Today I choose to try my luck at some of the smaller local ponds. First pond I tried gave up two small pickerel about a foot long each. Too small and bony both slammed the lured so hard so hard I had to cut it out of them. I hate killing fish I don't eat so I hopped back in the truck and went a bit further up the road and found me another likely spot. I sat in the truck for a bit and fired up a Romeo Y Julettia Maduro and just watched as moon edged up over the horizon as the daylight began to fade. I walked over to the pond and began to cast an imitation perch floating lure ( about 1 1/2 inches ) along the bank casting to the weedy edges and kept trying, going back and forth along the banks. I was about to give up when I said to myself "one more cast". I made the cast and paused to tap the ash off my cigar when this guy slammed my stationary lure and took off for the other side of the pond. I dropped the stogie as my rod (Daiwa 4 1/2 ft ultralight) bent double and the fight was on. I was using 4lb test line and thought it was going to break but I managed to get him landed and lipped him to get him out of the water. Not one of the monsters some of you catch but a personal best at 3 1/2 lb for me. Today was a good day. I managed to save the cigar too ! ETA: tried to edit the top pic to a smaller size but the big size keeps showing. Mods please change if its still too big.