Ok, now for how it's really been. I've been out fishing a lot and have had slow but steadily increasing luck in ponds. The rivers are still a bit messed up from the April rains that doused the area so I've been leaving them alone for now.
I clean my house for a showing, load my gear and my dogs into the car, and drive in the direction of a pond I know. A pond where I can fish with two big dogs tied to my belt and not bother anyone or be bothered by anyone. Only one thing goes through my mind on the drive. What am I going to throw? What lure is right for conditions? What's right for fishing attached to two big dogs.
I took a look at the water when I got to the spot and it was clear for a few feet then you lost visibility considerably, there were plenty of wispy weeds, and a decently strong breeze was blowing down the length of this rectangular retention pond. It was decided. I was going to fish finesse and fish small. One #4 Gamakatsu Octopus Circle hook, one 23g Raven Sure Shot Lead Split Shot, and one Crabby Bass Hellgrammite in Black with Blue Flake color.
I knew there were nice bluegills in this pond and there were also bass but I didn't know what size to anticipate. That was part of the fun of this style; I could catch a tiny little largemouth or a great big one but I was more interested in finding big bluegill.
First fish and.....it wasn't a bluegill.
I got Bass Thumb!
Welcome to open water fishing. It's on until it gets solid later this year! Let's go out and catch some fish!