Do you love big bluegill?
As I turn the last page of the “SLIP’S 2017 LOGS, STATUS AND STRATEGIES” log book on an astounding year of angling… I think back on the initial strategies and goals for the year. I wanted to tag at least (4) Trophy Master Angler Panfish and that would include one thru the ice which would be a PB using that method. I ended up with 2 trophy P.Seeds thru the ice with a PB at 9.8" as well as(13) total Master Anglers thru the rest of the open water season!
To accomplish this feat I would greatly scale down my presentations to micro lite equipment… rods, reels, lines and baits. Careful considerations of lines were incorporated into my methods which would not exceed 2# mono diameter…and super lines that would approach 8# test or above to handle the trophy quality of fishes sought.
I would also aim to make my time on the water more productive by timing the trips with solunar periods… majors and minors on New and Full Moons. I've discovered big fish follow the moon… period! 2017 proved that especially considering the hard water Ice Period. I was on the big fish spots on the peak periods and it paid off!... BIGly!!!
I think I coined a phrase “Fishing for the Numbers by the Numbers” by incorporating all methods and strategies to gain my odds on the water for numbers as well as numbers of trophies. By the end of the day and all the numbers were tallied for 2017 I broke many records for the Master Angler Program in at least 2 counties.
I’m hoping for an even better season for 2018 and success for the fishermen following BBG!
20180625-Late start and missed most of the Major.Period!
With a couple days before the full moon at a 74% fish activity level my intentions were to be out on the lake at the onset of the Major.Period on one of my favorite waypoints. By the time I finally got there considering some personal delays. I was on the spot nearly half way down the down tick of the Major.Period with a long Lull.Period facing me… not good.
Within a couple casts long-casting/.016 oz Jig/Pink Waxie I was into the best fish of the trip a 10” class hen just missing the mark at 9.8”!...
The next hour was brutally slow with the bite. Another nice hen 9” class also taking the waxie.
The neck/shoulder and arm began to ache so I cut the trip short cutting my losses.
... best fish of the day
...missed fishing the full moon today... rain, total spine ache kept me knocked down... tomorrow is a 97% day also... i might not be able to pull the rip cord on the engine... but i still have a trolling motor, neck brace and cane!
Planning a trip for tomorrow hopefully… rested all day… if I can’t pull the engine to life I have the trolling motor to rely on. I have a couple close hot-spots to a public launch I can rely on. Winds will be sub 10 mph so that is a plus.
Referencing the solunar charts I have a 2.5 hour window of Major.Period opportunity with a Minor.Period following near dusk (too late for gill).
I have a good feeling about that bite I really feel the need to be out there. Hopefully it works out.
20180629-Last minute decision to fish…
with the Back ache, heat wave and the sounds of the many motorboats and jet skis going on at the lake next door I initially decided to keep off the lake. The wife however easily changed my mind. It was a challenge her big fish jigs against the waxie on the 1/64th. We settled on a lake that had a sand bar great for cooling off on a hot fishing trip. Checking the solunar tables we would be fishing the Lull.Period so I wasn’t expecting much of a bite even considering it to be an 80% plus fish activity day.
As we were launching the boat we took note of the many pleasure boaters and jet skis’ on the water. It will certainly be a tough bite just considering the boat traffic.
As we approached the first waypoint I also noticed the considerable amount of weed clippings floating on the surface caused from the boat traffic. This will certainly take the long-cast from the arsenal today in most spots. I still have a slip/float handy for just these situations. Jeri refuses to use a float.
The first waypoint … a historical crappie producer for me produced nothing on many casts and flips to stumps and laydowns.
I then went to a waypoint that had some shade from the harsh sun… a sort of sheltered cove with tall trees edging the shoreline. The depths maintained a 9-0’ contour close to the shoreline. I quickly tagged a few B.Gills and then a near trophy B.Crappie 14” class. After a few pics the fish was quickly released. A junior pike soon followed. Jeri continued refusing all offers to throw the micro jig and waxie.
After just a few more fish we took a quick dip at the sand bar and fished the shallow bay drifting towards the launch.
1/64th oz jig and waxie continues to be the hot bait for me nearly 3 seasons running.