Adding 10,000 Fish to the 5 Acre Pond!

BamaBass
24 Mar 202425:57

Summary

TLDRIn this engaging video, the host updates viewers on the progress of their 5-acre pond project, Crimson Oak Pond. They share the challenges and triumphs of pond construction, water filling, and fish stocking, including bait fish like bluegills and threadfin shad, as well as aggressive bass. The video highlights the importance of spring restocking and theθ§‚ε―Ÿ of bass spawning behaviors. The host also discusses the installation of underwater antennas to track bass movements and shares plans for future pond events and improvements. The video is a must-watch for anyone interested in pond management and the fascinating underwater world.

Takeaways

  • 🏞️ The Crimson Oak Pond project covers 5 acres and took a year to build, involving extensive excavation and the creation of an island and dock.
  • 🚜 The pond was filled with water over several months and stocked with bait fish such as bluegills, threadfin shad, and aggressive bass.
  • 🌱 Springtime is crucial for restocking the pond with threadfin shad, as it coincides with their spawning season, leading to a higher survival rate of the newly hatched fish.
  • 🐟 The importance of maintaining healthy populations of forage fish like threadfin shad and bluegills for the growth of large bass is emphasized.
  • 🐒 The pond is home to various wildlife, including eagles, baby turtles, and a possum named George Jones.
  • 🎣 The video discusses the unusual observation of 2-inch bass in the pond, which could indicate an early or late spawn, potentially leading to overcrowding.
  • 🌊 A cleanout of the pond's wetland filter is conducted to improve water clarity, using high volume pumps to flush out muddy water.
  • πŸŽ‚ The pond and farm are used for events, such as Sarah's sixth birthday party, which includes fishing activities for children.
  • πŸ“ˆ The use of underwater antennas and a Liv scope is highlighted for tracking and observing fish behavior, with plans to expand this technology in the pond.
  • 🏑 A squirrel house is being built for a fox squirrel named Foxy, with feeding stations set up around the farm to monitor squirrel activity.

Q & A

  • What is the main purpose of the Crimson Oak Pond project?

    -The main purpose of the Crimson Oak Pond project is to create a 5-acre pond that serves as a habitat for various aquatic species, including bait fish and bass, and to provide an environment for wildlife such as eagles and turtles.

  • What species of fish were initially stocked in the pond?

    -The pond was initially stocked with bait fish including bluegills and threadfin shad, and later with aggressive bass.

  • Why is spring the ideal time to restock threadfin shad in the pond?

    -Spring is the ideal time to restock threadfin shad because it coincides with their spawning season, which usually occurs in late April or early May. This timing results in a higher survival rate and increased population of the shad.

  • How does the speaker plan to address the issue of overcrowding in the pond due to multiple bass spawns?

    -The speaker plans to monitor the pond closely for any additional spring spawns and if multiple bass are found spawning, the recommendation is to remove as many of the 2-inch bass as possible to prevent overcrowding.

  • What is unique about the bass caught in the pond, and what does it indicate?

    -The bass caught in the pond have tails that appear to be painted black, which is a trait of northern bass. This indicates that the newer generations of Tiger Bass are starting to show northern traits.

  • What was the issue with the Wetland filter in Cedar Falls and how was it resolved?

    -The Wetland filter had a problem with water clarity due to mud and clay getting mixed in with the gravel during its installation. The issue was resolved by using high volume pumps to flush thousands of gallons of water through the gravel, washing out the muddy water.

  • What technology is being used to track the bass in the pond?

    -Underwater antennas with PIT TXS (tags) are being used to track the bass in the pond. The antennas are connected to a control panel on the dock, and the data collected is being used to study the fish's behavior and movements.

  • What is the significance of the Liv scope in the pond's ecosystem study?

    -The Liv scope is a camera that allows the speaker to observe the fish and their reactions to different sounds and feedings. It provides insights into their behavior and helps in understanding how they associate certain sounds with feeding times.

  • What is the purpose of the feeding stations set up around the farm for squirrels?

    -The feeding stations are set up to monitor squirrel activity and determine the best location for installing a new squirrel house. They also help in understanding which areas of the farm attract the most squirrels.

  • What was the outcome of the spring cleanout in the pond?

    -The spring cleanout involved removing debris from the bottom of the pond that had accumulated over the past fall and winter. The cleanout resulted in clearer water, which improved visibility of the fish and overall pond health.

  • What is the name of the most aggressive bass in the pond and how has it changed over time?

    -The most aggressive bass in the pond is named Mobi. Over time, Mobi has grown significantly, putting on weight over the winter and continues to eat voraciously.

Outlines

00:00

🏞️ Pond Development and Springtime Updates

The video begins with an overview of the 5-acre Crimson Oak Pond's development over the past year, including the excavation, clayεΌ•θΏ›, and water filling process. The narrator discusses the importance of bait fish like bluegills and threadfin shad for bass forage, and the recent restocking of 2-inch aggressive bass. Spring activities at the pond are highlighted, including eagle sightings, turtle hatching, and the strategic restocking of threadfin shad to ensure a healthy fish population. The challenges of transporting threadfin shad and the benefits of spring restocking are explained. The video also touches on the unusual observation of 2-inch bass in the pond, hinting at potential early or late spawn occurrences and their implications for pond management.

05:00

πŸ¦… Eagle Tower and Underwater Antennas

The narrator shares updates on the eagles that have moved into the eagle tower, naming them Sam and Dixie. The video then transitions to discuss the installation of underwater antennas to track bass with pit TXS. The control panel is located on the dock, and the data collected includes the number of pings per day, revealing interesting fish behaviors. The most notable is Cyprus, a Florida strain bass that frequently interacts with the antenna. The video also mentions upcoming projects involving the antennas and promotes a hydration product called Element, which is beneficial for maintaining electrolytes and hydration, especially for athletes and those on special diets.

10:01

πŸ’§ Pond Cleanout and Water Clarity

The video focuses on the challenges of maintaining water clarity in the new 30,000-g pond called Cedar Falls. The narrator explains the issues with the Wetland filter and introduces a new plan to flush out the muddy water using high volume pumps. The cleanout process is detailed, including the temporary trapping of golden shiners and the observation of various fish and turtles during the cleanout. The video also covers the setup of a squirrel house, the creation of squirrel feeding stations, and the importance of designing predator-proof entrances for the house.

15:02

🎣 Bass Fishing and Tagging

The narrator engages in a bass fishing session at the pond, catching and tagging fish. The video showcases the process of scanning fish for pit tags and the excitement of catching various bass, including a Florida strain named Everglade and a black crappie named Outlaw. The narrator also discusses the growth and health of the fish, including concerns about potential parasites. The video concludes with a fishing trip summary, highlighting the successful catch of several large bass, including a female named Odin and a bass named Dixie.

20:04

πŸŽ‰ Spring Cleanout and Future Plans

The video concludes with a spring cleanout of the pond, removing debris accumulated over the winter. The narrator provides an update on Mobi, the most aggressive bass in the pond, and the black crappie, Outlaw. The video also mentions the addition of a new resident to Clyde's Cove, one of the original Ninja Turtles. The narrator feeds the pet bass, Tiger, in a 300-g aquarium and reflects on the day's activities. The video ends with a call to action for viewers to subscribe for more updates on the pond and fish.

Mindmap

Keywords

πŸ’‘Crimson Oak Pond

The main setting of the video, Crimson Oak Pond is a 5-acre body of water that the video's creators have developed over the past year. It involves extensive excavation, the introduction of various aquatic life, and the construction of an island and dock. The pond serves as a focal point for the video's narrative, showcasing the process of creating and maintaining a thriving aquatic ecosystem.

πŸ’‘Stocking

The process of introducing new species or populations into a body of water, such as a pond or lake. In the context of the video, stocking is crucial for maintaining a balanced and sustainable fish population, particularly for species like bass that rely on smaller fish as a food source.

πŸ’‘Bass

A type of freshwater fish that is a popular species for both anglers and aquaculture. In the video, bass are one of the primary focuses, with the creators discussing their growth, feeding habits, and the impact of stocking on their population.

πŸ’‘Threadfin Shad

A species of fish that serves as a critical forage species for larger predatory fish like bass. Threadfin shad are noted for their importance in maintaining a healthy ecosystem within the pond, as they are a primary food source for many fish species.

πŸ’‘Eagles

Largest birds of prey with a keen eyesight, often found near bodies of water where they hunt for fish. In the video, eagles are part of the pond's ecosystem, with a pair nesting nearby and their behavior and interactions being observed and documented.

πŸ’‘Underwater Antennas

Devices used to track the movement and location of fish that have been implanted with transmitters. In the video, these antennas are part of a project to monitor the behavior and locations of bass within the pond, providing valuable data for understanding their habits and ecosystem dynamics.

πŸ’‘Water Clarity

A measure of how clear or transparent the water is, which can affect the health of an aquatic ecosystem and the organisms living in it. Water clarity is important for both the fish and the plants within the pond, as well as for aesthetic and recreational purposes.

πŸ’‘Cleanout

The process of removing debris, sediment, and other accumulated materials from the bottom of a pond or other body of water. Cleanouts are essential for maintaining water quality and the health of the aquatic ecosystem.

πŸ’‘Fertilization

The process of adding nutrients to the water to stimulate the growth of aquatic plants and algae, which can improve water quality and provide food for fish. Fertilization is a balancing act, as too much can lead to harmful algal blooms.

πŸ’‘Squirrel Feeding Stations

Artificial structures set up to provide food for squirrels, allowing for observation and study of their behavior. These stations are used to monitor squirrel activity and determine the best locations for installing squirrel houses.

πŸ’‘Fish Tagging

The practice of attaching a small tag or marker to a fish for the purpose of identification and tracking. This method is used in fisheries management and research to monitor individual fish growth, movement, and population dynamics.

Highlights

The construction of a 5-acre pond over the past year, involving several months of excavation and the transportation of truckloads of clay.

The creation of an island and a dock, and the placement of structures in the pond.

Filling the pond with water over a couple of months and stocking it with baitfish such as bluegills and threadfin shad.

Introducing aggressive 2-inch bass into the pond ecosystem.

The observation of springtime activities including eagles soaring, baby turtles hatching, and bass and bluegills populating shallow areas.

The strategic restocking of threadfin shad in the spring to ensure a healthy forage base for bass.

The use of the bucket method to stock shad in shallow pond pockets, providing a visual spectacle of bass feeding.

The discovery of 2-inch bass in the pond, indicating a potential early or late spawn, which could lead to overcrowding.

The implementation of underwater antennas to track bass with PIT tags, providing valuable data on their movements and behaviors.

The cleaning of the wetland filter to address water clarity issues, using high volume pumps to flush out trapped mud.

The celebration of Sarah's sixth birthday party with fishing activities, emphasizing the importance of engaging children with fishing from a young age.

The use of a Liv scope to study bass reactions to feeding, providing insights into their behaviors without causing stress.

The setting up of squirrel feeding stations to monitor squirrel activity and determine the best location for a new squirrel house.

The introduction of a new squirrel house design for Foxy, the fox squirrel, considering the entrance size to keep out larger predators.

The capture and tagging of fish in the pond, including the first Florida strain bass named Everglade, and monitoring their growth and health.

The excitement of catching a large bass named Odin, which has almost doubled in weight since the last catch.

The spring cleanout of the pond, removing debris accumulated over the fall and winter to maintain a healthy aquatic environment.

The update on Mobi, the most aggressive bass in the world, and the black crappie named Outlaw, showcasing their growth and feeding habits.

The feeding of the pet bass named Tiger in the 300-gallon aquarium, highlighting the variety of food used and the bass's appetite.

Transcripts

00:00

Folks at home welcome back to the

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Crimson Oak Pond and if you're new to

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this series we built this 5 acre Pond

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over the past year and it took us

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several months to get all of the dirt

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excavated and we had to bring in several

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truckloads of clay and we also built an

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island a dock and got all the structure

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in place and then it took a couple of

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months to get it full of water after

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that we stocked it with a bunch of bait

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fish including bluegills and thread fin

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shad and not long after that we stocked

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it with these little 2-in aggressive

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bass and we're going to be giving you an

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update on them here in just a minute and

00:32

spring is in the air we got the Eagles

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soaring baby turtles hatching little

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tiny bass and blue gills covering the

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shallow parts of the pond and George

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Jones the possum doing some mischievous

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things and the spring is always the

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perfect time of year to restock the pond

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with thread fin Shad so in most of your

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ponds and lakes bluegills and thread fin

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Shad are the backbone of forage fish for

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bass and although you can supplement

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things like crawfish tilapia and even

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throughout the year those are all

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seasonal and only last a short amount of

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time so if you're going to grow big bass

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you need healthy populations of thread

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fins and bluegills and there's a couple

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reasons for stocking them in the spring

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first thread fin shads are really

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finicky and it's hard to transport them

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in the summertime but more importantly

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if you stock the Shad in the spring

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you're doing it right before the Shad

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spawn which usually happens in late

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April or early May and so you'll end up

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with thousands of more newly hatched

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thread fins but there's a couple

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different ways to stock them you can

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either pump them out of the holding

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tanks but today I wanted to use the

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bucket method and add some to the

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shallow pockets of the pond so we could

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get some of those big bass blowups and

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you'll notice that even a couple degrees

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in water temperature will temporarily

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stun them and they almost look like

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they're playing posum but it only last

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for a minute or so and then they'll all

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swim off like nothing happened but the

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fun part here is that while they're

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acting stunned up there on the surface

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there's nothing more appetizing to a

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bass in this world than a struggling

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thread fin Shad so as you can see the

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fish catch on to the incoming Shad

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pretty quick so I'll typically stock a

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couple loads of Shad one in early spring

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and one in late spring and this is a

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perfect scenario that a lot of these may

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get eaten by the bass but I'm perfectly

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fine with that it's a nice easy meal for

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them right here around this stressful

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spaw in time so we'll come back through

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with another load of them here in about

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a month and those will be key to making

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sure we got plenty of numbers to last

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them the rest of the year but if you

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missed our last couple of videos there's

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something very strange happening in this

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pond so if you walk around the banks or

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shallow areas you'll see dozens of baby

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2-in bass swimming around and there's

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also some bluegills mixed in with them

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and a lot of you may be thinking well

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it's springtime you should be seeing

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small bass in the pond well what's odd

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about this is typically when the water

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temps hit around 70Β° which for this Pond

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is usually around mid-march the bass

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will spawn and thousands of little baby

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bass fry will have patch well the

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interesting thing is bass fries start

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out tiny maybe a/4 of an inch and it

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typically takes a couple of months

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before they become 2 in long for

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instance all the Tiger Bass that we

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stocked in our pond were 2 in long in

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June and they came from a hatchery where

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the fish had produced them that prior

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spring so that's what's so puzzling if

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we've got 2-in bass in the pond right

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now that means we either had a early

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January spawn or potentially even a late

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fall spawn which is very rare but it

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does sometimes happen and some of you

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may wonder why is that important well if

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you end up having a spring spawn and a

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fall spawn your largemouth bass

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population could get extremely crowded

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so after talking to the biologist I'm

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going to be watching closely to see if

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we have another spring spawn and if I

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start seeing multiple bass spawning and

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little fry everywhere then their

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recommendation is to take as many of

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those 2in bass out as possible to keep

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the pond from

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overcrowding check this out guys I was

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just walking right here along the Pond's

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Edge and this a little bitty guy was

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hiding up under that algae right there I

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was checking to see if it was one of the

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Ninja Turtles we just put in Cedar Falls

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I'd already looked at the bottom of

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their

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bellies most of them had orange

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bellies but that's pretty

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cool we got one of our first baby

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turtles right here in the pond I think

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I'm going to go put them in Cedar Falls

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so he can grow up with the Ninja Turtles

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so the golden shiners are smart and

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they've caught on to the fact that that

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if they hang out up here by the

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waterfall they don't get as much

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pressure from the fish because during

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the daytime the bass probably aren't

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going to swim up here but we're going to

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release this new baby turtle right here

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in the same area and this little guy's

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probably only a few days old which just

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makes it even cooler that you know this

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is the first waterfall and heavy current

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he's ever experienced but there will be

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no lack of food if he hangs out in this

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area all he has to do is open his mouth

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all right so a couple weeks ago we put

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four baby turtles in here and you guys

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named them the four Ninja Turtles so now

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we're going to need a name for this

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little

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guy but speaking of names last week I

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asked y'all to help us name the two bald

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eagles that moved into the eagle Tower

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and the new names are Sam as in Uncle

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Sam and the female is going to be named

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Dixie because Alabama is the Heart of

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Dixie so Scott and Chris send me your

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info and I'll get your package sent out

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so Sam and Dixie have been sticking to

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their normal routine looking Majestic as

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always but Dixie will not share any fish

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at all with Sam and no matter how hard

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he tries she's not giving in but they

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seem to be quite the happy pair of

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eagles we still see the juveniles from

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time to time but I believe they're

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searching for a new home

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now so if you missed our last video we

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had a really cool project where we

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installed some underwater antennas

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that'll be used to track all of the bass

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that we've installed pit TXS in so we

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mounted the control panel out on the

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dock ran the antennas out to to a couple

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different locations and we had no doubt

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that the antenna right by the green

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light would get a lot of traffic so

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let's check out some of this data so for

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a quick update we got people working on

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software to help display all of this

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tracking data live and the ultimate goal

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is for you guys to be able to log in at

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any point and see where the fish are

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swimming at and what areas of the pond

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they're using but for now we're starting

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to sort the data in a database and we

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got the date on the left the fish that

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swam by the antenna and the time of day

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that it swam by but one really cool

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interesting piece of information that

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Jason provided for us was the amount of

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pings per day and so if you look at the

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number in parentheses right by the

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fish's name that's how many times they

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were pinged and these antennas have one

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ping per second but by far the most

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interesting fish award goes to Cyprus

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and you can see Cypress hung out by the

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oak Throne antenna for

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1178 seconds he basically made the

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antenna's new home and so I'm already

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starting to see some really cool trends

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and even learning some stuff about these

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fish so one of the new Florida strain

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bass that we just added a couple of

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weeks ago named seol is a very active

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fish and sometimes swims by the antenna

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almost once every hour so this is

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probably a fish that hasn't settled down

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making its rounds maybe even trying to

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get used to when that feeder goes off so

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we got some really cool projects coming

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now we're going to turn our attention to

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our latest Pond project the 30,000g pond

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we call Cedar Falls and Springtime is

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where these Aquascape ponds really start

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to shine you can see the lies aquatic

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grasses lily pads and everything's

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starting to bloom around the pond but

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since we built the pond we've struggled

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with water Clarity issues and that's to

09:06

be expected with new ponds you got all

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the loose soil around you got to do

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several water changes to pump that out

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but the biggest hurdle I've had was the

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Wetland filter and we know what the

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problem is and although you can't see it

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there's about 6 ft of gravel stacked

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high in the one rectangular area of the

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Wetland filter well the problem is that

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the day we added the gravel it was

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raining and a lot of mud and CL got

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mixed in with that gravel and so far

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it's been a struggle to clean the bottom

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layer of gravel mostly because I don't

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have access to it but I came up with a

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new plan so I got some high volume pumps

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and we're going to flush thousands of

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gallons of water out of the pond down

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through this gravel at a really high

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flow rate and then I'm also using a pump

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and the clean out Bay to pump all that

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muddy water out as it gets washed down

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and separates from the gravel and the

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easy way to tell that this plan is

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working out perfect is by looking at

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that muddy water that's getting pumped

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out so keep in mind this is a closed

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loop system so all this mud has nowhere

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to escape and since it was trapped in

10:10

the Wetland filter we were probably

10:12

always going to have issues with water

10:14

Clarity and I'd attempted to clean this

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out in the past but just using well

10:18

water and water hoses wasn't enough

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volume to wash the mud off in the bottom

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layers of the filter 6 ft down so I gave

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it a heavy dose of rinsing today and

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after Flushing thousands of gallons

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through it and pumping muddy water out

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for at least a couple of hours I think

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we're finally going to achieve that

10:35

Crystal Clear Pond like ours is in the

10:38

backyard one other small problem is as I

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was pumping the water down all the

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golden shiners got trapped here in the

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waterfall area so I got to pump some

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more water in raise the level up and

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then scare them out of here so I can

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finish the clean out but my favorite

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part of these cleanouts as we get to get

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a good look at all the fish and turtles

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and you can see one of the Ninja Turtles

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popping his head up this is his first

11:00

experience with a cleanout and he's not

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really sure what's going on and there's

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a good look at Mike Trout and Molly

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trout with our two second generation

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bass Johnny and June following right

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behind so something very interesting

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you'll see with this second and third

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generation bass if you look at their

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tails it almost looks like someone took

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a paintbrush and painted their tails

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black and initially the smaller bass

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Johnny's tail was the only one that

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really stood out but here over the past

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couple weeks you can start seeing it in

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the bigger bass's Tail as well and one

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of you guys commented and said that's a

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trait of a northern bass so I find it

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interesting that the newer generations

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of Tiger Bass are starting to show those

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Northern traits but they never miss an

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opportunity for an easy meal as they're

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chasing the shiners oh and here's an up

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close look at one of the bluegills we

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added this one has some really nice

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color patterns and I believe the ones

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that have the vertical stripes on them

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or males all right got everything washed

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down pumped out and cleaned up we're

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turn turning the water back on pumping

12:00

fresh well water in at 100 Gall per

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minute be cutting the waterfall on here

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in just a minute but it's getting dark

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so we may be doing that under the

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Moonlight and now that we got some Clean

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and Clear Water you can see how much

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easier it is to see the fish even out

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here at night because we got a lot of

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underwater lights

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installed there's Johnny and June back

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on the

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hunt and one of the Trout making his way

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up to the

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waterfall and the second thing I really

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enjoy after the pond cleanouts is turn

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the waterfalls back on as you all know

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waterfalls are peaceful as it is but

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it's really cool watching them start out

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from a trickle turning into a stream of

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water and then creating that roaring

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sound here in a few minutes but there's

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a good shot of it starting to come over

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the top waterfall where the cedar log

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meets the Aqua Blue Rock and there we go

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got all three waterfalls back going with

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some nice clean

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water and now that we have the pond and

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farm set up I want to start having some

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events out here and there's no better

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event to have than Sarah's sixth

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birthday party so she invited a bunch of

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her friends out for jump houses hay

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rides and to do a little fishing and

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I've always been an avid believer of

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getting kids involved in fishing while

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they're young because that's what

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happened to me and as you all know it's

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been a huge part of my life but if you

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want to have some stress in your life

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try taking about 15 or 20 kids fishing

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at the same

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time so so while most people would

13:30

measure success in the amount of fish

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caught I was just happy to say that at

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the end of this trip none of the kids

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got hooked or fell in the pond but they

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all were able to catch a fish so even

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though it was stressful for me hopefully

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it's good memories for them all right

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it's that time of year we're going to

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take our SEI disc measured the water

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Clarity and if it's anything over about

13:50

20 in that means it's probably time to

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fertilize you can see we got a little

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bit of a green Bloom out there but we've

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also got some algae starting to come up

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there in the shallow areas so let's see

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what kind of visibility we have and it's

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a very simple process you just push that

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down until you can no longer see it so

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right about that area right in there 23

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in so it's time to fertilize so we just

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had one of the feeders go off and it's

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mostly the rainbow trout and blue gills

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up here feeding and the rainbows go

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Airborne but if you look really close

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you'll see a lot of healthy Blu gills

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and as I mentioned they're one of the

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Staples in the diet of a large mouth so

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it's good to see them grow and eating

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those high protein pellets but these

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fish are so fast you have to slow it