On my second cast I caught a little largemouth bass, probably only a pound. After a few more casts I switched to a firetiger Berkley PowerBait BladeDancer and caught a second largemouth, then a third; neither one was much bigger. I walked around to a dike and cast out with the BladeDancer and got a huge bite. I yanked and started reeling, figuring it was be a giant bass from the way it was fighting. But when I got it closer, I could see it was a huge black crappie. As I was about to get it on shore, the hook popped out of the crappie's mouth and it took off.
About thirty minutes later, I caught another crappie and got it close to shore before it once again dislodged the hook and took off. I decided to take a break from the crappie and try a log at the other end of the pond where I figured some large bass would be. I walked along a steep bank through some tall grass to get to the log, and as soon as I cast in I got a huge bite that snapped the line. I got upset and took a short break to collect my thoughts before I started fishing again. I took a few pictures and talked to my uncle, who had come down to the pond to see how I was doing. I then switched rods and used a Culprit worm in a Texas rig without a weight. I went back to the log and got a few bites but nothing more. I started walking back to my original spot, casting as I walked, when I noticed a muskrat swimming toward me. It was about 10 feet from me when I got a bite from a bass. It splashed out of the water as it grabbed my worm and the muskrat took off. It was a little bigger than my previous bass, probably about a pound and a half to two pounds.