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December 2013 Blog Posts (12)

Floating Damsel - Say NO to Poppers!

Floating Damselfly Nymph

by Gary LaFontaine



•    HOOK: 8-12; TMC 5262—2X long nymph hook

•    FLOTATION: an underbody of high-density foam, wrapped along the hook shank as a thin strip

•    TAIL: olive marabou and clear Antron fibers (combed together)

•    ABDOMEN: olive fur and olive Antron dubbing (chopped, blended, and dubbed)

•    THORAX: olive…

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Added by David, aka, "McScruff" on December 30, 2013 at 7:30pm — 1 Comment

Easy way to unhook panfish.

One day when drift fishing I noticed a fish being put back in the water with a hook still in the fish. The fish died, and a Bald Eagle picked it up.

I decided then and there to make a better version of the stick broke off the tree fish hook remover my partner used for years and never broke a line or left a hook in a fish.

Check this out. I am not trying to sell you anything. If you want one a 1/4 in stick off any tree works fine. This one is a little better and I put a line…

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Added by Stephen lutz on December 29, 2013 at 6:21am — 6 Comments

GREAT FISH CHOWDER

EASY TO MAKE AND IS ALWAYS A BIG HIT.

FISH CHOWDER

1 ONION SAUTEED IN BUTTER

1 STICK OF BUTTER

2 CANS CREAM OF POTATO SOUP

2 CANS CREAM OF CELERY SOUP

2 ½ CUPS OF MILK

¼ TEASPOON RED PEPPER

¼ TEASPOON BLACK PEPPER

8 OZ PHILADELPHIA CREAM CHEESE

3 CUPS BONED AND BOILED FISH, NO LIQUID. BLUEGILL, NORTHERN PIKE, ?????

MIX ALL INGREDIENTS TOGETHER AND SIMMER TO LOW BOIL.

WHEN FIRST BUBBLES APPEAR CHOWDER IS DONE.

OPTIONAL…

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Added by Stephen lutz on December 28, 2013 at 10:13am — 1 Comment

Tying Flies, Again?

Ive been doing an inventory of the flies I've got on hand, both my own and those from others. I have reached a momentous decision:

I will stop tying new flies for myself.

Okay, thats not gonna happen, But it should.

Added by David, aka, "McScruff" on December 25, 2013 at 5:30pm — No Comments

A Humble Christmas Fish Poem 2013

                                              A Humble Christmas Fish Poem  2013

       Come gather around my fire and a tale I will tell,

        Listen real close because I don't want to yell,

        T'was the night before Christmas, and the roof was a clatter,

        Santa and his Reindeer had landed, that's what was a matter.

     

        He said " I know you have been extra good this year,

        so I…

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Added by Lord of the Fly , Rods on December 17, 2013 at 1:03pm — 11 Comments

New Here

Hi, If you will indulge me for a moment, I will tell a little about myself...

My name is David and I'm new here to BigBluegill.com.  My wife and I make our home in Florida's panhandle.  We have been married for... well over half of my life to this point.

I was introduced to fishing by my older sister's boyfriend when I was in middle school.  He and I spent a good deal of time chasing both fresh and saltwater fish.  We even caught a few.  I just about drove my…

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Added by David 'PcolaPaddler' on December 12, 2013 at 5:38am — 17 Comments

Rough Week

Last week I lost my life time fishing partner and friend, my father, after a long but brave battle with pancreatic cancer, and just yesterday I lost my awesome Navy Veteran grandfather on my mothers side, also after a brave battle with cancer. Such a rough week, I need to go fishing.

Next time you BBG Friends go out, catch some fish for a couple of fallen brethren. Thank you guys.

Added by chris kowaleski on December 10, 2013 at 8:22am — 17 Comments

Sub Freezing Temps, and Sleet

  Today I convinced myself to go fish for some panfish at my neighbor's pond. It was 27 degrees out, and raining/sleeting/snowing on and off. I suited up in chest waders and a gore tex jacket, on top of many layers of warm clothes, and headed out. My weapon of choice was a 1" gulp minnow rigged on a trout magnet jighead under a float. I caught a small crappie withing minutes of starting fishing, and then landed 2 nice bull gills around 7-8". I had to break the ice off my guides between…

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Added by Nolan Minor on December 8, 2013 at 4:30pm — 6 Comments

"LEO'S TRIBUTE "

WELL DON'T KNOW WERE TO START A TRIBUTE TO LEO , and his family , for his efforts on here but I'll try in my own fashion:

   When I first came to this site it was my pleasure to become friends with Dick Tabbert , Leo , and so many others on here just too numerous to mention.

    BUT LETS' PUT THINGS IN PERSPECTIVE : WHO IS LEO ? VERY COMPLEX QUESTION with a short and simple answer. He's one of the most giving of time, knowledge , and expert advise , on the site period. If I am…

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Added by DAVID L EITUTIS on December 2, 2013 at 7:27pm — 11 Comments

Bugs up the Wazoo

Been digging around the internet, looking for the common insect nymph forms in my region. I found one source that is perfect, listing all the taxonomic names. Pictures abound and my file is full. I have the four main types to tie.

Mayflies

Caddis flies

Odonata - dragon and damsel flies

Diptera - aka, chironomids, blood worms, etc.

So now I'm a ding-danged entomologist! All hail the internet.

PS I dont know what a "wazoo" is, but stuff…

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Added by David, aka, "McScruff" on December 1, 2013 at 5:44pm — 38 Comments

Seasonal Lure choices for Northeast New Jersey Fishing

Seasonal Lure  choices for Northeast New Jersey Fishing

 I usually progress through the year something like this: Hard water into ice out through March into April ;mostly Jigs tipped with live bait progressing to spoons .Spinners ,Crankbaits , plastic worms and Topwater plugs in the warmer months and as late Fall/early Winter  appears ,I'm  back through spoons to Jigs again .

 This monthly list reflects what has worked…

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Added by John Sheehan on December 1, 2013 at 9:30am — 6 Comments

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