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Tunasntigers92
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Anyone on the board fish ponds?
If so what's your favorite bait for bass? I recently started fishing borrow pit ponds, usually no more than 10 feet deep, my go to is spinnerbaits and sexyshad crankbaits, but I still don't have the best of luck on those. Any tips are much appreciated,
Thanks.


bad93ex
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re: Anyone on the board fish ponds?
I have had some decent luck in my local neighborhood ponds using wacky rigs.


Tunasntigers92
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re: Anyone on the board fish ponds?
You ever try frogs?


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TheDrunkenTigah
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re: Anyone on the board fish ponds?
Really just depends on the vegetation/structure and the state of it. If there’s too much grass on the bottom to fish a Texas rigged baby brush hog, then a fluke is typically money. If you can catch them in the right mood a small buzzbait can wreck shop. If it’s overcrowded with small thin bass, then small green pumpkin swimbaits that look like bass fingerlings are really effective. If the population is a little more healthy, then really anything you want to fish that you can keep from staying hung up will work. Pond bass don’t know they live in a pond, they just tend to key in on what’s there for them to feed on. Figure that out and you’ll figure them out.


Bayou_Tiger_225
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re: Anyone on the board fish ponds?
Some type of craw lure on a Texas rig. Working the lure parallel to the bank.


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Tunasntigers92
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re: Anyone on the board fish ponds?
The grass is a real issue due to the fertlize, the amount of shad in this specific pond is crazy, but the largest bass I've caught was no more than 4 pounds, most are 1 or 2, I'll give a buzz bait a shot


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re: Anyone on the board fish ponds?
In that case, zoom superfluke in smokey shad color fished weightless, cast out and twitch it back.


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deeprig9
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re: Anyone on the board fish ponds?
I have found that healthy ponds with lots of forage make the bass harder to catch. They aren't starving or desperate and less willing to take a chance on a random bait.


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TheDrunkenTigah
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re: Anyone on the board fish ponds?
If there are shad present then they are definitely eating them. That can be tricky since they will get really keyed in on small shad. A fluke is still a good bet. Senkos work anywhere, as much as I hate fishing them. Willow leaf spinnerbaits can get bit, and have a popper or spook handy. If you get a wild hair and it’s tough try a jerkbait. Shad feeding fish look up, you’ll want to focus on the top third of the water column.


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rsbd
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re: Anyone on the board fish ponds?
Zoom 6” finesse worm weightless either rigged Texas style or wacky rigged.

Watermelon red flake


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John_V
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re: Anyone on the board fish ponds?
Superfluke on a 4/0 Ewg hook


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A_bear
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re: Anyone on the board fish ponds?
I do real well fishing ponds for bass, I have a boat but I never turn down a good pond. My strategy is to throw stuff I don’t think they’ve seen before. With all the baits on the market, I don’t think it’s hard. I usually don’t throw much plastic on the bottom. Typically popR’s or frogs in the morning and evening, and then chatterbaits and square bills when the sun is up. I’ve found that I’ll catch 1-2 fish on a bait and then they stop hitting it and I’ll switch to something else. I like to run baits a foot tops off the bank. I’ll cast as far as I can down the bank, work it back, take 3-4 steps and then cast as far down the bank as I can again. I do it all the way around and then repeat.


Solo Cam
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re: Anyone on the board fish ponds?
Depends on what time of the day/year it is and what their food source is. If your just to catch as many fish as possible a jig or senko weightless are your best bets. Early in the morning and late in the evenings are the best for topwater which is by far the funnnest way to fish.

Spinnerbaits and cranks are awesome but I find not as effective in ponds as they are in lakes with healthy populations of shad. Your trying to match the hatch. Almost all ponds have crawfish so jigs are a great bet.

What’s the vegetation like?


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Sus-Scrofa
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re: Anyone on the board fish ponds?
Watermelon red flake senko.


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pdubya76
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re: Anyone on the board fish ponds?
We have 3 ponds on our property that the my kids fish regularly. They have the best luck with Watermelon brush hogs . The quarantine has them (15,10,9) fishing almost daily and they usually end up with 4-5 bass . My middle son caught a bass about 6 lbs last week on a rattle trap.


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lynxcat
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re: Anyone on the board fish ponds?
I exclusively fish ponds and generally try to fish 4-5 times a week. Some good recommendations so far.

- Senko will always work, I generally prefer texas rigging it but a lot love the wacky presentation
- Fluke is a generic term but I am a loyalist to KVD Perfect Plastic Caffeine Shad. It has a completely different action than a Zoom Super Fluke. The caffeine shad is a very dense bait with a lot of salt so it compares to a senko but with more bait fish like action. Because of the weight, I fish it weightless and let it naturally fall and then give it a twitch occasionally. It’s a very different presentation than how most fish the lure but it’s tied on very often. KVD Magic is my preferred color.
- Ned rig is absolute money in a pond, especially ones that get pressed a lot. Use the lightest head you can...I generally use 1/10 but occasionally use 1/15. 1/6 of it’s a little windy. TRD is the tired and true. I use the Mud Minnow color the most because it looks like fingerlings and other forage that is common in a pond. I’ve also had success on the craw version but a little earlier in the year. For stained water, I got the Yoga Pants (all black) and it’s worked well in tougher conditions.
- Flashy swimmer with a Rage Swimmer 3.75 has been a recent addition. Fishes weedless which is a big need for most ponds. Caught two on it last night.
- Finesse jig is another newer addition to my arsenal. I put a small beaver trailer on it. Caught 7 last night using this and it just gives a different presentation that the fish don’t see as often. I don’t fish jigs super often but the smaller profile jigs mimic a beefed up ned rig.


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Specklebelly
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re: Anyone on the board fish ponds?
Buzz bait or frog in the late afternoon right before dark.


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BobABooey
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re: Anyone on the board fish ponds?
quote:

My strategy is to throw stuff I don’t think they’ve seen before.

I agree with this. I’ve gotten some good results on old school topwater baits that aren’t popular now like a Tiny Torpedo. A lot of pond fish have never seen a dropshot or Carolina rig.

I also like to fish at times when other people don’t. Usually very early or late - even in the dark.

Finally, I tend to downsize the baits. The smallest version of the Strike King squarebill (1.0?), a small buzzbait, Zara Puppy, etc.


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LBro337
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re: Anyone on the board fish ponds?
I fish my own pond as well as a few buddies. Senkos weightless are always a go-to. Super fluke early am or late evening is also really good. I recently started using swim baits with a jig head and was surprised by the amount of fish I have been able to pull in. My end all be all is a Cajun lures frog on a 4/0 double hook.


bbvdd
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re: Anyone on the board fish ponds?
We have a neighborhood pond that I and another neighbor basically stocked around 9-10 yrs ago. When we were fishing elsewhere we’d put everything in an cooler and bring them back and dump in the pond.

Some are now pushing 6-8lbs.
Last night my son and I went. He caught two really nice bass. One was 5.3lbs and the other was 3.8lbs (He used his new scale).

They were both caught on a Heddon Tiny Torpedo

He tried to talk some crap and I told him his sister was getting all the inheritance when I’m gone.


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