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First Fishing Trip of the Year-Disappointment By Jer Ridout

March 23, 2012
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It’s official, fishing has arrived for everybody! The temperatures have hit near record highs for the month of March, and I was so pumped to get out and do my first fishing mission of the year. My friend Kruz (A learning fisherman, who I teach basics to help him improve) were set out to try a private pond about 30 miles west of Marshalltown. I’ve been lucky and blessed to have access to this pond for 5 years, which was stacked with Largemouth Bass exceeding over 4 pounds, and Bluegill reaching over 1 pound in weight and 9 inches on occasion. We arrived, and we saw an array of Bluegill and Bass right off the dam, but heartbreak struck us..the owner of the pond said she just had an ‘incident’ with the pond and did not want anyone to fish it at all. (unless they were close friends/relatives) I was extremely disappointed in the news. Next, we hit a lake called Twin Anchors, which is a lake that I’ve also fished for at least 9 years, and caught several bass out of in the past. So, I thought I may as well try there. We bluegill fished primarily, but not to much luck. We did not leave the trip empty handed though. We both caught 2 Green Sunfish, so it wasn’t a total disappointment. But the Bluegill were so lethargic they just weren’t hitting, so who knows, may not have even got them to bite at my private pond. Oh well! At least I had fun fishing it when I had the chances! Overall, the drive home was quiet and disappointing, but it’s still extremely early in the year and good will come. At least we had the opportunity to get out and try something on this nice March afternoon. Hopefully, in a couple weeks the fish will be biting, and I can have better luck, and more interesting stories and tips. Hope you enjoyed this first article of the spring!

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