Do you love big bluegill?
“To believe that large bass can only be taken in spring is a mistake, according to this specialist. Using his giant baitfish techniques has resulted in trophy catches all year round. Stonewater’s largemouth catches actually increase in summer and fall, and the winter months yield numerous trophy class fish, as well…
The majority of his big bass caught and released quickly each month are taken between 10 a.m. and 3p.m., according to Stonewater’s fishing log. It reveals that fewer than one in 25 10-pound plus bas is caught before 8 a.m.”
It seems the summer heat slows everything down, all I want to do is lay around in a nice cool mud hole under a shade tree.
Even tho the fish'n slows teh scrappy little gill never lets me down (key word little), but since I've been hang'n out here my mind is think'n BIG blue gills instead of the standard size, so just the act of catch'n bigger gills mite slow down my normal catch rate.
As long as I can stand the heat I still fish.
I guess, then, I wonder what you might do differently, once summer comes on?
The big gills are still there...
" you can catch the little ones year round", mostly teh ones I catch are hand size & like ya said they bite most of teh time, I figured they went into deeper water but never thought about 30 ft deep.
but this is the education I need to catch bigger gils, I dont have a clue how, when or wher to catch'm, my fish'n is based on whetevers in the mood to bite & I've never dedicated my fish'n to a cetain fish or size, untill now anyway.
Deeper is a universal concept for summer fishing. It isn't absolute, but it is important. For bluegill, another tactic is to fish cover that is adjacent to deep water - particularly in the early day an late afternoon. This is especially important to the shorebound angler who may not be able to reach deeper water structure.
In all of this it is important to to keep in mind that bluegill are structure oriented. They like it best when there is something at their back.
I agree in summer I fish relative deep water and close to bottom . Wind driftin shot and worm piece , jig/worm,spoon/worm! Same holds true for Perch near basin areas before ice up. Not sure about basin areas for Gills late in the season but maybe true as well.
As to the last line David, as long as that 'something' isn't a predator Pickerel. In summer I have caught good sized gills in a lake with smaller Pickerel side by side ,driftin with the same worm tipped 32nd oz. jig.The Bull Gills know when they can hang with the competitors and hold their own.
Good post David .Sounds like it also belongs in this group: http://bigbluegill.com/group/fishingbooklibrary
Deeper for gills in summer for sure and close to bottom during the high sun periods.Light thin profile Spoons with crawler pieces or mealworms ,or small hook /shot/bait drifting where the wind takes you to the feeding gills . Fly rod poppin' at dusk gets some nice gills in the shallower waters from shore and a very fun approach, stay after dark for Bullheads using spinning rods.