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Ponkapoag 4/14/2012

Avg. Rating: 4.75
# Reviews: 4
Views: 2745
Ponkapoag
4/14/2012

Fished about 5 hours in the kayak. Caught three nice bass and some pan fish. Largest bass was est. 5-6 lbs. I don't have a scale but it was 19" (47 cm) long and fat. Also had a 3 pounder and 1 pounder.

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ponkapoag 9/10/11
Avg. Rating: 4.6666666666667
# Reviews: 3
Views: 1139
Ponkapoag
9/10/2011

on the water by 6:30; water glass calm for first hour, after that the wind came up strong and water had pretty good chop, kinda fun in the yak; fished until 11:30; total catch 15 undersized pickerel and 2 keeper bass - all on spinner bait - plus numerous hits and misses.

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Ponkapoag 8/19/2011

Avg. Rating: 4.3333333333333
# Reviews: 3
Views: 1392
Ponkapoag
8/20/2011

Third weekend in a row for Ponakpoag and this was the best so far. Up at 5 AM, out the door by 5:30. Sun is just coming up but somebody's beaten me to Ponky again. Haul the kayak to the launch. Decide to practice a bit with my new baitcaster. After 10 casts I get a huge birds nest. Ten minutes and 20 fewer yards of line later I'm finally back in business and launch the kayak.

Begin working the shore. Brought three rods with me today - rigged with spinner bait, senko, rebel minnow - so I don't have to fiddle with tackle boxes. Five minutes in I cast my line, rod hits another rod and goes flying out of my hand into the murky depths. S***! Hey, the line is still floating. Grab the paddle and hook the line and begin pulling it in. CRAP! The bail on the reel is open and I'm pulling all the line off. Maneuver the kayak over the drop spot and I as I pull the line I can see tip of the rod standing about 5" below the surface. Reach in and pull it back out, equipment salvaged, but now unusable because there's no line left on the reel.

In June, I lost this same rod at Buckmaster on my inaugural kayak run. Two weeks later, I found it in 7 feet of water. The sun was at just the right angle in the right spot, so was I and I caught the glint off of the reel. So now I'm confused. Is this good luck or bad luck? Who knows but it makes another good fishing story.

Getting back to yesterday, the day has not started out so great so my expectations have been tempered. I keep working the pads along the southern shore moving west. Tossing a purple senko, and BAM, I get a nice 15" bass. Sadly it is gut hooked and I think I injured it. This is the one thing that I dislike about these plastic baits. I think I'm going to flatten the barbs from now on.

Keep working the senko but no more action. Switch over to my baitcaster and spinner bait. I'm now fairly far west along the shore. A slight breeze has come up blowing south to north, I'm drifting very slowing into open water casting every which way. Pretty soon I'm into a 16" pickerel.

Switch to my tried and true Rebel minnow. Several more pickerel, the largest is 15". Now we're cookin'.

Still casting the Rebel and BAM again. Whoa, this one is BIG. My rod's doubled over and it's pulling line from the reel. Straight down into the weeds -- where it shakes the hook. CRAP. A few more casts with the Rebel, a few more small pickerel and it's back to the spinner bait.

A few casts and the bait just stops. No hit, no tugging, just plain stops. Think I'm hung up on a weed so I start pulling back hard and a HUGE bass comes flying out of the water. The things is literally two feet out of the water with all fins spread out. I've got a perfect side-on view of the thing and it's a monster! And it threw the hook! Lesson learned.

Keep drifting and casting, alternating between the spinner bait and Rebel, catching lots of smaller pickerel, until I'm on the north shore. Paddle back across the pond to the northeast corner and restart my drift. No luck on the senkos so I start in with the Rebel again and BAM, a 14 inch bass.

All told about 10 pickerel, 3 bass, a yellow perch and a sunny.

Later in the day went to Dicks to purchase some larger 5" and 6" Rebel/Rapala minnow lures. The larger fish keep throwing the 3" lures and I'm getting too many smaller fish.

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Ponkapoag 8/14/11

Avg. Rating: 5
# Reviews: 3
Views: 1136
Ponkapoag
8/13/2011

Second trip to Ponky - still trying to get a handle on this water. On the water at 6:00 AM. One other boat on the water, at western side of pond fishing the pads. I paddle out from launch area and just start casting my trusty rebel minnow in all directions. Pretty soon hook into a 15 inch pickerel. A few more casts and another small pickerel. There is a very light wind rising from the west so I just slowly drift east and cast for a while. Noticed a few more boats launch and everyone is heading west to work the pads.

Change over to a spinner bait. A few more casts and I'm into a nice bass. Getting lots of small hits and seeing a lot of good sized yellow perch following bait up to the boat. Switch over to plastic worm and try to work the shore structure and pads, but I'm too impatient. I like to cast and crank. So I'm back to the spinner bait and hook into another pickerel, this time a 19 incher that's actually strong enough to pull the kayak. Kept with the spinner bait and hooked (and lost) a few more pickerel. Probably could have had a ton of fun on ultralight going after perch if I'd wanted dinner. All told 5 pickerel and one bass. Oh, and a HUGE snapping turtle sauntered underneath my kayak in the rock shallows. Gawd those things are primeval looking. A fun morning.

Later that day, went to Dicks to resupply. My eye fell upon a bait casting combo but it was unpriced. Clerk looked it up and gave it a tag of $24.93. Cool! It was normally priced at $69.99 so I'm thinking SCORE. I get to the register and the combo rings up at 50% off, so now I'm paying $12.47. Double SCORE! Did I mention it's tax free weekend? Oh, and there's a $20 rebate coupon, so I make a profit of $7.53 and get the rod and reel. CHA-CHING!

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Ponkapoag
Avg. Rating: 4
# Reviews: 2
Views: 1320
Ponkapoag
8/6/2011

First trip to Ponky in my kayak. Carry in and launch are pretty easy; there is a nice beach and shallow launch area. In the water about 6:30 AM and hooked into pickerel on a popper pretty quickly. This is a very shallow and weedy pond; it's tough to fish anything with trebles other than top water lures. I switched over to a silver Rebel minnow and hooked into something nice but it threw the hook. Landed a nice yellow perch and a small bass on the Rebel in that same area. Things slowed down after that with only a sunny on the Rebel. Turned out to be a pretty hot day in the high 80s.

This is a nice place to paddle. The only development is a small camp site on the northeast corner, otherwise it's surrounded by conservation land. I saw two other boats out fishing and at one point a couple recreational yaks appeared.

One more thing - beware of rocks. There are some big mamas just below the surface.

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