Do you love big bluegill?
The past few seasons it’s been season outdoing the last. Knowledge base on top of knowledge base. Building on some great info from this site and time on the water. I’m anticipating and looking forward to even better results with more citation fish. Anyway that’s the game plan.
Last year was the season of fishing TINY. Thin UL Lines loaded on tiny 50 series reels and light UL rods tossing tiny baits in front of fish targets…quantities of quality panfish and trophy SMB. Tossed the baits into thick cover with reckless abandon. Tiny presentations under slip bobbers thrown next to thick weed slop and weed pockets. Mid day fishing out of the kayak in less than two feet of water and tagging quality fish. Never really had another fishing boat come close to me fishing. it was like i had the lake to myself. looking forward to making some more good memories in the upcoming season.
Looking forward to any hints suggestions or comments from the BBG membership… sharing is the best way to learn and progress!
hope everyone a successful "2016 Open Water Season"
the 14" plus Master Angler B.Crappie continues to elude my tag... here i thought that would be the first target on the list... i have come close within a quarter inch many times. it is a great time of year rivaling the spawn period in trophies tagged.
glueing lil minnow bodies to jigs... reloading for this afternoon!
successfull repaired and recycled torn Lil Minnow bodies with super glue... torn jig bodies can be repaired with a drop of Super Glue!
14" B.Crappie is the main target for late afternoon and early evening bite
20160921—7th inning stretch video composition of the trip featuring the Lil Minnow
20160925—ive been dealing with a lot of chronic neck, shoulder, arm and hand pain the past few days… unable to fish and difficulty sleeping at night. feeling a little better with nearly four days of rest hopefully I can get out and use them again today and make a few casts.
20160925—panfish trip to a small reservoir in Gladwin county found surf temps at the low 70’s with calm seas. Perfect for long casting tiny jigs.
A quick scan with the sonar found some fish schooling in 25 FOW. Vertically jigging found them to be a mix of midsized B’Gills and B.Crappie.
Not satisfied with the slower pace in tagging this school I set off to test the mud flats where we found them just 4 days earlier. I anchored near the waypoint where I caught a few lunkers and a PB P.Seed on the sept 21st trip. The area was on a 6-9 ft mud flat with a small stand of submerged tree trunks surrounded by a weed bed. I tagged many above avg sized B.Crappie including a 13” lunker long casting the Lil Minnow with a lunker P’Seed mixed in.
After the tagging pace slowed on the waypoint I moved to a hotspot across the lake that has always proved successful. I found a school of abv avg sized B.Gills that scaled between 8-9” vertical jigging the Lil Minnow in 9 FOW. Fun watching the fish move up from their positions to meet the falling jig. Almost feels like cheating… lol
The Lil Minnow is proving to be the hot bait in my arsenal in the latter part of this season.
Had to cut the trip short due to pain.
One of the lunker B.Gills
Lunker B.Crappie Long Casting the Lil Minnow
Lunker P.Seed Long Casting the Lil Minnow
Some of today’s tags on the Lil Minnow
... well the neck,shoulder,arm and hand pain has recently slowed me down on the hours or minutes out on the water. it has also shortened my time on the pc where i do most of my work for the BBG postings. i will be doing my short term work from my phone or tablet where keyboard and mouse work will be reduced till this bout of inflamation subsides. i will be taking advantage of the voice recognition built into these devices instead of the arm and neck movement required from the pc. the quality of the snaps and postings will be somewhat lower than what im used to.
i like and enjoy everyones photos and discussions. keeps me busy when i cant fish. i like posting to them as well.
so moving forward ill be having more slack time between fishing resting but ill keep posting while things get better.