Clint Ferguson

I would say that the vast majority of those of us who love to fish started out by fishing for bluegill and bass in either a lake or a pond.

Bluegills aren’t that picky when it comes to eating and they’re pretty easy to catch making them the ideal fish species for kids. I’d say many of you have a picture of either you or your children holding their first bluegill somewhere in the old photo album.

I still remember the thrill and excitement of fishing a rather large pond near my grandmother’s house while growing up. Dad would somehow find the time to take me fishing as a young pup and I’m very thankful for that.

We enjoyed several summer evenings trolling the shores and rocky cliffs of Summersville Lake.

At one point we were serious enough that Dad traded our old boat for a bass boat fully equipped with a depth finder, trolling motor, and live well. It was actually called the Bass Buggy and was a pontoon boat.

After a couple of years, we figured out it was too hard to ski behind and traded the pontoon for another speedboat. It was also a time when sports consumed most of our time and as a teenage boy, I had other things on my mind.

I would still make my way over to that pond near my grandma’s to wet a line. I could ride my bike over and be there in 5 minutes. Growing up I was always outside doing something.

That pond held some huge bass and every now and again I’d catch one of the lunkers. It also contained a healthy population of water snakes that would keep you on your toes.

West Virginia is blessed with more than its fair share of old farm ponds. There are several dotting the landscape all across this great state.

It’s amazing the size of fish that can be found in these ponds. Many of them hardly get fished and if you ask the right landowner, they may be willing to give you permission to wet a line in one of these watering holes. Who knows what you may find lurking in there.

I’m really looking forward to spending a relaxing summer evening casting a line in the pond close to my house. The fish have been in there for 4 years now so they should have some size to them.

Who knows? I might just catch the next state record in a few years. Probably not, but it never hurts to dream big I reckon. This summer make sure to make some time to venture out to a farm pond near you.

Fishing is a great way to escape and get away for a while which is something everyone needs from time to time. We all should be grateful for living in such a wonderful state that provides ample outdoor opportunities.

I know that I’m more than thankful to have been born and raised here and had a Dad that took me fishing. I hope everyone has a safe and enjoyable upcoming Memorial Day weekend. o

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