The pond I fish is on an adjacent property, which I have sole permission to access. Well, the owner stopped by the pond today while I was fly fishing. He asked if I actually caught any fish in his pond, particularly bass. I allowed that I do, but not a lot. It's a small pond — only so much is possible.
He told me he had added bass and bluegill some years ago, along with a few sterile carp for weed control. But nothing was done beyond that, and the pond was left to its own devices.
"I believe that," I said. "I'm pretty sure the carp didn't last; I'd have seen them by now if they were here. There are bass and gills here, though, and those I DO catch are pretty wild and tough. They could use a bit of feeding."
I was about to ask for permission to start some food flowing. Then he surprised me.
"Well, how about if I get some more bluegill and put em in?The bass will benefit for sure, and you'll have some more to catch."
I told him I already considered myself BLESSED just to use the pond. But if he did that, I'd get some pellets and start feeding.
He agreed and we shook hands. I'm liking it.