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  • #16
    ...I have had a great deal of success using a gold floating Rapala on ultralite gear in ponds during the transition to Spring...let it sit til the ripples from its landing on the water subside...twitch it a few times, and see what happens...we are bound to have a March cold snap...not planting garden yet...


    Blessings!

    Jimmy

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    • #17
      Yeah Jerry, keep this thread going..Always interesting how spawning in smaller ponds can vary so much, even when they are in relatively close proximity..
      Tight lines!!

      Doc

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      • #18
        Check out your county's Parks & Rec's website....if there's water, there's fish.
        Last edited by Windknot; 03-04-18, 01:36 PM. Reason: Can't spel crap.

        Want to Help Ease DNR's Budget Woes? Buy a TU license Plate!

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        • #19
          Got on the same pond today around 830 or 9 and immediately noticed the beds were much less defined and no bass were seen on the bed. Last weekend they were all over the crawfish jig but today they'd hardly touch it. Total numbers were down slightly from last weekend but we still boated a pretty good many bass, mostly on jerkbaits with some good fish busting top water as well.

          Best fish today went 3lb 12oz.

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          • #20
            That sounds like a pretty good day Jerry..The bass in our ponds are just starting to wake up..Certainly not on the beds yet, but every so often you can see them pinning some small bream up against the bank..They can be caught in the 'deeper' water (still only few feet deep) but not really in the shallows at this point..I'm hoping to get some time out there today..
            Tight lines!!

            Doc

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            • #21
              They were actively crushing topwater yesterday in my secret hideaway in the ghetto. Got some nice ones with the girls being bout full of eggs. I give it two weeks tops for this pond and they will be on bed.
              #JBNavy

              "Everyday is a new life to a wise man."
              -Chinese Proverb

              ďAt sunrise everything is luminous but not clear.Ē
              -Norman Maclean

              "We are what we hunt."
              -PH

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              • #22
                ...back when I used to bass fish Eufaula a lot, Tom Mann said the bass bedded when the oak leaves were the size of a squirrel's ear...

                Blessings!

                Jimmy

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                • #23
                  Wondering how this upcoming cold spell will affect the pond bass after that warm spell? It's gotta screw with the fish, I'd think, but I'm a big dummie...

                  Once in awhile you get shown the light in the strangest of places if you look at it right... R. Hunter

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                  • #24
                    Originally posted by Groundhog View Post
                    Wondering how this upcoming cold spell will affect the pond bass after that warm spell? It's gotta screw with the fish, I'd think, but I'm a big dummie...

                    Iíve always thought the fish screw with us.

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                    • #25
                      Originally posted by Groundhog View Post
                      Wondering how this upcoming cold spell will affect the pond bass after that warm spell? It's gotta screw with the fish, I'd think, but I'm a big dummie...

                      Keep us posted when you get back out! I won't be back bass fishing til next weekend. Gotta trip already planned to hit the White this weekend.

                      So many fish, so little time.

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                      • #26
                        Originally posted by Groundhog View Post
                        Wondering how this upcoming cold spell will affect the pond bass after that warm spell? It's gotta screw with the fish, I'd think, but I'm a big dummie...

                        I hit the pond (200 acre lake?) on Sunday, and we only saw 1 fish setting up a bed. But golly gosh darn, it was a tank! Maybe 5 pounds, a big one for that lake! (it's way over crowded) So I would say any of them that had moved up were pulled back into the channels and on points.

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                        • #27
                          ...when the big females start bedding, they will hit to kill a salamander or 3 finger bream near the bed...they don't eat , they just kill it and spit it out...critical to know because you have a few seconds to set the hook...after they drop eggs, the smaller males move in to guard the nest...that's when you pick up flabby-gutted females in slightly deeper water, still near beds , but off the beds...the males will hit anything that invades the space and they will consume the prey...

                          Blessings!

                          Jimmy

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                          • #28
                            Originally posted by Counslrman View Post
                            ...when the big females start bedding, they will hit to kill a salamander or 3 finger bream near the bed...they don't eat , they just kill it and spit it out...critical to know because you have a few seconds to set the hook...after they drop eggs, the smaller males move in to guard the nest...that's when you pick up flabby-gutted females in slightly deeper water, still near beds , but off the beds...the males will hit anything that invades the space and they will consume the prey...

                            Blessings!

                            Jimmy
                            Pro tip right here

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                            • #29
                              Originally posted by Groundhog View Post
                              Wondering how this upcoming cold spell will affect the pond bass after that warm spell? It's gotta screw with the fish, I'd think, but I'm a big dummie...

                              The changes in pressure every other day is not helping either. FWIW, if its a big un, it's probably a her rather than a him. If you can see beds and even better the fish on the bed, get something that will sink quickly with and let it sit until you cant stand it. Often they will just pick it up and move it out of the bed with no intention of actually eating it. if you have anything that can resemble a salamander, they will kill that with a vengeance.
                              Topwater bite shouldn't be far away

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                              • #30
                                Originally posted by Jakkbauer View Post
                                Pro tip right here

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                                ...I really like the Zoom 6" or 8" in June Bug or Motor Oil shades...

                                ...I use a #5 or #7 split shot 12" to 18" up the line and a 3/0 or 5/0 worm hook...when you cast it past the bed, and drag it slowly, the split shot makes a silt trail and then the salamander shows up..
                                Blessings!

                                Jimmy

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