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What is the reason??

I watch a number of you tube videos featuring some of our members catching big gills and crackers.  My question is why do you release them?  Is it simply that your freezers are full, or is there a state regulation on length limits?  I know that in some private compounds such as Richmond Mills that you folks catch and release because you want the population to grow.  If that is the case, doesn't the lake get to the point where you need to take a few out?  Please understand that I'm not…


Added by Nick Holt on July 9, 2012 at 9:16am — 16 Comments


Caught a small break in the heat on the 4th, so I went to my friend's lake to test out some new colors of the 1" jig that I hand inject.  It wasn't anymore than the second cast when I hit pay dirt catching a 3/4 pound gill.  On the following cast, I hit another gill about the same weight.  That new smoke/silver glitter did the trick.  I was on the lake about 8:00 AM and was off at noon with 18 nice gills and redears to my credit.  Sure felt great watching that 6' ultralite bend.  Hope ya'll…


Added by Nick Holt on July 7, 2012 at 6:00am — 3 Comments

A good day...Considering

Went to my friend's lake Sunday the 29th on a whim.  It was chilly, damp,  breezy, and the water was muddy from all the rain we've had here in Georgia. (Don't guess what would be called ideal conditions).  Was throwing a 0ne inch black curly tail grub from the bank and got hit right away!  An hour later, I ended up with ten nice gills weighing in between 3/4 to 1 pound.  Hope this kind of action remains this way throughout the season.  Nick

Added by Nick Holt on February 1, 2012 at 9:14am — No Comments

The Bug

Hey Greg, It's one of my hand poured one inch curltail grub bodies that I pinched the tail off of. I then threaded the legs through the body with a sewing needle.  The legs are spinner bait skirt material.  If you want to make your own, buy a package of curl tails and some skirt material and experiment with it.  To complete the rig, run a 1/32 ounce jig head through and clip on a 1" diameter foam, weighted tear shaped or round bobber a foot or so above your terminal tackle. If you don't get…


Added by Nick Holt on January 2, 2012 at 7:36am — 1 Comment

New Pics from Nick

Hope you like 'em.  Nick

Added by Nick Holt on January 1, 2012 at 7:07pm — 3 Comments

Fish food

This question is for Bruce Condello.  Some of my friends told me that they have been feeding panfish small nugget size or pellet size catfood in one of the public ponds.  Is this a safe idea or can it damage the fish?  Nick

Added by Nick Holt on December 9, 2011 at 1:58pm — No Comments

To Greg: Some experimenting

Hey Greg,  I have been experimenting with different colors of my panfish baits, and came across a bag of what I call "Silver Minnow" color. 

they are 1 1/2' and full of silver dye and silver glitter.   I'll be happy to send them to you if you e-mail me your postal address.  If it's not exactly what you want, then we can tweak it until we get it right.  Nick

Added by Nick Holt on July 26, 2011 at 7:54am — No Comments

Some advice

This is not an advertisement.  Hey folks.  I wanted to get some advice from you members concerning starting a small business.  I have been hand pouring and injection molding my own panfish plastics for 11 years now.  I'm getting close to retirement age, (If the government will let me), and I was thinking about marketing my plastic baits.  Although I do hand-pour bass baits, I see more of them on the store shelves, than I do quality panfish baits.  I produce 1" and 11/2" curl-tail grubs, and… Continue

Added by Nick Holt on July 22, 2011 at 12:57pm — 8 Comments

Best Wishes

Hey Folks,  I just wanted to take a moment to wish everyone a safe, healthy, and prosperous New Year.  May there be many bows in our ultralites and plenty of fish in the freezer.  Nick

Added by Nick Holt on December 31, 2010 at 10:34am — No Comments

Finally got out

My son called me from his hometown of Macon, Ga. on Monday and said that he would be in Columbus,Ga. (my hometown 1 1/2 hrs. away), on Tuesday to take me fishing. My heart was in my throat when he told me this. We drove up to my friend's lake and could only fish for 1/2 hour. (Didn't realize how weak I was). Ended up catching 3 nice gills in the 9" range before I had to pack it in. It was a gratifying and heartwarming experience believe me. Sure added color to my cheeks and more hope in my… Continue

Added by Nick Holt on September 3, 2010 at 8:17am — 1 Comment

Better than the media

I've only been with for close to a year now, and realize that it beats any fishing shows or articles I have read. Not only is it informative, but who can beat a site that has quality videos and pictures? I'm still recovering from my bout with pancreatitis, and the doc says I won't be active or back to work until the end of September. (Doesn't mean that my sweet wife can't drive me to the lake for a little cast and recreation.) The heat here has broken some and the evening hours look… Continue

Added by Nick Holt on August 22, 2010 at 10:45am — 5 Comments

Hot weather

It's just plain hot here in Georgia. Been out a few times but can't seem to find many fish. I've fished deep on the bottom with little success, thrown slow falling ant patterns on a fly rod to see if I can locate them in the water column with still little success. Bounced crickets and worms off the bottom. The water temps have been in the 70's and up. Gone early in the morning and at sunset and again, little luck. Any thoughts from you experts? Nick

Added by Nick Holt on June 29, 2010 at 8:31am — 1 Comment


Hey Jim, Just came from the photo gallery and saw your greatest keeper ever!! As a grandfather of three, there's nothing like it. Congratulations again, and hope the family is well. Nick.

Added by Nick Holt on June 9, 2010 at 8:56am — 2 Comments

Catching a few

Hey folks, I haven't been able to get out to the lakes like I have in the past due to transportation issues. When I have gone, I've been able to pick up crackers and gills between a 1/2 pound to a pound. I'm compiling a CD of photos from the beginning of the season to about mid July then I'll post what I've caught. Haven't been able to get up to Callaway Gardens yet, but that trip is on the horizon. They say that the crappie are still being caught on artificials only and the gills on live bait.… Continue

Added by Nick Holt on June 7, 2010 at 9:03am — 1 Comment

New "Old" place to catch gills and crappie

About 30 minutes from me in Columbus, Georgia, there's a ritzy family resort called Callaway Gardens. The resort has a main lake of around 120 acres. It's a fee based lake where one can rent a boat and trolling motor for $35.00 for a half day's fishing. An angler may take 7 bluegill well over 1 1/2 pounds, 7 bass, and all of the crappie he can tote! I talked with the fisheries biologist, and he said that the gill limit is low (at one time an angler could take home 15 gills), but due to the…


Added by Nick Holt on April 27, 2010 at 3:00pm — 5 Comments


Hey Bruce, I'll add some photos as time goes on. I like to wait until I have enough pics and then have them all put on a disk so I'll have a hard copy in case the computer crashes. I learned that the hard way last year and lost everything. Again, thanks for the encouragement. Nick.

Added by Nick Holt on April 26, 2010 at 9:02am — No Comments

20 fillets!!

Went to the hospital lake for an hour or so and came home with 10 nice gills 1/2 to 3/4 pounds. Took your advice Bruce, and tightlined wigglers on the bottom. (Don't know why I ever stopped using live bait). Looks like the wife and I are having us a nice fish fry tomorrow. Pictures will be coming later. Nick.

Added by Nick Holt on April 25, 2010 at 1:59pm — 1 Comment

New Season

Well, it's the middle of April, and sad to say I've only been to my friend's private lake twice. The first time much earlier this month, I came home with 10 nice gills with a total weight of 5 pounds. Second time out, only caught 4 just last weekend. Could see the gills everywhere, but this time of the month they only have one thing on their minds. Looks like it's going to be a heavy bedding season. The fish I caught were all on what I call now the "spider grub". Again, it comes from the idea… Continue

Added by Nick Holt on April 21, 2010 at 10:30am — 2 Comments


Hey Bruce, Those are the gills that we all dream of catching. As members of this site, and other true gill chasers, can anyone fish this spot as a paying consumer? What was the average sized gill you guys caught? What issue of In_Fisherman will the article be in? Guess I could ask questions all day. Again, great gills and lets keep on dreaming and fishing. Nick Holt.

Added by Nick Holt on October 31, 2009 at 8:12am — 1 Comment

Caught 26!!

I work at one of the Georgia State hospitals. This particular facility has a nice 3 acre pond on the premises and I never took it seriously until last Saturday. I had to work, and decided to pick up a container of wigglers on the way in. I figured what the heck, I'll give it a try when I get off about 4:00 P.M. Well, to my surprise, I started catching some nice gills in the 7" to 9" range. I was fishing from the bank and flipping bait around 10' out. It seemed on every cast, I was getting hit.… Continue

Added by Nick Holt on October 19, 2009 at 5:37pm — 3 Comments

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