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Seasoning the oil prior to the big fish fry...

Do any of you bluegill eatin' aficionado's season your oil before you fry?....I do!...it makes a big difference.

I normally work in a 10" cast iron dutch oven when frying, and typically cook in a 2 inch oil depth.

Set on high...When oil reaches 220 deg, I add 3 strips of bacon...remove when done.

Then add one medium-large onion cut in 1/4" rings to oil....cook until caramelized and remove.

Turn heat off (oil will be hot) and add 2 large cloves of garlic sliced…

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Added by Bill "Musky" Modica on July 25, 2012 at 7:00pm — 19 Comments

Chicago Sunfish

On occasion, I work in the windy city.....one of my superiors asked me if I wanted to see a cool fish market...I said yes. We stopped at the corner of Halsted and Fulton Place for a peek....this place was awesome....it was literally a self serve fish market.....all types of fresh fish laying on crushed ice....everything I put a nose to smelled very fresh....Walleyes, Crappies, Sunfish, Striped Bass, Perch....this place was the bomb....grab a pair of gloves, a plastic bag....grab what you…

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Added by Bill "Musky" Modica on June 7, 2012 at 8:08pm — 12 Comments

Razzed for fishing bluegills!

Many of my fishing buddies devote most of their time fishing for Bass....or Muskies.....or Walleyes, but rarely do they target panfish.....I enjoy my time on the water with them, and try not to spread myself too thin throughout the whole wacky bunch....however, when I start to get razzed about how often I like to fish for bluegills by my "buddies"....it seems more like ridicule.

This is the kinda stuff these guys send me....…

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Added by Bill "Musky" Modica on May 14, 2012 at 8:01pm — 11 Comments

Pond Management Devices

It has been a very short, and uncommon type of winter in northern Illinois.....with the late start to the ice season, gill fishing has been sub-standard at best......but the bass fishing has been tremendous....here are some fish from this years 3 week ice season.…

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Added by Bill "Musky" Modica on February 4, 2012 at 9:00am — 10 Comments

Spinner-Jig rig

http://www.in-fisherman.com/2011/06/04/the-spinner-jig-gig/

Who is this un-named fisherman?

Added by Bill "Musky" Modica on February 2, 2012 at 6:51am — 3 Comments

In-Fisherman spoon segment airs tonight! 12-31-11 on the Sportsman's channel

At 7pm tonight, In-Fisherman's Doug Stange explains, and demonstrates this unique, and highly effective technique for taking big bluegills with modified spoons.

Check your local listings on the Sportsman's channel.........…

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Added by Bill "Musky" Modica on December 31, 2011 at 6:12am — 9 Comments

Lake Geneva

Lake Geneva is 7 miles long, and 2 miles wide......during the summer months, the lake is home to a vast amount of pleasure boaters, jet skiers, para sailors, and the like.....The shoreline of LG is dotted with extravagant 7 figure homes which become the talking point of several large cruise ships that offer tours of this amazing body of water......I've had the pleasure of fishing LG hundreds of times over the last 30 yrs, and during that time I've had the opportunity to explore its intricate…

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Added by Bill "Musky" Modica on December 8, 2011 at 10:00pm — 12 Comments

Late Fall Lake Geneva report

Fished Lake Geneva with Rod Lee today 10am-4:30pm....scoured vast expanses of deep weed edges in search of bluegills between 10am and 2pm.....virtual dead sea. Slid the boat over deep water for a look.....nada.



We headed back to our original starting point in 15 fow for another drift.....following my previous gps track, we drifted bobber sets at 10' down.....and dragged 1/16 oz spoons with the hopes of scraping up a few fish.....I had already chalked the day up as one of sorrow…

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Added by Bill "Musky" Modica on November 20, 2011 at 7:00pm — 9 Comments

Keys to successful picture posting on BBG.com

On our photo page, you will find the flash uploader, along with a simple uploader. On this page you will also find a "Terms of Service" link that explains the guidelines to proper posting in regards to picture content.



The 10 MB file limit allows some of the highest resolution pics to be uploaded to our gallery. Many of our members use hi-res features to…

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Added by Bill "Musky" Modica on July 19, 2011 at 5:32pm — 2 Comments

The spoon bite is on!

Fished the local pond yesterday with Rod Lee.....surface temp was 56 deg. Crappies were ferociously feeding on modified spoons in 3-6 ft....more than 100 came to the boat, most were whites.

 

The gills were also readily taking the 1/16 oz spoon offerings that were tipped with maniac gizzy bug plastics.....Proof that the spoon does not discriminate, we…

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Added by Bill "Musky" Modica on May 8, 2011 at 7:06am — 1 Comment

Bull to Hen ratios

I frequently fish a small local lake in my hometown of Antioch that shares the same name. This 77 acre gem is man made, and is a shallow dishpan type lake with a max depth of 10 ft.

 

Once a weed choked, and almost unfishable body of water, lake Antioch had only been a home to stunted 3-4" gills, and an occasional big Bass. Several years ago, lake management through local associations initiated a weed kill program that turned the lake around.

 

8-9" gills are now…

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Added by Bill "Musky" Modica on April 23, 2011 at 8:53pm — 3 Comments

Big Gill bait

This setup has been producing some very nice gills late in the day.

1/16 oz RFS spoon rigged with a Maniac gizzy bug (horizontally)....it detours the little gills at that time of day when the flasher lights up with activity.…

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Added by Bill "Musky" Modica on January 15, 2011 at 8:49am — 2 Comments

Northern Illinois ice fishing report

My buddy and I got into a few nice ones late this afternoon....just as I arrive to the lake (3:00pm), I see him running for a flag....he sticks, and lands a tank Largemouth...21".....I fire up the gas auger and zort a half dozen holes, then set up my boards.......I fire up the vex, and on the first time down, I stick a behemoth greenie.

For the next hour and a half, fishing is dead....a half dozen dink gills and craps....no flags. 4:30 rolls around, and I decide to wrap it up...walk…

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Added by Bill "Musky" Modica on December 23, 2010 at 7:30pm — 2 Comments

BigBluegill.com 2010 video released

One year ago today I completed the 2009 BigBluegill.com video.....It was my most popular video of the year, and received more than 32,000 views.

This years video has just been released....I had thousands of great images to choose from, but only 6 minutes of run time......I Hope you all enjoy this one,.............I had Bluegill Boogieman on my mind.

Added by Bill "Musky" Modica on November 15, 2010 at 11:16pm — 5 Comments

Big Bluegill Video Part 2

Last November, I created the Big Bluegill.com video using a compilation of images and video segments from our galleries. This video has since received more than 15,000 views worldwide. Our member base has significantly grown over the last 8 months, and so has the amount of quality pics submitted by our members.

A sequel to this video is in the works and is planned to be released on the anniversary of part 1.

Keep the great pics coming....images uploaded as late as Nov…

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Added by Bill "Musky" Modica on July 17, 2010 at 9:06am — 7 Comments

The Forbidden Pond

Last week I ventured back to an old farm pond that I used to fish in the early 80's.......small, about an acre....small feeder creek coming in and a substancial dam to slow the flow.....I used to catch some really nice Gills and big Largemouth there back in the day.

Traveling light...spudbar/bucket/vex/pole/scooper....I finally made my way back to the pond only to find someone fishing it....I approached in a kind manner and asked the very old gentleman if he would mind if I also fished the… Continue

Added by Bill "Musky" Modica on December 13, 2008 at 8:05pm — 12 Comments

The Ice Cometh!

Located just slightly north of the 42nd paralell, we experience 12-14 weeks of hardwater action every year......and the games are about to begin!



My primary box is armed with an array of Demons, Marmooskas, Hali jigs, Rat finkeys, Moon glo and glitters, Gill pills and an assortment of horizontal jigs that are at the ready.



Members like Eric White, Kyle Sorenson, and Justin Gloede have… Continue

Added by Bill "Musky" Modica on December 4, 2008 at 2:30pm — 10 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

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