I had friends over this fall, fishing both of my stocked ponds. One fellow left me with some cleaned fillets as a thank you. I vacuum sealed a few and promptly forgot them after filing them away in a freezer. Found fish taste the best! These were floured, dipped in a milk/egg mixture, and dredged in panko. Yum!
A different pair of friends paid us visit today to fish the back pond. It’s tucked away in a hollow down below the house a ways. They had pretty good luck with the bass.I didn’t try to count them but that cooler is half full. One of the lads threw spinner baits whilst the other drowned night crawlers looking for bluegill and redear sunfish. There a a few underneath the bass but not that many.I insisted that they hoist the cooler and grin at me so I could properly document their day. A good time was had by all.
Some friends from out of town dropped by to help thin the fish in our front pond. It was a beautiful Sunday with clear skies and perfect temperatures in the 70s.This fellow worked with Mrs J back in the day at a local electrical generating plant. He is still in the same work but he moved upstate to another station. A fine fellow, smart and hard working. He does talk a lot but he will stop long enough to laugh at himself when contradictions that arise in his patter are pointed out.He came out with his brother along. Not as garrulous, he seemed much more intent on fishing and that certainly paid off:The bluegills are doing well, reaching an excellent size on average, but the largemouth bass are nothing to brag about. They do make good eating at that size. The pond was stocked originally with these two species, and also channel catfish but the cats don’t as readily reproduce in ponds and they have since been caught out. The last ones to be taken from here reached ten pounds.
I made a quick tartar sauce earlier, just mayo and pickle relish with horseradish and a shot of lemon juice. I plopped a daub of the copycat recipe slaw atop that and added a little onion. Mmm… good stuff. The fries were from frozen.
We have a couple of small ponds on the property, probably both combined make less than an acre. They are stocked with pan fish and black (largemouth) bass. We have both bluegill and redear sunfish. One of the ponds was stocked initially with catfish but they have all been caught out and we never restocked them. Catfish don’t reproduce well in small ponds but the bass and panfish do. And how! They will overpopulate if not thinned regularly. We rarely wet a line but we have friends and neighbors that fish them fairly often. The fish we fried today were caught and cleaned and presented to us in a large plastic bag earlier this summer. Talk about good neighbors!
Pretty lazy day today. Took the boys and Annie out for a nice little run. We went to the new pond to see what the last rain did for it. Still a long way to go but I am pleased to see that the fescue I sowed late last year has taken root. I paid special attention to the dam and that seems to have paid off. I went round and round the thing with a spiked roller behind my little tractor to help provide a welcoming seed bed for the grass.
I’ll pay a visit to the hatchery near us and buy some minnows to stock it with in the spring. That will help to provide a forage base for the bass and bluegill later on. I haven’t made up my mind whether to put catfish in this one. I’m leaning against it right now.