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Lunkerville: Pond Prowling

– Hey everybody. Mike D here. Welcome to the program. Today we’re in Florida and in Florida there are retention ponds filled with bass everywhere. Now we don’t have this in New York, so I got in touch with pond
prowler and Facebook fan, Scott Larsen. – [Scott] Yeah, this is a big lake here. – [Mike] Is it a lake or a pond? – [Scott] Kind of a lake really, because it’s pretty big. – [Mike] When does a pond become a lake? Let’s go to Lunkerville. (soft acoustic music) – Got one! Fish on. – [Narrator] It seems
in every town in America that there’s a secret fishing spot where the water runs clear and the bass are always bitin’. And at that spot, there’s an unsung hero who knows every (mumbles) laid out in a lily pad. Seems all he’s got to do is wet a line, and sure enough, he’s reeling in a big bass. So if you’re looking for real people with real fish stories, then hop a ride. We’re going to Lunkerville. (smooth country music) – [Scott] So let’s get on here and we’ll get some topwater going. We’ll set up right there and we’ll throw all in here. We got a frog. – [Mike] We’ve never caught
a frogfish on Lunkerville in 15 years. – [Scott] Well, the day is today. – [Mike] Okay. – This is great, you
catch big fish out here. Top water’s my thing. I love topwater fishing because you could catch some giant fish. All right, what I do, you throw it up onto the bank. – On the bank, okay. – You don’t want to throw
it on the green stuff, ’cause it gets on the hooks. And then you want to crawl
it in like it’s natural. When he hits, just give him a few seconds and then pop him good. Just keep the rod tip up about 10 and two. – 10 and two, yeah. – Because the hooks automatically go in the bass’ top mouth there. – Okay. Do I use the rod tip? – [Scott] Yeah, use the rod tip. There he goes. – [Mike] Oh, I got one, right off the– – [Scott] Oh, you missed him. You gotta set it pretty good. – [Mike] Oh, I missed him. – [Scott] You missed him, Mike. – Okay, let’s check out Bass Forecast. So we got a five two fair rating. That’s not bad. Now we know the full moon
was a couple days ago. But you know, we don’t have
to think about all that stuff. Bass Forecast does it for us. Major time, 2:30 to 4:30. Minor time, 8:50 to 9:50. So we got 30 minutes. That’s pretty cool. Okay, locations, secondary points. We’ve got migration routes. This is pretty small, so I don’t think we have
to worry about that. Baits, soft jerkbaits, soft stickbait, plastic worm, swimbait and
medium dive and crankbait. Okay, we’re using a
frog ’cause it’s early. (dramatic ominous music) – There you go. – [Mike] Oh, there’s a, gah! That was a nice blow up! Oof. – [Scott] Get him, Mike. Nice fish, Mike. – Ah, he spit it! – [Scott] Aw, Mike, no, no Mike. You gotta get a better hook– – I didn’t set the hook good enough. I was too like, ah! – I got a fish. – [Mike] Oh, you got one? – [Scott] I got a fish. – [Mike] You got a fish
just sitting there. – And I just lost him. – We just started here, we just started.
– I know. – We just started. We’re not focusing. – We’re having a wild time. – [Announcer] Lunkerville
is brought to you by Zip Firestarters, give your fire some Zip. Deeper, the number one portable fish finder. (soft country music) – [Mike] Just explain what you have there. What kind of bait you got there? – I got a Torpedo. It’s a finesse bait. It’s really tiny but it’s big action bait. You just don’t overwork
all these topwaters. Just let it sit. One, two, three. One, look at that big
(mumbles) right there, you see that one? Now hit it out in the open, Mike. They think it’s a minnow. They don’t think it’s a frog all the time. It can be anything to the bass. – I’m gonna go back here. I got one. – [Scott] Oh, you got him that time. – [Both] Oh! – [Mike] Man, I set
that hook hard (grunts). – [Scott] It’s your technique. – [Mike] It’s my technique. – When you set it you wanna do 10 and two. – [Mike] Yeah, 10 and two. – You just wanna go like this and set it like that, lean. – [Mike] With the lean. – You don’t wanna do the hop, ’cause when you hop it makes it jump and he feels the tension. You wanna slide it up the mouth, lay them two hooks goes in their mouth. – [Mike] What stage are the bass in now? – The big bass usually spawn
here, February, you know, or January in the big lakes. And in the ponds, they
can do Thanksgiving here. Yeah, see where he’s–
– Okay, what are we doing? – The bird’s hitting at there, he’s trying to feed. There’s a lot of bait fish,
like blue gill and stuff. If he’s in there, the
bass is gonna be in there. (soft tremolo rock music) – [Mike] There’s one, I got one. – [Scott] Keep it bit, Mike. Keep it bit all the time. (water splashing) – Yeah! Look at that. Was that the right hookset? – [Scott] That’s the right hookset, Mike. – Check it out. I did it, finally man. Look at that. Right in the top. That’s the only place it’d
probably be hooked, right? – [Scott] Most of the time, but sometimes it’ll do the corner. – My first frogfish. – You set it perfect. That was a strong sweep hookset. – That was fresh! Small, I know, but yes, Scottie! (bluesy guitar music) Let’s target that little weed patch. – [Scott] Yep. (dog barking) – [Mike] That could be a fish right there. I’d be there if I was a fish. – (mumbles) usually right there. – [Scott] Okay, thanks. – Hi there. You saw an alligator? – No (mumbles). – [Mike] If we left a raw chicken out, would he come for it? – Yeah, yeah he will. – Here we go. Oh, there’s a good one. Fighter. He pulled it off bottom. You saw that, I was talking. – [Scott] Yeah, you was talking and they’re not aggressive. – He was sitting so that was, Bass Forecast said slow. That was as slow as you get. – [Scott] I mean, you stopped. – Look it, another one. – [Scott] Yep. (upbeat bluesy rock music) – Yeah. He’s a little chunk. (smooth bluesy music) Oh! Nice. – [Scott] Little guy but hey. – [Mike] Little, they’re little. – [Scott] It’s action. – They’re the ones that are biting. I like this Fire Tail, is
that what they call this? Fire Tail? – [Scott] Yeah. Most of the fish are green, you know, the bait fish, the shad. The blue gill. – But that gives it a little tension. – [Scott] Yeah. – A little tease. – Little tease. Fish on. – [Mike] Oh, you got another one? (smooth rhythmic music) – [Scott] Little guy. – [Mike] Nice one, Scotty. Boo ya! – [Scott] Boo ya! I got a boo ya. (upbeat country music) – We’re here at the
Micro Munch lair or den or whatever you want to call it. We’re here with Craig and Carrie and they make their own baits and this place is awesome. Look at it. Take a look at some of this stuff here. They make all these baits themselves. There’s all sorts of plastics, tubes, there’s pouring pots, there’s jigs over there. Tell me about this stuff. Carrie, what do you do? – I pour the plastic. I also create some of the color schemes. Basically my husband
comes to me with a thought and I kind of take it from there. And add a little of my own twist to it and whatever colors I
think look nice together and stuff like that. – [Mike] My eyes drawn
to these two pots here. – These are our pouring pots and this is where all of
our soft plastics are born. What we do is we take the liquid plastic, which is in this jug, and pour it into the pot. And we add some colored dye and mix it up. And then here we have all
these little jars of glitter that we can add into the plastic. And we mix ’em up some more. And right before we’re about to pour, we add garlic scent, our
shad scent or fruit scent. And salt, which is really popular
for making the baits sink, as well as, I think, that the fish hold onto a
salted bait a lot longer, as opposed to an unsalted bait. What we do then is we have these molds. This is our (mumbles) mold. And basically I would have
this on a wooden block so it slides on the metal easy. And I would fill it up, and then I’d put it
aside till it cools off. And a few minutes later
you just pop ’em out and then they’re done. And we could do anything. We could do multi pours. We could pour two or
three different colors, one color in each pot into one mold and one cavity of the mold. So we have a (mumbles). – Oh, nice fish. Come on, Danny. Yeah. This is what we want right here. Oh, he’s got me in the stuff. Come on buddy. Yeah. (water splashing) There we go. This is what we came for. – [Man] Nice. – Little bit better. (upbeat playful music) – [Mike] Yeah, I got the deeper here. Have you seen one of these? Check that out. – Oh man, what is that? – It’s a sonar. – That is cool. I want to see what’s out
there in the middle there. For some reason the bass hang out here and come deep. And all these lakes and ponds here, they don’t have nothing. – Okay, so once it hits
the water, it activates. Right out in the middle. Looks like 11 and a half feet. There’s a little vegetation. You see that? There’s a couple fish up. – [Scott] High, yeah. – [Mike] Up high. Let’s bring it in a little more. – [Scott] There’s some structure. – [Mike] There’s a little bit. – [Scott] Yeah, there’s some– – [Mike] Oh, there’s a fish. Right there. Try to cast it right at the Deeper. Let it fall right at the Deeper. – [Scott] They’re all over there. – [Mike] Okay, he’s moved off, but he might just be right off. It just went from 11 to seven and a half and there’s a lot more stuff down there. You see that? – [Scott] Got a fish. Check this out. – [Mike] You got one? – Yeah, he hit it. Hello bass. Little chunker too. – He’s fightin’. Man, that was right when it hit. – Yeah. A little chunky fish right there. Nothing wrong with that. – No. Yeah, it ain’t bad.
– Not bad. – It just spawned out too. (water splashing) – That was a pretty cool hit. – Yeah man, he was hungry. – This kinda off the bait. – What do you have? You have an inline spinner? – Yeah, I got that Rooster Tail. I love that white Rooster Tail. Senkos and Rooster Tail, you know. That’s what catches fish. – I got one. – [Scott] Mike’s got a, oh, he’s– – [Mike] He’s not a big one. (water splashing) He hit it once, went away and
came back and hit it again. – [Scott] Probably on the bed. Yeah, that’s a little bit better fish. – Oh boy, this is the
best one so far, I think. – [Scott] Yeah. About the same size as your
froggy fish, wasn’t it? – About the same, yeah. Pretty. (water splashing) Thanks for being on the show. – [Scott] There we go. – [Mike] He’s a machine. – Little guy, but it’s all fun you know? – Yeah. – I like to do this for the kids. When I take the kids out, they get little push buttons. – You’re kind of taking the kids out now. – Yeah (laughs). – [Mike] Similar. – [Scott] There you go. – What do the big girls
do after they spawn? Are they feeding, whoa, ooh! Geez! – [Scott] Oh my God. He got– – That was a horse. Did you see that? – [Scott] It went that way and it just– – It started running and
I tried to set the hook. – [Scott] Oh my God. – Do a replay. You wanna watch that? What do the big girls do after they spawn? Are they feeding, whoa, oh! Geez! – [Scott] Oh my God. – I was talking to you and
then I just felt the rod come out of my hand. – [Scott] Dude, it took off. – Wow. – [Scott] You hung the girl, man. – So what happens right after
they bed, when they come off? Are they eating right away? Are they resting? What’s going on? – After they’re off the beds, they’ll feed real heavy, and then they’ll go back in the deep. And then as they’re warning feeding time they come back and hit the banks. And the big ones usually
stay out pretty deep. You know, you’ll have two, three pounders, shallow during the day too, but mostly the big ones, they stay out a good ledge. Maybe if there’s a grass line, they’ll stay in that grass line. You’ll learn in every lake, this lake, you know, you’re sitting there watching. You’re always constantly and you’ll see a feeding station where baits stand all the time. And you’ll see ’em bust at certain times and they’ll hit. And then fish, you know, the bait’s holding there
for some reason too. Mostly structure, grass. The quality of the water,
it’s all kinds though. – We’re in that stage now, so the big ones probably
are a little deeper. ‘Cause every bed we’ve
seen has been empty. (triumphant orchestral music) – I drive a gas tanker for a living. I’ve been doing it about 26 years. Yeah, I got two kids. I’m married to Sharon. I was raised up on bass fishing. Pond fish like this. I caught my biggest
bass, it’s was like 13.5. And that’s one of these ponds out here. – [Mike] I love it here. Thanks for inviting me. – [Scott] Yeah, no problem. I’m glad you came down. About time, man (laughs). – [Mike] I know you– – Oh, I got a fish, right there, man. – [Mike] There’s one. Yeah!
– Got a little guy on top of water but–
– Right in that little pocket. Sweet! – [Scott] I gotta get him up before– – [Mike] Get him out of the gunk. – [Scott] Look at him, man. Little guy. Little (laughs). – [Mike] Oh man. He’s wearing a coat. – Yeah he is. Little salad with the meat there. – [Mike] Nice! – Yeah. Little fishies. – [Mike] They’re all
about the same size today. – Yeah. – [Mike] That one’s a little smaller. – That’s a little smaller. – [Mike] But good– – This time of year and
the heat of the day, you could catch a lot of these. – [Mike] On the topwater even? – On the topwater in
the middle of the day, ’cause a lot of the buckbass, they’ll hit the bugs on top of the water. And actually the heat of the day is this little lure right here. Any little prop bait. Even the tinier, the real
smaller one’s probably better. (upbeat country music) – Pond, this is a pond. The other one was a lake.
– This is a pond. – [Mike] Okay. – But there’s an eight, nine pound fish in this little pond. – You sure about that? – I caught it.
– Nice. When did you catch it? – [Scott] It’s been a couple years ago. Caught a six pounder over there. – [Mike] Oof. – Right there in the corner over there. (mumbles) that way. – I got one.
– You got one? – [Mike] Yeah. – [Scott] Oh, that’s a big one, Mike. Oh, no, ain’t too big. (water splashing) – [Mike] That was a line mover. I didn’t feel ’em. Did not feel him. I just saw the line move. Yeah. – [Scott] Is he fat? – Not, yeah. – [Scott] She’s got a little tummy on her. – Fighter. (soft lively country music) Florida bass. Now is this just a regular, is this what they call
Florida-strain bass? – Yeah, that’s just a
regular Florida-strain bass. – [Mike] And what does that mean? (upbeat lively country music) – [Scott] There we go. – Scooter! Not bad. That’s interesting. Topwater in the middle of the day. Blue bird sky, practically,
just a few clouds. – But you’re gonna
catch a lot of your bass on edges of grass areas. You want a bait, especially a topwater, you’re gonna make him
come out of that hole to get that fish. That’s what you want. (upbeat lively country music) Topwater hit.
– You got one? Yeah! – [Scott] He ain’t big big. – [Mike] All right. – Boy, he inhaled that bait, guys. Look at that, he wanted it. – [Mike] Well, let’s have fun. – He inhaled it. Look at that. Inhaled that little bait. – Yeah, I love that. Golly. (lure jingling) (water splashing) There’s oh! – [Scott] Whoa Mike! (laughing) – What was that? That wasn’t a bass. – [Scott] That was a bass. – That was a bass? Tiny bass. – [Scott] That was a tiny bass. – I launched it.
– Man, Mike launched it. – I couldn’t even get the hook in him. – [Scott] I put you on some fish, don’t I? – [Mike] Yeah, man. Hell yeah you did. Now this type of fishing is fun, but make sure you get permission, okay? Don’t just go wandering
around in people’s yards or sneaking onto golf courses. Ask a neighbor, ask a friend. Talk to a greenskeeper. You know what I’m saying? Be creative. So I’d like to thank Scott once again for taking me fishing. And I want to thank y’all
at home for tuning in. Don’t forget to tune in
next week to Lunkerville. (upbeat smooth country music)

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