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Hello,

I would like to know what some thoughts are on what the best lures are to use in a pretty big pond when its raining. Every time I go in the rain I use T-style dark worms and spinner baits, and never get any fish. I will be going tomorrow morning, the forcast says it will rain. The pond has lots of weeds coming up from the buttom and trees hanging over the sides.the deepest part is around 15 feet and I will be fishing from the the shore. What do you think would be good to use?

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Before this can be answered, I need to ask a couple of questions. What time of day do you go out/did you go out? Was it really dark outside and pouring or was there still a good amount of light out and sprinkling? I've had to change tactics for both of these. Have you caught bass in this pond before or do you know of people catching bass in the pond? Background questions are always important.  ;)

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I go out at like 8:00 in the morning, there is light but it has not hit the water yet. It's usually just a normal rain shower. I have caught lots of bass in the pond when I cast plasitc worms or spinnerbait to the middle of the pond, but never when it rains.

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Does it rain a lot around that pond or not much at all? I know when I fish my normal pond in the rain back at home that the bite tends to slow and the fish get less aggressive. I've had the most success throwing larger profile baits with scent and sound to force them into biting. I wouldn't recommend "just throwing it into the middle" either. Read my last thread. http://www.bassresource.com/bass_fishing_forums/YaBB.pl?num=1158295183 <--That should help out a lot. Tell me if it helps.

p.s. send me a PM if you have any specific questions

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It has been raining the last couple a days all day. I dont just throw into the middle I also throw along the bushes hanging over the water but never get fish there. The biggest bass I'v seen come out of the pond was out of the middle. Your thread was great, it diffinetly helps.

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I use 3 different topwater baits on my pond when its raining.  A spook, a pop-r, and a tandem topwater frog, a floating frog with an 8 inch trailing leader and another frog behind that.

slow does the trick, and inbetween jerks i like to send some vibrations to the bait by jiggling the rod tip.

hope it works for you like it works for me.

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The rain itself is irrelevant since the fish are already wet  ;).  What you have to consider is how the rain changes the water conditions.  It disturbs the surface and you're generally talking about lower light levels, so that's (I think) why some people go to topwater in the rain.  Another consideration is if there's a lot of run-off into the pond, the visibility may go down so you may want to go with darker colors, noisier lures, and/or bigger baits.  Finally, if you believe in the effect of barometric pressure on the fishing, once it's raining a front has probably already moved through and the pressure is low.  Some people will tell you that will kill the bite.  

JMO...

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I would usually use the heavier spinnerbaits to fish with since it'll vibrate more often.... T-rigged plastic worms barely have any noise to it, thus it won't be as "attractive" in the rain. I usually switch from a T-Rigged worm to a dark-color Wacky-Rigged senko from there; it makes alot of movement in the water.

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Another vote for topwater in the rain. Buzzbaits, Jitterbugs, maybe buzzing amphibians if you need something weedless. This year, my best outings were during fairly heavy rains.

Of course, that's not to say that subsurface lures won't be productive in the rain, I just love to use topwaters.

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i would def. try a buzz bait and a soft plastic frog.  i usually ignore the rain itself and focus on how it changes the light and water conditions.  i mean if its a real gully washer then its gonna make it low light and muddy up the water some.  for a regular shower you are usually only dealing with a little lower light conditions.  this usually means im at least gonna try a topwater.  then im gonna go to a spinnerbait and then if the fish want it slow im gonna try a t-rigged worm that moves some water.

matt

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i am glad he asked this, i beig a newbie at 40 always heard soemthing like fish dont bite in the rain.  Well since i have been turned into a bass junkie this summer at this local pond, i am really glad this questioned was raised.  However 2 weekends ago i went out around 11am to fish in light rain, well after 30 mins of using a spinnerbait for the first time there i caught my biggest one to date, 4-5 lb'er, my biggest thrill to date.  Only been back a couple of times and havent had the same luck.  usually i throw a brownish senko which was killing them.   i have had success wiht topwater frogs at 3pm, crawfish plastices anytime and senkos anytime.   cant really figure the pattern yet, i just go and try for the best.   this morning caught my first catfish there this summer of a senko.   trying to sneak back tonightm gota beg the kids to go.  

thanks for the pond tips !!

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Thanks for all the info. I will try fishing some topwaters when I go fishing in the rain again.

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