Finally made it to the strip mines of AEP yesterday, first time in about ten years and the very first time with my float tube. Ended up with a dozen bass and twenty or more bluegill. The best bass was 14 inches, then 12 and 10, with the rest being dinks in the 6-9 inch range (but still a lot of fun on light tackle from a float tube). Most of the bass were on plastic worms, with the rest coming on a small Rebel minnow. The biggest bass was on a six inch worm, and then seven other bass were caught on a tiny 3 inch plastic worm in less than an hour when I decided to target bluegill after being frustrated with the lack of bass I was catching in the pond. I also caught my biggest sunfish ever, a 10 inch redear that had to be weigh a pound or more. However, I think I could've done a lot better. I spent too much driving around, looking for ponds. The 3 ponds I did try, near campground K, didn't really excite me at all, if that makes any sense. They weren't very large and they didn't look like they might hold a 20 inch bass. I know the best ones are supposed to be "off the beaten path". But I'm wondering, just how far off the beaten path do you have to go? The ponds I tried were next to the road, since I could see them, but had little shore access and no boat ramps. Is that off the beaten path or do have to get away from the road? Do the ponds way back in the woods have trails to them at all or do you have to go cross country to find them? Because I would have a float tube on my back and there's only so much brush I can plow through. If you've made it down here, thanks for reading all that and an even bigger thanks if you reply.