Been fishing to a couple of ponds in Raleigh recently and have been very please with the results. It seems like this year the fishing has remained good for freshwater all winter. I was in goldsboro a couple weeks ago and my cousin hooked an 11 pounder right off the shore of the lake. Crank baits have been all I've been using ( Rapala X-Rap is very effective for bass and crappie ) and I have also been using Rat-l-traps. Just thought I'd let you guys know what they have been hitting in the smaller ponds so far.