Do you love big bluegill?
I’m James Acerra and my wife Kathy fish Lake Norfork shorelines where they are accessible to walk to.
We’ve been lucky with great gill catches varying from peckerfish (those lil bait stealers) to Kathy’s 12” 1 ¼ lb female Bluegill.
We average with 6” ½ lb to 8” ¾ lb gill and Redear with a few greens and Longear with the hybrids mixed in for flavor.
Depths range from 2’ to 8’ deep with sand and gravel to shore breaks with drop offs mixed with rocks and deadfalls.
We’ve had a few crappies, blue cat, channel cats and flatheads hit us with the odd baby largemouth on worms and bobbers.
I’ve even used a few peckerfish as bait to try and lure in a cat or bass no dice yet.
We’ve had good luck thru all hours of the day as well as better luck early and late in the day with fair luck night fishing with bobber lights.
So far the sex mix is mainly male with a 4 to 1 average.
I’ll keep the updates coming and hope to add photos.
We’ve used earthworms cut in sections with a #12 snap hook #8 short shank Eagle Claw hooks
with a sinker 3/16 oz below on a 4” line tied off to the swivel and either a bobber or slip float set for depth.
Closed Spin casting reels Shakespeare Mantis and Zebco 33’s medium poles 6’ and 5’ 6”.
Both of us use 10 lb line for that odd cat before we went to 10 lb we lost 4 large cats in the 8 to 10 lb range due to line breaks as soon as they got to shore water and tailed off the bottom to pop the lite line.
I’m sure we lose a few from line scare but the main hook ups have been solid top lip or side of the mouths and no problems reeling them thru weeds or small brush.
Any one else fishing Lake Norfork in Northern Arkansas or Southern Missouri please feel free to join and comment on this lake.
I’ll not hold it against you if you use a boat.
Yours in fishing
James and Kathy Acerra
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