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4.18.2012

No no no! You are doing it all wrong!

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!!




16 comments:

  1. "My pond", how nice. I must say that there are quite a NUMBER of places like that in Frederick County MD where I live. One especially is right in town, all mucky and disgusting. It's a place where kids come to feed the ducks (and the Carp, but they don't know that ;) ). Anyway I have caught tons of fish there, from 20lb Carp to 4 Largemouths to 12inch Crappies. Best part, about it is when people walk by and say I din't know there were fish in there. It's just amazing, yet weird.

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    1. Isn't that fantastic? I have heard, according to the host of Lunker Hunt, that his "pond" is central park and he get's the same reactions there.

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  2. I have a similar pond. It's small and owned by the town. Thankfully is is catch and release only with lots of signage (not really sure how it is enforced) but I have never seen anyone take a fish from there. Lots of decent size LMB, some Crappie and many gills. It is where I like to practise my fly casting and try out new bugs that I tied up, I do get some funny looks when I am swinging the fly rod there.

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    1. At least there is some signage. My pond has no signage and I am not even sure if people know that fishing is allowed. I know I was apprehensive at first because it appears to be on private property. Luckily I know one of the police officers in the town who informed me that it was not private.

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  3. I also have a small pond. It's a place of last resort when I really need a fix. No one ever fishes it.

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    1. I can't even say that mine is a "last resort" type of place. I must admit, however, that I have had bad days fishing elsewhere and stopped at the pond just to shake the skunk.

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  4. Simple and to the point. Hope they read this.

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  5. Man, I could have been rehashing some of my own thoughts while reading that post. I've been indignant on more than one occasion by interlopers on my water! :o)

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    1. HA! Glad I was able to stir up some memories!!!

      Thanks for the comment, Pam

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  6. It's funny how most fisherman can relate to the same thing. I fished this pond a couple weeks ago that my buddy showed me... and I was hopping spots relatively quick and was doing well. Ended up hitting a spot in front of one of the neighbor's houses and stuck a nice 4 pounder. Next thing I get is the neighbor yelling at me through his screen door to move off of his property. But as soon as I turned around holding that big bass, his attitude turned around 180 and he came right out of the house asking me how I knew there were fish in there and what I used to catch them. By the end of it I got the "you have my blessing to fish here whenever you want".

    On the other side of the spectrum...you get the "special" people that have no clue what they are doing and instead of asking for help they get pissed off and leave. Fine with me...more lake for me to fish!

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    1. That's great that the property owner did a quick 180 like that! It's a little bit strange that he didn't like people fishing from his property until he saw them catch a fish, though. HA HA

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  7. Funny! Serves them right for being rude! ;o)

    I have a question: why go fishing if it's not to eat the fish afterwards? I just don't understand the whole catch and release thing (unless the fish is too small)... I'm not a "don't kill/harm animals" kind of person, as a biologist I get the "eat or be eaten" world (plus I'd never survive as a vegetarian, waaay too many vegetables I intensely dislike!)... but I don't get the point of sticking a hook through a fish's lip if it's not to eat it afterwards!

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  8. this post really resonates with me!

    I've been having a similar experience- I finally encountered the guy who's been fishing my pond, I said hello, he just kept walking. Same deal- I immediately didn't like him.

    Not to mention all the trash he (or somebody...) leaves around *my* pond!

    great write up

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