Hit up Ponki yesterday for what I thought would be an nice day of fishing. Had the pond to myself all day. Got on the water at 11 and started trolling a 3" jointed Rapala as I paddled to one of my bass spots. Two pickerel hits almost immediately, both decent. Made it to my bass spot, almost no weed cover left thanks to the hurricane. I started throwing a frog and got a few rises and half-hearted hits but no hookups. After an hour working the entire area I decided to get back to the crankbaits so I paddled to more open water and drifted with the wind. Pickerel hit almost immediately. They were clearly on the feed because most of them had full bellies and they were being gluttons. After several hours the wind began to blow at a steady 12-15 mph and the water was getting kinda rough so I decided to call it quits. No bass but still a fun day with lots of good sized pickerel including the 25 incher in the photos below.
Hey don51 - that's one of my biggest fears, especially when throwing those big minnows with the triple trebles. I always use my plastic fish grips and pliers, and sometimes I need to use my knife to cut the hook out when it's particularly twisted up. But I always try not to further traumatize the fish if possible.
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