So with sun bearing down on most of the water when I walked in, I went to the left of this photo taken later when clouds obscured the light getting near the horizon, and placed my second cast in tannic water deeply shadowed. I set a moment after the take and soon released a 10-inch largemouth, hoping that dinks would not prove the overwhelming rule.
But what do you expect when checking out a little pond new to you in New Jersey? I bet everyone who fishes here--not many people--toss the bass back. Nevertheless, most ponds fish slow and the bass aren't big. Even if it's possible a single five-pounder does lurk out there. Somewhere. And even if the worm dropped down it's nose, it would turn that nose down.
I caught another 10-inch bass, fulfilling a very nice hour-and-a-half of fishing rather thoroughly in a casual way.