Do you love big bluegill?
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 known how Blue Gill get into all the small dams that are used for irrigating the fruit orchards, which is the only reason this town is here.
There is a theory that BG eggs are carried on the legs and feet of ducks and geese to other dams, I don't know if it is possible.
Unfortunately the pesticides and herbicides that the farmers use on the orchards kill fish. It runs into the ground and then into the dams, dams below orchards never have fish or any water insects. Basically it is dead water that soon becomes stagnant and disgusting.
I am surrounded by dams, but few have any fish.
So far I have found two dams.
I have a pipe that my rod fits in with caps, I duct tape it to my bicycle, fill a bag with essentials and off I go!
The first is high in the mountains that gets fed by water running off the hills. There are only BG in that dam and nobody knows how they got there. It is full of BG and I mean really full. And nobody else knows about it! it is and impressive place to fish, with the mist crawling over the hills and the husky bark of baboons not far off and maybe if you are quiet an otter or a water mongoose. Don't leave any Blue Gill lying about!
It is not uncommon to catch 16 BG in an hour. The problem being that before your fly can get to the really big BG deep down some little fingerling attacks your fly. You can see the brutes down there, but your fly cannot sink fast enough.
The other dam is my pride and joy, its my dam. A great deal of my time goes into pulling out aquatic plants, clearing and planting treas around it. At the moment it is well balanced with nice bass and some +9 inch blue gill. I don't feed my fish, it is all done as naturally as I can manage.
And I search on for alluring unfished, unpolluted and unloved little pond/dam .......
where there thar be monster blue gills hiding!
This is first for me, don't judge me to harshly!