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Lab Log | Lab Photos

Back in 1998, I had the opportunity to do a lot of fishiní in and around Dallas. I would take a couple of rods with me and drive around looking for ponds that had the potential of holding some bass. If there was water, I stopped and fished it. Talk about an education! I was able to fish many different small bodies of water, golf course ponds, creeks, etc., all within 5-20 minutes of where I lived. I found out some interesting things about bass by following this educational process of visiting different ponds.

One day I happened by a place that if I had blinked, I would have missed seeing this small body of water that was not in plain view. After surveying the pond which was about one acre in size, I dropped in a 12 inch worm around some structure. I got hit and hit BIG, yet I missed the hook set. My second "plop" of the foot long plastic worm netted me a 5.5 pound bass that was 21 inches long. It didnít take a college degree to figure out that two casts, two massive hits, one 5.5 pound bass meant that there was sumpiní different about this particular pond.

I investigated further, while utilizing my polarized glasses I viewed crystal clear water, an aeration fountain, structure, deep water, shallow water, a large grocery store (Iím not talkiní Albertsons) a canal . . . one that leads right up to a freshwater spring. I interrogated people living in the area . . . the spring is reported to have been there for over a hundred years and it keeps pumping out warm and clear water. Everybody says there are no fish in there . . . yea whatever!

Okay, I teach a principle that states . . . when given the choice to work hard versus working smart, always choose to work smart. So . . . in an effort to work smart, I moved there. Thatís correct, I moved RIGHT to the pond. Remember the saying that goes like this . . . "Living close to water is like living closer to heaven." Well, I believe that I live pretty close to heaven. Heck, I even get to wake up each day and walk out on my porch to spy down into the canal to see what my fish are doing!

Over the years I developed this "habit" about naming every pond that I fished. Some of those names are the "Duck Pond," "Honey Hole," "Dock Pond," "Frito Lay Pond," "Eagles Pond," "Hospital Pond," "Airport Pond," "K-Pond," "Voss Pond," "Rock Pit Pond," "Wal-Mart Pond," and finally "The Laboratory!" Thatís correct, I call my pond The Laboratory or, "The Lab" for short, because thatís exactly what it is, a laboratory.

So, in an effort to provide information and education about our chosen profishiní, I have introduced the "Lab Log ." The log will be a place where I will provide daily documentation about The Lab and its environment. Over time and with accurate documentation, I believe that we will be able to ascertain different things about bass; weíll be able to distinguish patterns and invoke discussions, etc. So, check back often and let me know if you have any questions or comments.

One last thing . . . sometime in the near future John Deckard and I will be setting up an underwater camera with a laser lens to shoot live underwater shots of The Lab. We will be sending the video feed up to WorldRecordBass.com so everyone worldwide will have an opportunity to watch some MASSIVE fish in their environment. Lots of new and progressive ideas are in the planning stages for continued improvement for WorldRecordBass.com so please check back often and take advantage of these wonderful opportunities.

Youíre The Best!

Chuck Bauer

 

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