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March 2014 Blog Posts (13)

Agreeable Pond Owner

The pond I fish is on an adjacent property, which I have sole permission to access. Well, the owner stopped by the pond today while I was fly fishing. He asked if I actually caught any fish in his pond, particularly bass. I allowed that I do, but not a lot. It's a small pond — only so much is possible.



He told me he had added bass and bluegill some years ago, along with a few sterile carp for weed control. But nothing was done beyond that, and the pond was left to its own… Continue

Added by David, aka, "McScruff" on March 30, 2014 at 5:48pm — 8 Comments

A show of appreciation.....

For Dick Tabbert. I've never had the pleasure of meeting him face-to-face, but from our dealings otherwise I can tell you that Dick is cut from the bedrock that this country was built upon. I've found him to be modest, unassuming, very knowledgeable, and endowed with a generous spirit. BigBluegill.com wouldn't feel like home without his presence, and we are indeed fortunate to have him as part of our online family. This place wouldn't be the same without him.

I'm asking everyone here,…

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Added by Tony Livingston on March 29, 2014 at 8:00am — 12 Comments

Gradual onset of Spring

I had the chance to go to Pohick Bay, on the Potomac, several times this week. I stuck to fishing a curly-tail grub jig under a bobber and tipped with red worm, under and around a fishing pier. 

Monday was pretty great! I got a good handful of what I'd call medium-large bluegill (as long as my hand, about 8"), and one decent crappie. I wasn't really prepared to save them, so I let them all go. Tuesday and Wednesday were snowy and freezing windy, respectively. But Thursday I got into…

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Added by Michael Stockelman on March 28, 2014 at 3:28pm — 2 Comments

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.

Added by John "Formerly Pig Man" Waldrop on March 27, 2014 at 7:14pm — 68 Comments

Massive Bluegill Pond / Lake Near Chicago?

Monster Gill Lake Near Chicago?

I am looking to create a panfish instruction video. While I can do some of this video on fishing urban waters and "regular ponds" for kids and new anglers - people dig the long ball (baseball home runs). 

(New note- I am thinking that there aren't any monster gill lakes - if anyone knows of one- please get in touch)

I mean to say, they have to see big fish for you to be a subject expert right. I mean, this site isn't called…

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Added by Johnny wilkins on March 26, 2014 at 4:30pm — 4 Comments

24-Hour Fishing for Families - Fundraiser Set

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Added by Johnny wilkins on March 26, 2014 at 4:30pm — 1 Comment

Catch it when you can!

With the weather warm for a few days but a cold front settling in (again), I decided to get out on the leading edge of the front and see about some fish. Slow bite (The front got to the fish before I did) but the quality of fish was MUCH better than it has been. Glad I got my 'fix' cause it looks like no more fishing til at least Saturday. I wish we could go ahead and slip into a full time Spring pattern.

 

I'm also noticing that at this private pond I've been fishing, the lily…

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Added by sean kerley on March 23, 2014 at 4:02pm — 2 Comments

The Short Life of Kyle VerMaas, and why I'll be forever better for knowing him.

Kyle VerMaas with a monster hybrid sunfish, and a pretty girl on each arm.

 

I was on the 25-minute ride home from Branched Oak Lake, and I was miserable beyond words. My battle with a big walleye had ended badly. An inexplicable unbuttoning that left me tearful and maybe even a…

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Added by Bruce Condello on March 22, 2014 at 4:00pm — 15 Comments

A low point

I was at 4MR today off the Potomac River, and got nothing (except a few nibbles)! Temps were decent 50s-ish, but the wind was brutal!
But I am sure Spring will be busting out all over any day now.

Also, I lost my nice spider lure to a snag a couple days ago. Next: can I make one from a wine cork and rubber bands??

Added by Michael Stockelman on March 20, 2014 at 8:26pm — 2 Comments

Surface lure- pretty good!

My go-to spot these days is Four Mile Run in Northern Virginia. On the days we've had warm weather, I've been there to see what I can do. The last couple times I saw a lot of fish breaking the surface, so I tried a Hula Popper last time. I saw lots of fish take a swipe at it, but none of them hooked up.

Then I saw this little foam spider at the store- very lightweight, and fairly realistic. I finally got over there again to try it, and boom. I rigged it up in a float-and-fly type…

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Added by Michael Stockelman on March 14, 2014 at 5:30pm — No Comments

9" Hen on a Crankbait

Title pretty much says it all... went fishing after school at my neighbors pond and was shocked to catch this giant (for this pond) bluegill while bass fishing. Lure is a rebel 2.5" floater, I have tried all sorts of small (and normal sized) crankbaits but in cold water, it is the only one bass will eat, I also catch lots of crappies with it...apparently bluegill like it too! …

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Added by Nolan Minor on March 13, 2014 at 4:00pm — No Comments

Congrats Greg McWilliams!

Just received my Outdoor Oklahoma magazine and want to send out a hearty CONGRATULATIONS to GREG MCWILLIAMS for being featured in an article on catching Sunfish using a flyrod and flies! WTG Greg! 

Added by Jen Nayfly on March 11, 2014 at 8:50am — 18 Comments

Bass Saves the Day

So my son and I have decided on our new house...the one that I will retire from the Army in. And of course, I need to find the best Chinese takeout, pizza delivery, grocery store, and fishing spot within a few minutes of the new house. I keep going back to this particular pond that has given me a few nice 'gills and one baby bass so far.…

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Added by sean kerley on March 1, 2014 at 2:31pm — 1 Comment

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