Part Two hundred-five
By Richard Zieger, somewhere in Iowa
Archive of Panfish
Went fishing last Saturday at a pond that needs some small crappie taken
out so the others will grow larger, and improve the fishing in the pond.
Trouble was there was a cow that did not like the way I looked, smelled, or
possibly both. Just after I got over the fence she headed towards me and
never stopped. She even moved along the fence to try to get to me. I decided
I should fish elsewhere that day.
As I was loading my gear in the pickup a man stopped and asked me what
I liked to fish for. I told him that my favorite fish were crappie. He
said as long as I did not tell or show anyone where the pond was I could
fish his pond and take all the crappie I could catch. He didn't like
them and said the pond was full of them.
He showed me where it was and in just over two hours I caught 55 crappie
and about 30 bluegills with several bass up to 2 pounds. This was a
great deal of fun. Fish were hitting on almost every cast that I could
get out far enough.
I was casting into a 25 to 30 mph wind. When I would get my timing right
and get the fly out far enough a fish would hit it. Usually the fly did
not go out very far, but when the routine was right the fish were eager to
hit. I never had to set the hook as they were hitting the fly hard
enough to set it themselves. Had to use forceps on most of the crappie
to get the fly out as they had taken it deep.
I would have stayed longer but there was a storm coming, I packed it in
when I heard the first thunder. I am sure I could have caught more fish
if I had stayed there longer but they will be there next time. Did have
lightening hit a tree about a half mile from where I came out of the
field onto the main road. That was not the type of excitement I was
I did stop at the land owners home to thank him for letting me go in and
to give him a dozen bluegill fillets as he said he liked those. He asked
me if I had caught any crappie and when I told him he came out to look.
He was glad I had caught them and wants me to return and take out more.
I told him that it would cause me great pain and anguish to do this, but I
thought I could manage. I did have to promise him again that I would not
tell people where this pond is because he is afraid people will come in
and catch the bass out. This has happened to several ponds in this area.
Just as I was leaving he told me that a mutual friend had scuba dived in
the pond last year and said it was full of fish. He said there were fish
all over in the water from bank to bank and top to bottom.
I will be returning to this pond - and hope you find good fishing
where you are. ~ RZ
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