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How The Last Three Months Stack Up On The Albemarle.........2016

As we close out what I consider to be peak on the Albemarle region of coastal North Carolina for Bluegill fishing, I wanted to take a glance back over the last three months and see how things went. Here's what I discovered for 2016:

 In May I fished 15 times for a total of 1,024 gills.........the largest creel was 120 and the lowest was 25........That worked out to an average bluegill creel of 68 for these fishing…


Added by Jeffrey D. Abney on July 31, 2016 at 2:46pm — 13 Comments


     Ok guys here is pond number four this week, I kind of took it easy and went to a friends house to hang out and fish a little bit after work. The pond is located in Liberty Park subdivision and the GPS coordinates are  33°29'23.92"N,  86°39'39.81"W. Just keep in mind that this is a private pond for residents and guests. Hear is a shot of what the lake looks like.…


Added by Jason Martin on July 29, 2016 at 10:45pm — No Comments


Today was a very cool day for July in Alabama.  I was not able to co fish this morning before work, but I was lucky and able to fish for a few hours this afternoon after work.  So I went to Old Camp Crosby Lake to try to catch a few fish.  This lake I have found very hard to fish since it is so heavily fished.  All that I have ever caught here is a bunch of  2 to 3 inch bluegill and bass, but today I found out that a Shakespeare ultra light rod and reel with 4 lb…


Added by Jason Martin on July 28, 2016 at 6:27pm — No Comments


     Today I went to another pond on the same road that was only about 200 yards from the one that I fished yesterday.  

I was at least able to catch a few fish in this pond, but they was…


Added by Jason Martin on July 27, 2016 at 4:20pm — 1 Comment


     The official hunt for Bluegill here in Birmingham, AL starts in the morning. I will be getting up and going and trying a local pond that is a few blocks from my house.  I am going to be bank fishing for the rest of the summer most likely but I am currently looking to purchase a kayak that way I can go almost anywhere.

     This is the pond that I…


Added by Jason Martin on July 25, 2016 at 9:00pm — 2 Comments

Where to go

Hello to all !!!!!

I moved to Dallas / Fort Worth Texas from San Diego Ca. about a year ago. I would like to know what lakes near me would hold

decent size Blue Gil. I purchased a 14.5" Lund and belong to all of the State Parks in Texas. This all sounds great but there is a lot of lakes,rivers, and streams in this area. Can someone point me in the right direction.



Added by Arthur S. Hernandez Sr. on July 11, 2016 at 8:21pm — No Comments

The Hunt for Alabama Bluegill

     Hey guys I have just gotten back into fishing about two weeks ago because a friend had invited me to go with him one day.  My wife said that might have been a big mistake because since then I have bought four rod and reals and a lot of tackle and go fishing almost every morning before work.  I have always loved to fish for bluegill and crappie because they are so much fun to catch and my mom and now my wife love to eat them.  That being said I have never fished in Alabama before two…


Added by Jason Martin on July 10, 2016 at 5:34am — 4 Comments

Minnesota GIANTS

Bluegill fishing in Minnesota has been off to a great start! We started off in May during the pre spawn period searching for northern giants on the edges of hard stem bulrushes. Anything that featured green cabbage adjacent to the rushes and contained a steep break-line with deep water access seemed to be the ticket. The key has been patterns not spots as fish location has been changing on a weekly basis, but the patterns have remained consistent. Last week, the first full moon in June, just…


Added by Garett_Svir on June 28, 2016 at 9:50am — No Comments

Anyone Using A Float Tube?

I have had back problems for awhile now and had back surgery earlier this year. This has limited what I can lift to 25 lbs ...that is unless I want to screw it up more and have to have the disk fused. Not what i want to do. Anyway I can't really get my kayaks to the water right now, vehicle issues, but even if I could lifting them is out of the question. Working on a trailer build that will help some. 

Ok back to the reason for this post...I was wondering if anyone is…


Added by Eddie Mathis on June 22, 2016 at 12:28pm — 7 Comments

Slip Float Lessons, Relearned

I have been doing some slip-floating lately. One morning I just decided to stop by BJ's bait supply and get me some of his extra fine red worms. In my kit were various slip floats, hooks and small split shot. I was in business, and the fly rod stayed in the car.

I re-learned that long floats and teeny rigs are definitely out, for me. The best floats for my use are stout 2" models, with a single 3/0 shot to balance them. These cast like bullets, and they don't have long, dangly stems…


Added by David, aka, "McScruff" on June 6, 2016 at 6:30pm — 8 Comments


Wow a nother first act a 2nd caught a bluegill in Maine, I wonder how it migrated up here , I caught him on my Badger classic tenkara rod, the first cast I was using a pink bead SRW

Added by Mark Sleeper on June 5, 2016 at 10:39am — No Comments

Today's Fish Report

Despite terrible water conditions, caught 1 White Catfish, 2 Channel Catfish, 1 RBS
Appomattox River - VA

Added by Ben Seay on May 28, 2016 at 3:21pm — 2 Comments

big bluegills

just returned from flyfishing for 'gills at Richmond Mill Lake and Kingfisher Society Lodge in Laurel Hill, NC.  I did not know bluegills got this huge.  despite the cool and misty weather that drove them off their beds, we caught lots of large bream on poppers.  our largest was 2.2 pounds on a bocagrip.  most were at least 1.5 pounds.  Worth a trip for biggies!  jfs

Added by John Schneider on May 23, 2016 at 3:56pm — 2 Comments

Notes from a Nebraska bluegill derelict.

Something came in the mail a couple days ago...

At first I thought maybe it was from my M.D.  He's been pushing me to eat better, and as you can see there were some pretty good items here.  But then I realized it was from my BBG buddies. 

First of all there were saltine crackers.  Always good for someone like me who likes to talk too much.  A…


Added by Bruce Condello on May 22, 2016 at 2:30pm — 8 Comments

Improving a Popper

Using poppers with a fly rod is pretty much a standard, but casting these flies can be awkward. The popper is light, relatively bulky, and usually festooned with feathers. This combination catches air and causes drag on the popper on the cast. The net effect is to hinder both control and distance. To remedy this, try this trick:

Drill a small hole in the belly of the popper, right at the center of gravity. Insert a small BB, or buckshot. Drilling the hole just undersize ensures the…


Added by David, aka, "McScruff" on May 17, 2016 at 6:55pm — 3 Comments

Hope for a good fishing year

Well, I made it back to Big Bluegill! Last year I just didn't have much time to fish due to other obligations. This year should be different though! Wishing everyone a great season!

Added by Ben Seay on May 11, 2016 at 10:02am — 1 Comment

Pond management (geared to grow big Bream)

Good morning and Happy Easter everyone! I recently was blessed to be buy a new home with a 1/2 acre pond. The pond was well cared for and in good shape. The pond has a few catfish, lots of bass, a few big hybrid bream, and I recently introduced 500 copper nose bluegill, and 50 red ears. What is the best food to ensure these little guys grow up to be trophy bream?

Added by Cobey on March 27, 2016 at 8:11am — 5 Comments

2016 Panfish Guide article by Jim Gronaw

Excellent article in the new Panfish guide by In-Fisherman

"Micro-Jigging" early season panfish covers micro jigs and methods for gills.

Very informative and good ideas.

thanks, Jim

Also has another article about "Bulls across America". Very good also.

Added by dave schuyler on March 17, 2016 at 4:19pm — 1 Comment

What It Takes to Grow Trophy Bluegill in Ponds

Seven years ago, in May 2009, I started managing a handful of ponds just north of my hometown on my own dime, with the goal of creating a trophy bluegill guide service.  There are five ponds on the property that I worked with: 1.1 acre, 1 acre, .9 acre, .5 acre, and .25 acre, a total of 3.75 acres of water.  When I started with that property, all but one of the ponds was choked with watermeal or duckweed or both; one pond had no fish left due to the duckweed, another had only stunted black…


Added by Walt Foreman on March 8, 2016 at 7:17pm — 5 Comments

Bass Raider 10 ft. Fishing Boat

I thought I would share with you guys an image of my 10 ft. Pelican pontoon style boat, which is perfect to fish small waters. I posted a few images of my 8 ft. Pelican boat here on Big Bluegill some years ago, which I sold in 2014. At that time I decided to purchase a bigger boat in the same style which is the…


Added by Bill Trussell on February 14, 2016 at 10:24am — 12 Comments

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