every time I go there there are bass busting all over- in the middle and around the edge, even in the weeds. I am very confused about what they are busting on. Anyone have any ideas so I can “match the hatch”?

 

Today I fly fished a popper without any strikes. The only strikes I have ever gotten are infrequent attacks on poppers and buzzbaits- 3 on poppers and 1 on buzz bait- not as much as I would like from 4 total trips.

 

Anyone have any ideas on baits to try?

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If you can't see what they're busting on, it's probably a mayfly hatch or some other bug. Is there baitfish in the pond?

Is this pond pressured by a lot of people fishing it? One of the ponds I use to fish was so pressured the bass would never make the mistake of hitting any normal bait, especially topwater. 

Give a whopper plopper a try? Everyone seems to be loving those right now. Other than that, go texas rig with a craw plastic or worm. Maybe a lipless?

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Try a spook jr.

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Do you know that they are bass?  Sometimes other species can fool you.

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Are there carp there?

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Try a weedless magnum bass stopper worm, it’s a majorly underrated bait. If you slow roll it, the bass will swim up and swallow it, hooking themselves.

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There are carp, minnows, and gills. I know there are bass because I’ve caught a few before. Some busts are definitely bass because they are big explosions.

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13 minutes ago, JWall14 said:

 because they are big explosions.

 

Most likely carp.

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Could be bass after shad.  Try a spinner, or u vibe worm in shad colors.  Buzz, let die

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This has fooled me forever as well.  Big explosions on a great bass lake.   Finally sat and watched really close.  Carp.   They would bust on shore and out by weed lines.  Thought they had to be bass on this Great Lake..........nope.   

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Most likely it's Carp....Based on your description and countless hours witnessing similar events.

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Thanks guys!! Although I have caught bass here on top water I will probably spend more time fishing subsurface lures like spinnerbaits or senkos

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Right now, I have been catching them on Zoom lizards.  I fish them a little fast over weeds and they seem to be destroying it. 

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5 hours ago, FishTank said:

Right now, I have been catching them on Zoom lizards.  I fish them a little fast over weeds and they seem to be destroying it. 

 

Another that is doing well and is the Fat Ika.  This has always been a good one for me at pretty much any time of the year.

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