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!
20180817- Kayaking with Kayden
Today Kayden wanted to go fishing out of his kayak... So I selected a launch close to the house that entered a shallow bay area that was filled from a creek and emptied into a large Reservoir. The cove is only 1’ deep on avg. not exceeding 2'. Perfect for a young boy to learn the sport of kayaking.
During the summer the bay fills with lily pads and weeds to the surface with plenty of places to explore.
This bay offers ample opportunity for tagging multiple species of panfish. I so happened to tag my first certificate bluegill from this area. During the summer the only option to fish this area is with a slip float. I thought This would be perfect for Kayden to tag his first fish out of the kayak slip/floating.
So first thing, I have a battle with Kayden he wants to throw a jig. There is no arguing with him it is the only way he knows how to catch a fish LOL. After a short while, he agreed to have a bobber attached to the line above the jig to keep it out of the weeds. He eventually connected with a fish, reeled it in, got off the hook, hit the bottom of the kayak and flipped into the water before I could get a picture. He wasn't happy.
I continued tagging a few 8 inch Class bluegills and Kayden took off exploring.
After a handful of gills, I joined him on the expedition before the rain settled in. What started out to be a serious lesson in slip/floating the slop ended up just Papa and Grandson having fun exploring and paddling!
the picture of Kayden, Fish, and Kayak will just have to wait for another time.
20180823~ “Another Bluegill Certificate!”
Everyone as you know… I’ve been stuck in a very productive rut… fishing the flats with the tiny micro-jigs. it's been so productive the past few seasons i dont want to try anything else! Basically casting out a very simple bait combination I call the LCD jig (Least Common Denominator). in most cases I use an unpainted .016 oz round jig head tipped with a Gulp Waxie in pink or chartreuse. That’s it! I fish this vertically when I spot fish under the boat and more frequently I long cast out on super line loaded ultra lights twitching the jig on the bottom, swimming thru the weeds or casting to weed or structure edges.
On this day I loaded up my usual rod bundle comprised of micro-jig setups and a slip/float setup and headed to the lake. I knew I was in store for some fishing productivity. Summer high water temps, excellent weather pattern and a Solunar 70% rated day.
Missing most of the morning Major.Period I would be fishing the Tail end or decline of the intraday Major.Period thru the Lull.Period the rising leg of the Minor.Period approaching sunset.
Settling in on one of my favorite productive waypoints I started tagging quality fish straight away. Thinking I should have gotten out on the lake a couple hours earlier. Some days though the spine just does not let that happen. I fish when I can timing to the intraday solunar periods the best I can.
On the end of the Major.Period is when I tagged my best fish… a 10” certificate B.Gill on the LCD Method swimming thru the weeds. Amazing battle and fish. The Bull was quickly photoed, measured and released. At this point in time there have been 13 registered Certificate B.Gill for this lake in 20 years time… I own over 30 percent of those certificates! They are a true needle in the haystack!
I then struggled thru the Minor.Period with scattered fish tags here and there, really had to work hard for them. Once the Minor.Period came into play the fish activity started to turn on again with some quality tags and frequency.
The Crappie bite was strong and consistent thu-out the trip with fish approaching the 12" class
I left in the middle of a good bite to beat the sunset home…. Another memorable trip for the books!!
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