Sandy Pond http://m.google.com/u/m/xiipu0
I often go to Sandy Pond because it is very close for practice to see how my many different rods perform with different lure weights and even lines. That way I'm ready and productive when I go on fishing trips to the reservoirs.
I just bought a lot of those lightweight lures: Blue Fox, Panther Martin, Mepps, Cyclone and a lot more of that sort. I don't have experience with them, so I was practicing to see what equipment casts them best.
After a while of not casting far even with a lightweight spinning rod, I got line twist from not using a swivel on some that seem to spin on the line. I cut off the worst and found my swivels and put on a large heavy spoon just to cast far and have the swivel and greater load remove remaining line twist.
First cast with the large spoon caught the little fish in the picture, but I switched back to the tiny lures for practice.
The tiny lures didn't catch fish, but I wasn't getting distance on my casts.
I can get much greater distance fly fishing, but I put all that and my fly tying away a few years ago and bought a large variety of lures and spinning and casting rods and reels from ultra lightweight to extra heavy and even surf casting equipment (that I can't cast well yet) to learn new fishing skills and be able to fish anywhere.
I've been getting big fish at the reservoirs with big lures and swim bait probably because I've practiced and developed skills with them at the close by pond. I'm going to try even larger swim bait.
But, I want to see what I can do with these lightweight lures without going to my fly fishing equipment. I wonder if it's technique or equipment that needs to be different to cast those lightweight lures far. Advice is invited.
I notice the excellent quality pictures of the TyeDyeTwins and that they often use the small lures for very productive fishing. That's what inspired me to buy and learn how to cast the lightweight lures even though I've been catching big fish with big lures. I realize sometimes they won't bite that and I should have the versatility to switch to what is working.
Perhaps the answer for the lightweight lures is I need to add a water weighted float onto my line for more weight to cast when using lightweight lures. I've done that before, but I like the extra feel I can get with a tight line to the lure that I get with the larger and heavier lures that cast far without that. I also don't like the splash and wake a water weighted float makes, but those who use them seem to catch fish just fine. I would just prefer to cast without them.
I sometimes practice at Willow Pond just east of Jordan River just north of I-215. I would post the Google Map link, but it has a problem and shows a location in Australia.
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