Learning to force feed them and maximize your water


Knowing you’re around fish in a pond gives you the confidence to slow down and try to make them bite, even when they don’t want to. Believe it or not, some days even pond bass aren’t all that aggressive. Especially if the pond is stocked with Florida strain, or some hybrid of Florida strain, as those particular bass tend to become extremely lethargic post-frontal and in cold water. 

But it’s not like you have much of a choice if you’re fishing a pond and they’re not aggressive. You can’t run to another spot; you just have to figure out a way to make them bite. I’m a run-and-gun, power fisherman-type angler at heart. So pond fishing in poor conditions has actually made me a much better finesse fisherman. It has forced me to slow down and throw a worm far more often than I’d like.

But the result is that now, when I’m fishing an area of the lake that I’m confident has fish in it, I’ll slow down sooner and pick it apart. I’ll take my time and maximize my area instead of running away from fish to find fish. Sometimes, that’s the smartest move still, to take off and look for active fish.

But quite often the same conditions that have the fish you’re on inactive will have the fish you’re running to inactive. So it’s a good idea to develop the discipline to really milk an area and pond fishing has helped me do that.