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fishinchicks

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Went out shore fishing with my family last night. Cast with my Heddon Torpedo, and BAM! Fish on! My 11 year old daughter cast out her Pop-R, same thing. Then it was cast, reel in, pull weeds off, cast reel in, pull weeds off... What do you suggest when the pond is so full of weeds that even the topwaters were bad? I have been told that there are some nice fish in there (it is in a farmer's pond..even my daughter could cast to the other bank), but how do you get to them with all the weeds? It was 8:30 when we went out, which has been really good for the topwaters for us. Is that the time to start throwing Tx rigged plastic? Any help would be great! Thanks!

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Sounds like you should look into getting some weedless topwaters. Any place that carries lures should have a good variety to choose from. If you arn't sure what I mean just ask an employee where to find the scumfrogs.

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Topwater sure is fun. With all the weeds though any exposed hooks will foul as you found out. They make weedless topwater plastics such as a scumfrog, moss boss and others. They can be fished easily without constant fouling and bass love 'em. Even texas rigged plastics might be tough with too many weeds. You could try plastics rigged wieghtless such as senko's and drag them across the tops of the weeds. Even buzzbaits might work for you as well. Experiment a bit and have fun, a private pond to yourself? You're gonna spoil your daughter!!! wink.gif

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Too late! She's already spoiled! smile.gif When our 3 girls get bored at this location, their Dad takes them out on the 4 wheeler paths there. Great scenery, and fun hills!

I picked up some smaller topwater baits that are pre-rigged like my scum frog, so should be weedless. My husband, who grew up fishing for walleye and northern, is being taught by our 11 year old how to use bass lures. grin.gif He was using my frog last night, and didn't get any bites. Sure is fun watching her tell him the finer points of working a topwater!

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i love it !! grin.gif if you want to try some thing different in the weeds. get a package of floating lizards.( i prefer bubble gum/ pink) no weight and rig it texas style. can be floated on the weeds and when you get to a small opening let it sit. it will very slowly sink. just something else to try.

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Though not quite as fun as topwater baits, a spinnerbait will usually get through the weeds all right...just make sure it lands in an open area...

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Thanks for all of the advice. It may be a little bit before I can put it to use - county fair starts this week, so we will be there for most of our free time. My girls are in 4-H, so they have lots to do at the fair.

I do have a spinnerbait that I like to throw, I just never thought to toss it in the other night. Thanks guys!

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fishinchicks,

One of my favorite topwater lures is the buzzbait. You can throw it into really thick stuff and it usually won't hang up. It has one hook (unless you use a trailer) and the hook faces up when you reel it in so it won't snag.

They make a lot of noise and vibrations and the bass will really blow up on them when they strike. The only tough part about kids using them is that you have to reel pretty fast to keep them on the top if you're using a spinning reel or push button. You might miss a few more fish too because there is only the one hook. If the fish misses the bait and you keep reeling, they'll often come back and hit it again.

They look just like a spinner bait only the blade is more triangular and the sides of the blade are bent in opposite directions.

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  • 2 weeks later...

Finally got out today for a couple of hours on the same pond as mentioned earlier. I was using a yellow buzzbait, and my daughter was using a 6" watermelon Gulp worm rigged Tx style with no weight. Between the two of us, we landed over a doz. lm, and a couple of sunnies. We had such a blast. Thank you to all who offered advice!

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Yup. Not sure how they got the hooks in their mouths, but they hit them hard. They were good sized for the pond we were at.

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