Today, i caught my biggest ever bluegill fishing in my new found honey hole. it was in a small lake in milsboro maryland. this place is like fishing in an aquarium. the water is crystal clear and there are bluegill, bass, pumkinseeds, turtles, perch, and i suspect to find redear and crappie in time. the water is maybe 4 feet deep in this hole and you can see bottom like its 4 inches of water. i just cast my worm under the bridge and when i feel that subtle strike... ooooh look at that one! i dont have a size or weight or anything, but he was big by anyone's standards (except you lucky minnesota guys!)
Sounds like you need a digital camera Trevor,....to capture all the goodness bluegill fishing has to offer!.....I've had great success with the Olympus 1050 SW stylus.....durable, waterproof, shockproof, freezeproof, affordable, and shoots video above and below the waterline..
Congrats on your personal best.....I love clear water and pursue it every chance I get!
P.S. It's always a good idea to have a tape measure for those special moments.
My personal best is 11 and 1/2 inches of gill from a little pond in Iowa. I am lucky enough to live on this pond with a bunch of Bass nuts that have pushed the size of the Bass up to the point that the little gills are weeded out and the bigger ones have more food to get bigger. Couldn't even get my hand around the freaking thing. Turned it loose to catch it again when it is bigger and badder. Good fishin!
Trevor, my best so far is the one that lives on my wall. She' a solid 12". I caught her 12-13years ago. I was fishing gills at the time, I like to make that point because, so many fishermen up here will catch a monster gill while walleye fishing. I hate walleye fishing. I'm now on a quest for a bigger gill. I do alot of research on the lake in my area via the web and believe it or not I just ask around. You see, no one up here but, a few of us, gives a rip about bluegill! And that my friend is just fine by me! Congrats on your recent success!
My personal best is 10 5/8" from Florida and two 10" from ice fishing in private lake in northern Illinois. My son's personal best is 11" Redear Sunfish from southern Illinois!
We release all bluegills from 8" and up for the future trophy 'gills!
Bring digital camera and ruler with you all the time! I bought measure tape from a craft store. Also you can buy it from a dollar store. I cutted short measure tape that I need is a 18" for bluegills and big crappies!
I caught 2 this year over 10" - both Bluegill and Both Female. The larger was an honest 10.5" and the other was just shy. Great fish the both of them, but I caught a couple males that while less than 10" fought much harder.
Funny, the larger one came from the hardest fished lake of the 3 that I fish regularly. I fish it more often because it is conveinient. I need to spend a little more time on the other 2 lakes. (Central NY State)