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What line should I use?

I am getting my gear ready for Spring. Any opinions on what the best line to use is. I've been reading on line about mono, fluoro and braid and see advantages to each. Up to now I've stuck with Berkley's Trilene, both XL Smooth Casting (6 lb.) and their TransOptic (8 lb.) brand. A salesman at Dick's Sporting Goods got me to buy a spool of 15 lb. Power Pro Moss Green braided line. I have not put it on my reel yet. Opinions and recommendations would be welcome. I use a Shimano Stradic CI4+…

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Added by Gary Boysen on January 13, 2016 at 3:01pm — 3 Comments

TIME FOR A FEW CHANGES.

This Spring I want to try fishing with Braid Line.

I would like some opinions on what you think is the best

and where to purchase it.

Thanks

Added by Tom Madden on January 3, 2016 at 9:29pm — 2 Comments

Christmas Bluegill Wishes

I would like to extend a sincere and heartfelt gratitude to all of the members of BigBluegill.com.

I know I've been lacking in posts and pictures lately, but the demands of my family and my business render me an observer most of the time.  I read every post and enjoy every picture.  Every big bluegill caught feels like I landed it myself.

I hope that all of you have an amazing Christmas, and a great new year.  2016 will surely be full of great catches, great…

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Added by Bruce Condello on December 24, 2015 at 1:51pm — 3 Comments

Kayak fishing

I need to get off the banks and get out where the fish are. I've been looking at kayaks. Does anyone have any good advice or opinions about kayak fishing? I'd love some feedback. Thanks.

Added by Gary Boysen on December 18, 2015 at 5:23pm — 51 Comments

What determines the color of Bluegill?

Hi, ive been wondering why bluegill or bass have different coloring, even when they are the same species. Ive been curious ever since i compare the coppernose in my pond to pics of other ppls coppernose. I think maybe what they eat is a factor but im no quit sure. If some one could elaborate on what deermines fish color it would be appreciated. P.s i googled to find out myself but found nothin!

Added by Brian N. on September 26, 2015 at 9:00am — 4 Comments

Where are the MONSTERS?

Has there been any 4 pounders reported lately?

Added by Shannon H. Dye on August 18, 2015 at 10:00pm — 28 Comments

Grandson's first fish

Took my two grandsons fishing the other day.  Second time for the six year old, Jacob and the first time for the nearly 4 year old, Alexander.  It was their first time to catch anything. Alexander caught a small soft shell turtle and one bluegill and Jacob caught two bluegills.  They were very happy little boys.  We spent about two hours at a small city pond here in Austin, best of times.…

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Added by John C Watson on August 18, 2015 at 12:33pm — 2 Comments

Canyon Lake Az. Slow Bluegill bite

The bite was really slow this morning at Canyon lake. I hit a few known spots, but the fish were really finicky. I had to size down to a 7x tippet which educated on knot types. I lost two big gills (not even sure they were gills!) when my knots slipped using a Davy knot on that 7x Rio powerflex. Ive used it on thicker line and it's always held???

  (Even when a 3lb carp picked up my 'Magic bluegill bug'. The knot held, but my 5x tippet was a different story)

I did…

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Added by Jose Angel Guzman on August 15, 2015 at 1:30pm — 1 Comment

Small Pond

I bought an inflatable boat the other day to try to get out after some of the bigger fish that I'm guessing are away from the shoreline here in August. (really shallow pond, maybe 4 acres, a couple of 7 foot holes, but mostly about 3-5 feet. Been catching a TON of tiny 'gills, redear and yellow perch on the shoreline).

I spent a whole day out on the pond in my little boat. Fished downed limbs, submerged points, and the deepest holes I could find with ice jigs tipped with worm and…

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Added by sean kerley on August 9, 2015 at 6:33pm — 3 Comments

Fishing Goals

Fishin' Goals

X 1)Catch fish every month of the year and archive with photos and calendars.

Bluegill ,Yellow Perch, Crappie and Largemouth Bass are achieved.

2)Catch Pickerel  in December( x achieved Dec. 2014 Shepherds lake) , February and (March)* acheived March31 2016, 17" Pickerel still need February to complete the Pickerel  calendar.

3) Catch First …

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Added by John Sheehan on July 15, 2015 at 8:30am — No Comments

Great site

I live in Iowa and hate the cold and no way I am going out on ice so I get about 7 months of good fishing targeting dif species at dif times of course. But once the gilling is hot it is hard to not go twice or thrice a day. Forgot how many things gillers have in common and want to say thanks those of you that never stop posting blogs and discussions. I had to read quite a bit just so I knew where to toss my 2 cents at. Always some new or remindful info almost any where you look. Always seems…

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Added by Chad Hood on July 11, 2015 at 9:27am — No Comments

Quote

How to find a lost fisherman?

Yesterday I was there

Today I am here

Tomorrow who cares!

Point might be you were always here!

Added by Chad Hood on July 11, 2015 at 9:16am — No Comments

Gill-Redear-Greenie-shellcracker-Warmouth-Brim-Bream

I don't care what kind of panfish I catch and have a hard time picking out the hybrids but if they fry I Like em !

Added by Chad Hood on July 11, 2015 at 8:44am — No Comments

What do the "B's" in B&B Farms, Maple Syrup stand for?

 Bluegills and Botanicals if you read the fine print. It seemed appropriate, as those two subjects definitely hold a special place in my family's hearts.

I thought I would share a little bit of the maple syrup process, for those who might be curious as to how it's done. I may add additional photos as time permits.

Disclaimer: No Bluegills were harmed during the making of this maple syrup.

My wife and our oldest son, tapping some trees during an unseasonably warm spell…

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Added by Tony Livingston on June 26, 2015 at 7:30am — 15 Comments

What Line is best to use

I have used 6 pound mono with a 4 pound leader. My problem is I get loops in my line and my leader tangles sometimes when I cast a slip bobber. Im looking for a line for my spinning reel that doesn't do this. Anybody with helpful info would be appreciated Thanks

Added by Steve Shaffer on June 16, 2015 at 2:32am — 6 Comments

THE BUGS

TOO ALL MY LONG TIME , AND SHORT TIME BUG CUSTOMERS , NEW FLASH. My back hurts so bad now can't sit in the tying chair anymore. All done with making bugs for the near future and maybe for ever. Sorry just can't do it anymore and have given it a lot of thought , but I just gotta do it with lots of reservations of course. Jeffrey glad you got stocked up now start using em cause ya got plenty for a lifetime buddy .......
 SEMPER FI

    TOOTY

Added by DAVID L EITUTIS on June 15, 2015 at 3:40pm — 12 Comments

Wow what a day!

Had the most incredible day of Bluegill fishing in my life yesterday at Lake Barrett (San Diego). Wide open bite on my fly rod that lasted all day. Fish averaged about a pound each, most over 10 inches. It was the kind of day I dream of, had to quit about 4pm after landing about 300 bluegill and a handful of bass.Yes, literally bit on almost every cast. Actually cramps in…

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Added by Paul Zoch on May 31, 2015 at 4:22pm — 3 Comments

2015 RENDEZVOUS KENTUCKY LAKE

LOFR AND CARL DESERVE A MUCH APPRECIATED THANKS ......  WHAT ELSE CAN I SAY .

   THESE TWO GUYS made the trip a success . Not because of the fish we did or didn't catch but getting to meet everyone I've been talking to on here for a long time ... Much overdue in my estimation. Carl is a great guy and it's an honor to call him my friend and the same goes for LOFR .....

    I CAN'T POST A PIC OF LOFR , BUT THEY ARE IN MY COMPUTER AND IF YA WANT TO MEET THE GUY COME TO A RENDEZVOUS .…

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Added by DAVID L EITUTIS on May 4, 2015 at 7:34am — 15 Comments

Been Gone Fishin

I haven't visited you guys in some time. I've been doing a lot of traveling and a lot of fishing! I figured I'd better show my face. I have a new blog article up and would love it if you fine folks would offer some more feedback. It is always appreciated, especially as a new writer. http://devineonthefly.blogspot.com/  Hope you enjoy the read, and lets not forget some badass sunnie pics!! …

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Added by Shannon DeVine on April 15, 2015 at 12:00pm — No Comments

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