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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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Hand Painted Bluegill

"Nice!  Don't the males get a band of red across their backs when it's spawning time?"
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Lake Perris, CA Sept. 7, 2018

"This just might be the largest Bluegill caught on BigBluegill.com this year Bob!  (I''m not counting privates lakes where fish are regularly feed or an entrance fee is charged).  This fish was caught from a public lake where…"
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Lake Perris, CA Sept. 7, 2018

"Gorgeous fish Bob!  And a real giant too!  Congrats!  What fly pattern did you use?"
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"If I was still doing fish mounts, this would be a great reference shot.."
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"Couple nice ladies!  Do the female Bluegills grow larger than the males like Largemouth Bass do?"
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"Big chest on this guy.  Wow!"
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"Very interesting coloring.  Looks like a Central American cichlid."
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"Nice Sonny.  Hybrid RE/BG?"
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Lake Perris Crappie

"I'd love to stay out in a boat or float tube until after dark.  But at this lake, the patrol gets everyone off well before sunset.  How late Bob are you out there?"
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Lake Perris Crappie

"Wow! Great crappie Bob!  There are some giants in that lake.  My largest was almost 18 inches and friend Sonny got an 18 inch fish.  Seems like they don't school up like most crappie do.  You get one here, one there, and…"
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PB RES

"I've seen funeral ceremonies were baby saltwater sea turtles are release, and also heard of sea turtles released with a container of cremated remains that are swam out to sea then the container dissolves releasing the ashes out in the ocean."
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PB RES

"Would make a nice addition to someone's Koi pond Sonny.  There are lots of them in Fairmount's Lake Evans.  No John, they are not native to California, but we see a lot in our lakes and park ponds.  They originated in the…"
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"That's a first for me to see caught on a jig!  Maybe that is what is making some of those nasty wounds on the fish.."
Jul 30, 2018
Slip Sinker replied to Jeff Soto's discussion What are your favorite lures for Bluegill and Redears? in the group Ultralight Fishing Fun Fishing
"My favorite bait… .016 oz jig/GULP waxie    "
Jul 27, 2018
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"Gotta love those orange fin edges!"
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"I kept thinking there was another lake that had large CNBGs in SoCal!  I forgot about San Vin'!   If I remember correctly San Vincente is a hard lake to find the fish, but they are in there.  And I guess Otay has some nice ones…"
Jul 17, 2018

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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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