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This morning I was fishing a Dublin pond with night crawlers. I was catching 4 to 5 inch bass like crazy. Nothing bigger. Was it the bait? Should I start using artificial lures or maybe minnows? I would imagine that if there are lots of small bass in the pond, there are bigger ones.

All advice is more than welcome.
 

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Tie on a swim bait and see what happens or a top water torpedo. If there are some bigger bass in the pond they will hit one or the other.
 

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Use a bass colored crank bait. Your numbers will go way down, but if there are a few bigger fish in there I bet you'd get one or two.
 

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sounds like the problem is your bait choice...almost every little thing goes for nightcrawlers....the big girls wont even get a chance to see it before all the little guys are on it.
 

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Could the pond have been stocked recently? Sounds like an excess of juveniles. Keep feeding them crawlers though, they'll be fatties in no time.
 

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Use a 1/4" piece of worm on a small hook to catch a small gill then get a bigger hook and toss the gill back out. Nothing going to steal that bait but a big bass or a cat.
 

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I was at a local pond the other day(not fishing) and seen a ton of small bass swimming around, looked like this years hatch actually, never seen anything with remotely any size to it, I know there are bigger bass in this pond so I am not sure what the deal with that is. I would maybe try a medium size spinner bait, caught a few recently on one.
 

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Were you fishing it close to shore line or further out? Were you using any weight? Hook size?

My fiance typically catches more fish, and bigger fish, using a nightcrawler on a 4/0 offset hook with a small split shot on it. She caught a big catfish this way...and a big lm bass this way. Both in a particular pond in dublin.
 

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Ahhh!

Building your first tackle box.


1.) Soft tackle boxes are nice and light.

2.) Lures
A.) A couple of Beetle Spins or Road Runners
B.) A bag of plastic worms and Texas rigged hooks
C.) You cannot go wrong with a Strike King crank bait or two
D.) A popper or Tiny Torpedo
 
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