I would first set up a TC in various locations to see how the approach the pond. Which trails are best. Also look at the prevailing wind, SE in my area. If the pictures of deer moving into and from water allow you to, I would put the blind where the wind would blow my scent across the pond. That way you eliminate them from coming in down wind to close. I have hunted from lock-on stands, tripods and home-made/manufactured ground blinds. I practiced shooting from all them before hand. I now have a Midwest Haybale Blind that I really like since it allows me the room to feel comfortable and get drawn for a shot without being picked off by any deer.