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SPINNER RIGS FOR HARNESSING SHINERS , WORMS, SPOONS,SWIMBAITS,ETC.

SPINNER RIGS FOR HARNESSING SHINERS AND WORMS



CRAPPIE,YELLOW PERCH ,WHITE PERCH AND BLUEGILLS:

56 Degree water Crappie

Greg Sheehan with one of Four Crappie between 12-14.5"  he caught on a shiner harnessed on a Spinner Rig…

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Added by John Sheehan on November 10, 2017 at 9:30am — No Comments

Squirrel Tail Jigs

 

SQUIRREL TAIL  JIGS

   I have been fishing simple Squirrel Tail Jigs since November 2009 and although I haven't counted the number of fish  they have  caught ,let's just say scores of fish !August 2017 I fished them consistently and reawakened the realization of how well these little guys attract many species of Fish. Examples of  a large variety of species have been caught on 1/8th ,16th and 32nd oz. Jigs .I tie them up usually with Black…

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Added by John Sheehan on September 3, 2017 at 8:00am — 1 Comment

Cupsaw Lake Algae Treatment

Hi BBG friends . Here's what is going on at my Community Lake I fish often . Would like to hear views on this procedure . PROS /CONS? I am trying to get educated on the matter .Any help would be appreciated ! Below is the Cupsaw Lake bulletin regarding Algae treatment. Thanks ,John

Good morning!

The lake will be treated today this morning with copper and Pond Shade Aqua Blue. The treatment will begin in the deep area,…

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Added by John Sheehan on August 2, 2017 at 6:30am — 4 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

Fish Kill @ Four Corners Pond ,Sterling Forest Watershed

Sunday ,I was up at Sterling Lake visitor Center talking with a ranger about the fish kill at Four corners Pond, which occurred in the spring of 2012 . I asked about the measures taken since the fish kill was reported and he said fines have been issued to Perfect Cut Tree service and the Mulch pile has been greatly reduced .Today, I confirmed for myself that the mulch piles are reduced…
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Added by John Sheehan on July 7, 2014 at 2:00pm — 2 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

Tandem Jig Rig for Pannies (Revised)

This year (2013) ,in June and then again in October and November  , I've tried tandem jig rigs a few times . With and without added spinners, they've  worked on Crappies ,Gills, Yellow and White Perch . With dropping temps in Fall,fish food is perhaps more scarce and yet the feeding activity level of the predators is still in high gear .This makes for a competitive feed and prime time for tandem rigs. Indeed, the only time I ever caught two fish at the same time on one lure was in October .…

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Added by John Sheehan on October 31, 2013 at 12:00pm — 28 Comments

Flies for Smallies

Brother Greg and I are hankering to go wading and flyroddin' in a few small rivers soon .We want to target Smallmouths and Red Breasted Sunfish in particular . Never caught a Smallie  on a flyrod . I have some ideas on what I think would work but I'm just guessing  ;Mickey Finn ,beaded nymphs,Marabou streamers , Feather Streamers, Hopper ,Crayfish, and Hellgrammite imitations and Poppers .Any ideas out there from folks that are experienced with Flyrodding Smallies or other species I might…

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Added by John Sheehan on July 10, 2013 at 9:30am — 4 Comments

Can anyone shed light on the Lake Erie Fish and Bird Kill ?

Apparently a 25 mile stretch of Canadian shoreline on Lake Erie is littered with dead fish and birds. Theories proposed are Lake Inversion and a possible Manure dumping .Some type of toxic spill may be a third reason. Blue green Algae is a possible 4th reason.

 Would like to know what really is going on !

Added by John Sheehan on September 6, 2012 at 7:30am — 2 Comments

Photos of Unusual Catches

Seems to me this idea has been done here before but I searched "Unusual Catches' and it came up empty .I'll post one now and more another time. I would like to see what folks think of as an "Unusual Catch " and see the diversity of photos of their fishing events. This Fish hit a huge spoon and was caught in the mouth . Is it an "Unusual Catch " ? I think so. Unusually Aggressive!…

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Added by John Sheehan on April 27, 2012 at 11:42am — 16 Comments

ID this New Jersey Fish Red Ear or Pumpkinseed?

Caught this dink  today,4/22/12 in a very shallow stream (Ringwood Brook) Took a small worm on a #10 hook. Apparently New Jersey does have Redears but I never caught one before .What do ya think Red Ear (gotta admit it looks like one ) or Pumpkinseed?

 

Redear sunfish (Lepomis microlophus) can grow to 10 inches, and have a long pointed…

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Added by John Sheehan on April 22, 2012 at 11:45am — 11 Comments

Pumpkinseeds,identifying Male from Female

  I 've read that like Male Bluegills,Male Pumpkinseeds are brighter more varied color than the Females.I am curious if any one knows if their Opercular size and shape are much different.The Male Bluegill sports a noticebly bigger ,wider and longer Gill flap but does this hold true for Pseeds as well? I'm thinking so but am not sure .

 

This link states breeding female exhibit more prominent dark, vertical bands;…

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Added by John Sheehan on April 8, 2012 at 2:30pm — 2 Comments

Polluted waterways

http://motherjones.com/blue-marble/2012/03/top-10-polluted-rivers-waterways

 

Closest (to me) river on this list is the Delaware .Consider yourselves fortunate if you enjoy successful fishing from a river not on this list . Haven't fished the Delaware in years but still there are some good fish and cleaner sections than perhaps this study suggests.

Added by John Sheehan on April 2, 2012 at 9:44am — 7 Comments

Tagging Fish Photos by Species Results for searches

In another effort to get folks to TAG their photos , here are  interesting results when one searches

some specific species .A four word Alliteration!! Tag and search and add to this list if you care to.

http://bigbluegill.com/photo/photo/search?q=Bluegills

http://bigbluegill.com/photo/photo/search?q=Pumpkinseeds+…

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Added by John Sheehan on June 10, 2011 at 11:30am — 9 Comments

RedBreasted Sunfish Tags

I would like to find all the photos I can of Red Breasted Sunfish caught from BBG.com members so I'm asking for interested members to tag their RBS photos.My photos are the only ones showing under a tag search for Red Breasted Sunfish .

Added by John Sheehan on October 21, 2010 at 11:36am — 8 Comments

Bluegills @ Ringwoods Grassmere Ponds

Mid afternoon shore fishing at a natural non stocked pond ...Females 5",6", 7 "....Males 7,1/2"...hot dog pieces/crawler pieces/both combined ,slip floated @4 ' up tp 2'.

http://bigbluegill.com/photo/albums/shore-fishin-ponds-of-ringwood…

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Added by John Sheehan on August 18, 2010 at 1:00pm — No Comments

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Lake Perris, CA

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Lake Perris, CA

This coppernose measured just over 11 inches. Catch and release form my float tube.
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Last year (2009)was the first year slip floating for me and found it to be very effective.Would…See More
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Last year (2009)was the first year slip floating for me and found it to be very effective.Would…See More
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How to properly rig slip/fixed thill floats

While I prefer using slip floats, I would like to know how to properly rig both the slip and fixed…See More
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"What we refer to as a Pumpkinseed ."
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"4" Easy Shiner Swim bait kicks Butt retrieved slowly near bottom in 20-15' .Working great…"
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"BBOTY so far; 19.5" 4,1/4 # Grabbed a 4" Swimbait .A deep late June  Fish…"
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"Caught in mid July 26.5" ,4#9 oz.Pickerel BOTY so far"
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"Grabbed a 4" Swimbait back in early May in around 13-7 fow."
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