July 7, 2014

Back To Bass-ics

Hit up a little pond at the end of the parkway I live behind yesterday.  I've been there once before, but never really explored the perimeter.

Unlike the other end of this road, there are no houses nearby.  The road is set up with sidewalks and turn lanes so there probably will be continued sprawl over the next 5-10 years, but none at the moment.  

I was somewhat surprised to find the remnants of so many others when I got there.  Most wouldn't exactly walk there, I guess that means it's an okay place to fish.  The next time I go back, I'll bring a small trash bag, there was quite a bit of pondside trash - Eagle Claw wrappers, styrofoam worm cups, etc... - you know, the usual.

I did pretty good for the hour and a half I was there.  Caught 10 small bass and a few bluegills.  I was fishing with the Tenkara USA Sato, 3.5 level line, and a beadhead road cone kebari.   It was really interesting to see how the fish behaved at the different sections of the pond.  

In the two far ends of the pond, the bass really responded to the yo-yo technique, almost like a vertical jigging motion a few feet from the bank.  However in the middle sections, they preferred a swift pulsing retrieve, very similar to stripping in a fly line.  I fished strictly sub-surface as I didn't observe any surface rises elsewhere while fishing.  The foam hoppers and beetles will wait until next time.

Not the biggest fish, but that's okay.  With all of the fishing with Lilly lately, I've been on a bit of a bluegill streak.  I was nice to switch it up with some bass.  Plus, when you fish tenkara, even little fish put a NICE bend in your rod.


  1. Michael
    That place looks like a Pelican Boat job. When you go back if you have the means try to boat the pond using the Tenkara. Fly fishing either with the Tenkara or fly rod is a blast with bass that size. In fact give me my 3 wt. and I land bass that size all day. Thanks for sharing

  2. That's a cool looking little pond! And hey - it ain't trout fishin' - they don't have to be "rising" to hit a popper or beetle. :) I mean, you know - unless you just want to be some sort of tenkara outlaw Purist or something. :)

  3. I like the looks of he pond too. I can see many days of Bassin' in that one.

  4. Obviously, I am a Pond Stalkin' kid of guy and this pond looks ideal for that. Would like to have watched you in action on the Bass.

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