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You could nickname your pond Thunderdome. "Two fish enter, one fish leaves."


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I agree and disagree. The males make a nest very similar to bluegill but once the female drops her eggs and the male fertilizes them, she sucks them back up and hauls a**. You are probably seeing males on the nest. Just my opinion. Im no expert.

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Found a whole bunch more bluegill than I thought I wuld in the pond today! Bunch of 2-6 inchers hugging the weeds and a few on beds of their own.

One ripped the legs of my big creature lure off when I took 30 minutes to fish looking for bass beds.

Couldnt find any bass on beds, but did cull a drinkydoo bass that I caught.

My mama pig decided that just because she had babies 3 days ago doesnt mean she can't put herself back on the market and err... invited both my boars over if you catch my drift.

That was... a site to see....


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Got back in town from a trip and I think the evaporation has accelerated.

Even though we've had a few drops of rain lately it looks like it's dropped 5+inches in the last 10 days.

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If we dont get series rain soon I could be in trouble


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Hey I just wanted to add. The male tilapia will create beds and guard them loosely. They will go back and forth and try to entice ripe females to lay in their beds where the eggs are deposited, fertilized, and then gathered by the female for mouth brooding. A male will work the bed as long as females are around and interested in laying. I doubt they are competing much with your other fish as they tend to place their beds right along shore even large tilapia are almost on the shoreline in my experience. They also most times will space them out a good amount. Bluegill and bass will bed in deeper water without an issue.

I feel your pain with the rain. My well is flowing and the water still drops. It is just too dry for the ponds on the east coast here.

Now is a good time to bucket stock bluegill I caught 35 last week to mix up my genetics. Also I think your tilapia are a great forage source for your bass.

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Bucket stocking bluegill was on my agenda for this spring, but with the water dropping I am going to hold off until it starts going the right direction. I can't see any scenario right now where my water doesn't dry up frown I guess then it gives me the opportunity to restock and have a solid fishery growing until it reconnects with the creek


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Yall its RAINING.

Im gonna hold off celebrations until it keeps raining, but the last 4 days we had 5-6 inches.

On Friday you could WALK to my island... now there's a layer of water in the canal again

HUZZAH!


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Send it my way please. Water is so low now I have islands literally…..

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The rain didnt last frown Next weekend we will get a little more but the downward trend continues with ridiculously high temps and almost no rain. OI

Well if it lasts through getting my tax return I can get some dock piers in while the water is low, right?

The deer are literally walking to my islands.... awkward


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If the weather holds my wife and I are going to camp with our 4YO this weekend at the property. Hopefully we will have some time for fishing smile Been focused on the animals, work, and such for a while now and havent put in any time with my rod.

I did take 5 minutes and yonked one 1lber the other day. Maybe I can put another 10lbs on the bank this weekend? That would be a decent boost to this year's culling


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Have fun!

Camping out with the wife and 4 y.o. sounds like an effective way to get rain at your pond this weekend. (But I hope the rains hold off until you get back home.)

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Had a great time camping. Mostly goofing off. Did spend some time fishing, had a few get away from me, culled a 1lber and caught a healthy looking 2.5lber.

I did actually walk (hopping over the bad mud) to my island and fished a bit from the other side. Had some bites but I still suck at hooksetting.

Rain still going around the farm and not hitting it direct frown Maybe enough rain will hit the river so the creek can go back to filling me up that way? Wishful thinking...


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Good job on the 2.5# LMB!

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Rain still going around the farm and not hitting it direct frown Maybe enough rain will hit the river so the creek can go back to filling me up that way? Wishful thinking...

If your ponds are fed from the creek, then any significant rains in the watershed of the creek/river should send some water to your ponds.

There are some sites where it is easy to pull up the topographic map for your farm. You can look at the slopes and see where the watershed is for the creek upstream of your property.

Then you can watch for rains to go directly over your property AND for rains to go over the watershed of your creek.

I like this site for monitoring the rainfall at our property:

Rainfall Map

(Hopefully, that will lower your blood pressure since you now have twice the chance for success!)

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Great map thanks! Im keeping it.

My house, about 30 minutes north has gotten 3 inches of rain in 72 hours.

My pond? 0. :-p Stupid clouds


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UhOh.

The Algae is starting...


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Massive storm over the weekend pointed the pond in the right direction water wise. By my reckoning I just need 25 more of those in the next 30 days....

THOR? Ya there buddy?


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Cross your fingers for me.
Might get a hurricane/depression this weekend, could help a whole heck of a lot.

Or it could miss us completely.


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We need the rain bad. Looking forward to that storm. My well is drying up at this point. I am deepening my well here soon.

Osprey is enjoying the shallow water….. and easy pickings. Me not so much.

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Hey yall I'm back. Ish

Havent had much time for fishing, sadly. Wife makes me go to Disney too much *eyeroll* and then conned me into Universal passes toboot...

Plus its so damn hot

Anyway we're finally getting afternoon rain 4-5 days a week, which is starting to fill the pond back up. Probably up 6" or so from it's lowest point.
I need to do some serious trimming along the shorelines and recarve my fishing spots since it's all overgrown like crazy.

Found a nest or piclic location where something has been eating. I saw what I think was a turtle skull, and a fish spine/tail


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Finally have a little extra cash, going to go ahead and get a few hundred crayfish and put it in an isolated pond that will connect to the main pond if we get a big storm or two before hurricane season ends. That should give them time to grow out a bit before the bass find them...

Probably throw some minnows and bluegill in there too and x my fingers that section fills and overflows and i didnt waste y money.

Swamps are weird places yall


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Some of the crawdads just might go to the big pond on their own.


It's not about the fish. It's about the pond. Take care of the pond and the fish will be fine. PB subscriber since before it was in color.

Without a sense of urgency, Nothing ever gets done.

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Yea I figure the craws will figure it out, but I think i'm going to do some version of bluegill, shiners, minnows, and stripers too.
Ill have a feeder set up to help them out


The stripers will be my wildcard to help me cull small bass since there's no way i can fish them all out.


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placed my order for minnows craws and shiners, hopefully my "let them grow in a small pond that will spill over soon" plan will A-work and B- allow them to get big enough to spawn or avoid beign eaten right away.
*shrug*
Who *deleted* knows yall. Im just gonna have fun with it

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Good news bad news.

Good news the fish showed up this week.

Bad news is the day the first batch of craws and minnnows from toledo golfish. showed up was severe Tstorms and it wasn' safe to go out to the pond. I tried keeping them alive in a large container with an air bubbler but all those minnows and craws died. frown

Yesterday I got my batch of brooder sized shiners from anderson minnows. Despite the thunderstorms I went out anyway and got them in safely. 200 shiner brooders in what is currently ~2'deep 100 foot diameter and will get up to 4' or so before it overflows into the main pond. With this rainy season I expect that to take about 6-8 weeks. Hopefully they spawn once or twice.

Im gonna reorder those craws and minnows for that pond. Grrrrrr


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Sorry about your losses on that first batch of craws and minnows.

I have sometimes pushed "almost finished" work projects too close to the line when the lightning started cracking.

Much better for YOU to be safe and live to fight work another day.

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