Do you love big bluegill?
HERE;S EXACTLY WHERE I WAS FISHING AT LAST SATURDAY;; ( AND TODAY ) STARTING AT ;; THE SHADOWS OF THE TREES;; UP AGAINST THE BANK;; LETTING THE BAIT;; TRICKLE DOWN THE ROCKS;;;; IT WASNT LONG;; TILL I HAD BITES !
The thing about “us” fishermen when fishing from shore we want to cast far out into the depths… but once out in the boat we want to cast in tight to shore. Don’t’ get trapped into that thinking.
Spend time casting parallel to the banks in close. Cast into the weed pockets and get that bait dirty. Find the dirtiest water within your reach and cast the edges. Work the edges of the docks before you approach or walk onto. Look for changes in shoreline features such as seawall to natural shorelines. Fish like edges and the most defined edge on any BOW is the shoreline.
Bridges are major fish attractors… lay down a drop shot next to the pillars. Much of the substrate to build a bridge and raise a roadbed is taken from the adjacent BOW. Find those holes. I was nicely rewarded the other day with a nice C.Cat by dropping a pink waxie right in front of his nose in one of those holes.
If your intention is to fish only from shore arm yourself with a device such as a “Deeper Sonar” and use it to familiarize yourself with the areas underwater features. These things create contour maps, identify the structure and also spot fish.
As for methods… I bring a few set-ups with drop-shot, slip/float and long-casting tiny jigs.
Fishing the local docks gets you in touch with fishermen going out and coming in…. strike up friendly conversations… find out how they are biting. A wealth of information is found from the locals.
Hope this helps … good luck!
Well, I'm a PA fisherman, too (Pittsburgh), facing this same gloomy weather, and also mostly shoreline based!But I've come up with a solution that's gotten me a LOT of bluegills, sunfish, and crappies over the past few weeks. Merely take a small jig (i use a 1/64oz propeller model that my son makes thru surefirejigs.com) and swim it slow & steadily behind a half filled "water bubble". It helps to tip with a small maggot, but cast this "way out" over humps & emerging weed beds. Easy to cover a lot of water with this "cast-trolling", so move around until you find the concentrations!
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Smoltz-I posted this 'Bank Spots' blog here a few years back.Maybe you can glean something useful from it .Tight Lines ! -John
Sure thing Smoltz.I hope you find the read useful .
Are you looking for steep banks with water entry ? Come mid- late summer I suspect that will be a good thing to look for as the nicer sizes seem to like being near deeper water sanctuaries.Of course Fly rod on the beds and releasing produces bigger Gills too. In my area and experience 8-8.5"is the size of the majority of the bigger Gills with 9-9.5" an occasion to celebrate and a 10" a rarity.