So on 7/17 and 7/18 I had great luck again at my "now" favorite small pond. I am thinking about going there again because this honey hole is so awesome.
On 7/17 I got a 3 pound 6 ounce nice one
On 7/18 I got a 4 pound 6 ounce beast which made the rod bend into the water 1/4th of the rods length. That was a solid fight since I got it about 15 feet away from me around some lily pads (they make me nervous here since lots of bass get away from these here). I feel something hit the lure like an 18 wheeler from hell and the fight begins. She at first jumps out a couple of feet (in the sort of way fat bellied bass try to "elegantly" get away from the hook). At this point I tell myself "Don't lose this one" its a nice one. It could be the 5 I missed two days previously. After bending my pole violently and wrapping itself into pads, I lipped her and took a video, 2 pics (while keeping her submerged in water when I didn't need to) and safely placed her back into the water to be caught another day. Damn it was hot and my heart was pounding.
The ranking score is used to determine how "popular" a trip or location is. It is calculated based off of a weighted average of the number of reviews and the user ratings. For example, a trip with 2 reviews and an average rating of 5 will have a lower "ranking score" than one with 10 reviews and an average rating of 4. This is because even though the first trip has a better average rating, it has not been reviewed as much as the second trip, so it is not as "popular". In the future we may modify the ranking score to take in additional factors, such as the number of views, comments, and photos.