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June 2012 Blog Posts (21)

BEST PIKE THIS YEAR

CAUGHT ON A 3" BERKLEY MINNOW WITH A POGY TAIL FIRETIGER. WAS PITCHING IT UNDERHAND WHERE THE WATER FALLS OUT OF A SMALL DAM. ALMOST NO WATER WAS COMING OUT & I SAW SOME BIG FISH. I THREW IT UP AGAINST THE WALL & BAM I HAD ON A NICE FISH. ANYONE HAVE A NET? NOPE. ONE GUY LAUGHED NOW WHAT ARE YOU GOING TO DO. I WAS FISHING ON A HILL 15' ABOVE THE WATER. THIS IS AN INTERMEDIATE ARE WITH ANOTHER STEP DOWN WITH 3' OR ROCKS BEFORE YOU HIT WATER WITH THE LOW WATER CURRENTLY. THERE WAS A…

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Added by Frank Ribble on June 30, 2012 at 8:42am — 1 Comment

Gronaw Grass Shrimp Patterns and How-To

I have been getting a lot of response and questions about the simple-to-tie grass shrimp hairjig patterns that Jeffrey Abney is having so much success with in North Carolina. Believe me, I never thought such a simple, easy to tie pattern would prove so deadly, but I am nonetheless delighted with our success with…

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Added by Jim Gronaw on June 29, 2012 at 1:00pm — 16 Comments

Great buying experience!

I just had such a good experience buying a fly rod that I want to give public recognition to Ron at Hook and Hackle (hookhack.com). I ordered a Bug Launcher outfit on Friday night for my daughter and she needed to get it by Friday to take on a trip with her. Ron saw to it that it shipped from TFO's warehouse by expedited shipping and got it here on Thursday! Way to go!



Have yet to try it out, but the Bug Launcher feels great just in my hand. Went with the 7' 4/5 wt as recommended by…

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Added by JBplusThuy on June 28, 2012 at 11:06pm — 1 Comment

THE HONEY HOLE!!!!

I think i have really found gold!!! the spot i been fishing for the last month has been awesome,never seen so many big bluegill and shell cracker,and the amount im catching crazy. 30 of some of the biggest bluegill i ever seen. their wasnt a baby in site and hasnt been this whole month. today the sun was high and it was hot.most days i hit the honey hole between 7 or 8 but i was their before noon today and they were hitting my cricket as if the never seen one before in the hot sun no…

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Added by bwood on June 27, 2012 at 8:09pm — 1 Comment

Granddad would be proud!

theirs alot of thing that happen around me on a daily that reminds me of my granddad.  still live in his old house. he was a very well known and respected man. he was a bluegill angler,nothing else. he tault me alot about fishing and fishing for bluegill. he love the fish so much when he died the pic of him at the ceromony was him hoding up two bluegill from his favorite lake. i been doing alot of fishing lately,but a week ago i cault the biggest bluegill i ever seen in my life. before i…

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Added by bwood on June 26, 2012 at 4:53pm — 5 Comments

NEED HELP!!!

im not trained to use jigs or any fake bait. only live bait is wat im use to. whats a good bluegill jig or lure and how to use it

Added by bwood on June 24, 2012 at 8:32pm — 15 Comments

Pretty Water Lake, OK

I had to take my kayak out today.  It was a beautiful morning, with light winds.  Perfect morning to take my fly rod out to play with the sunnies.  Here’s a shot of the first spot I was headed to:



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I tossed a bug around for a bit.  Had a few takes, but only connected with one fish, a Warmouth.  It hit the popper a…

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Added by Allen Morgan on June 24, 2012 at 3:29pm — 1 Comment

Managing for Bull Bluegills

Managing big bluegill



Bull Bluegill a rare breed indeed!

By Mike Pehanich

“One-pound bluegill!” cried my boyhood fishing buddy, Bill Auten. He had just returned from his aunt’s cottage at Camp Lake, Minnesota, and, with youthful zeal, we were already plotting a sales pitch to our dads to fish there together the following…

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Added by Nate Herman on June 22, 2012 at 8:58pm — 5 Comments

Locating Quality Gills in a Lake Setting......

 Folks have been taking advantage of information sharing on this site since it's inception.....I personally approach bluegill fishing like I can learn something from every member on this site...That's 3200 pieces of information that I can employ in my pursuit of the different Sunfish species.......Many things are important to me but I protect my family and my Bluegill fishing with a passion........I feel that three things make me a successful bluegill angler almost year round as I work to…

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Added by Jeffrey D. Abney on June 19, 2012 at 6:18pm — 2 Comments

Local Sunnies

I've been more into the saltwater since mid May but have been doing some local freshwater fishing.

2 days within the past 3 weeks I took it easy close to home by going to the local river system. A Rapala Husky Jerk HJ-6 is what was getting me a number of rock bass. Those aggressive redbreasts are starting to go crazy for anything they see. Have caught a few with one being a strong 6 incher.

Still sticking mostly with saltwater for now but will still be getting…

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Added by Michael on June 17, 2012 at 8:57pm — No Comments

Great Day on the Water!

Logan and I got to get back out on the water last night for an hour or so with one of my best friends.  The boat ran like a champ and I believe I resolved the fuel line/tank issues.  Headed straight for a spot that I thought was going to hold fish and we had the first fish on within 10 minutes of getting on the lake. …

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Added by Shawn Allison on June 14, 2012 at 8:30am — No Comments

Bigbluegill.com Hospitality scores big in Carolina

Despite all the challenges at home these days, featured member Jim Gronaw took the time to make and send me some great hair jigs and grass shrimp in pink for me to try in my local waters..Been out twice since I received them and it is with great satisfaction that I report tremendous success on the blackwater rivers with Jim's creations......Great talent and a good imagination can create the luck every fisherman is hoping for....Thanks again Jim for the kind gesture.....Here are a few…

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Added by Jeffrey D. Abney on June 13, 2012 at 7:05pm — 8 Comments

Pretty Water Lake, Sapulpa OK

I bought the city permit for this lake today.  I went up there to fling a fly around, and maybe dunk some minnows if the fly fishing slowed down.



As I walked to the spot I was going to fish, I noticed a bunch of small grasshoppers in the grass.  I made a note to try my hopper pattern, but I wanted to start off with a chartreuse popper.  I got set up on a floating platform, and since it's in a corner, I have access to two banks, plus the shaded side of the walkway leading to the…

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Added by Allen Morgan on June 11, 2012 at 3:16pm — 5 Comments

Photo's of some Carp.

I just wanted to show you guy's my Carp that I have caught in my 2yrs of fishing for them. Some of these Carp I waited for 5hrs from peck to set hook. Carp are nowhere near dumb like everyone think's this Fish are very smart they will shy away from a hook in a second. I don't have many Carp under my belt but I did do pretty good in just 2yrs. I have caught a total of 25 carp and missed 30, some picture's I'am not able to find. I was using a Bread dipped in honey I would take the end's off…

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Added by Angelo C Mastrando Jr. on June 11, 2012 at 12:35pm — 16 Comments

Scary Day on the water!

Got a late start Saturday morning.  Couldn't wait to get the kids out on the water.  They were as ready as I was.  Dropped the boat about 8:30 but it would not start.  I went twice last week and no issues but it just would not start.  Dropped the trolling motor and went on out to a couple of close spots so we could get some lines in the water.  Got about 6 lines out and started slow trolling a cove.  No takers so I decided to head out to a little deeper water and attempt to start the boat…

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Added by Shawn Allison on June 11, 2012 at 7:07am — 4 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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Added by Bill "Musky" Modica on June 7, 2012 at 8:08pm — 12 Comments

What is this?

Looks like I missed a good chance.  I did not measure or weigh the fish.  I did, however, release it.  So I will have another chance.  I am heading out this weekend again.

Added by Steven Sheller on June 7, 2012 at 2:17pm — 1 Comment

Big BG Hybrid Caught in San Diego

I saw this on the San Diego Union-Tribune fishing report:

"Murray: Kendra Ball, 4.25-pound bluegill-redear sunfish hybrid, crawdad, San Carlos Arm."

Lake Murray, in Suburban San Diego, would be considered a farm pond in some parts of the country, having just 171 surface acres when full. IIRC it has quagga mussels, and the redear are apparently taking advantage. Do BG hybrids have the pharyngeal teeth of redear?

Unfortunately, there was no photo in…

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Added by JBplusThuy on June 4, 2012 at 1:53pm — 8 Comments

Identify this FISH!!! (42 yrs of fishing and I am stumped)

I was fishing for bluegills at my favorite private lake.  I had recently spent some time with the owner and got to know the man and he was a good ole boy , like to laugh and drink  and like my self, tell stories.  I learn a lot about the lake and its management and why I am finding so many very large blue gills.  He is introducing breeds and hybrids and some change sex afterlaying eggs and guarge the nest and get very big.  Suffice to say the follwing lecture was long but informative and…

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Added by Harold Ewing II on June 4, 2012 at 9:47am — 5 Comments

A couple of Firsts today....

A few days ago, a friend loaned me a 5wt fly rod a few days ago.  I've been practicing, and immersing myself into the addiction of waving the Fairy Wand.



I've been struggling.  Wind knots, bad/sloppy technique, etc.  I need practice, encouragement, and possibly a tutor.



I was able to escape out of the house this afternoon, supposedly to go get some food for dinner.  I ended up stopping at the pond in the park here in Sapulpa.  Winds were light, the surface was fairly…

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Added by Allen Morgan on June 3, 2012 at 5:46pm — 17 Comments

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