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The Mad Duck

Today...Quality Over Quantity

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It was a beautiful day today. Highs in the mid 70's, light, sporadic clouds and winds under 20 knots. I stopped at the medium sized pond first today. I caught 6 fish in short time, but they were all much smaller than I've been catching, but still, on a 3 wt, not a shabby fight.m I moved to the large pond and went down a bank I usually dont fish much due to a bunch of downed trees and being almost impossible to fish. Magically, trees were gone. The piles of sawdust and pile of wood at the top of the hill were a dead giveaway that someone bad been working...hard. So I worked the bank and caught a few more Bream, nothing to write home about.

I moved to the bank that has been producing and immediately caught, NOTHING. I worked my way down the whole bank, and....NOTHING. This never happens in this pond. I made several fly changes and several dropper changes to no avail. I made the turn to the next bank and flipped the fly next to a small grass mat, and BAM, a bass came out from under the mat and crushed the dropper. A Bass weighing 3/4 pound +/- took off on my 3Wt. I eased him to the bank and released him. I moved up the bank and resumed catching nothing.A bout 3/4 of the way down the bank, I noticed a stump that I hadn't seen before. Now, this side of the pond is backed up against a tree line and its hard to make a cast. I sidearmed a cast to the stump and a hole in the water opened up and my white cricket pattern was gone and we were on. This was a larger fish and it took several runs to get him to the bank. I estimated this fish a pound and a half to 3/4. BY this time in the session, I usually have caught 20-30 Bream, but,  hadn't caught any in the larger pond yet. I finished the long bank and moved to the last stumpy area of the pond. I made a few casts and saw some signs of life and I had a couple of immediate swirls. The third cast and I saw a flash underwater and my hopper disappeared as a fish hit the dropper and took off. I knew this was a Bream and a nice one. He made several big circles and finally came to the bank. This fish is the biggest Bream I have caught in this pond..ever! I didnt have a tape with me, so I laid it on a rock, snapped a photo and marked the rock with its length. I released him back into the pond. I walked up to the kennel office and got a tape measure and went back and measured the marks on the rock....11 inches! I was happy with that fish and it was quite the pull. I started walking back around the pond and managed to catch Nothing else. I was almost back to the truck and saw something dimple the water. I made a cast and saw that flash under the water and immediately felt weight. It felt like another big bream,but it had a different feel to it. A couple of runs into the weed mats and I finally pulled up a BIG shellcracker. Again, no tape measure, so I photographed it and took a length of line and cut it off at the length of the fish. I packed up all of my stuff and went back to the kennel office to use the tape measure again. That Shellcracker was 12.25 inches long. This was the biggest shellcracker I had caught there. Two personal best fish for that particular pond and two nice Bass made for a great day.

 

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lol..To give you some scale, The white fly in the photo of the bream on the rock is just a shade over an inch long and the dropper in the mouth of the Shellcracker is roughly a half inch long. Its a #12 scud hook

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37 minutes ago, The Mad Duck said:

lol..To give you some scale, The white fly in the photo of the bream on the rock is just a shade over an inch long and the dropper in the mouth of the Shellcracker is roughly a half inch long. Its a #12 scud hook

You know I'm kidding, those are nice fish. I'm jealous.

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When I was a kid -and fishing those kind of places... I'd have danced all the way home after an outing like that... Great report and some fine fishing... 

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9 hours ago, Mark Knapp said:

You know I'm kidding, those are nice fish. I'm jealous.

Indeed I do. 😋 I really love having this place to run away to,but really wish I could get my kayak in the water for this spring run of white Bass and everything else we're missing at the larger lakes. I'll be a happy camper when more of our ramps and the coastal areas open back up. Until then, I'll be pounding these ponds

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Anyone notice on the photo of the second Bass that he had been caught fairly recently? Note the hole in the top of his mouth. I couldn't 100% guarantee it ,but its about the size of a Bass I caught a couple of weeks ago on a chatter-bait and in close proximity to where I caught it as well. 

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