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Last year we fished at my friends pond it always had decent 7 inch gills in it with a few bigger, nobody had fished it for a few years and all the gills were a small 4-5 inches, and every cast  yielded one, so we cleaned out about 150 or so putting them in the small stream running a few feet from his pond. Also we added about 30, 20-25 inch Catfish to his pond, I took my cousin and his son fishing there yesterday and we caught 7inch gills along with a couple 8 inchers and 3 nice cats, and a few Largemouths 12 inchers.

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It seems like thinning them out sure helped. I guess not as much competition for food. There is a great discussion about this on the forum page.

yes and the catfish may have helped a little too, because they are big enough to eat the small gills.... we didn't have any knowledge on this, just decided to try it, and it seems to have worked.

after fishing for many years i have just recently become acquainted to just how complex a species the b.gill are... amazing. i believe Bruce is referring to one of the discussions here on the forum...

http://bigbluegill.com/forum/topics/why-everything-you-know-about-b...

Thanks I read this article, and think that not fishing the beds so hard is a good idea... but went to another pond that used be a real good Blue Gill spot and the guy moved away, the new owner watched it like a hawk keeping all fisherman out, so after ten years or longer I told my son we had to do a night sneak in,  to see what it was like well we caught a fish every cast but they were all 5-6 inchers, years ago this was a 8 inch gill spot, lack of fishing seemed to ruin this spot too! it also had huge Bass and we didn't get any Bass.

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