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Big Bluegill's biologist Daryl B. defines "stunting" of bluegill.

Stunting is easy to define--slow growth.



In panfish populations stunting usually occurs when there are so many panfish that there is not enough food to go around. That is why I crawl up on my soap box so often and state that largemouth bass are KEY in controlling numbers of panfish in pits and ponds.



However, what might be a density of panfish that causes stunting in one body of water may not be a density of panfish that causes stunting in another more productive body of… Continue

Added by Bruce Condello on September 8, 2008 at 5:14pm — 3 Comments

Slip-Sinker Rigs for Retreating Spawners

Sometimes we are faced with some situations where shallow, spawning gills are done and heading for deeper water to regroup. In some lakes I fish shoreline fishing is all that is permitted or else access is limited. Such is the case on two of my favorite bluegill lakes and now the shallow fish are moving away from the bank. How to stay on 'em?



Try this...put a bullet -style worm sinker on your line and pinch a BB sized spilshot about 24 inches up from the end of the line. Then tie a… Continue

Added by Jim Gronaw on June 22, 2009 at 2:26pm — 6 Comments

Deep water spoon presentation and rigging

Deep water spoon presentation........Using light braided line ( 2-3lb dia./ 6lb test) and Fluorocarbon leaders.... a small barrel swivel to make leader connection and a small snap at the spoon end....DO NOT attach a split ring to the lead end of the spoon....use a small quality snap instead.

I like to make long downwind casts and let the spoon fall on a taught line to detect bites on the fall.....once on bottom, I snap the spoon up a few feet and begin a very slow retrieve with an… Continue

Added by Bill "Musky" Modica on October 21, 2008 at 7:30pm — 26 Comments

Huge favor for Bruce Condello!

My friends, I don't make a habit of asking for favors, but I would like to make a humble request of each and every one of you.

 

On Monday evening, Memorial Day, at 10 pm central time, there is going to be a very special show on television.  Two of my best friends ever, and www.bigbluegill.com members, Nate and Justin Herman are going to have their very own reality show!!!

 

On DIY network, which is channel 111 on…

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Added by Bruce Condello on May 21, 2014 at 6:30pm — 14 Comments

MONSTER TRUE BLUEGILL CAUGHT ON SLAB JIGGIES 1/80TH OZ BUGGIE JIGGIE IN YELLOW

it was a pretty chilly morning for us in So California on td April morning. 45° to be exact. Was with my manager and best friend Johnny Unn at one of our southern California favorite reservoirs, got there a little late (7:30am) due to me not setting my alarm, but woke up from Johnny yelling in my window, lol. So we had a ton of my signature Slab Jiggies, Buggie Jiggies in 1/80th oz in white, red, pink, chartreuse, orange and yellow. We headed out to oit usual big bluegill… Continue

Added by Chris Salmon on April 27, 2014 at 6:06pm — 22 Comments

My computer is fixed!!!!

I can actually participate again in BBG.  I've been going through withdrawal.

Added by Bruce Condello on February 20, 2014 at 3:31pm — 4 Comments

Blue Gill Joubertina, Eastern Cape South Africa

The Beginning:

There are only two types of fish here; the overly praised bass and the belittled Blue Gill. There are no other fish, the ocean is 3 hours drive away and the trout and yellowfish are many hours away(I couldn't afford that anyway)

No one knows for sure how BG got here, but they are here now and I am grateful. It is not even…

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Added by Mathew Blakeway on January 8, 2014 at 8:15am — 8 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

"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

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

BIGBLUEGILL TEE SHIRTS!!! Of YOUR OWN MAKING!!!!!

I was LUCKY enough to get a BIGBLUEGILL CAP when a company had them on LINE several years ago!!!!!!!  

For some Reason they do not have these items there now!!!! I went for the CAP and not a shirt at the time!!!!!! I went back to get a SHIRT and they were a discontinued ITEM!!!!! Now WE can make the SHIRTS…

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Added by Greg McWilliams on October 23, 2013 at 3:30pm — 4 Comments

STATS ON PUBLIC VS. PRIVATE BLUEGILL FISHERIES

Ok y'all, this will be a quick hit opener on the stats I have on quality bluegill waters in my region, as I am still reviewing the numbers as this blog will progress. But for now, here are some interesting statistics I have accumilated over the past 12 years concerning bluegills in my regional, or 'home' waters.

Of the 112 lakes/ponds that I have fished over the past 12 years, the number of lakes that have produced 8 inch or better sized bluegill ( my personal minimum for 'quality'…

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Added by Jim Gronaw on October 5, 2013 at 8:23pm — 5 Comments

HAZEL JENKINS!

Please attempt to rejoin!  I accidentally deleted your new account.  Sorry! :(

Added by Bruce Condello on September 6, 2013 at 7:54pm — No Comments

BIG BLUEGILL RULES

I'd like to reiterate the rules on Big Bluegill blog posts and discussions.



1. No profanity


2. No commentary in regards to race or…
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Added by Bruce Condello on November 30, 2008 at 8:00am — 54 Comments

Bruce Condello's Birthday....

 

"I have a friend who's a dentist in Lincoln....

growing bigger Bluegills is what he's a'thinkin'.

He'll practice genetic selection...

in search of Lepomis perfection,

Or maybe, he'll cross em' with a Chinquapin.......

 

Happy 50th Birthday Bruce!!!!!! Hope you have a great day, and thanks for all that you do for us here at BBG!!

Added by Tony Livingston on June 6, 2013 at 4:53am — 8 Comments

Best bluegill taxidermy.

As president of www.bigbluegill.com, I'd like to post some photos of high quality taxidermy involving bluegill, redear sunfish, pumpkinseed sunfish, and other related lepomids.  I will accept submission of taxidermy efforts from taxidermists and anglers who own high quality bluegill or other sunfish mounts.  Please have patience with me.  If you send me a photo on this page, it could take me a week or two to post the photo.  Because of the high value…

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Added by Bruce Condello on May 22, 2013 at 7:20pm — 2 Comments

Beefcake Bluegill Sunfish Hybrid

I had the good fortune to trick a really nice Bluegill / Green Sunfish Hybrid over the weekend here in Nebraska at a certain private body of water. 

The water was clear enough that I spotted the fish, and thought, "that guy looks pretty big." 

I cast my fly near him and he inspected it but then refused it. I worked him for a while before a small bluegill…

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Added by Teeg Stouffer on May 14, 2013 at 10:57am — 13 Comments

Our Barkley Lake trip

First a little history and then I'll tell you what worked so well for us. I've been looking for a trophy redear fishery to take my family to for quite some time and Barkley Lake's fairly close to where we live at 190 miles. I booked the trip way back in January and have been chomping at the bit to get down there. As the day approached for us to leave, I was wondering if the high water they were having would ruin our trip, not to mention weather being on the cool side. I knew monster redear…

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Added by Troy Dorman on May 14, 2013 at 4:55am — 4 Comments

Bruce Condello's Photo Technique Revealed!

This news flash just in!



Bruce Condello holds his fish out in front of him for photos! Now I know this may come as a shock to many of you, but my secret is finally out. :-)



If you would like to know some of the secrets to this technique, read on! \:D



Rule #1. Catch a big fish. No matter how hard you try, you're not going to make a 9 inch bluegill look like a 12 inch bluegill, nor will you be able to make a 15 inch bass look like a 22 incher. There…

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Added by Bruce Condello on May 23, 2010 at 8:30am — 25 Comments

Bruce Condello has an article in April's North American Fisherman

If you don't know what a Meanmouth bass is, you need to read the article "Return of the Meanmouth" by Bruce Condello in April's "North American Fisherman".

Bruce, who is the guy holding the monster?  Good article!

Jim

Added by Jim McCants on March 26, 2013 at 11:32am — 4 Comments

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