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What lure(s) would you use to test a small pond that you have never fished?


  • capt louiecapt louie Posts: 10,937 Moderator
    Plastic worm always will work. Depends on the cover/amount of vegetation . Lures are tools , you don't use a screwdriver to loosen a nut.
    Use what will get to the fish in a size they can eat easily .

    Good luck and post a report.
    "You'll get your weather"
  • mikenavmikenav Posts: 861 Officer
    Frogs!!! Especially at dusk
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  • Austins26Austins26 Posts: 1,921 Captain
    We all have our "Go Too Lures"

    Jig an Craw

    Super Fluke Jr

    Trick worm


    use what you have confidence in
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  • mplspugmplspug Posts: 16,016 AG
    I say a Worm or spinnerbait. On a new pond I'd definitely start with the spinnerbait and try and cover a lot of water. Also, get there at the crack of dawn if you can and use your eyes and ears. If you have wading birds gathered in a spot, try there first. Otherwise watch for wakes and listen for splashes of bass busting bait on the shore. At the retention pond I fish I can generally tell just by observing the water when I get there whether I'll have a good morning or not.

    One thing you can try in the heat of the summer on ponds with pads is to rig a fluke weightless and burn it through the pads. When I say burn I mean faster than you think the bass can catch it. My theory is in the summer they are lethargic and deliberate, which I know seems to contradict the technique, but I think it gives them no chance to say no to a meal when they may not have another opportunity to eat for some time.

    I like a fluke because of the slimmer profile means I can skim it across the surface faster and when you reel it straight in it for the most part deflects off the pads and swims in the channels between them. Also once in a while I can let it drop into an open area. The fluke will bounce off the stems as it drops like a small baitfish, which are very prevelant this time of year, feeding on the algae and bugs on the stems.
    Just dropping grenades in OT
  • roto7777roto7777 Posts: 2,545 Captain
    4" senko
  • mplspugmplspug Posts: 16,016 AG
    Actually instead of a spinnerbait, use a chatterbait, it is more versatile and I have had more success on it than any other bait. I say versatile, because you can start by buzzing the shoreline when the fish are shallow and aggressive, especially at dawn. Then you can cast out into the pond away from the bank and do a straight retrieve or fish it like a jig. This time of the year I am having most of my success jigging it by lifting and dropping, with most fish hitting it on the drop.
    Just dropping grenades in OT
  • johnDjohnD Posts: 6,427 Admiral
    texas rigged weightless 5" yamamoto senko , on a 4/0 gamakatsu G lock hook or 3/0 EWG
    Ish's Phat Frog , black.
    bass assassin boss shiner on a 4/0 owner beast 1/8 oz hook.
    some kinda buzz frog ,there are many to choose from , they all work.
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