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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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Jeff Soto commented on John Sheehan's photo
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5#3 oz. 20" White Catfish

"You know, if you used circle hooks, you wouldn't have to "set hard".  You just start reeling them in.  The fish end up setting the hook themselves in the corner of their mouths.  They rarely get hooked deep or in their…"
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5#3 oz. 20" Channel Cat Big Head /Dark Male

"We always keep our bait slowly moving on or near the bottom by drifting along in a float tube or boat or by reeling it in.  You cover more water this way, rather than have the bait just sitting in one place on the bottom.  What's that…"
Sep 9
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"This one has stripes almost like a Striped Bass.  Looks like almost every scale is dark.  A taxidermist's pain in the butt when painting a fish like this!"
Sep 8
Jeff Soto commented on Slip Sinker's group LINE WARS
"Leo.. I think we should just call you "Professor Leo"!  You no doubt have some degrees in chemistry/science anyway..  I always enjoy your informative comments and replies."
Sep 7
Jeff Soto commented on Slip Sinker's group LINE WARS
"Nothing here mentions the different lines and how SALTWATER use affects them.  I noticed,  as I am sure other fishermen who use their freshwater outfits in oceans and bays, that white powdery stuff that has formed on the line of the…"
Sep 7
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Fishmounter with a 10.5" chunk

"LedHed's spots are not really secret, anyone can spot his boat, but it's more his tackle, technique,  his special jigs and his ability to read and understand that depth/fish finder.  When I go out with my float tube,…"
Sep 5
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We Picked Up 36 Gills This Morning.........9/4/2017

"Boy your fish there have tall spiny dorsal fins and large eyes.  Now is that fish a coppernose?"
Sep 4
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We Picked Up 36 Gills This Morning.........9/4/2017

"Way to go Jeff!  They like the pink there too I see."
Sep 4
Jeff Soto commented on Jeffrey D. Abney's photo
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We Picked Up 36 Gills This Morning.........9/4/2017

"Great looking fish!  Way to catch 'em!"
Sep 4
Jeff Soto commented on LedHed's photo
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Fishmounter with a 10.5" chunk

"It's funny.. Before I met and started fishing with my neighbor "LedHed" (two streets away) a few years ago,  my largest Bluegill was maybe 9 inches long or so, which is a nice fish in most of our  local lakes.  Now…"
Sep 4
Jeff Soto commented on LedHed's photo
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toad

"More like 2-3 minutes to get a fish like this in, especially with that much line out.  I'd sure like to see a head on view of this fish.  Probably a couple inches thick!"
Aug 23
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"I met a guy at the local lake that had several small 4 to 5 inch Bluegill that he had in a bucket.  He said these are the best eaten' size.  He said that after you cut off the head and gut them,  you can eat the whole fish,…"
Aug 22
Jeff Soto commented on LedHed's photo
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Fishmounter with a 10.5" chunk

"Thanks Carl!  And I will shake your hand thru the internet!  I appreciate that comment!  I also appreciate all fish & wildlife.  They are all very special.  I do enjoy a fried Bluegills now and then, but would never kill…"
Aug 21
Jeff Soto commented on LedHed's photo
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almost a foot long

"This fish still has nice fins and is not banged up like older BGs get.  Hopefully he will continue to grow."
Aug 21
Jeff Soto commented on LedHed's photo
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toad

"Unreal Bluegill!"
Aug 21
Jeff Soto commented on LedHed's photo
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Chunky Sunfish

"You got one Sonny!  They sure have a 'bass' mouth and the green bass color on their backs."
Aug 21

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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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