My buddy invited me out to fish his great aunt's pond since we both had Presidents Day off from work. I knew the pond held bluegill, crappie and largemouths. I had a heck of a time finding any live bait on somewhat short notice. I checked the wax worms at a gas station in town before we left, but they were moldy. That was a first for me, moldy worms. We hit a couple of other gas stations on the way, and I finally found a box of meal worms at a gas station in Bloomfield.
We got to the pond and I got my poles set up for live bait. I was fishing off the dock on the west end of the pond and had the wind blowing in my face. With a smaller bobber the wind made it tough at times with a bit of chop on the water, but the fish were pretty active. I started out with a few bluegills and then got into a few crappie. I bounced around between catching crappie and bluegills until I finally caught a gill that was small enough to put on a hook to try and catch a bass. I got the gill on a hook and tossed it back out under a bobber. I went back to catching bluegill and crappie until I noticed that the bobber for the bluegill was moving quite a bit. When I first picked up the pole I didn't think there was a bass on the line, but I saw a flash of a belly and a longer body just off the dock. I started reeling, but didn't get a good hookset, so the bass got off.
I was a bit frustrated, but went back to catching bluegill and crappie. I caught another gill that I figured was small enough to put on a hook. I got it tossed out and let it sit while I got back to the panfish. Around 2:00-2:30 the panfish bite seemed to shut off. I left the bluegill out while my buddy continued to fish. He was using artificial stuff, mostly a Berkley Power Minnow, and caught a few crappie and some bass. I had given up on the panfish and was sitting watching the bobber with the bluegill under it. Next thing I know the bobber disappears, so I grab the pole and set the hook. Fish on and I knew it was a good one. The fish gave me a couple of runs peeling drag, but I was able to wear it down somewhat quickly and get it next to the bank. My buddy was able to grab it out of the water while I kept the line tight on it. I would say the fish was easily in the running for the biggest largemouth I've ever caught...
I didn't get any measurements, but I'd put the fish easily in the six to seven pound range and I'd say it was well over twenty-inches. The fish was released to catch another day.
I had told my buddy earlier in the day that I was going to show him how you catch the biggest fish in a pond by using a live bluegill as bait. As we were walking back to his great aunt's house I said, "I told you I was going to catch the biggest fish in the pond."
I caught more panfish than I could count, but the bass was the icing on the cake. My buddy caught a few decent bass and a handful of nice crappie.
We talked about going back in the spring and getting a mess of crappie and bluegill to have a fish fry.