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Salmo Chubby Darter
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Has anyone used the little Salmo Chubby Darter other than thru the ice?  Seems like it would be a great vertical jigging bait for spring, summer and fall.  Tip the front hooks with waxworks or…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Slip Sinker Feb 2, 2016.

Hi Vis fluorescent monofilament
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Being an active fisherman that prefers monofilament lines for my ultralight fishing, I really like using the highly visible fluorescent lines. I've used all the major brands in clear and green, but I…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Chad Hood Jul 11, 2015.

Clear soft bait article
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 Has anyone used clear or tranlucent baits?  In the new winter issue of In-Fisherman magazine, there's a great article about panfish feeding on tiny zooplankton.  Though this write up is geared…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Tony Livingston Dec 6, 2013.

"Ice Line" used during summer?
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I have a question.  I am  currently using a monofilament line designated for winter ice fishing.  Here in Southern California, during the winter months, we do not get any ice on our lakes, or even…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by David, aka, "McScruff" Nov 4, 2013.

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"Yes it was!  These big fish never seem to be that big in the photos, but in person they are just huge.  So many people I talk to say "How can you get so excited about catching Bluegill?"  They are thinking of the little park…"
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"Thanks everyone!  It's funny how you can usually tell when you've hooked into a nice Redear when fishing for big Bluegill.  They just take off like a freight train, often times making your reels drags scream.  Crazy fun!"
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"What a nice fish for the ultra lite."
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Ultralight Redear

"Great fish in my book. Nice one Jeff."
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"Nice fish Jeff mater of fact nice picture of taking a picture."
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"Gorgeous redear, Jeff!"
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"You know Dick that that is me in this pic right?  But I could not have caught it without LedHed's guidance."
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"This might be my 2nd largest Bluegill. Although it's 10 3/4 inches is shorter than my 12 inch 'Northern' Bluegill, the weight of this one is heavier because these fish are just so thick and stout. Thanks LedHed! What a great time I…"
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"Why are some of these BGs so green near their tails? Something to do with the algae in the water?"
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"Great pic Sonny. Look at the roundness of these fish. Very well fed and healthy. They sure like the bright colored jigs."
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"Wow! How many did you get today? Looks like a great day! Way to catch em!"
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""Look! He's got another big one!""
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"Looks like some nearby people are scratching their heads wondering how you are catching so many nice fish."
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"I don't think I've ever seen a Perris CNBG with a bit of orange like this fish has on it's breast. Northern BGs in other lakes, but not in LP."
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Fall Equinox

Today is the Fall Equinox.  For all of us in North America, if you want to find where in your yard (or anywhere for that matter), the true east and west are, simply look at where the sun rises for true east, and where it sets, for true west.  Pretty cool.  As far as the Bluegill fishing goes, It should be pretty good until the weather changes and the water starts to cool down.

Posted on September 23, 2011 at 4:06pm

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At 3:29am on July 22, 2016, Eddie Mathis said…

Glad to virtually meet you Jeff. I figured there were a few tubers here, just too good a way to go after gills. 

At 7:46am on December 8, 2012, chris kowaleski said…

Well thanks Jeff! I coulda sworn I've added you before. The thing i know best is getting just getting some sort of bait into the water, haha!

At 11:17am on February 20, 2012, chris said…

Jeff

I just checked out your picture slide show.

Fantastic view. You have some very nice areas to fish.

Sure wish I lived close to some lakes like them.

 

At 8:12pm on November 21, 2011, DUANE SCHULTZ said…

Hi Jeff, I am looking forward to getting to know you.

Tight lines, Duane

At 5:52pm on October 12, 2011, Leo Nguyen said…
Thanks for the welcome Jeff. Indeed this is a great website. Plenty of tricks to learn from the members. There are 4 flies that I want to try out which I saw earlier in the Group. I'm adding tons of notes into my PDA from all the info found at this site. We have got to meet one another at Perris one of these days. My "forced" vacation days are coming up. So, I'll sync the week up with you to hit the water together.
At 6:14am on October 4, 2011, arthur cole said…
My Bad . It is nice to be on a clean site to much !!!!! on the web.
At 6:01pm on October 2, 2011, arthur cole said…
Sorry you are right just sick about it .I love kids and would never hurt them. I have two and tell them the Rug is sorry. Keep a tight line Arty
At 1:15pm on July 24, 2011, noel sanchez said…

nice pictures jeff, yup love fishing them gills. yeah leadhead is a good friend hes teaching me alot about jig tying and some other secrets hes got up his sleave

 

 

 

 

At 3:09am on May 4, 2011, David, aka, "McScruff" said…


Thanks, Jeff. I thought my addy was in the thread, but here it is:

 

David Hutton

1101 Cornish St

Aiken, SC  29801

At 7:54pm on May 2, 2011, John Nguyen said…
Hey Jeff, thats a novel idea.  I was out at Perris Lake today and caught 4 bluegill on circle hooks and crickets.  All were hooked in the mouth.  All in 15-20 feet of water.  Thanks for the tip.
 
 
 

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