Do you love big bluegill?
Took a day off today to do a little micro fishing at my local county park. The set up for today was a 40 inch Schooleys Spring Bobber Pole attached with one pound line, a half moon tanago hook, a single B shot with 1.5mm of Little Atom micro plastic as bait.
Today was a many day. I was simply dapping the plastic between the shoreline plants. I was amazed at the takes.
I have attached a picture of my smallest of the day.
Once you can get past thinking that bigger is always better it makes sense. Fishing for the smallest really isn't that much different than fishing for the largest. It is still trying to catch the extreme. Match the gear, tactics and location to the fish and it really can be a lot of fun. Besides, there are a lot more places you can go, with a lot less crowding from other anglers, if you intentionally fish for the smallest.
Your spot on. When I was out yesterday there must have been about 10 people fishing a 2 acre pond. I was able to find a quiet spot and work my 10 foot section in peace. Granted, I got a few strange looks but one person did come over and was curious as to what I was doing especially since I was catching.
Just trying to catch the smallest bluegill. For me, the challenge is trying to scale down the terminal tackle and work on different presentations. So far, I've tried drop shot, free line, float, and fly. So far I've been able to bring to hook YOY bass, bluegill, and a few different minnows. It's a ton of fun when you hear a plop and fish on.
My goal is a one inch bluegill.
The great thing is that most small fish at my local pond will stay in the plant line real close to shore for food and protection. This makes targeting easier since I don't have to worry about the fish heading to deeper water. I was lucky that a few anglers in the US have started web sites specific to targeting small fish. These sites helped with equipment and technique.
I think it's the same as any other recreational pursuit.....it's the challenge that provides the impetus to continue, whether it be biggest, smallest, fastest, slowest, deepest, or highest.
It's definitely the challenge. You have to work the gear, presentation, bait and approach. Most of the micro fishing I do is sight fishing so stealth is important. An added plus is that gear is very inexpensive and can be used on any body of water.
it is rare that i fish anything smaller then a #12 fly but you are so right ,at times the gills can be as selective as any fish,and smaller is better as often as not.
Man that's a small fish. Normally I hate those guys, interesting that people actually target them.
I guess I kind of do the same thing though, I try to catch fish in as small water as possible. I don't really care about the size of fish I just love knowing and seeing fish thrive or surviving in small bodies of water.