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May 2009 Blog Posts (17)

Tail Gunner Tactics For Gills

Hey guys and gals... I know this tactic is nothing new, but I think it deserves review.The 'tailgunner' rig for shallow bedding or feeding gills is simply the use of a small, floating crankbait with a short dropper tied to it with a dry or wet fly attached.



We used this simple rig today for over 70 gills over a windy, shallow spawning area and could easily have caught more. We like the small floating Rapalas or the Yo Zuri Tad Fry and a six to 10 inch dropper of 6 lb test lo-vis mono… Continue

Added by Jim Gronaw on May 31, 2009 at 8:41pm — 11 Comments

Finally Bruce- became member

I put a few pics on here for you. I got the best pics I could find of other "sunfish" in case you needed a few. Couple of neat photos you have not seen. Keep up the good work, love the site. I promise to start getting seem gills with hook and line and stop cheating with shock boat.

Added by Greg Grimes on May 30, 2009 at 6:53pm — No Comments

Big Bluegill becoming the fire-breathing, three-headed dragon of the fishing world.

Closing in on ONE THOUSAND members!

And the most amazing thing is the quality of people on this site. No angry arguments--just healthy exchange of information in a respectful way. Other sites can only aspire to be at our level! :-)

Added by Bruce Condello on May 28, 2009 at 8:16pm — 2 Comments

Overlooked Bluegill Hotspots

Hey guys and gals, I've been thinking. I know that most of the big gills we see on this site come from smaller, private waters. But I can't help but think that there are overlooked public opportunities for the vast majority of us right under our noses.



Within 1 hour of my house are several small, public lakes that are either county or local park owned lakes that get very little fishing pressure and have a good population of medium to even trophy sized bluegills.



Some lakes… Continue

Added by Jim Gronaw on May 28, 2009 at 7:03pm — 6 Comments

I don't know about anybody else but I love yard sales almost as much as I like to fish. All the books in the picture for less than a dallor apiece. The perfect weekend is get up early fish till 8 am …

I don't know about anybody else but I love yard sales almost as much as I like to fish. All the books in the picture for less than a dallor apiece. The perfect weekend is get up early fish till 8 am cheak out yard sales till noon a good nap than fish till dark. Continue

Added by Howard Webster on May 27, 2009 at 5:45pm — 4 Comments

05-25-09 Tips and Tactics for Fighting and Landing Large Pickerel

Just because the Bluegill angler is going after Monster Gills doesn't mean that he or she may find themself fighting the trophy of a lifetime of another fish species (Bass, Catfish, Pike, Pickerel, etc). Since many Trophy Gills inhabit shallow, weedy lakes one may find a large or even trophy size pickerel on the end of their line as these hard fighting fish inhabit similar waters! Larger Pickerel often prefer baits of 3 inches +, subtle and more natural colors in bait selection tend to be the… Continue

Added by IceWarriorGill on May 25, 2009 at 10:05pm — 12 Comments

Lake Perris

Im new to big blue gill.com. It is a really good website to discuss bluegill i have found a lake that has giant bluegill and you can leave with a stringer full of them. Lake Perris, Ca is full of Bluegill all you have to do is find a rock or cover for them in about 10 feet of water and give them a half of nightcrawler or mealworm. Then hold on to your pole !!!!!!!!

Added by Blue gill master on May 25, 2009 at 2:22pm — No Comments

60 years of Tackle

First let me say that the weather patterns this spring has got all my fishing water messed up, work has got me so tied down I feel like a sled dog,everybody I know is graduating from some kind of school,and want you to attend,I feel like I have no free time that is not spoken for, and I'm ready for bed, bream bed, that is the only thing I think that can reduce the stress in my life . The backyard will be dry enought to pull the boat up front and get it ready, I've cleaned my rods and tackle ,… Continue

Added by Lord of the Fly , Rods on May 15, 2009 at 6:20pm — 2 Comments

Hoping all our Freinds to the west are safe and ok

Hoping everyone is safe and sound tonight. Bad run of weather in the western states over the past couple of days. Here in northwest Vermont we just had high wind knocked some trees down thats about all . Again thoughts and prayers are with you.

Added by Howard Webster on May 14, 2009 at 4:57pm — No Comments

Searching for all that great information on BigBluegill.com

There's so much great information on this site that sometimes it's difficult to locate a gem that was several months ago.

Here's a way to find it.

Type the following into your Google search box:

"search words"site:bigbluegill.com

Added by Bruce Condello on May 11, 2009 at 5:07am — No Comments

Number of lines you can use in michigan?

anyone know the number of lines you can use?

Added by Eric White on May 10, 2009 at 1:16pm — 1 Comment

The Elusive 10" Bluegill!

Wow! My 7 year old (CJ) and I headed to a local pond to catch a couple Largemouth Bass for a species contest we entered for the month of May. Little did we know what was about to happen. CJ's first cast hooked a monster 9 inch Bluegill. We then paddled out on the kayak to a spot to fish Largemouth. No luck. I tied on CJ's favorite, a silver Panther Martin spinner. Minutes later he lands a monster 10.5 inch "Gillzilla!" He decides to relish his prize by building sand castles and I head back out… Continue

Added by Marty Hughes on May 10, 2009 at 7:03am — 1 Comment

Ice jigs best bluegill lure

I just joined Big Bluegill, this site is Great!!!!! I use a size 8# teardrop jig { Blood Red or Orange} tipped with B-Moth. I use Thill bobbers with a nylon bobber stopper. I catch Big Gills in winter or Hot days of summer. My kids enjoy this technique and always have great action. Thanks for all the good information.
Bill

Added by Bill { DaBluegill } Mumma on May 7, 2009 at 5:27pm — 4 Comments

new line i tried

dont know if any of you read article in infisherman by bill bottinger bt i use the same set up he uses and love it the rod is a 7.5 foot st crox fly rod blank reel is daiwas tournament ss wisker series and the line is 3.1 tecan european stuff acailable at cabelas with this set up you can cast a 100thoz jig a 100feet check it out his web site is bbott@windstream.net best regards steve.

Added by steve dreiling on May 6, 2009 at 10:36am — 5 Comments

Richmond Mill, North Carolina getting a reputation for really big bluegill.

Thanks to Big Bluegill member and friend Bob Lusk there are some pictures beginning to filter in of massive tanker bluegills from Richmond Mill!



Here's a couple more. Folks, these are some true behemoths.



Here's Dr. Jim Morgan with a 1-12 bluegill. This fish is very young, with tremendous upside potential.





...and here he is again with a pound-and-a-halfer.…



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Added by Bruce Condello on May 3, 2009 at 9:45pm — 2 Comments

Documenting BG Spawning Dates across the Country

Hi All -

I've been looking forward to BG Spawning coming up, and I got to wondering where they were already spawning. Realizing its already probably to late in some areas - I thought it would be neat if other posters could chime in with dates they first notice Active Breeding of Bluegill and the general location in the country.

Still probably 3-4 weeks away for me - Who has active, spawing BG right now?

FH

Added by Farm Hunter on May 3, 2009 at 8:42pm — 7 Comments

28 inch 5 pound Northern

Another great fishing trip stop by a backwater in Alburg this evening because I thought there should have been Seeds there. I Did not catch a seed but I did catch a few perch 2 bullheads and a Northren. I caught that northren with a 41/2 foot ST Croix ultra light rod with 4 pound test line. I still think this area should house some seeds , This fish went after a pearch that Iwas reeling in . I did not have a landing net with… Continue

Added by Howard Webster on May 2, 2009 at 7:13pm — 2 Comments

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