Do you love big bluegill?
20170709-Lepomis and B.Crappies were the main target today using the Long-Casting/tiny-jigs technique. We had such a great time yesterday during the start of the 3-day period of the full moon we decided to try to replicate that success today!
Using the Solunar tables we would be on the water during a major and minor periods… the minor period would be in line with the sunset which is a bonus.
We only brought Long-Caster Ultra Lites set-up with us and left drop-shot and slip/float systems at home. We would be using the tiny 1” to 2” long swim baits mounted and glued on 1/64 to 1/32 oz jig heads. I also had a rig set-ip with a 1/64 oz jig and waxie with Lepomis as the target.
The Master Angler B.Crappie is now my immediate focus and today would have been a great day to fill that slot.
The bite in the warm 81 deg water didn’t disappoint. We caught many Lepomis, Crappie and LMB seemingly at will. Many crappie were tagged in the 10-12” range. The fish were positioned just off the first break at 10’ FOW.
What a pleasant surprise to tag so many LMB’s on the tiny baits. Put the bait in the fish zone and it appears to be inevitable.
20170710-after checking Minute Cast and seeing no rain in the forecast for at least 2 hours Dennis and I decided to fish a private lake 10 miles north of us good with the B.Gill and B.Crappie bite. Stopped at the store on the way there for refreshments checked the Minute Cast again and saw a segment of showers lasting 10 mins a hour ahead of us we decide it would be ok to weather out…. I had rain gear Dennis would be without.
Got to the lake and it started raining checked the Minute Cast Again and it was lit up like a Christmas tree with t’storms for the next 2 hours… apparently just traveling 10 miles north put us on the southerly edge of a line of storms that popped up out of now where. Packed it in and went back home and put in at Wixom Lake where the forecast showed just spotty showers… packed up some rain gear for Dennis and headed out
Water temps were a little cooler 75 degs and calm seas with mostly cloudy skies.
Started working the bridge vertically jigging the columns and swim jigging the edges with Long-Casting set-ups. I hooked up immediately with a nice 90% plus Master Angler Rated B.Gill that in haled the Lil Minnow twitched in 5 FOW. Dennis continued with the 1” Apex Minnow finding no action. I followed with a few nice B.Crappie.
Tne next waypoint was a stretch of original lake channel that approached close to shore at 9’. Spotting several fish blips on the sonar I presumed they were B.Crappie then tagged a few. Dennis continued being blanked with the Apex Minnow.
The next spot Dennis switched to the Lil Minnow and tagged a few Y.Perch and B.Gill by casting to the bank letting rest on the bottom and twitching back in. one nice B.Gill took the bait at complete rest sitting on the hard bottom.
Heading in we stopped at one more of my popular B.Crappie spots. I tagged a couple nice B.Crappie straight away and Dennis missed a 16” plus with a bad hook set…. Heart breaking! With that we ended the trip and headed back.
20170711-so after missing a great opportunity tagging a 16” plus B.Crappie the night before... to cheer him up I decided to take Dennis to one of my favorite lakes for Lepomis. We timed the trip to a Major Solunar period to be on a string of my favorite spots for lunker fish which includes one of my trophy P.Seed waypoints.
The afternoon was hot and sunny, little wind with air temps near 90 and water surf temps in the low eighties.
We started along a nice stretch of shoreline to slowly work our way to the area I just recently tagged a certificate P.Seed.
We tagged many B.Gill while Long-Casting/Tiny-Jigs… Dennis had a great tempo going with the 1” Apex Minnow while I worked the Pink-Waxie and Lil Minnow on the Long-Casters. As we hit the trophy P.Seed spot Dennis tagged a trophy 9” er on the Apex Minnow at the solunar peak!…. His first certificate fish!. Congrats Dennis… you’re in the books!
what a great feeling to put family and friends on some nice fishing!
20170713~ Dennis and I decided to fish a mid-sized natural lake for the B.Crappie and B.Gill bite… our plan of strategy was to rely mainly on the long-casters with the tiny jigs. It’s a strategy that works for me in nearly every fishing period on the calendar. If there is space to cast or vertically jig I feel confident on catching fish.
The day’s solunar rating was at 49%... and we did well. Dennis found a great tempo with the B.Crappies with the Long-Casting/.016 oz Jig/Apex Minnow. I concentrated mainly on the B.Gill with the Long-Casting/.015 oz Jig/Pink Waxie. B.Gill focus on this bait more than the B.Crappie. We fished between the docks Long-Casting/.016 oz Jig/Pink Waxie and found some great action with the B.Gill.
in between traveling from waypoint to waypoint we stopped at and pitched too and under some nice looking docks... shooting one of the docks i was greatly rewarded with a nice mid 10's R.Bass
We later found a remote corner at the end of a bay that held countless B.Crappie fishing between downpours we could see coming in.
Nice trip with a good friend!
i used the Long-Casting/Micro Jig/Pink Waxie set-up to shoot under the dock to tag this nice R.Bass!