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#507236 - 06/11/19 05:27 PM Re: A Pond Log by QA [Re: Quarter Acre]
SetterGuy Offline


Registered: 10/30/13
Posts: 1520
Loc: NE Missouri
There are some very big swirls when feeding. Not sure if they are from larger YP or SMB or the elusive HSB. My water has pretty poor clarity right now, so all I see is the swirl. I donít get a good look at any fish.
Going to try hand feeding per TJís suggestion once I retire in seven weeks, and actually spend more than a few hours by the pond.
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RES, YP, GS, FHM, HBG, SMB, and HSB..
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#507745 - 06/19/19 11:05 AM Re: A Pond Log by QA [Re: Bill D.]
Quarter Acre Online   content


Registered: 06/10/16
Posts: 1300
Loc: West Central Missouri
Originally Posted By: Bill D.
Nice looking fish! Interesting coloration. Is that red on the
O flap?


Here's another one with the rust on the O-flap. I have never noticed the orange-ish fleshy-ness that surrounds or extends from the black portion of the flap...does anybody else see this in their HBG's?





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HBG Close-up 01.png (214 downloads)

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#507761 - 06/19/19 01:30 PM Re: A Pond Log by QA [Re: Quarter Acre]
ewest Offline
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Registered: 03/08/05
Posts: 19882
Loc: Miss.
Chunk HBG ! Fish is loaded with HBG traits including the Op flap.
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#508246 - 06/28/19 09:27 AM Re: A Pond Log by QA [Re: Quarter Acre]
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Registered: 06/10/16
Posts: 1300
Loc: West Central Missouri
A few things to add.

First off, the new pond HBG record is now 0.6 pounds flat, almost 8" long, and I believe this to be a female...



Secondly, I have noticed several of the fish this year (and a few last year) to have fin damage. Mostly a split down the center of the rear fin and a few with odd anal fins. The picture above shows both.

Next, this 1/2 pound male below has some inflammation around it's eyes: another circus fish. Most likely a bacterial infection...I don't know.





Lastly, most of the fish I catch appear to be females. Maybe only by a small margin, but my males are either too smart for the hook, my male to female ratio is fairly even, the males are busy with spawning, OR I haven't achieved pond meister status when it comes to sexing the fish???

PS: I have found that a small piece of bread smashed onto a hook yields the best catch rate.


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#508250 - 06/28/19 10:49 AM Re: A Pond Log by QA [Re: Quarter Acre]
roundy Offline


Registered: 09/10/16
Posts: 162
Loc: Central Illinois
Is it just me or does the tail on this one look a bit stubby also?
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#508254 - 06/28/19 11:57 AM Re: A Pond Log by QA [Re: Quarter Acre]
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Registered: 06/10/16
Posts: 1300
Loc: West Central Missouri
Good observation Roundy! I thought the same thing, but you know how a parent can overlook their kid's inadequacies...Is the tail stubby or is the body just large?
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#508255 - 06/28/19 12:09 PM Re: A Pond Log by QA [Re: Quarter Acre]
Mike Whatley Offline


Registered: 04/22/18
Posts: 1199
Loc: Louisiana
So hes not stubby... hes horizontally challenged... is that what you're trying to say, QA?
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#508264 - 06/28/19 03:37 PM Re: A Pond Log by QA [Re: Quarter Acre]
roundy Offline


Registered: 09/10/16
Posts: 162
Loc: Central Illinois
What part of Missouri are you from.... laugh

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#508266 - 06/28/19 04:26 PM Re: A Pond Log by QA [Re: Mike Whatley]
Quarter Acre Online   content


Registered: 06/10/16
Posts: 1300
Loc: West Central Missouri
Originally Posted By: Mike Whatley
So hes not stubby... hes horizontally challenged... is that what you're trying to say, QA?


Proportionally challenged maybe more like it!

Originally Posted By: roundy
What part of Missouri are you from.... laugh


Nowhere near that part! Although I do have a cousin that lives near there.
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#508268 - 06/28/19 05:30 PM Re: A Pond Log by QA [Re: roundy]
Bocomo Offline


Registered: 05/06/12
Posts: 1212
Loc: Boone County, MO (pond)
Originally Posted By: roundy
What part of Missouri are you from.... laugh



Hey!

Everyone knows that Springfield is in Illinois. laugh


Edited by Bocomo (06/28/19 06:31 PM)
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#508593 - 07/08/19 09:00 AM Re: A Pond Log by QA [Re: Quarter Acre]
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Registered: 06/10/16
Posts: 1300
Loc: West Central Missouri
New HSB Record for the pond...1.95 pounds at 16.25 inches long. I caught him at 3:30 pm on a copper Rapala Super Duper trout lure (1/4 oz). Actually, it may not have hit the lure as I snagged it in the eye socket. I like to think that he was after it and just missed with his mouth. I was actually fishing for the HBG, but there he was. Water temps were in the low 80's and he showed no signs of distress as he was handled and returned to the pond.

Here's the progression of the HSB in my pond...

April (2018) - Initial stocking, HSB = 4 to 6" long.
Aug (2018) - 11" and 3/4 pound.
Sept (2018) - 13" and 1.3 pounds.
Oct (2018) - 13" and 1.4 pounds.
June (2019) - 14.5" and 1.63 pounds.
July (2019) - 16.25" and 1.95 pounds.

I have only caught a couple that did not get weighed, but for the most part they have been few and far between, increasing in size with most every catch.



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