Do you love big bluegill?
I finally got on the water today for the first time in ages, rising at 4:00 for the occasion. Float tube, a couple of fly rods, and one spinning rod preloaded into the minivan the night before, so all I had to do was get in and drive.
The day started off really slow. After paddling from the parking lot area across to where I intended to start prospecting, I had a tiny bass (6 or 7" hit the popper I was trolling from my fly rod as I went. Then, around the point, some hits on a nightcrawler piece but no hook-up. Back to the popper, and I missed a nice one on the outside of the reeds, twice. Big swirl at my popper, but no joy. Could have been two fish, but the swirl looked like the same one coming back for a second pass. Looked like a bluegill, no big splash like a bass makes.
Then, just before 10:00, I switch to a tactic I read about right here on BBG: popper and dropper. I tied on a chartreuse popper with whte legs and hung a copper john below it as a dropper. Sometimes tipped with a wax worm, sometimes not. Fish on right away! Before I could even get the thing in my basket, my wife called. I'd been expecting it. It's a kind of ESP thing or something :)
Got off the phone, got the popper and dropper back in the water. Another fish. And another and another. Most tiny, but some big enough to keep. Just then, check time and realize I need to leave because my wife needs the car at 12:00. A sad goodbye to the bluegill, but now I know where to go next time :-)
In the end, only 4 were big enough to keep, and I missed at least twice as many as I caught.
No pics, 'cuz they aren't worthy of BBG, but they were fun to catch anyway, and I love that I got them all on a fly rod :-)