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If you own a private pond or lake in Alabama, you have the ideal climate to grow some truly outsized trophies in your pond. The world-record bluegill was caught from an Alabama pond, and the state record largemouth bass weighed sixteen pounds eight ounces. Many management techniques that are not viable in more northern climates can be employed with great success in Alabama waters, which is why even companies that make mistakes can sometimes grow big fish. When a pond or lake in Alabama is managed with knowledge and precision, truly astounding fishing can be developed. We have only been working in Alabama and Georgia a few years now; we have worked on a tiny fraction of the number of ponds and lakes that our more-established competitors in those states have. If it tells you anything about the difference between us and those other companies, a thirteen-pound largemouth bass was caught in 2018 from a 22-acre lake in northern Georgia that we started helping with in November 2016:
Nothing is more important than genetics when it comes to the ultimate size attained by the fish in your pond. We have worked on ponds with significantly-crowded bluegill populations where the bluegill weren’t fed, and they still averaged close to nine inches long because they were pure Florida coppernose; by the same token, we have managed ponds where the largemouth bass were intentionally crowded to grow big bluegill, but because the bass had Florida genes, they still grew to ten pounds. Genetics trumps everything. Here’s an oversimplification that will nonetheless help you understand the significance of genetics: a poorly-fed Great Dane will still tower over a well-fed Dachsund. Northern largemouth will generally top out around six or seven pounds, even in a well-managed Alabama pond; pure Florida largemouth can easily grow to twelve pounds in that same exact pond under the same conditions.
We raise two varieties of bluegill that are native to Florida: pure coppernose bluegill from brood stock we caught ourselves from the St. Johns River in central Florida and Lake Jackson in the Florida panhandle, and pure hand-painted bluegill from brood stock we caught ourselves from the Apalachicola River. Both of these subspecies will significantly outgrow northern bluegill in Alabama ponds. We also raise pure Florida largemouth, from brood stock acquired from one of the best hatcheries in Texas, where these fish have been selectively bred for many years for aggressiveness. Because our bluegill and our largemouth are raised in the climate of middle Tennessee, they will have superior cold tolerance to fish raised in Alabama or Mississippi or Georgia, so those years that Alabama gets harsh winters will not faze our fish. We selectively breed our fish for the fastest-growing individuals, so you can be assured that the fish we stock for you will provide you with superior performance.
Our chief biologist Walt Foreman has been managing private ponds and lakes since 1987, which allows us to avoid mistakes that less-experienced companies routinely make, mistakes that will stunt the potential of your pond or lake. If you want the very best Alabama pond or lake that you can possibly have, you owe it to yourself to call Trophy Pond, the real management experts, today. You’ll be very, very glad you did.
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These are northern-strain bluegill:
Mutt coppernose will have colors duller than either of their parent subspecies (coppernose and northern-strain), tending more toward the olive hues of northern-strain but often having more browns than pure northerns; purple is missing on the gill flap of males, as is the light-colored patch on the forehead. Fringing on the fins is noticeably absent, as are the wide bars on the sides. And the body shape is a dead giveaway for the mutts: if you catch an eight-inch bluegill from your pond that’s supposed to be a coppernose and it’s shaped just like a bluegill from the Tennessee River, you’ve got mutt coppernose in your pond.
Here’s a thread on a pond management forum about mutt coppernose, referred to in the thread as Arkansas strain: