How to fish an old gravel pit

Discussion in 'Fishing' started by Iceman35, Aug 5, 2018.

  1. Iceman35

    Iceman35 12 pointer

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    So, really got back into fishing this year. Been doing it a few times since having kids, but now that they are old enough to bait their own hooks, etc, I've actually found myself wanting to fish more. Even bought a couple of new poles and upgraded my tackle.

    Got this one lake I've been fishing at a lot, with mild success. It's an old gravel pit, with obviously a gravel bottom, and little vegetation to speak of. Some structure to hold the fish, and steep drop offs off the bank, and no telling how deep it is.

    As for the bass, most of my success has been on shaky worms, and a little better bouncing jigs trailing plastic craws. Weird part is, I've never seen a crawdad anywhere on the lake. Tons of sunfish and it's stocked with trout fry annually. Bass are super spooky if they see you, but I've seen a lot of 12-15 inchers, and a few that have to be 20-24.

    Since the water is so clear, I've been sticking with green pumpkin or similar colored jigs and shaky worms. Wondering maybe if a sunfish colored jig or even a swim bait might work better.

    Looking for any advice anyone can give. Willing to try new things as long as it doesn't break the bank.
     
  2. Duster

    Duster 12 pointer

    Best time I have found to fish places like that is during wind and rain that defuses the surface where the fish can't see you as well. I had a couple borrow pits where they took dirt to build overpasses off I-65 that was clear as gin. If we could hit it right when the wind and rain came thru we could wear out quite a few large bass. Otherwise you were just wasting your time. A white single blade Strike King spinner bait was our go to lure.
     
  3. davers

    davers 10 pointer

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    My Brother likes to fish, but since moving here to Ky he has not found a single place (private pond) in which to fish. Where we live, there are very few lakes or ponds, and he even tried fishing in a city lake near our Hospital with no luck. Green River lake also turned into a useless trip, as well as the tail water. He's really like to get back into fishing in a pond or lake that promises good fishing, which seems non-existing in Northern Taylor. He does not like to drive some 20+ miles one way for a couple hours of fishing, and fishes from the bank.
     
  4. luvtohunt

    luvtohunt 8 pointer

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    Fish a couple very similar to what you are talking about here in Pulaski County out of kayaks from time to time. Like Duster said, a bit of wind or even an overcast day is your friend. I prefer light line so I can make longer casts in this situation with moving baits. A 4 inch rapala, a small spinner bait, or a swim bait work equally well in this situation.
     
  5. Iceman35

    Iceman35 12 pointer

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    Figured them out a bit at this place. Did a little internet research, and added a green pumpkin/redfleck craw trailer to my green jig. Then bounced it vertically mostly straight up the shoreline from deep to shallow, until it got to the depth the fish were at. Caught 3 in 45 minutes including a 19 incher that was 3.5 lbs.

    All fish were relocated to the pond behind our house to hopefully put s dent in the 9 million sunfish that inhabit it.
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  6. Tufrthnails

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    Try a white floating worm hooked in the center. No sinker. Jig like you would retrieving a jighead plastic really slow but keep the bait moving or in suspension. if you have access to a pool practice in it where you can see the action.
     
  7. Iceman35

    Iceman35 12 pointer

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    I’ve done that here, though it was a green with chartreuse. Works some, though I still think a jig has a bit more action on it. Which the fish like.
     
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