I have a pond that I have dubbed "my pond" that is quite close and allows me a place to fish when I only have a short time available. It's one of those places that I can sneak away for a half hour and catch fish...big fish at times. I found it about three years and have been fishing it pretty hard ever since. As a result of this time on the water, I pretty much have fishing there pegged.
One of the things I love about it, is that I have never seen anybody else fishing it. Towards the end of last year, I started noticing the occasional snagged lure here and there which told me that others have been fishing it. I had also noticed that the catch ratio has been declining lately.
A few weeks ago, my little slice of heaven was invaded when two people started fishing the opposite shore. I slowly made my way towards them and said a quick hello. My hello went ignored and I decided instantly that I don't like these people.
I am not going to lie..I didn't like them anyways because they were fishing my pond. I stopped by after work yesterday and as I was fishing, here they came again. At first I was aggravated that they were back. Then I was both aggravated and amused. Eventually, I just became amused and stopped caring that they were there.
Why the sudden change of heart?
Because they were doing it alllllll wrong. Since I am such a good sport, I am going to offer the ticket to fishing that pond on the off chance they read this.
1. Those giant creature baits just aren't the ticket there - they never have been. Just because the pros use them on TV and tell you that they are greatest thing since sliced bread, doesn't mean they work in my pond. I have single handedly put so much pressure on these fish, that they have gotten smart. Jig-n-pigs, rattle traps, and spinners have all caught gourds of fish at one point, but no longer do they work like they used to - leave that stuff at home. So what should you use?
2. You guys keep fishing the same section of the pond and don't explore the other parts. The section you guys fish has never been productive. I have caught one fish in along that entire shoreline. One of you guys were close to a good area, but see number 1.
3. This is the answer to number 1. When the guy that you pretend not to notice is catching fish after fish on a fly rod- think about what he has on the end of it....in case you didn't get the hint; GO SMALL!!!!!
4. Don't get all pissed off and leave when I catch four fish in a row at the spot you just got skunked at. Instead, talk to me...if you ask nicely, I may be willing to tell you a few things that I have learned about that pond that will help you catch fish in just about any condition.
5. If you want to continue to have this little gem called my pond as a good fishing spot, don't tell people about it! If someone stops and asks if you ever catch anything, the answer is, "Just some little bluegills here and there".
6. This is the most important part - IF YOU CATCH A FISH, LET IT GO!!