Bluegill - Big Bluegill

Do you love big bluegill?

 Not sure what all the contributing factors are but 2014 has been an amazing panfish season to date in Coastal North Carolina......Despite getting hit by a wave of tornadoes in late April and a brush by a CAT 2 hurricane on the 4th of July......this year has been productive since New Year's Day........I've already experienced quantity records for Black Crappie and the Summer bite continues to be incredible........I topped 3,000 Crappie earlier in July and sit at 3,151 as of 8/1/2014 with 617 of those fish at 13" or larger......Even July has been productive for Crappie with 417 crossing the decks........I'm also on a record pace for Bluegills but the remainder of 2014 will be very busy at work so the jury is still out........As of 8/1/2014, 3,619 gills have been caught this year on the Albemarle with 1,470 10" class fish or better......It has been a blast getting several new folks out with me to wet a line and of course our traditional Abney Family Vacation was special again this year......Here's a few pictures I put together to look back on this great season........Let's hope the rest of the year is just as good......

 All the rivers on the Albemarle have healthy populations of Black Crappie.....Anything of 13" or better is a River Slab in my opinion.....most fish are in the 10 to 12 inch class with fish up to 16" routinely caught in these waters,

99 percent of the speckled perch in these rivers are Black.......very few White Crappie in the rivers of the Albemarle......

A Solid Crappie Daily Double from Early May on the Albemarle......

Even in the heart of the Summer we find quality fish in the shallows on flooded cuypress....

May delivered as usual....

I love it when the Big Gills and Crappies are packed in together....usually occurs in early May...

Quality Coppernose dominate our brackish water rivers.....

A Classic Coppernose Daily Double....

Memorial Day weekend produced this nice pair.....

Caught in the same area a big bull shark was caught last summer....

Remember this region is only 10 miles from the Atlantic Ocean....

My nephew Dan caught his personal best gill back in June at 1 pound 12 ounces......a great fish that will probably go to Tim Overbaugh....

My Avatar picture comes from the most productive water I fish for large bluegills.......

I owe my success in this body of water to all the information I got from a man almost 90 years old....

This monarch gill comes from a location that I save every year for just 4 to 6 trips to minimize pressure and optimize the trophy gills that reside there......an amazing place to fish and I'm usually sleepless the night before......Going back there at least one more time this summer....

And finally earlier this week after work on Tuesday......I crossed paths with my best gill of 2014 and what a tribute to the waters I fish year round.....A great season and I still have five months......incredible fishing this year for sure........

Views: 6529

Reply to This

Replies to This Discussion

What an array of Beautiful sized Panfish your area has ! You utilize the opportunity well .Great job Jeff!

Thanks John........

RSS

Latest Activity

John Sheehan commented on Josh Neugebauer's group Bass Fishing
"PB ICE BASS 21""
20 hours ago
John Sheehan commented on John Sheehan's group Piscatorial Pursuit of Perch
"Three aggressive Perch hit this #5 Spinner! "
20 hours ago
John Sheehan commented on Sam k.'s group Trout Bums
"20" 3# PB Rainbow"
20 hours ago
John Sheehan commented on Jacob Hill's group Rock Bass
"One of several Ned Rig Rockies! "
20 hours ago
John Sheehan commented on Benjamin Ramos's group wild about suckers
20 hours ago
John Sheehan commented on Wade Jones's group Crappie Crew
"Hoping I can get some Slab Crappie before the years out. Spring and Summer yielded very…"
21 hours ago
John Sheehan commented on Wade Jones's group Crappie Crew
21 hours ago
John Sheehan commented on Wade Jones's group Crappie Crew
21 hours ago
John Sheehan commented on Wade Jones's group Crappie Crew
21 hours ago
John Sheehan posted photos
21 hours ago
Jeffrey D. Abney posted a photo

The Fancy of a Trophy Flier..10/3/2022

We have been under gale warnings and SCAs for over a week now….the remnants of Hurricane Ian have…
Monday
John Sheehan posted photos
Sunday
John Sheehan commented on John Sheehan's photo
Thumbnail

6th Pike 28"

"Thanks Jeff! We were told by several sources up there that we did well under tough conditions,…"
Sunday
Jeffrey D. Abney commented on Jeffrey D. Abney's photo
Thumbnail

Another Nice Round Specimen…..9/18/2022

"Thanks John…..looking forward to get back out after this storm settles down…."
Sunday
John Sheehan commented on Jim Gronaw's photo
Thumbnail

20.5 inch LM Bass

"Lunker! This year is the first use of the Ned rig for me . Got some smallmouth and Rock Bass and a…"
Sunday
John Sheehan commented on Jim Gronaw's photo
Thumbnail

After the Storm

"Thataway Jim! Nice Slab!"
Sunday
John Sheehan commented on Jeffrey D. Abney's photo
Sunday
Jeffrey D. Abney commented on Jeffrey D. Abney's photo
Saturday
John Sheehan commented on John Sheehan's group Multi Panfish
"I have thought "Jack Perch " to be a Southern term for Jumbo Yellow Perch but this week,…"
Saturday
dick tabbert commented on Jim Gronaw's photo
Thumbnail

After the Storm

"Nice one Jim."
Saturday

© 2022   Created by Bluegill.   Powered by

Badges  |  Report an Issue  |  Terms of Service