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For the boatless Bluegill fisherman. Who still enjoys a nice relaxing day of fishing. Tips and tricks from the shoreline

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Good Fishing In Alabama In Mild Weather 12/2012 2 Replies

I had the tremendous opportunity to do a little fishing while visiting my mother in Alabama. The weather was great, snakes were in hideout mode, the banks were pretty safe. My cousin took me to this…Continue

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Started by Joe Hinton. Last reply by Jim Gronaw Dec 17, 2012.

Blanked at the Pond 10 Replies

Tried Pole fishing yesterday at my local NJ  bluegill pond. Used my  12 foot B&M POLE, 2 lb test and size 16 hook and micro float. I was able to attact gills to the area with groundbait of bread…Continue

Started by Joe Angelucci. Last reply by Joe Angelucci Apr 30, 2012.

Bank spots 18 Replies

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Started by John Sheehan. Last reply by John Sheehan Apr 19, 2012.

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Comment by John Sheehan on August 2, 2013 at 7:33am

Joe, Thanks for the tip ! Brown Trout love those Crayfish too and of course Smallmouths .

Comment by Joe Hinton on April 21, 2013 at 5:39pm

News to me

On my latest fishing trip I was introduced to small crawfish as bait. Ones like an inch and half at most, To my surprise big bluegills were all over them. I recommend  them to anyone who is able to get some as a superb bait.

Comment by John Sheehan on March 26, 2013 at 2:24pm

3/26, fished a little from the bank but the snow melt is keeping the shallows to cool for a congregation of the usual March panfish in Cupsaw lake ,here in NJ.

Comment by John Sheehan on March 17, 2013 at 8:43am

3/10 I fished from the bank . A Southerly wind that was blowing all day  to a NW finger in a pond triggered  some Pickerel and Bass feeding in the shallows around reedy ambush areas .Managed a small Bass and a few Pickerel follow ups that didn't take . Only saw small fish throwing an 1/8th oz. spinner bait. I had very little gear and when I go back I'll bring some floats and smaller jigs .

Comment by David, aka, "McScruff" on January 2, 2013 at 11:28am

I enjoy the bank, too. As much as boats, in fact.Now, lets face it, boats are the 'plus ultra' when it comes to fishing. Whether a leaky old pirogue or deluxe classic, they take fishing to another dimension. And then there is this little passage, one of my faves:

"This has been a wonderful day!' said he, as the Rat shoved off and took to the sculls again. `Do you know, I`ve never been in a boat before in all my life.'

`What?' cried the Rat, open-mouthed: `Never been in a--you never--well I--what have you been doing, then?'

`Is it so nice as all that?' asked the Mole shyly, though he was quite prepared to believe it as he leant back in his seat and surveyed the cushions, the oars, the rowlocks, and all the fascinating fittings, and felt the boat sway lightly under him.

`Nice? It's the ONLY thing,' said the Water Rat solemnly, as he leant forward for his stroke. `Believe me, my young friend, there is NOTHING--absolute nothing--half so much worth doing as simply messing about in boats."

- - Kenneth Grahame

When it comes to bank fishing, I tend to be a mover, though. I'm not often content to sit on just one spot - unless the fish are there, too. I'll usually hike about to three or four places before a fishing day is over.

So my challenge is find ever-better ways to bring along the gear I need (or want). There are only two hands, after all!

But I'd have to agree with Dwayne - two 'masters' might actually be understating the matter. 

Comment by Dwayne Denison on December 24, 2012 at 4:10pm

Both of you Guys are bank fishing masters!

Comment by John Sheehan on December 24, 2012 at 12:54pm

Appreciate that Jim but you are the Bank Bustin'expert on big fish of many species.I'm just a constant learner.

Comment by Jim Gronaw on December 24, 2012 at 12:47pm

I think John is one of our better 'bank busters' on this site. I actually prefer to fish from the shore, and do it on 90% of my trips for panfish and bass.

Comment by John Sheehan on December 2, 2012 at 3:55pm

12/2 /12 Slip floating with the Zebco Slab Seeker .Reel; Daiwa Spinmatic 500 T 4lb test line .Long casts from shore .Float stop set at 3.5' under the surface .Slow steady retreive produced 14 Yellow Perch and two 12" thick Crappie ! Bait 16th oz,Bucktail jig/Mealworm.

Comment by John Sheehan on November 25, 2012 at 4:59pm

 

11/25/12 FISH@ DUSK.

 

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