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The one thing that drives me crazy is when people brag how they caught 10+ huge bass. Then when I ask em where they end up telling me that it was in a pond which is known to be stocked. For example, This kid I know showed to me a 6 lb bass he caught at a local golf course pond. Of course when they learn you average a lower fish count then they do they act like there big and bad. I don't know it just drives me crazy.

I took that kid out for a day on real fishing on the lake with some of my lake fishing buddies and we averaged 9 fish each and he catches two tiny bluegill. We didn't go bragging two him and we were just as proud as ever. Nothing against pond fishing, it is fun, you just can't compare fish counts of a stocked pond with a lake. Just wanted to throw this thought out there.

JOE

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Joe,

  Thanks for sharing that. I totally agree. I grew up fishing small ponds and they are a great place for young fishermen to learn their tricks. There is a huge differance between small ponds and big lakes. But all that knoledge that I gathered on those farm ponds and public fishing areas have made the transition to big lakes that much easier.

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No doubt.

However, all the skills that are learned on ponds are easily transferable. The main difference is the right location at the right time. As Rick Clunn has often stated, "Catching bass is easy, the challenge is finding them."

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Well Joe, it sounds like you need to start fishing more of those ponds with the big bass in them.   :D

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Personally, I'd rather just let them have their moment.  Their skill level, or their opinion of their own skill level,.....has nothing to do with the fish I put in the boat.

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Its good to know I am not alone. My years experience in fishing is not in the double digits so i still have a lot to learn. I have fished those ponds and it sure is fun every once in while. but when everybody is pulling in 5 lb bass (including the girl with the barbie rod) then the 5 lb bass becomes an average fish. When I pull a 5 lb bass at the local lake it is a big fish. I think it might be okay to fish there for you first couple times but if you get used to pulling huge bass everytime you don't know what real fishing is. Fishing is not going to be perfect everyday.

JOE

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When I pull a 5 lb bass at the local lake it is a big fish. I think it might be okay to fish there for you first couple times but if you get used to pulling huge bass everytime you don't know what real fishing is. Fishing is not going to be perfect everyday.  

I agree and harder lakes only make you a better fisherman.

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Nothing like a day on the lake, however when you have kids a pond is great, it keeps them interested. I live in the country and I am surounded by ponds, its nice to be able to run down to the pond real quick when time is short. But I would agree a lake or resivor is the way to go. I have a friend that brags about all his fish he catches in the ponds, I always tell him "how can you not, you already found the fish, their right there!"

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So what makes lake fishing so much better than pond fishing?  If its harder to do, and you catch smaller and fewer fish, I don't see why lake fishing is such a big whoop when I can find one of these ponds and catch my limit in hawgs?  

(just playing a little devil's advocate here, to see what kind of response you guys give...)

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The only bass fishing I can do for now is Pond fishing. Although these are not stocked farm ponds. All the bass the resdie in the ponds are from mother nature. All the trout fishing I do is in a "put and take" pond stocked with 'bows, brownies and some brood stock salmon. I would not compare my trout fishing success to another guys' who fishes for wild trout in stream and rivers, since there is no comparison. Like the saying goes, catching fish is easy, finding them is hard, as someone already stated. But don't knock pond fishing, sure it's not like fishing a big lake, but the water size/population ratio is probably close and hence finding the bass could be just as difficult.(Not talking stocked bass ponds) Not to mention most guys that bass fish in ponds don't use bass boat with electronics. More like shore fisherman or jon boat guys with electric motors.

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So what makes lake fishing so much better than pond fishing? If its harder to do, and you catch smaller and fewer fish, I don't see why lake fishing is such a big whoop when I can find one of these ponds and catch my limit in hawgs?

(just playing a little devil's advocate here, to see what kind of response you guys give...)

whats so great about it is the challenge,and the skill it takes to be consist in finding the good fish on a lake, this set apart ponds which are much easier to find fish in. personally i'd rather fish a lake as to hone my skills as an angler.

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