Yep they r getting bigger, here my sunset solid 22" trophy Bucketmouth marble eye pond Monster hooked across the pond on my kvd swim jig with a missile bait attached. I fished 3 hrs in the morning nothing. Then i fished sunset for 1 1/2 hrs, out of 4 1/2 hrs in windy 104 degree weather I only got one stike and it was a lunker. I always tell my wife "I just need one big fish"......lol enjoy the pics and get out and hook one!....tra
Hooked this one yesterday morning. I was walking the bank and I spot a pack of bass coming down bank towards me I cast my swin jig right out in front of them and they all rushed it, it was a frenzy. I set the hook and ended up with the biggest one out of the pack. All the other bass followed the one I hooked till I dragged it on the bank. But a real nice looking bass and great action I wont forget.
Tomorrow morning I am going back and bring my fly pole and hope the pack is still around cruising the bank....tra
Thnx guys! WQH that's to protect the yoke part of my hand from getting tore up from so many big azz bass I constantly hook. Last year before I started wearing gloves I was at a point wear I couldn't smile at all while doing selfies trying to hold pond Monster bass it was painful in the hand yoke area so now wearing the glove my hand doesn't get tore up any more. I don't use a net and constantly grabbing a big bucket mouths that shake hard as hell my wrist was getting jacked too.
When u hook a pond Monster that's been around for a long time that's never been hook before they fight like a tarpon. I have 24-25 in Largemouths that will rip a pole out of your hand if u are caught relaxing with the pole.
This what drives me to keep pounding the banks to hook the one and prove to everyone I have way bigger bass in these ponds and I will keep casting till I do.
Heres a pic with the last pond Monster I was holding before I started wearing gloves.
U can see the pain in my face, should have a huge smile with a fish like this but I was in so much pain trying to take selfies with it my hand was hurting so much , but it's all good now, if I am not smiling that means it's to heavy .....lol......tra
Nice. I've never caught a bass big enough to need a glove lol. I guess that would explain why I didn't know. Any tips for super murky water (like 12 in" clarity max)? 0-10 ft deep water. Not much underground structure or habitat. Many docks along the shore.
Believe it or not I have one 6 acre pond that is 99% vegetation free and here in Florida my pond water is running 94-98 degrees at about 10 ft. Deep and I am thinking there’s no way bass can survive this pond environment with these extreme conditions.
Well the good news is they can survive, they find erosion pits and little underwater sand bars and over time with all the erosion they develop more underwater cover which means u have to work the bottoms with swim jigs, senkos, or creature style baits either weedless or regular hook set up.
So you want to fancast out the whole area a section at a time and work two different retrieval methods.
First method is to cast out as far as u can let it drop all the way to the bottom and start bumping it or hopping it slowly All the way back Till u reach the bank hopping to trigger a bottom bedding bass.
The second method is to cast out as far as you can and let drop towards the bottom but not touch and just glide ( like a zoom horny toad the with a steady retriever Just off the bottom floor all the way bank to the bank hoping for an attack strike. U can use this same method and retrieval for the middle and top columns of the water too.
This is basically blind fishing but that what u are doing in murky low visibility water anyways so these methods are perfect for those pond conditions. U got to have real good polarized glasses to really help enhance the first 4 ft. off the bank because if u don’t get the strikes out deep a lot of times they will follow the bait right up to the bank and then try and snag it, so pay attention at the bank slow the retrieval right as its with in your sight u want to be able to catch that bass right at the bank edge but it happens so quick.
I have over 25 premium ponds here I fish, some clear some dingy and murky and I catch big bass In all of them.
I like junebug colors and dark blue flake Or red flake plastics and lures For real stained or murky water. Also work some chatter baits under water like the kvd skirted jig it helps enhance to get a bass attention in those water conditions with sound and movement. I will post some pics of the baits here for u I am talking about. I have to find pics of this one pond I fish has a cool underwater sand bar u can only see when it’s ultra clear. I post a recent pic of a huge bass I hooked in murky water. I am on my pad now but I will go threw my smart phone and find some pics....
I hope this helps u my friend.......tra
There u go WHQ I put my money were my mouth is with the advice I have u last night and this morning it was hot, humid and windy, very overcast and I was was working my kvd swim jig fan casting in this one pond with no vegetation and poor clarity and was able to hook a real nice almost 21" 4 lbr. . I added a couple of the pond pics u can see the banks are bare. Bait fish will still hang around these areas and bank cruising lunkers will hit and run On the bait fish....tra