Maybe the big bass in your local ponds are so wary they won’t take a shot at any lure. They will rarely, however, pass up a live bluegill. Though a 4- to 5-inch bluegill may not get hit often, when it does, you’ll be measuring the bass in pounds, not inches.
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There must have been two dozen ponds and strip-mine lakes within a 5-mile radius of my folks’ place when I was a kid. Back in those days, my buddies and I guessed weights on a lot of big bass. Our biggest ever was 24 inches long (we always had a tape measure), and we figured she was 9 pounds. I’ve fished top bass lakes in Texas and Mexico since then and have never caught a bass any larger. It makes me think twice about traveling for bass.
It’s No Fluke
I’ve caught more 5-pound-plus pond bass on subtle, soft-plastic presentations than on everything else combined. Although the average pond doesn’t see big numbers of boats every day like your favorite lake, a single angler can educate a bunch of bass in a small body of water quickly. Chances are that the biggest bass in a given pond have been hooked at some point in their lives. So if a lure doesn’t look real, they aren’t biting it.
Sight-casting to shallow cover is the name of the pond-fishing game, especially in spring. For that, it’s tough to beat a Zoom Super Fluke rigged Texas-style or weightless on a wide-gap worm hook. It can be walked across the surface or just under it, or slowly retrieved through a stump bed, one twitch-and-fall at a time.