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How to Bank Fish a Small Pond in the Heat of Summer


Gene "Flukemaster" Jensen discusses how to dissect a small pond or lake, when fishing from the bank, to catch more bass. These are some great tips.

Gene Jensen, a.k.a. "The Flukemaster", is bank fishing a small pond and he has some tips on how to quickly dissect smaller bodies of water such as this one. It's not real difficult, but if you're pond hopping you can save yourself some time by quickly going through Jensen's list.

First thing he does is check the water color and clarity. If the lake is clear to fairly clear then Jensen will rely on natural colored lures. He'll generally avoid heavy spinnerbaits and brightly colored lures, which would be more the choice is darker waters.

Next he'll look for where the deepest water is. In this case it's where the dam was built. But if you're on a small lake where the bank is quite steep, check that out too, because steep banks often continue into the water and will often identify deep water.

As Jensen walks the bank he'll examine the bank and water to look for anything that is different - a fallen tree, grass growing out into the water, an extending bank. These are what he calls "points". They are not necessarily points of land, but are rather changes in structure.

Jensen likes to carry three rods. This time he's got one rigged with a surface frog, one with a small spinnerbait and one with a plastic worm. He also likes to mix it up with his rods, carrying a medium power, a medium heavy power, and a lighter spinning rod for finesse techniques.

Look for greater signs of life - minnows, for example - in certain areas.  When he does approach a spot he wants to fish he'll stand back, away from where he ultimately wants to stand, and fan cast the area first. Fish will feel vibrations from the bank, and he doesn't want to get too close to start out. Only after he's fan casted the area, will he step closer to the water and cast again.

Jensen discusses using a Mojo Rig as a sure-fire rig for catching bass. Made to fish on top of submerged grass, it is a finesse technique. Getting a feel for "the mood" of the fish is important as well. Do they want to feed off the bottom, are they aggressive or are they lazy, that sort of thing. Then match what you're throwing to their mood.

He catches a few smaller bass. Not bad for the middle of a sweltering day, but no 'bigguns'. This is his method for figuring out a small lake. Use it to figure out your own small pond fishing this summer.

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How to Bank Fish a Small Pond in the Heat of Summer