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: Local pond report 5/30

06-01-2005, 08:53 AM
I decided to take a break from schoolie stripers and have some fun on my local pond. A couple of year back some kids got in and screwed up the sluice so they had to drain it and make repairs. I was wondering how the fish has fared - it seems they are pretty resilient!

Apart from the area around the outlet which is about 5ft deep, the average depth is probably 2ft.

It had been a nice warm day and I was in the mood for some surface action so I tied on a suspender damsel nymph. On my first cast into the heavy shoreline cover I got hit:


It seemed to be a hit a cast with all manner of sunfish variants, most of which I couldn't identify. A little later I noticed a lot of disturbance back in the brush, obviously a fish working hard. By using a combination of casting techniques that would have Lefty Kreh choking on his tea I was able to drop the fly into the slot and up came this fella: :smokin:



06-01-2005, 08:54 AM
This is a great area to hone the kayak fishing techniques since you really have to "thread the needle" and deal with twigs and branches catching in bits of the kayak - not to mention your hat. It requires a series of forward/backward and sideways strokes. Sometimes reversing out is not as straightforward as getting in. :hihi:


There were lots of "clouds" of tiny immature fish drifting around amongst the twigs -presumably recently hatched. As the sun dropped behind the trees the fishing just got better and one spot was loaded with these little buggers:

I read somewhere that crappie wont hit surface flies. These fish obviously hadn't read that chapter of the rules :smokin:

Dble Haul
06-01-2005, 09:37 AM
Adrian, that's yet another reason that I got the kayak. My Hobie Cat can be a bear to paddle any distance, and that local quarry pond near me is going to be a great place to fish and practice wet exits and re-entries. At several spots the depths approach seventy feet.

Great photos...thanks for sharing. Looks like my kind of water. :wink:

06-01-2005, 11:22 AM
I hit a local quarry (my honey hole) yesterday and did VERY well on bass, I caught probably 25 in the time I was there. I didn't use the fly rod due to the wind (I don't have the skill) but it was still a blast catching them on top and on plastic worms. As soon as I can get the canoe out there the fly fishing will be an option and I can't wait. These fish never see lures or flies so they aren't as wary as normal fish, making the catching and releasing more fun. A few huge pike materialized in the quarry too so I've been after them, I'll have to break out the dahlberg divers as soon as I can get out there again.

06-02-2005, 11:35 PM
Adrian, Nice Pics! Looks like you had a blast.