... Either way, I now see why guys don't want to disclose a good fishing hole...
My question, did you disclose 'your hole' or did people just find it and start fishing it more than previously? I only ask because I hate the 'honey hole' mentality. Sharing good fishing spots with responsible fishermen should be no problem whatsoever. Responsible fishermen practice good catch-and-release and understand how fishing pressure can effect a body of water and react accordingly (or at least I do).
I live in an area with (as far as I can tell, trying as many places as I have so far) very limited (bass [bank]) fishing. The ponds near me have little to no worthwhile fish. So I will come to this forum to attempt to find places to fish and frequently am greeted like I asked for a first born. I fish regularly but still only manage to get out to a pond 2-3 times a week, that would not hurt fishing in the slightest.
I hate that your spot has turned crappy so quickly and do think that non-C&R practices are terrible (for smaller water and non-put-and-take species), it has ruined the pond within walking distance of my house (my 'spot'). But, this forum is (I think) not visited by people who do things such as these, and thus I hope eventually the 'keep it secrete' and 'keep it quite' mentality of fishing holes will start to fade (one can hope). I would love to meet people up at their hole and spend a few hours landing some fish and having fun, or even trying places out and figuring them out for my self.
Right now I can go to any of the places within 10-15 mins of my house and get skunked even if I am doing everything right. This make fishing a bit annoying (no, I don't expect to catch something every time I go out, but catching is much more fun than not). Even a few dinks with the possibility of that lunker is more than enough motivation to get me excited about a body of water. It gives me motivation to try new techniques, learn the water, try things out, instead of knowing there just aren't fish in there anymore. I recently went to Bethany ponds (over an hour drive for me) and I know there are fish there and know if I am doing the right things I can land a few. I caught a handful of dinks and 1 decent fish and I keep asking me self why are the ponds near me like this?
Anyways, I've felt like this for a bit now and this was the perfect time to semi-rant about it. Sorry for your spot, and I hope it turns round / you find a new spot in the very near future.