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As stated in a previously posted blog, I would love some advise on landing some of the Bluegill in an abandoned company pond. I have been fishing it since last year, catching primarily Bass, but I…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Charles Ray Herrington Mar 30, 2014.

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I could sure use some Bluegill advise..

I have been fishing an abandoned company pond since last year, primarily I have been catching Bass, but I caught several monster Bluegill last year, one tipping the scale at just over 2 pounds..I caught those few on a Rapala minnow..I would love to get advise on a more reliable lure/bait. I'm fishing an 8 acre pond, with a center depth of about 45 feet. The water is fairly clear to very lightly stained, if that matters..Any help would be appreciated.

Posted on March 27, 2014 at 7:14pm — 68 Comments

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At 5:48am on April 6, 2014, Keith Ritter said…
I still haven't caught a good bluegill, usually catch one by accident by now. Having fun catching bass and crappie. I see the bass are keeping you busy.
At 5:05pm on March 31, 2014, Keith Ritter said…
Thanks John for the request, my brother lives in Lawton, OK need to get him on some fish out there. As you can see the advise is plentiful let us know what works.
At 2:09pm on March 31, 2014, dick tabbert said…

Thank you John I would be honored to be a friend on your friends list. Any time I can help please jump in and ask away. If I don't know the answer we'll find it out some how some where or if you just want to talk feel free I love to talk especially fishing.

At 10:08am on March 31, 2014, dick tabbert said…

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At 3:03pm on March 30, 2014, Johnny wilkins said…

I have a quarry pond like this one - you will find the gills on the edges of that 7 - 10 foot shelf all the way around the facility and this is "big water" which means they could be anywhere. You can throw some tiny cranks or light jigs and set a float slider-style so that the you can cast out to the edge of that shelf and let the jig or hook bait fall to that ledge. You can work the jig across that flat and you should have all the gills you care to catch. When I last fished a structure like this - I would fish 8' down - 6' down and I would catch 75 fish - of course I would going for trout and these were all gills....

You can also run 2 BB split shot ahead of small spinner or crank bait to drive your offering down to that ledge to the deeper waters. Feather-cast the rig so that the line is stopped near the end of the cast and your lure lands behind the shot - otherwise you will tangle. Feather cast by putting one finger on your spool and slowing the cast down - this will make sure the hooks don't tangle your shot or lure and the rig lands straight out. Count down that lure to your depth and crank away. 1 second per foot.. Careful not to let it sink too long or snags will result. You can get a "feel" for that depth with a cheaper jig. Once you learn the depths with that jig and start bouncing the ledge or snagging with the cheap jig - you can make a mental note and you will know both the length and the depth of that ledge.

Now cast over it with the good stuff.

Some good lures: Mini Crank Baits -Fish Fry Crank Bait Shad, Fire Tiger, Trout

Jigs for Working Ledge: Ugly Bug (snag-reducing jigs) 

These jigs stand up and reduce your loss of jigs with the patented head and rubber arms and offset eye: Ugly Bug

These are NOT sold anywhere by you so you would have the only ones - these will kill the bigger bass and gills on your quarry water. Tip this with 1/4 crawler or 1/2 red worm for some scent or fish minnows or leech on these jigs... 

Enjoy and share the success with us.

At 5:15pm on March 28, 2014, Jeffrey D. Abney said…

Glad to be on your friend's list John!

At 10:41am on March 28, 2014, DAVID L EITUTIS said…

I'll be proud to be on your friends list John !!!!!!! Anything we can do all ya gotta do is ask...


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