Oh I have had to same thing happen, a couple days ago I had one hooked in the mouth, stomach, and tail. He couldn't even move and felt bigger reeling him in than he really was!! Your pond seems freaking sweet though, every bass you post, even if small, is extremely healthy!! What is the baitfish in the pond you know?It actually missed his gill, but I have been having the same issues. I had one the other day, maybe a 10 incher, get hooked in its mouth on the 1st hook and somehow hooked its tail on the last hook. It felt like I was realing in a drift sock!