So there's this thing, phenomenon might be the word ? Not sure. Regardless we have alot of bodies of water here , creeks rivers ponds ect , that peoel call "dead". You'll ask "hay that little creek below the church, anything in it ?" And most of the time folks will just wave you off and say " naw that thing is just dead , full of snakes and sticks".
So most just plain won't touch them. And those who do well they get pretty irritated pretty quick and leave them alone.
Me however, idk ever since my parents would let me take my bike away from the house more then a mile I've always loved fishing these little "dead creeks". The main one being mabye a half mile from my house below the church. Was recently redone dude to the bridge being rebuilt. Banks are covers with that rip rap rock now so eveyone complains even more about it. But it's made it much harder for people to dump their gut piles and deer hides in so I'm pretty happy about that.
These places are usually some of the most beautiful little micro ecosystems full of bio diversity but most seem to really miss out on all this. Few different kinds of birds are living and nesting uned the bridge now all sorts of small critters make their homes in amongst the rocks . All's the various native plant life and of course the fish.
Have always loved the variety of species these little bodies of water will hold. Beautiful pumpkin seeds, blue hill, trout like chubs, various shiners bullheads and channel cats to name a few all call these litl places home but usually their just not easy to catch. Seems to miff alot of people because the methods they always use and that always work just usually don't work in these waters. Big bobbers and heavy weights that sound like a dang meteor hitting the water seem to be one of the main things. Finding the little strike zones is another. Some times they may only be a small 3'x3' area you have to drift your bait into for the pumpkin seeds. Sometimes it's just a little bitty Eddy in the current where those Chubb's like to hold. Other times it's an under cut bank the cats like to sit and ambush by. And sometimes it's just right by the bank ,mabye a foot off your rod tip where the big blue gills are feeding. It's all just a big problem solving exercise and I think that why I enjoy it so much. Just makes it all the more special when you do get something.
Sensitivity and a little finesse go a long way with this kinda fishing. Waggler floats with a decent shot pattern has become my secret weapon. A small hook and a bit or worm presented right seems to her about anything I want these days
Even built a rod for this kind of shing a while back. 7' med action long handle. Good more making casts and working around all the brush but now too long. Cast let it drift, watch the bite set and repeat, usually don't have much of a signal so I'm "forced" to sit and just soak in nature.
One of my favorite little shows to watch with a regular bobber you'd usually not even notice these bites. With Eres I can see when a fish farts net to my bait lol
Just taking it all in for a little bit
Most of the time I'm not catching cooler fulls of slabs or trophy bass or anything. Usually just little guys like this. Basically just bait , but ..idk makes me happy , makes the whole 2min drive or 15min walk more then worth it so
Anyhow just some pictures and random babbling