Since I graduated from college I have spent my free time (Time that I am not searching for employment) looking for new spots and revisiting old ones. During a recent trip I fished a pond that is tougher than I ever imagined. Clear water and smart, smart fish. Not to mention the added challenge of locals snagging in my baited area. As I approached the water for the first time I could tell the fish were many and amazing. I first tried on Friday, arrived at around 9 in the morning and fished until 7 without a fish landed and only one run. The snaggers were causing major hassles. Hard to catch fish that are running from a hook. Not to mention I did not know what to do. I tried all sorts of packs and flavors but nothing was to work. I went elsewhere on the next couple days but revisited on Monday for one last attempt before heading back home. I arrived early again. This time the weather was rainy and storms had been coming through, no kids will snag in that weather, however I was content with it. I spotted my quarry and decided I was going to freeline sweetcorn within 3 feet of the bank, settle down and play the waiting game. The group of orange and black Koi had found my offerings and I watched them begin to feed. Sizes ranged from what I would guess to be 7 all the way up to a brute that would near 20. I saw a hungry pair of lips hover over and take up my hook bait. I watched it move its mouth a few times then I set into him with my 10ft crappie rod and the battle ensued. As I fought the fish the onlookers gathered to see what it would be. Once netted a kind lady helped me out with some pictures and holding the net with the fish in the water while I got situated (I had only been out the 40 minutes). Her grandson was in awe of the fish, as was I. My scales read 11lbs after the sling had been taken off and the fish would become my new PB Koi, but even better than that, it was my victory over a tough water. Nothing else would be caught that day, but I left happy that night after 8 and made the long drive home, revisiting the days events as I went. I will return to the water one day and aim higher. Still it was amazing to watch the fish go about their business while shunning me. They were so content as was I. During the day I ran into a gentleman with a hook stuck in his finger but had no tools to remove it and I freed a 20ish Koi from a kids snag hook when he asked me to get it out of the water. He was going to take it by the gills and I insisted on helping and watched the poor fish swim away, maybe the wound will heal quick. This turned into a battle of stubbornness. I would not quit not matter how many things failed to work. The first day I surveyed and made a plan in my head and tried it. The fish then taught me a lesson. I went on my way and had 2 days to make a new strategy and I went after it. That brought success. Proving that one way cannot fit all situations and to conquer a hard water you must always be ready to adapt. I should have had another fish but I did not pay close enough attention. Very few waters in America can be as pressured as this one, but the rewards to be had from here are outstanding. Here is the picture of my new PB Koi. Beautiful colors and something I am proud of.