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The rope is with it at the pond bottom.

Recomendation for a strong magnet?


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Earth magnet seems to be the strongest.... some pocket levels have them

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Get a long set of slightly curved hemostats. Perfect for getting hooks out of places your fingers won't (or don't want) to fit.


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Grainger - $20 - Lifting and Retrieving Magnet, 2 in Overall Length, 2 in Overall Width, 100 lb Max. Pull - Item #9UDF7, Mfr. Model #07541...

This should pull most anything that goes plop in the pond. I have one similar and have retrieved dock hardware, glasses, my trap, and it's great for collecting nails/screws after a day of barn demo...very handy. Harbor Freight has some cheaper ones, but I'd visit a store to make sure it's power is good enough.


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Thanks for the advice. Maybe I can drag one around and recover a few of my lures... Including the one in this video that a turtle stole.

https://imgur.com/gallery/wux3MNW

^ pics of current water levels and video of catching a turtle

https://imgur.com/gallery/p3MTPVu
^from 2 months ago for comparison


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Can't you just tie on a big treble hook and a light weight and snag your minnow trap?

I would use whichever rig has the heaviest line. 10# test should work if you come in easy and don't lift the trap into the air, unless it is a really big minnow trap.

Good luck!

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That could do it, good idea


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Originally Posted by CityDad
That could do it, good idea

Or I could just send my father down to Florida.

If there is one stick-up, dock anchor cable, low-hanging tree, etc. - then he is guaranteed to snag it!

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Sorry, one father in law is my limit


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Originally Posted by CityDad
Sorry, one father in law is my limit

That's my limit too!

However, it seems to be based on some silly edict from my wife. laugh

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LoL.

Water levels still going very much in the correct direction.

~30 minutes casting texas rigged wormsinto the water this am turned about to be just for practice. The gar watched me and made fun of me, saw lots of stuff splashing and something BIG splashed, maybe a turtle or gator? I just saw theh 2'+ plume and the sound.

Hatchery forgot about me, but that's ok, the longer they wait the more grass the shiners will have to hide in right?


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Have you tried Big Bite Baits cane thumper? With Owner Brand 3/0 flashy swimmer . It has been murder on LMB and large crappie. Have caught 3 10# LMB and numerous others to 8# on that thing in numerous ponds around here. The 3-1/2” one on 1/0 hook has been paying off as well as the 5”. Pearl seems to work great in my stained water. Pm me and I can text you pix since can’t post off of phone

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Thanks for the link!
I spent my monthly limit on fishing supplies this month, but Ill grab that next month smile 2 new rods and the Googan TUmbler box.... cause I needed a new tumbler...

We've got another hurricane heading our way which will likely boost pond by 4-6" making more grass accessible for stocked fish. So I'm going to call the hatchery again and see if they will actually come out at the end of the month with a few pounds of shiners. Also going to get a cast net and hit the bluegill spot I found and see if I cant grab a few bucketfuls.

I dont think it makes much sense to hang the feeder during hurricane season since... ill just be pulling it down constantly. I'll feed in the winter.



Anyone have thoughts on whether I should stock shiners v craws? I think the biggest benefit of craws would be I can 100% put them somewhere theyd be alone for at least a month before another storm connects that "forage pond" with the main pond and the bass can get at them. I dont think I could put shiners in that spot though.


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Had a good night fishing, took pics of the catch but my phone isnt uploading to my computer or imgur for whatever reason. Maybe if I was a better millenial I'd be able to make it work.

Got 2 ~1lb culls, and a 3rd cull escaped when i failed the boat flip.

Landed a 2.7lb good lookin one and a 1.8lb fighter.

I definitely want to get these pictures up because one of the culls had a WEIRD bump on the base of the tail, like a hernia? that I Wanted yalls input on. Hernia guy also had some of the best colors with the diamond pattern all the way down.

Rain is definitely helping water temps, which I think is what is getting the bass to bite again. Also you can file me in the 'color does matter' school of thought because I was skunked for an hour before switching to a green/chartreuese and that got em all


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Color definitely matters..... my water is clear tannin dark, when I switched to pearl it made all the difference in the world on bass and crappie.

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Ok so this is gonna hurt my soul but.... I think I need to up the size of fish I'm willing to cull.

Even the bigger ones are skinny aren't they?

https://www.instagram.com/polkpasturedpork/

I think I'll go up to 1.75lbs to throw on the bank. Still trying to get some shiners to put in a hactery pond that will fill up and overflow after 1-2 more tropical storms into the main pond. My land is swampy and I think I can do that every year to good effect without digging a new hole. That way I get a few mnths of safe ish spawning before the bass go to town.

Some day in the future when money isn't an object I will dig a permanent forage pond.


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Originally Posted by CityDad
Ok so this is gonna hurt my soul but.... I think I need to up the size of fish I'm willing to cull.

Even the bigger ones are skinny aren't they?

https://www.instagram.com/polkpasturedpork/

I think I'll go up to 1.75lbs to throw on the bank. Still trying to get some shiners to put in a hactery pond that will fill up and overflow after 1-2 more tropical storms into the main pond. My land is swampy and I think I can do that every year to good effect without digging a new hole. That way I get a few mnths of safe ish spawning before the bass go to town.

Some day in the future when money isn't an object I will dig a permanent forage pond.


Since I'm not on Instagram I can't see the pictures. I'll say this once. Either you remove EVERY bass you catch until you hit removing 30# per surface acre this year, or you invest some $$ in a scale and a ruler, and print off a copy of a Relative Weight Chart to keep in your back pocket so you can cull according to Relative Weight. If you haven't yet invested in a scale to weigh the fish, my next question is what are you waiting for?


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Took the canoe out for over 2 hours last night and had a few nibbles but no bites. Water temps are really high, think the fish are waiting for another decent rain before getting active again. I did see a bunch splashing, the Tilapia all seem to be hiding, which is weird since they are warm water fish.


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No Pond updates, busy with pigs and chickens, but I didnt want to say my fingers are crossed for everyonein the path of the Hurricane. If you need a place to park an RV your welcome to my property in FL, as long as you help me cull some bass smile


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Originally Posted by CityDad
No Pond updates, busy with pigs and chickens, but I didnt want to say my fingers are crossed for everyonein the path of the Hurricane. If you need a place to park an RV your welcome to my property in FL, as long as you help me cull some bass smile


Im not necessarily in the path of the hurricane but if it wasn't so far and I had time I would pretend I was and park my RV there and help you with the culling of bass.


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Haha! Well if you want to escape the cold this winter offer is open then too!


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Maybe a mini PondBoss get together with day trips into the kissimee chain. If youre camping at my property its like 45min-1hr to Camp Mack


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Hey Guys, Hav ehad very limited fishing time this week but culled 3 since last weekend, each about a pound.

Hooked into something big, got a flash of fins, they are very dark so it may have been a bowfin, but my bass also run dark so *shrug*

Also culled a small one that had a hernia. Weird.

Putting up more fence for more pigs. I love having property!


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Had a nice time trying to fish yesterday, but it was afternoon and temps were a bilion degrees so only some non committal bites.

Found some tilapia that like to chase lures but not bite.

I did see some decent sized bluegill that I think were guarding beds. I also saw a few bass on beds too but I dont try to fish em off beds so I left them alone.


I'm going to try to get out there early in the AM one day this weekend so I can test the morning bite before the sun heats up the world.


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Brother in law and I had our kids out there yesterday. Tried teaching them to fish.

My niece used her rod like a machete

My son kep catching trees and shouting "THATS NOT A FISH"

Good times:)

Also got a new boar for my gilts.


Great day at the lake


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