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Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Top Water Pond Fishing Tips


Top water pond fishing in the early morning will blow your mind! Explosive hook-ups are common when fishing top water, and even more so in the early morning on a pond. Here are some tips that have worked well for me.

The smaller the bait the better. It’s often thought that if you use bigger bait, you’ll catch bigger fish. Sometimes this is true but on a pond bigger bait makes a bigger splash when it hit’s the water. On a small body of water that can be a disaster and ruin your chances to catch fish that might mistake the commotion for some type of danger. I’ve caught huge Largemouth Bass and Trout with flies so tiny you wouldn’t even know they were there. The trick is to work the waters edge, casting towards Cattails and brush. When you make your cast let your bait sit for a minute or two before you move it at all. Then move it very slowly and stop. Do this two or three more times then begin pulling it quickly towards the open water about 2 inches at a time, not any more than that. It is very important to understand why to retrieve your fly, lure, bait or whatever you’re using like this and I’ll tell you why. The bait you use to lure a fish to strike must act as real as possible to cause the strike reaction in a fish’s brain. That reaction happens without the consent of the fish. It sees a potential source of food, that food source pauses aware that it is in danger, it then the source moves erratically in an attempt to save its life. This erratic movement triggers a reaction in the fish’s brain whether the fish is hungry or not, the reaction is a strike. It’s like you going to the doctor, the doctor sits you on a table, hits your knee and your leg jumps. You might look at the doctor and think, how’d he make me do that. That’s what the fish will be thinking when you’re reeling him in. To get a better understanding of how this works catch a bug, and throw it on the surface of the water. Watch how the bug moves and how it reacts to what it sees beneath the water. These movements are what you are tiring to mimic with your bait that’s tied to the end of your line. Study the things that occur naturally and you will be more in tune with the whole picture. If your bait behaves like something unnatural you won’t catch many fish.

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