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  1. Teeps

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    My brother and I decided to try out the secret pond I found in my last thread. We dragged the canoe in and set up camp and hit the water. We saw tiny fish (?) Jumping at the flies in the water all the way out in the middle so it looked promising.

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    We quickly learned that the maximum depth had to be five feet or less. Most places about 2 feet.... There was no way any fish lived in here. There were tons of stumps in the water. Some that breeched and some that didn't but the culprits jumping at the flies had to be bullfrogs. The whole pond was a frog's paradise. They had endless stumps to hang out on across the whole pond and not a predator to worry about. There were lots and lots of these guys too.

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    He was a brave and photogenic little durdle. His buddies, not so much. Then we realized why it was only 5 feet deep.

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    There was a drain to not let the water get any higher. I wonder why? I wonder where it goes...

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    We noticed there weren't many bugs around either. This being a frog and durdle paradise means that they were constantly munching all the mosquitos, but also...

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    Venus flytraps along the entire shoreline all the way around. Even the plants eat the mosquitos here. I have never seen these in the wild and it was a cool experience.
     
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  2. Teeps

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    Well we didn't catch dinner so it was time to clear the table to make some kind of a dinner.

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    Porter house and chicken. Protip: When you camp with a buddy always get something different than each other so you can share and have two different things.

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    The fatwood showed up everywhere as usual, but this log was great.

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    We caught up and talked about the cosmos as we stared up at it on the cloudless and beautiful night. One of the quietest and most bugfree nights I have ever had on a body of water. Cheers from Michigan folks.

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  3. Grouse Hunter

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    Great pics, cool exploring new places. Dinner looked good. Thanks for sharing.
     
  4. roadend

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    A day in a canoe is a good day to me. Nice trip. Thanks for posting.
     
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    Great post. Thanks for sharing your trip.
     
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    Very cool. Interesting how there weren't any fish.
     
  8. R Stowe

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    That's awesome, I'm surprised some sunfish haven't found their way in there even though it is super shallow.
     
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    Bummer about the lack of fish. You should have made a spear and gigged your limit of frogs!

    Nice outing and thanks for sharing!
     
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    Sorry to hear y'all got skunked but the meal looked fantastic!
     
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    @jasam and I (mostly Jason) were catching 4 different species in 3 - 4 foot. I have caught large mouth (keepers) in a 2 ft. deep 10ft. wide ditch before. That could be a man made lake that just hasn't been stocked.

    Do you know if it's public or "private" land?
     
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    I found a similar pond once. More of a flooded patch of woodland at one point. Lots of stumps and dark murky water. I tried fishing it from the shore a couple of places. No bites and it was only a few feet deep. So I convinced myself it was barren. BUT I had seen a pair of Bald Eagles perched there several times. I figured they must know something I didn't. So I tried once more, but took my kayak out into the middle where it was just a couple of feet deeper. Sure enough, several large mouth bleached white from lack of sunlight. I make a trip back once a summer with my kayak now...;)
     
  13. OMRebel

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    Who needs fish when you have steak and getting to hang out with your brother...priceless!
     
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    And here I always assumed Venus fly traps were a tropical plant. Learn something new here everyday!
    Thanks for sharing!
     
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    pretty spot and nice steak!
     
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    Bobsdock So long, and thanks for all the fish Supporter

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    Nice day out even if there are no fish. Thanks for sharing.
     
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    @Teeps : "Porter house and chicken"

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    ...you had me at porter house...

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    Return to Secret Pond With the Canoe??? :33:

    I thought this was going to be one of those "Nights in Rodanthe" or "Message in a Bottle" romantic stories... :rolleyes:


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    Good looking grub. Thanks for the pics. :dblthumb:
     
  19. Coyote Charlie

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    Super awesome trip report and got to love the nights where the bugs leave you alone. Harder to find in summer.

    Very cool to see Venus fly traps in the wild. We have carnivorous plants here but not those that I know of.

    Looking forward to the next report.
     
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    If memory serves me (more and more it don't) venus fly traps are indigenous to the Carolinas.
     
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    Excellent! Cool to explore such places. You did well my friend. :)
     
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    Awesome trip! Gonna have to make you a gig and have your fill of fried frog legs!!
     
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    Very cool spot you've found, Teeps! I can't wait to see more!
     
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    Sweet little pond fish or no fish. I have a small pond near me. Way the heck off the beaten path. I’ve had thoughts of hiking in with my canoe to check it out. Awesome pics man!
     
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    I’m hoping the pond up by me is just as productive! I’ve been back to it a couple times and seen fish jumping. It’s only a small beaver pond. But I bet there’s something in there.
     
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    I would echo all the people who inspired me here and say don't give up. I am glad I learned that there were fish in my little spot. Now it's perfection
     
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    Nice outing great grub!
     
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    Teeps Hobbyist Hobbyist Supporter Bushcraft Friend Bushclass I

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    Thanks! There's a part three now where I caught fish!
     
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    Looks like you guys had a blast. Nice trip report.
     
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