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I have been fishing a pond on base. It is about an 1 1/2 to 2 acres, about 15ft at its deepest and heavily pressured due to the shear amount of Marines on base. I know there are bass in there because I have caught 2 small ones. I have been throwing t-rig plastics ( *** sticks, senkos, zoom flukes and lizards ) with and without a 1/4 oz bullett weight. I have also tried spinners, rapalas, frogs and spooks. These fish don't want to bite. I would day that maybe its a bad day, but it has been two weeks. I plan on going back out tonight. What can I do?

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Well, you have two different extremes you could go to...Really big or really small.

Try a dropshot w/ a 3" stick or small finesse worm or go big with a reaction lure and make them bite.  Maybe try the wiggle rig, seems to be getting some results.

Wayne

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I would go w/ the drop shot using a 4 1/2 in worm. Here in Ca everyone uses Robo Worm Aarons Magic. When bass dont bite you can always rely on the dropshot worm. Get 'em

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I fish a neighborhood pond alot like this.  Try a fat ika.  If that doesnt work, try the yamamoto shad shaped worm on a jig head or drop shotted, EXCELLENT for pressured fish.  If all else fails go with a tube.

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You're using good lures which bass readily take. Maybe you could try spending more time there if you can during low light periods using topwaters.

Good luck.

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Thanks for all of the advice, I went out today with the ika's. They seemed to work better. I still didn't catch large fish ( over a pound) but I caught about 5 lmb in a few hours. My best number wise at this pond. One more question though, all of my stikes came on a dead stick type of presentation. Does that mean I am working the bait wrong, or is that just how the fish prefer them. Thanks once again.

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Glad to hear your starting to zero in on successful presentations

very wise move going to the fat ika.  It may just me  the most underutilized A+ bait out there.

The success with the deadsticking is directly related to the fishing pressure.

These bass have gotten smart.  They ain't gonna just pounce on something,  they're gonna need a little convincing.

So LESS IS MORE>  The less action the better.  Let the lure do what it was designed to do.

Of course there will be days when this doesn't hold.   That's why I always like to start off with a topwater, or reaction bait, but once you realize it gonna be a typically tough day, then find something the other guys ain't using and fish it s-l-o-w

good luck and have fun.

avid.

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Deadsticking is usually a great way to "work" a Fat Ika...  

In heavily pressured ponds- go slower, smaller or both.

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my 1st go to bait is the cavitron buzz bait by megastrike this is a great bait that can be used all day long i just love to annoy those bass, and make em mad enough to hit that bait.

as a follow up i'll use a suspending jerk bait like an x rap or other rapala lure, if no takers then i'll switch to a lizard or worm t-rigged or a crawdaddy by zoom and work those lures slow then a bit faster so i can find out what the bass really want.  

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