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Who is the recipient of your bluegill carcasses?
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Started this discussion. Last reply by Curtis West Oct 26, 2014.

Spoon fishing with BBG member.....
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Have you hugged your spoon today?
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What type of animal is a bluegill?
No...I live on a lake, and after my 2 hr ride home from work in the concrete jungle....it's my little piece of heaven.
What state are you from? This can help us get together for fishing trips!
Wisconsin

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Seasoning the oil prior to the big fish fry...

Do any of you bluegill eatin' aficionado's season your oil before you fry?....I do!...it makes a big difference.

I normally work in a 10" cast iron dutch oven when frying, and typically cook in a 2 inch oil depth.

Set on high...When oil reaches 220 deg, I add 3 strips of bacon...remove when done.

Then add one medium-large onion cut in 1/4" rings to oil....cook until caramelized and remove.

Turn heat off (oil will be hot) and add 2 large cloves of garlic sliced…

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Posted on July 25, 2012 at 7:00pm — 19 Comments

Chicago Sunfish

On occasion, I work in the windy city.....one of my superiors asked me if I wanted to see a cool fish market...I said yes. We stopped at the corner of Halsted and Fulton Place for a peek....this place was awesome....it was literally a self serve fish market.....all types of fresh fish laying on crushed ice....everything I put a nose to smelled very fresh....Walleyes, Crappies, Sunfish, Striped Bass, Perch....this place was the bomb....grab a pair of gloves, a plastic bag....grab what you…

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Posted on June 7, 2012 at 8:08pm — 12 Comments

Razzed for fishing bluegills!

Many of my fishing buddies devote most of their time fishing for Bass....or Muskies.....or Walleyes, but rarely do they target panfish.....I enjoy my time on the water with them, and try not to spread myself too thin throughout the whole wacky bunch....however, when I start to get razzed about how often I like to fish for bluegills by my "buddies"....it seems more like ridicule.

This is the kinda stuff these guys send me....…

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Posted on May 14, 2012 at 8:01pm — 11 Comments

Pond Management Devices

It has been a very short, and uncommon type of winter in northern Illinois.....with the late start to the ice season, gill fishing has been sub-standard at best......but the bass fishing has been tremendous....here are some fish from this years 3 week ice season.…

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Posted on February 4, 2012 at 9:00am — 10 Comments

Spinner-Jig rig

Posted on February 2, 2012 at 6:51am — 3 Comments

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At 7:36am on October 15, 2014, dick tabbert said…

Welcome Bill to fishing electronics. A group of people who may or may not know there electronics. I found that personally my units were so under utilized it just tweaked my interest even more and wondered just who else was experiencing the same problems. Hoping we can learn and share what we have learned so that other may understand there electronics even more. Welcome Bill....

At 12:24am on June 26, 2013, ronald kargol said…
thanks for the info.captron
At 8:49pm on July 19, 2012, Jim Gronaw said…

Hey Bill...sure am glad that I had the spoon gig in my bag of tricks! Thanks to you, I got a trophy male hybrid when the fishing got tough and they went deeper during mid-day. Got 2 on the spoon with a bunch of small bass. And those hybrids were very far out in the middle of the pond in about 10 ft of water. But get this, as I was playing in one of nearly 10 inches, a much bigger hybrid was following in in as it was struggling! That fish was close to the 12 inch mark! Never did get him, though.

Thanks again for teaching me how to do this!

At 6:20am on July 4, 2012, Robert Eskew Jr said…
Bill, after reading your article in In-fisherman magazine I had to give it a try on one of my favorite bluegill lakes, Devils Kitchen in southern Illinois. After gathering all the required equipment ( I didn't even own a spoon) and modifying the spoons with Mustad hooks. I set out on the lake yesterday morning to give this technique a try. After trying a couple spots that I knew the bluegill used, I finally connected with my first spoon bluegill, a little 7" female.  As I continued and was figuring out a pattern, I found I was having the best luck fishing the spoon parallel to the grass edges in this very deep and gin clear lake. The spoon I was having the best luck with was an 1/8 ounce silver Kastmaster tipped with a 1" berkley gulp alive minnow in chartreuse, the majority of the bites were coming on the initial fall. Ended up finishing the day with 14 bluegill and 3 monster redear. Thanks Bill for this technique and insight, it has certainly changed the way I fish and has added an entirely new element to my fishing. If you ever find yourself in southern Illinois and would like to try an extremely beautiful lake give me holler, I would love to share a boat with the "Spoon Man". God bless Bill. 
Robert Eskew
At 7:47am on April 27, 2012, James Sullivan aka Jimmy/Sully said…

Thanks Bill ! ! 

one of these days perhaps we will connect... socially or on the water.. I do want to try Geneva this year.. where do you normally launch out of?? and do you have a "normal" weekly adventure over that way? I know I have seen your name on Sterling as well... I am available ANY weekday if you have an open seat, anywhere.. The water should warm up soon ! !

Hope to meet you one o' these days..

Jimmy

At 7:59am on January 18, 2012, Terry Marker said…

Looking forward to learning more about spooning for bluegill.  I love fishing for them.

At 4:39pm on January 14, 2012, Bill Wiswald said…

Thanks Musky Mod,

I joined this site after reading your Lake Link post.

I live in Trevor-just north of you. My wife and I moved here in 92 after living in Antioch for 15 years-We lived in Morley's New venice sub. off of north ave. We were on the channel that some call Trevor creek but I refered to as north shore creek.I fished the chain daily for 15 years and caught a lot of nice fish.Its been the last 10 years or so I have been spending most of my time on Geneva-Delavan-or Powers.I'm looking forward to fish Catherine and Channel when I get back- I don't care what anyone says about the chain- I will eat the blues I catch through the winter and early spring any day of the week.I look forward to meeting you some day either on the ice or in the boat.

Bill Wiswald. (Ponytailbill)

At 7:47pm on December 15, 2011, dink dailey said…

thank for the invite in az  most of the lakes are stocked a couple times a month we fish alot with kastmaster,and powerbait,

At 6:41pm on December 13, 2011, Greg McWilliams said…

Bill, You are a Talented Angler, Lucky enough to live in a GREAT FISHING LAND!!! One of these days I want one of those PUMPKIN SEEDS!!! They are a BEAUTIFUL FISH!!!!!

At 11:57am on December 6, 2011, Joe Shallbetter said…

Bill I have yet to find your artificial on spoon fishing for Big Bluegills but have seen lots good comments.

How can I  can get a copy?

Also where do you get your spoons? Any "I cannot live without" ones.

Any you would recommend for Kentucky Lake? Little or no weeds.

Thanks

 
 
 

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