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  • Lynchburg, VA
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Need help with Sunfish I.D.
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Is this a Redear or a Pumpkinseed? I caught this out of the Suwannee River in Fargo, GAContinue

Started this discussion. Last reply by John Sheehan Jul 12, 2013.

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Joe And I Got a Generous Invite To Fish Susan's Sweetwater Lake.....Father's Day 2017

"I've never caught a Hybrid or a standard Striper for that matter....very nice Jeff"
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Green Sunfish on 1/8th oz.Squirrel tail Jig

"Hey John - I haven't caught too many Greenies here in VA, but they are native to this state while in NJ they are not. Not sure why there would be encouragement to kill them. Maybe the fish sampling for NJ currently ranks Greenies as vastly…"
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22" Pickerel

"Great Pickerel John! I bet it struck like it was going to be having it's last meal."
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Green Sunfish on 1/8th oz.Squirrel tail Jig

"Nice Greeny John! They are usually pretty cooperative."
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20170615-another nice R.Bass knockin the wood with the secret lure

"Nice Rocky Ken! Hope to get out and target some soon."
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20170617Pike

"Wow - nice Northern Pike Allen!"
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"Good gosh that fish is a hoss Ross"
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Ringwood Brook Fall Fish or Chub?

"Wide-angled caudal (tail) fin and dark vertical area along the gill opening from the head downward = Fallfish. Also, the Fallfish body is typically longer than the others in the Chub family."
Jun 10
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Ringwood Brook Fall Fish or Chub?

"Great catch John! Looks like a Fallfish."
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Full Moon Fever - BGill 3

"Yes Bruce - full Moon tonight also!"
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Full Moon Fever - BGill 3

"Nice. Was there a full moon last night? I missed it."
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Full Moon Fever - BGill 2

"Looks like the fish cooperated for you Ben."
Jun 9

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About me

Big Bluegill is a very informative website with lots of great people. I admit that I generally do not target Bluegill because I enjoy catching different species of fish. I also do not usually target Largemouth unless I am bored. Species I enjoy targeting the most are Spotted Bass, Smallmouth, Rock Bass, and Pickerel. A couple of species I have recently started to target are Gar, Bowfin, and Muskie. I plan on doing Northern Pike soon.

I have caught nearly every significant North American species of sunfish with the exception of Pumpkinseed and a true Longear Sunfish.

 

Sunfish species caught: Bluegill, Redear, Redbreast, Warmouth, Flier, Rock Bass, Roanoke Bass, Crappie, Green Sunfish, and Spotted Sunfish

Black Bass (Sunfish family): Largemouth, Smallmouth, and Spotted

 

As far as bait and lures go, I generally use a 3:1 ratio of live bait to artificial.

 

I use a variety of rods depending on the targeted species: usually a light rod for sunfish; light or medium for bass or pickerel; and heavy for bowfin, gar, and pike. I do not own any fly rods. All of my rods have an open-face reel except for one heavy bait caster.

 

 

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Hey folks

Starting to get back into the swing of things. Finally finished off Bachelor's Degree! More time for fishing!

Posted on June 4, 2017 at 7:30pm — 3 Comments

Today's Fish Report

Despite terrible water conditions, caught 1 White Catfish, 2 Channel Catfish, 1 RBS
Appomattox River - VA

Posted on May 28, 2016 at 3:21pm — 2 Comments

Hope for a good fishing year

Well, I made it back to Big Bluegill! Last year I just didn't have much time to fish due to other obligations. This year should be different though! Wishing everyone a great season!

Posted on May 11, 2016 at 10:02am — 1 Comment

Haven't been fishing in a month at least

Sorry everyone - I have been tied up with work, college, and a few other things; therefore, I haven't been able do any fishing and contribute any photos lately...but maybe soon!

Posted on October 14, 2014 at 8:54am — 4 Comments

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At 6:42pm on May 13, 2017, John Sheehan said…

Not getting as much time as I 'd like  to fish either Ben . I enjoy the little jaunts I get in though ! Good luck to you this year .Gotta go chase the RBS again in the streams !

At 10:27am on April 5, 2017, John Sheehan said…

Hey Ben -Been fishing this year?Pickerel and Perch hitting up my way in Ringwood New Jersey  .52 degrees is highest water temp I've seen.

At 5:42pm on May 26, 2016, carl hendrix said…

VERY GLAD TO BE ON YOUR FRIENDS LIST BEN  ! 

At 7:49pm on July 6, 2013, dick tabbert said…

Welcome Benjamin to Big Bluegill. I am also a member of Big Bluegill wanting to welcome you and to share some of what goes on here at the site. This is a site with loads of information where we can learn and enjoy in what we like doing best, fishing. In this site we have loads of information we can feed off of and share and learn and having a good time doing so. We have FORUMS, BLOGS, CHAT ROOM, SPECIAL GROUPS, VIDEO'S, and the best PHOTO'S you can find anywhere on the internet. Feel free to jump in and investigate the site it is loaded with information and above all don't be afraid to participate we are all still in the learning process and improving and honing our skills making us better fishermen/fisherwoman and enjoying it all throughout the process.

What you personally may add my be that little extra something that we can put in our own little bag of tricks something we can use to make us better fisher people ourselves.

We are all about Bluegill, Big Bluegills ( Bluegills, Sunfishes, Red Ears, Brim family) but not to stop there you will read about many different species of fish even some you may not have known even existed in the Blue Gill world and forums with many picture to share, but our main goal is catching that ultimate giant Gill so we can meet that special goal and maybe some braggin rights along the way. Its just a good well rounded site with loads of information with good people a family atmosphere who don't mind sharing, we have loads of fun doing so which you will see.

Our Video section that will keep your blood pumping and make you want to be fishing on that special lake or river fishing your heart out. (TAKE A KID AND DADS FISHING) such a great high. Above all we want you to enjoy yourself don't be afraid to share some of your fishing experiences with us we would love to hear about them please don't be afraid to share your exact lakes with me with all GPS coordinates and the exact baits you used it will be our little secret.

We have the best Photo's on the web some being so good you will be in aw and they are so addictive you'll keep coming back for more, there is truly some beautiful stuff there posted for our BBG family. We all love to share and share we do with some breath taking photo's. It will take you hours to see then all and you'll enjoy every minute of it..

Be aware of our Chat Room which in my opinion is very under utilized but you must be log in to correspond on it. So by all means log in and use It you will meet some interesting and great people there. Enjoy have fun but above all always stay safe. GOOD FISHIN..

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20170622-the reason for the p.seed size and numbers explosion around here?

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20170622-the reason for the p.seed size and numbers explosion around here?

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Walleye 18,1/4"

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Got The Confidence To Handle a Gill Later In The Trip....

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Indra Broke The Ice Early With a Nice Copper.......6/22/2017

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20170622-the reason for the p.seed size and numbers explosion around here?

i felt the tick and had a solid hookset on this guy...lol
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Ilona Was Very Happy With This Tall Male.........

"Thanks.......friend Mike has been wanting to get his girls out.........we made it happen yesterday…"
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Indra Broke The Ice Early With a Nice Copper.......6/22/2017

"Congrats Indra!... that's a fine fish"
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Ilona Was Very Happy With This Tall Male.........

"excellent Jeff! I just love seeing the kids get into the sport!"
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Walleye 18,1/4"

"nice bonus fish there John!"
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20170621-New Personal Best B.Gill tagged on the Lil Minnow!!... 10.5“ Master Angler !

"thanks TK!!... thinking about having this one mounted as well as my PB P.Seed"
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