Tim, thank you for taking the time to answer a few questions. To start can you explain to everyone what Pond Pro is and your mission?
Tim): Pond Pro is an innovative way to bring the sport of fishing back to its roots. Small-water is where this industry began and where we have to refocus in order to continue successful growth.Today’s fishing industry puts a lot of emphasis on tournament angling so I decided to take it in the opposite direction. I’d say 90% of the fishing market is made of small-water anglers and that fact alone shows massive untapped potential not only for businesses to expand their markets but also give everyday anglers the opportunity to live their dreams of being a pro angler. Our mission at Pond Pro is to be the industry leader in introducing people to the sport of fishing. We have some big things coming in 2015 so keep your eyes and ears open this spring. We are fixing to add a new direction to the industry like never before.
Tim): I have always loved fishing but my passion for fishing small-waters really started back in 2004. My dad had just lost his battle with cancer and I decided to begin a quest for a 10 pound bass to honor his passing. I knew if I had any chance at pulling it off it would happen on a local pond we call The Boy Scout Camp here in northern Arkansas. It’s an old Scout Camp that had been well managed by the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission before it was closed down. I literally lived on that 16 acres 5 hours a day for 4 ½ years and when you spend that much time on the water it grows on you.
What types of ponds do you prefer (clarity, structure, or any other physical features)?
Tim): I like to fish all ponds but if I had to pick a favorite I’d say stained with standing timber. That water clarity really fits my junk fishing style and allows for lots of targets.
Tim): Thank you very much, the boat really helped put Pond Pro on the map. The TTx10 is the Lamborghini of 2-man boats. It has two 36lb thrust Motorguides built inside the hull for hands-free operation. That allows me to a lot more time to focus on fishing instead of messing with a traditional transom or bow mount trolling motor. Unlike most 2-man boats which use Styrofoam sandwiched between P.V.C. the TTx10 hull is rotary molded out of a solid piece of polyethylene making it a seamless design. It is one amazing boat to say the least.
When fishing in smaller boat the biggest complaint is storage, how are you maximizing your space to carry all the necessary gear?
Tim): Not getting carried away with tackle selection is critical. I carry only the baits I have confidence in for the day and nothing more. As for tackle storage; Woo Wee!!! I have been through so many different types of tackle boxes it’s insane. The only box I use now is the Plano Stow-A-Way Rack. The design of the 1364-00 is vertical as opposed to other boxes that are designed horizontal that keeps me from eating up floor space. I own 2 rods and they are kept in the rod holders on the either side of the boat.
You have some other incredible electronics sponsors including Lowrance and Power-Pole what products are you finding most useful when pond fishing?
Tim): I am truly blessed to have been selected to represent Power-Pole and their new Micro system. However, I am just a guy that punches a time clock and have not yet been able to purchase a Pole yet. That being said it will be a priceless and very welcomed commodity when I do. Stealth is so important on small-water and we all know the ol brick on a rope routine is far from stealthy. When it comes to electronics Lowrance has changed the small-water game forever with the introduction of Insight Genesis. I can use the program to make my own topo maps of uncharted or poorly charted water. The program also allows me to layer vegetation and bottom composition making it nearly effortless to find hot spots quickly.
Tim): The Facebook page and other social media is where it all started and is to this day all I have to push Pond Pro to new levels. When I get on-line and see people supporting the page it gives me a great sense of accomplishment because I know they share the exact same passion and drive for the sports success as I do. I have been fortunate to talk to some of my fishing heroes about Pond Pro and what it means to them but my favorite people to talk is the fans, hands down. Being able to get on the phone or messenger and just talk fishing one on one is very humbling. Staying connected to each and every fan is vitally important to the success of Pond Pro and that will never change.
Since its currently 40 degrees outside what is your go to late fall technique?
Tim): When temps drop out like this you can bank on me throwing a Jewel Jig and a Rat-L-Trap. I’ll drag a jig around off-shore structure early in the day and as the sun warms up I yo-yo that Trap around shallow vegetation. Both have paid off for me many many times this time of year.
Okay, here is the big one what is the biggest bass you have caught in a pond and give us the story?
Tim): February 2011 I tied on my Chrome/Black Rat-L-Trap and slung it over a rocky point and BOOM!!! I didn’t have time to reel and got stroked. I got that fish in and it would have hit 8 on a bad day. I thought to myself not to shabby for the first cast of the day. I walked around the bank to a brush pile I planted back in the summer and did a little roll cast. Pumped the rod about 3 times and she choked it. I knew instantly when I picked her up she was bigger than my personal best at the time, 8.4. It was one of those days you only dream of.
Tim): I really wish I could answer this question but I honestly can’t. I have left it in the hands of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ to guide Pond Pro where he sees fit. I can say He has truly blessed Pond Pro with an opportunity to touch people on every corner of the planet and if He wants it to be, it will be…
Thank you again for doing this Tim, I know that pond owners and anglers alike will get a lot out of this. Where can people find you online and follow your future successes?
Tim): You can follow us at The Pond Pro on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and other social media sites. We will be targeting magazines interested in some small-water articles so stay tuned to that. We are also planning on web page launch in the future but we will have to see where the good Lord takes us. Thank you very much for the opportunity to answer a few questions and remember, “Build your dreams with the hands of The Lord and everything is possible”.
I hope everyone enjoyed this interview and will visit The Pond Pros social media sites.
Thank you for reading and Happy Fishing
By Steven Bardin M.S.