A falling barometer meant the pond’s microorganisms would be rising to the surface and that minnows and small baitfish would follow. In turn, the bass and bluegills would follow. A black sponge spider with red and black banded legs proved to be the magic bullet for both species. I cast them into weedline pockets from my float tube in the final two hours before dark and netted 31 fish including 12 largemouths to 17 inches. Barred owls serenaded my departure.