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OK...here's the deal.  There's a pond I've fished a couple times during lunch, including today.  I've caught two dinks only.  The pond is a couple of acres.  Little vegetation near shore or anywhere really.  The water is pretty muddy with visibility of about 6-12".  Today was overcast with a constant breeze.  

Each time I've been there, I've seen several bass jumping.  They're pretty decent size too.  So I know they are there and active.  Most of the jumps are the distance of a long cast from the bank.  

Today I threw a 1/4 oz chartreuse/white and 3/8 oz blue/white spinnerbait, black buzzbait (which I figure the bass have never seen at noon  ;)), and a big texan (that's the color) zoom trick worm on a split shot.  In the past I've tried lipless cranks, shallow cranks, senkos (watermelon/red, black/blue and green/chartreuse) and chartreuse/white and black/blue chatterbaits.  

What would you throw (type of bait and color)?

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I would throw a fat ika on a 4/0 Gammy EWG hook and cast it as far as you can, let it sink, pop it back up, and let it sit again. I say this because this sounds like the pond I fish and thats what I have been nailing them on lately.

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I would monitor my bait size this way,typically smaller ponds do not have well balanced bass population, unless the pond is being managed well.Either you will have lots of smaller bass or  few very large bass. If the bass are small, typically one lb or smaller, you are going have a larger size forage ( bluegills  ) vise versa on a pond with small population of large fish. So your bait selection is dependent on the overall population dynamics.  I would start out with a reaction type bait, like a 1/4 oz rattle trap in gold color or possibly a green primary color, cover the entire pond to see if you can get a reaction strike. Most of the time, in  a small pond there is one key spot that will have the largest bass in the pond, typically near the deepest water ( dam ? ) near dense cover. Here I would fish a big bulky bait like a Zoom mag II or even Ole' Monster in green pumpkin, use a light weight 3/16 oz and fish slow.

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anytime im faced with muddy water im going to try out a spinnerbait with either colorado, indianna or oklahoma blades.  ive found that the okl. blades are a good match for the "thump" of bluegill which is often the forage in small ponds.  other muddy water baits for me include larger plastic worms, although not necesarrily the 10 incher that were suggested earlier.  ponds can be difficult to fish jigs in but they are another bait i like in these kind of situations, and in this case i would often use a yamamoto single grub trailer.

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