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Old 05-07-2021, 09:40 PM   #1
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Default Small pond, big fish

Since we moved into our house with a small 1/3 acre pond , Iíve always said I would catch a 8lb bass one day in it. Tonight I didnít do that, but I did catch my biggest out of our pond so far at 5lb 5oz. Last 2 years weíve caught a 4lb 10oz, couple in the mid 4s , and plenty in the 3s.

Iíve been feeding Aquamax 500 for past 3 years, buried 6-7 homemade pipe structures, and what I believe has helped the most- installed a 3 plate aeration setup.

I also stock 15lbs of tilapia every year and we have plenty of blue gill for the bass to eat.

Wonít be easy, but I sure hope to pull a 8lber out it one day!!

Sorry best pic I could get, was actually darker than it looks, wanted to get him back in water quickly.

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Old 05-07-2021, 09:46 PM   #2
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Old 05-07-2021, 09:47 PM   #3
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Nice!
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Old 05-07-2021, 09:55 PM   #4
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Very cool. Congrats sir!!
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Old 05-07-2021, 10:00 PM   #5
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Congratulations, keep doing what you are doing and you will be posting up that 8lb bass pics soon!
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Old 05-07-2021, 10:33 PM   #6
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You sure got a nice bass.
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Old 05-07-2021, 10:39 PM   #7
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Nice one!
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Old 05-07-2021, 10:46 PM   #8
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I learned how to bass fish on an old stock tank that we don’t have access to anymore. Congrats
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Old 05-08-2021, 12:01 AM   #9
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Nice catch! Can you tell us more about the aeration setup? Is it solar powered? Thanks
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Old 05-08-2021, 07:32 AM   #10
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Nice catch! Can you tell us more about the aeration setup? Is it solar powered? Thanks

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Old 05-08-2021, 08:55 AM   #11
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Nice catch! Can you tell us more about the aeration setup? Is it solar powered? Thanks

Itís an Airmax ps30. Super simple install and it puts out plenty of air. Went with 240v setup and installed next to house. Not loud at all.
Had a water fountain before but they really donít put much oxygen into the water.
Fish are much healthier now, they fight like when you are pulling them out of a lake.
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Old 05-08-2021, 09:41 AM   #12
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Post a picture of the pond/setup, congrats on getting closer to your goal. I have a pond that I'm about 3 years away from catching a nice fish from. Its fun and relaxing to have a project like this.
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Old 05-08-2021, 09:59 AM   #13
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great fish!
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Old 05-08-2021, 10:50 AM   #14
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Post a picture of the pond/setup, congrats on getting closer to your goal. I have a pond that I'm about 3 years away from catching a nice fish from. Its fun and relaxing to have a project like this.







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Old 05-08-2021, 11:39 AM   #15
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Sweet!
Nice grass too.
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Old 05-08-2021, 12:06 PM   #16
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That is cool
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Old 05-08-2021, 12:28 PM   #17
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Nice bass!
Do you have to remove the big bluegills to avoid competition for bass prey?

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Old 05-08-2021, 12:59 PM   #18
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thanks for posting those, thats a very nice looking setup and pond. Your backyard looks like a very well maintained park.
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Old 05-08-2021, 01:09 PM   #19
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Last Sept we had a pond dug about the same size. We built 9 of the 5 gal bucket structures and plan to build a couple more pipe structures in our shallow area. I stocked it two weeks before the freeze and was glad to see they survived. We put out about 900lbs of gypsum to improve the water clarity. Been feeding for about two months now and been looking at the air pumps. Never though it would be possible to grow that size of bass. I have read they eat 10lbs for every pound of weight they put on. Might try the hybrid crappie just for more variety. I never had a swimming pool but I'm not sure a pond is much difference when it comes to work and money.
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Old 05-08-2021, 01:15 PM   #20
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Old 05-21-2021, 07:53 AM   #21
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Holy moly that airmax set up is expensive!! Our pond is 2 acres. Up to 8' deep. We have been working on it hard for the past 1.5 years. Had to pull out 100 bass. There was NO structure. Have since added ~35 brush piles. Started a feed program. The baitfish are everywhere now. Bass size is improving, but they aren't too hungry now, so hard to catch!

But, I am assuming in order to go to the next level, going to need an aeration set up?
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Old 05-21-2021, 08:06 AM   #22
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Holy moly that airmax set up is expensive!! Our pond is 2 acres. Up to 8' deep. We have been working on it hard for the past 1.5 years. Had to pull out 100 bass. There was NO structure. Have since added ~35 brush piles. Started a feed program. The baitfish are everywhere now. Bass size is improving, but they aren't too hungry now, so hard to catch!

But, I am assuming in order to go to the next level, going to need an aeration set up?

Sounds like you are off to a good start! I can tell you the air max made a huge difference. Not only does the pond look much cleaner, but the fish are much more healthy now and they fight just like pulling them out of a lake now. Big time difference and the AirMax unit is minimal maintenance.
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Old 05-21-2021, 08:07 AM   #23
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thanks for posting those, thats a very nice looking setup and pond. Your backyard looks like a very well maintained park.

Thank you sir. I enjoy working outside
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Sounds like you are off to a good start! I can tell you the air max made a huge difference. Not only does the pond look much cleaner, but the fish are much more healthy now and they fight just like pulling them out of a lake now. Big time difference and the AirMax unit is minimal maintenance.

How deep is your pond?

Great thread btw!
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Old 05-21-2021, 08:14 AM   #25
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Nice. You can grow them big in smaller water, just takes work. I've been looking at aeration systems. Haven't pulled the trigger yet.
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Old 05-21-2021, 08:53 AM   #26
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This is a cool thread and you've got a great setup. It would be cool to see the progress as time goes by. Hope you can stick that 8+ one day
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Old 05-21-2021, 09:15 AM   #27
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Nice set up!
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Old 05-21-2021, 09:16 AM   #28
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Beautiful set up!!
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Old 05-21-2021, 09:28 AM   #29
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Sounds like you are off to a good start! I can tell you the air max made a huge difference. Not only does the pond look much cleaner, but the fish are much more healthy now and they fight just like pulling them out of a lake now. Big time difference and the AirMax unit is minimal maintenance.
Looks like the warranty is real good at 5 years. I am assuming you have not had any issues with it?
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Old 05-21-2021, 09:28 AM   #30
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This is a cool thread and you've got a great setup. It would be cool to see the progress as time goes by. Hope you can stick that 8+ one day
This ^

I have two ponds (cattle tanks) maybe 30 yards wide about 9' deep when max full but average probably 6'.

Think I could keep/grow fish in them? Or would cattle poop/pee make it difficult? And would the fish die when air temps get to zero?
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Old 05-21-2021, 09:46 AM   #31
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I have two ponds (cattle tanks) maybe 30 yards wide about 9' deep when max full but average probably 6'.

Think I could keep/grow fish in them? Or would cattle poop/pee make it difficult? And would the fish die when air temps get to zero?
My kids and I fish the neighbor's stock tank across the CR from my house, and I fished it regularly when I was a kid. I've caught 6 lb. pickles out of it for as long as I can remember, often with cows standing in it. It's about 3/4 of an acre, and I can cast across it in most places.
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Old 05-21-2021, 09:47 AM   #32
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Great catch!
I had a pond about the same size once. The key to raising big bass is to keep the Bass numbers down and the bluegill numbers up. The pond can only support so many pounds of fish; so when the weight per bass goes up, then the numbers need to come down. When I sold that place, I had 5 bass in that pond. The smallest was 4.5lbs and the largest was 11.75.
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Old 05-21-2021, 10:19 AM   #33
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Your doing GREAT!


I feed both AM500 and Optimal Bluegill. Check out Optimal, it is more expensive, but sometimes you can get in on a group buy and bring the price down. When trying to max out in smaller water it might help you some.
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Old 05-21-2021, 02:14 PM   #34
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How deep is your pond?

Great thread btw!

10í is deepest
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Old 05-21-2021, 02:16 PM   #35
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Looks like the warranty is real good at 5 years. I am assuming you have not had any issues with it?

Nope, working flawless for about almost a year now, running 24hrs per day.

During the cold snap, our pond was the only one that didnít completely freeze over.
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Old 05-21-2021, 02:42 PM   #36
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Very nice set up. In a year or two I think you will catch the size of bass you’re after.
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Old 05-21-2021, 02:44 PM   #37
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That's a pig of a bluegill! Nice little pond, congrats on your efforts paying off.
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Thats awesome! Sure looks bigger then 1/3 acre
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Old 05-21-2021, 04:20 PM   #39
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Thats awesome! Sure looks bigger then 1/3 acre
I thought the same thing. Most people double or triple the actual size, and that sure looks twice the size of a 1/3 ac. Based off all the aeration and stuff I'm guessing Cady has it measured correctly. Still looks bigger
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Old 05-21-2021, 05:02 PM   #40
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Thats awesome! Sure looks bigger then 1/3 acre

.3 surface acres

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Old 05-21-2021, 05:09 PM   #41
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This guy caught this bass out of my buddyís pond, itís close to 30 feet deep and 3 acres it was dug by the hwy. dept. in the 60ís when they where building interstate 20 east. Dallas to La.


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Old 05-21-2021, 07:06 PM   #42
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Congrats! I have a 5 acre pond that I have stocked with coppernose bluegill and redear sunfish and feed Optimal Bluegill food. I also stock 150#'s of Tilapia every year.

So far I'm just shy of 8#'s.

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Old 05-21-2021, 09:22 PM   #43
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Nice fish TBar! Also great looking pond you got there. I bet heís in there , just gotta catch him
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Old 05-21-2021, 09:49 PM   #44
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Third and fourth fish are shy of 8? They look bigger. Nice fish. Did you intentionally dig your pond in the shape of a dog?

My uncle dug his in the shape of TX. Pretty cool looking from the sky.

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Old 05-22-2021, 09:38 AM   #45
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Congrats on the fish.
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Old 05-22-2021, 12:59 PM   #46
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Third and fourth fish are shy of 8? They look bigger. Nice fish. Did you intentionally dig your pond in the shape of a dog?

My uncle dug his in the shape of TX. Pretty cool looking from the sky.

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Bought the property with the pond on it. Grandkids think it looks like a cow.

Your uncles pond is really kool...Love it!!!
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Old 05-22-2021, 03:35 PM   #47
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Todayís catches.
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Old 05-22-2021, 04:01 PM   #48
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Third and fourth fish are shy of 8? They look bigger. Nice fish. Did you intentionally dig your pond in the shape of a dog?

My uncle dug his in the shape of TX. Pretty cool looking from the sky.

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Is that out towards Schwertner? There is a Texas shaped tank out that way.


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Nice fish, good luck workiní those lizards.
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