Do you love big bluegill?
Well, we have seen each other in church for years and finally we got together to do some fishing. I learned more about Escambia River in one fishing trip with Marc than I have in the last 3 years fishing it by myself. Not only was he kind enough to show me a lot of his favorite honey holes, he showed me a new way to fish that will allow my wife and I to fish together! I love to troll the banks with a fly rod and my wife likes to sit in one spot and fish on the bottom. The way Marc fishes for gills is a great compromise that will be good for me and my wife. Tight line is the way to go and it seems to produce not only more fish but larger ones as well. Thanks again for a great fishing trip! I look forward to many more!!! I thank God for good friends and good fishing!!
Cobey, I live in Pensacola and always wanting to fish Escambia River. If you need a partner just let me but never know. I use crickets and have never tight lined and would love to see this in person.
great looking scenery for fishing!
is your sinker above the hook?
I think it depends on the amount of current flow, and the pressure from bigger predators.
Here in my area of Oklahoma, "the river" means the Arkansas River. In my part of the state, this river is a "braided prairie stream", about 300 - 400 yards wide, usually one main and one or two smaller channels, with flow rates from 100 cfs up to 40,000 cfs. There is a hydro-electric generating dam on the western edge of my territory, this is the reason for the wide variation in flow rates. When they aren't generating, the river is typically 4 - 10' deep. At full generation, 12,000 cfs, you can add about 7' to that. When they open floodgates, it gets really fun.
That said, there are Bluegill here. I only catch them (along with Longear and Green Sunnies) in low-flow conditions, and in the eddies out of the current. There aren't many big predators around in those conditions. But when the water is moving, there's LMBs, Kentucky (Spotted) Bass, Gar, Flathead Catfish, Blue Catfish, Stripers, and Hybrids (Wipers) swimming around. I've used Bluegills for bait in those conditions.