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March 2012 Blog Posts (23)

Calico Mania

Sunday 3/18 a buddy and I took his canoe into a CT lake. We went directly to the same area we were hitting crappie and largemouths at last year in early April, which is a shallow cove where a brook feeds in that has plenty of marshy structure.

I stuck with a 7cm firetiger Rapala Original Floater while my buddy played around with small live shiners on 1 rod and a 5cm silver Rapala Original Floater.

Topwater retrieves with the Original Floaters is what had the…

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Added by Michael on March 27, 2012 at 8:38pm — 1 Comment

Cold front moving in!

Tonight it's going to be in the low 20's and tomorrow will be in the low 50's. Alot of rain wind and just darn cold this whole week. It's guna put a hurting on me for fishing. Will try to catch some fish. Any1 got some pointer's for cold front weather? Can't use my fly rod

Added by Angelo C Mastrando Jr. on March 25, 2012 at 8:58pm — 20 Comments

Help BBG!

Jen, Greg McWilliams and Lord of the Fly Rods are having problems posting content.  I'll offer a $20 gift certificate to cabelas to the person who can help me figure out what's going on!

Added by Bruce Condello on March 24, 2012 at 7:13am — 27 Comments

They're Back

Today was a good day ! This morning started a little slow but when the breeze picked up the bite was on caugth 25 or 30 not sure but i know exactly how many 10" or better i used my knife on 18 . Todays lunker was 14 - 3/4 " long . I love Shell Crackin !! I did catch a few big gills but i only had 4 that was 9 inches . Crackers got to be 10 and the gills got to be 9 you gotta leave seed or your fishing hole will go dry . Its only gonna get better now !!

Added by james mitchell on March 22, 2012 at 6:14pm — 2 Comments

Something exciting is about to happen!

An important member of the bigbluegill.com family is about to get a little "media love". :-)

 

Actually TWO members are getting something cool in print.  I'll give you a hint about who they are. 

 

One of them is named Jim Gronaw.

Added by Bruce Condello on March 20, 2012 at 6:44pm — 10 Comments

Any one

Any one from nebraska on here that knows of a good place to fish for some big gills. I'm in the lincoln area. Thanks

Added by David London on March 18, 2012 at 11:38am — 2 Comments

Ontario Panfish

Hello - Great website!  I love learning other anglers perspectives.  This is my first post to the site.  I fish panfish quite extensively here in Ontario.   I thought I would share a few youtube videos of panfishing in Ontario and if the group likes them, I'll share others.  If you want to talk Ontario bluegill or crappies, feel free to drop me a line.

Cheers,

LK…

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Added by Lonnie on March 17, 2012 at 11:19am — 4 Comments

Chumming for Bluegills in March....

The weather has been spring like for the past two weeks in northern Illinois(Waukegan) and I was wondering if the water temp. is in the mid 40's would chumming bring the gills into 7-10 feet of water? I hoping so cause I'm going out this weekend to try my luck at my honeyhole.

Added by glenn spruille on March 16, 2012 at 2:44pm — 3 Comments

POPPER MAKERS SHOW US YOUR POPPERS!!!!!!!!!!!

There have been some AWESOME POPPERS made by true ARTIST, in the last few weeks!!!!! Some are made of wood and turned on a lath and painted to, foam made simply but effective!!! Many ways and ideas to making poppers!!!!!! What is YOURS?????

If you would like to add a picture of you POPPERS link to the picture and a little bit about how you made them.......…

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Added by Greg McWilliams on March 16, 2012 at 2:30pm — 20 Comments

Bluegill Madness

Recently hit my usual late winter early spring pond. Have been hitting it for about 2 weeks now, but on Wednesday I saw bluegills stacked up thick in shallow areas. With all the sun and warmth we've been having, those shallow water temps must have warmed up.

The lure they were paying most attention to was a 2" soft plastic trout worm that already comes rigged with 2 hooks.

Every time I'd cast that worm out there with no weight, bluegills would come shooting out…

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Added by Michael on March 14, 2012 at 7:14pm — 2 Comments

unattended rod

I recieved my first infraction from the california fish and game today. It was for fishing with an unattended rod. I have had a valid license as well as a 2 pole stamp forever.The warden said he had been watching me and he saw me walk away from my 2nd rod. I plan on fighting it because i was fully capable of getting to it if i had a hit. Has anyone ever heard of such nonsence in Ca?

 

Added by Stephen williams on March 14, 2012 at 4:41pm — 5 Comments

SPOONFLY FIELD TEST

 Finally got out today a gave the fingernail spoonflies a try!!!!!! Beautiful day on the PRAIRIE light breeze about 20 and gusty!!!! 80 degrees + awesome winter day!!!!!!!!! Armed with these spoons and a 3 wt. flyrod medium action, fast action would work better!!!!!! They cast well and actually cast into the wind better than with the wind to you back!!!!! The one with dressing on the hook took fish better than those with out!!!!!! Looked good in the water on an intermediate sinking…

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Added by Greg McWilliams on March 13, 2012 at 4:46pm — 47 Comments

ATTENTION OLD SCHOOL CRAPPIE FISHERMEN.

I have been told by 2 different people that there is a old school technique of fishing for crappie. The way it was explained to me is to cut below the lip of a crappie, pull on some type of membrane underneath and a forked tongue shaped piece of something will come off . You use this to jig with and it drives them wild. Has anyone ever heard of this?

 

Added by Stephen williams on March 10, 2012 at 11:42pm — 16 Comments

Need Your Help

I am catching a variety of panfish at this time. Can someone help me identify them. There seems to be quite a difference in their color and shape.

Added by Stephen williams on March 10, 2012 at 11:34pm — 2 Comments

Wonderful day of fishing in the wind.

Went out today. Wind hit around 9 mph. Did 32 bluegill and 4 crappie all on microjigs.

Added by Stephen williams on March 10, 2012 at 11:30pm — 2 Comments

BBG bait glue getting shipped tomorrow morning

Sorry folks, but with the family gathering and busy schedule, I finally manage to processed the bait glue batches based on requested temperature formulation. Can't believe how many bottles I'm sending out. Thanks the wait. Looks like I have to order more materials soon. If you want some, chime in, I know how much to get, so I don't keep you guys waiting too long. Here's what the 2oz container look like:

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Added by Leo Nguyen on March 7, 2012 at 4:02pm — No Comments

Fishing 11 mph nw winds

Im planning on going out tommorrow and driving 70 miles to fish in 11mph winds. Did it a few weeks ago and with a float 4 ft of leader and a red and white 1/80 jig I slaughtered some nice 8-10 inch bluegill and about 9 crappie. Wind did all the work for me. I live to tip my jigs with a little piece of meal worm. anyone have any good tips on panfishing windy conditions?

 

Added by Stephen williams on March 7, 2012 at 1:09pm — 10 Comments

Estuary Cove Whites

2 weekends ago a buddy and I hit an estuary cove along the Housatonic River in CT. Threw nightcrawlers out there with no weight or bobbers and kept on hitting plenty of white perch.

We were into the whites for about 10 to 15 minutes before they'd make a trip around the cove and back 5 to 10 minutes later.

Sizes ranged from small 4" to keeper 9".

Added by Michael on March 5, 2012 at 6:44pm — No Comments

Prime Time Yellow Perch

For the past month now, I've been hitting yellow perch pretty well.

With the mild winter we had in CT, I was fishing open water at local ponds in February and kept hitting yellow perch from 6" to chubby 8" all with 7cm Rapala Original Floaters. My main colors were Firetiger and any pearl silver, white, or grey instead of your usual silver black.

Also caught a nice 8.5" bluegill pumpkinseed hybrid last month.

Now that trout season has ended in CT,…

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Added by Michael on March 5, 2012 at 6:30pm — 1 Comment

Cleaning them blues.

My wife bought me a electric fillet knife for valentines day. I dont know how I ever lived without one.

Added by Stephen williams on March 4, 2012 at 11:03am — No Comments

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