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Author Topic: New Pond  (Read 2276 times)

Offline Puddle Jumper

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Re: New Pond
« Reply #90 on: September 05, 2017, 09:34:46 AM »
Great finish on the project and less water hitting from Big H.

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Re: New Pond
« Reply #91 on: September 05, 2017, 10:16:24 AM »
Hopefully that's as close as it gets, on a positive note, you won't have far to go for a little  ^^&&$%GT
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Re: New Pond
« Reply #92 on: September 05, 2017, 02:35:13 PM »
I am glad you lucked out and did not get your cabin flooded.
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Re: New Pond
« Reply #93 on: September 05, 2017, 04:43:57 PM »
did it bring in more fish?  ##$#@#$%

i'm glad it worked out
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Re: New Pond
« Reply #94 on: September 05, 2017, 04:59:37 PM »
Good news HM glad you got spared.
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Re: New Pond
« Reply #95 on: September 05, 2017, 07:21:25 PM »
That's a beautiful view of the cabin from the pond - glad to hear things didn't get as soggy as you expected!
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Re: New Pond
« Reply #96 on: September 14, 2017, 01:49:07 PM »
never a dull moment at the cabin....

OK.. here's the story and its true to the very word...

A local guy had told me a good way to get rid of some turtles and bowfin (grennels) from our pond was to set limb lines with thick cut bacon as bait. Limb lines would be hard from my pond because of the shallow water at the banks so my grandson, Jake, and I decided to do some jug fishing instead. The goal was to bait some jugs and throw them out in the pond friday night and check them saturday morning. well, it rained friday. So saturday, he convinced me to throw them out that morning. as soon as they were out and I was back working on the cabin, he came running up every 5 minutes saying we had fish. now, keep in mind I was not expecting to catch anything in the day time and after many false alarms (and 2 small turtles) I told him not to come get me unless one was really moving.

10 minutes later he came a running saying one was really moving. not really believing him, I looked out the cabin window and sure enough, a jug was zipping across the pond. thinking that we probably had a small fish or a fast turtle, we got in the john boat and started off after it. when we got about 30 yards from the jug, it went completely under the water. A gallon milk jug vanished from sight for about 10 seconds!! now im wishing i had brought my pistol. the scene from Jaws when he said "we need a bigger boat" also crossed my mind.  We let him run around for awhile and when he tired down some, we moved towards it and I grabbed the jug. as I pulled, a flathead catfish surfaced beside the boat. he had to be at least 35 or 40 lbs. maybe even bigger... He was around 4 foot long and his head looked like a football. Now, here I am in a small boat, with a 6 year old and a catfish on a hook bigger than he is. I had no gun, no phone, no camera and no intention of trying to get this monster in the boat. his top fin had to be 8 inches long. all I could imagine was him flopping around and sticking one of us with that dagger on his back. too be honest, im not sure I could have even lifted him into the boat. I decided all i could do was try and get the hook out and let him go, which i managed to do...  me and jake just sat there a few minutes unable to believe what we saw. I have caught some big cats in my day but nothing that big, and from a 3 acre pond that is 4 foot at its deepest spot!

My wife tried to take pics from the bank but it was just too far to really show it and I only had his head out of the water...

Today I went to jakes school for a grandparent lunch. I think everyone there, kids and teachers alike, had heard Jake tell the story and came to me to see if it was true..  it was true, alright... and were going jugging again this weekend but you better believe I will be better prepared now...
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Re: New Pond
« Reply #97 on: September 14, 2017, 02:09:07 PM »
Great story. It will be a memory neither of you will ever forget.
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Re: New Pond
« Reply #98 on: September 14, 2017, 02:10:14 PM »
that's a huge fish for that small pond. is there a river you are attached to? did he come in during a flood?

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Re: New Pond
« Reply #99 on: September 14, 2017, 02:39:12 PM »
there is a river that floods into the pond every few years. it flooded a week ago but didnt flood enough to bring that brute in.
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Re: New Pond
« Reply #100 on: September 14, 2017, 04:35:14 PM »
it's strange to think about a pond of that size and depth holding fish. up here it would freeze out every year
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Re: New Pond
« Reply #101 on: September 14, 2017, 07:06:22 PM »
Looks good so far HM . ##$%#1118
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Re: New Pond
« Reply #102 on: September 14, 2017, 08:50:23 PM »
Fantastic story HM, and your grandson will be telling that for decades to come.  We used to jug fish on occasion as a kid - what a blast.  When the fish (or turtles) are biting you get a workout chasing them around.  We always jugged during the day & rolled them all up before dark, and generally had lots of action, enough to keep you busy if you had a dozen or more out.

The pond & lake next to the house where I grew up would get replenished by the Mississippi every few decades too, so you never knew what you'd pull up, and many times when Dad &  I caught big cats river fishing (too big to clean) we'd release them in the pond, so on occasion someone would hook into a 10-20 pounder, usually break it off, but be telling stories all over our little town - we'd just chuckle.
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Re: New Pond
« Reply #103 on: September 15, 2017, 07:12:53 AM »
just an aside. a guy on the St Croix River caught a world record catch and release channel cat this week. 52" long. estimated 70-80 lbs. it was huge. i don't remember the girth. just a pig
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Re: New Pond
« Reply #104 on: October 13, 2017, 03:55:33 PM »
some updated pics of the cabin...

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